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Old 08-21-12, 11:48 AM   #1
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best multi-purpose bike bang for the buck

So if you can't tell by my post count I'm brand new here. I just had hip surgery and am looking into biking for fitness, however i used to mountain bike up in NC so i want something versatile. I was looking at specialized rock hoppers and also this http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ail/crosstrail . i want to be able to put a set of semi-low rolling resistance tires on it for the street. So my question to you all is which outfit fits me needs best ( cap the price at around 600)


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Old 08-21-12, 02:11 PM   #2
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"...is which outfit fits me needs best". Seriously, only you can answer that question.

I commute and fun ride a converted 90's aluminum mountain bike, fast tires and a riser bar on the front. It is simply an excellent all-around bike. That Specialized is gorgeous, (though I have a bias against those cheap suntour forks). I don't see how you could go wrong unless you think you'll be cruising at 20mph...or you hate flat bars.
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ya i think I'm going to buy something used and put on new hubs wheels tires on it myself

do you have a picture
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ya i think I'm going to buy something used and put on new hubs wheels tires on it myself

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That's a good idea. You'll find MANY bike options that will fit the bill. I just bought Nashbar Streetwise. Nashbar has a whole line of narrower mountain bike tires that are made for road riding.
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I had both hips replaced in 2008 and got back into biking to regain some health. I have really enjoyed mountain biking and I think a mountain bike is a good option. I have a HT with Michelin commuter tires for running around pavement and a full suspension bike for mountain biking. When I first started riding again I only had the HT. I used Kenda Kross tires and was able to go anywhere with those tires. As I got stronger I expanded into the two bikes and just picked up some skinny tires off ebay this week.

Don't sweat things like brands at this point. Pick up a bike that is comfortable to ride and get some cross tires. You can ride pavement and dirt. This will get your hip surgery rehabbed and hep build some strength. Welcome to the thread and let us know how you are doing.
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thanks i appreciate the advice. and i know what you're saying about the brands thing i know the specialized is a big name. what is an "HT" i am familiar with the kenda tires however i'm in southwest florida and with the hip surgery i will most likely be spending 95% of my time on pavement (from good blacktop to shelly pot hole littered crap) i'm definitely going to check out the nashbar line. Is there a good website for used bikes (ebay craigslist) I'm gonna head down to the local shop in a few days when this starts to feel better and try a few out so i know whats comfortable. thanks again ill keep ya'll posted.
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Old 08-22-12, 07:52 PM   #7
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ok so next question do i just buy light mountain bike wheels or can i get away with road tires without breaking them. are there hybrid wheels to go with these hybrid tires they make?

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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...73_-1___203037

i would love to find one of those ^ used somewhere and maybe change up the tires a bit
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thanks im unfamiliar with the brand motobecane, but thanks for all the links. i appreciate it. i will let you know what i decide on
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thanks im unfamiliar with the brand motobecane, but thanks for all the links. i appreciate it. i will let you know what i decide on
They are an internet company that uses names of historical manufactures. Most would agree that you can get good bang for the buck buying from them. The downside is that they are not local for most so you are not supporting a local store nor do you get local support. They also seem to use older parts which makes it difficult to compare to newer models. The good news is that Bikes Direct / Cycle Spectrum is a TX / FL company so you may have a local store you can check them out.
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We've got a guy who has a history of hip issues. Buying blind off the internet sounds like a recipe for disaster. Better he go to a shop and see what fits him.
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We've got a guy who has a history of hip issues. Buying blind off the internet sounds like a recipe for disaster. Better he go to a shop and see what fits him.
Who is also in FL which has local bikes direct stores so he doesn't need to buy blind.
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i think im going with a specialized sirrus (not sure which one yet) size xl. i went and tried one the other day at the local bike shop and really liked it. any thoughts. and i appreciate all the help
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so i decided on buying a used specialized allez from a friend, its pretty well equipped. aero bars, clipless shimano pedals (i put bmx pedals on it for cruising) work wrench pump. cycling computer with cadence and all the bells and whistles. i will upload some pictures i put on lights a water bottle holder and stuck on a few go pro mounts. for my hero 2. so i can film all my wipeouts haha.
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