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    '05 Specialized Hardrock Sport for Bike Paths/Commute?

    I currently have a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport, which I bought new back in '05.

    I mainly just ride for exercise (fitness), bike paths, quick errands/commute & occassionally grass/dirt paths & really, nothing more.

    I plan on keeping the Hardrock but is it a good enough bike for the above that I have mentioned, which will be the primary uses?

    Or...... is it worth it to drop $380 bucks on a fitness/hybrid bike? (trek 7.2fx) (while still keeping the hardrock sport)

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    Throw some "comfort bike" tires on the hard rock and pocket the extra dough in my opinion. If the hardrock doesn't feel good when you're riding it look for something else.

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    The Hardrock is a perfect bike for commuting and the other stuff you want to do. No, it's not as light as some other bikes but it will get the job done. You can change the tires if you want to go faster. I don't. I run knobbies all the time on my mountain bikes 'cause you never know when a trail is going to jump out and grab you

    As for the 7.2 Fx, put your money in a sock drawer where you wife won't find it, save until you have around $800 and buy a better bike than the entry level Trek. A cross bike would do nicely, a touring bike would be stellar or even an Fx higher up the food chain. Find something you want to drool over
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    so the fx won't be a big enough of an improvement to justify the $$ then?

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    Dude, go ride a fx and find out for yourself? You already know what a hardrock is like so the difference should be readily apparent if you go for a nice lil ride with some hills(like 5 miles). Do yourself a favor and also take a $1000-$2000 road bike for a ride too even if you have no intention to buy. You might find it's better to save for something that's actually made just for bike paths and roads.

    It's not like the hardrock is going to explode if you ride it for fitness. In the other thread you didn't mention you already owned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBnOH
    so the fx won't be a big enough of an improvement to justify the $$ then?
    I'd consider it more of a lateral move than an improvement, if it were my choice. Like Industrial says, go ride 'em. Ride lots of bikes. Try a cross, a traditional race bike, a couple of hybrids, even another mountain bike further up the line...try everything. Then decide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    I'd consider it more of a lateral move than an improvement, if it were my choice. Like Industrial says, go ride 'em. Ride lots of bikes. Try a cross, a traditional race bike, a couple of hybrids, even another mountain bike further up the line...try everything. Then decide.
    but what about an improvement for my uses compared the my hardrock sport?

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    My opinion would be to keep the HR Sport and ride it as your regular bike. If you want to make it more comfortable for that purpose switch out the bars and add some less agressive tires. Take the money you saved and put it toward buying a task specific ATB (task specific being the type of off road riding you like to do). My "cruiser" is a rigid aluminum framed mountain bike with a steel fork. Having front suspension shouldn't be a problem though.

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    I think the Hardrock with a proper tune up and maintenance should do you fine. How long is the commute?
    Keep the cash and save for something nicer in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBnOH View Post
    but what about an improvement for my uses compared the my hardrock sport?
    Not by much. But I think you just want a new bike. I'm a big fan of having more than on bike. I have 4. Pick a price level - say $500-$600 - and ride everything in that range you can find. Pick the one with the best color. Go out this weekend and ride them...Go!
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