Please help to choose a hybrid bike
I'm looking for a hybrid bike and a trailer bike. I've almost bought a 20'' Trek 7300 with womens' frame which felt like a perfect bike for me, but I had to put the seat in the lowest position on it and the store guys told me I won't be able to hitch a trailer bike on. So now I need to go to lower sizes, I guess. The problem is, the next size down for this bike is 17.5'', and too small for me. 18.5-19'' will be more like it (and it'll have to be a mens' bike since they all only make womens' in 16'' and 20'' for some reason). I've looked at Trek Navigator but this feels a bit on the heavy side. I'm going to ride mostly bike paths and an occasional dirt path, speed is not an issue, but ours is a hilly town, and I'm not in the greatest shape. I like comfort and upright position. Another bike I've looked at is Giant Sedona which is fine but doesn't feel as comfortable. Any other suggestions in the same price range ($300-450)? Are some bikes safer with trailers than others or it doesn't matter?
I just bought a Trek 7300 step-through ladies frame. I am OK with the 16". I have an Adams Trail a bike to hook on the back for my 6 year old. This is a great bike. Too bad they don't have more frame sizes.
Just a note to anyone looking for a step-through frame. I was thrilled that the 7000 series is offering this. I love the bigger, pavement friendly tires, and since we also bought one for my mom who has hip problems, the step-through frame was a must. As far as I could find, Trek was the only brand that offered the larger diameter tire with this frame option.
The Trek Navigator is a great bike for the weekender. I bought one for my girlfriend (who is 5'1'') and she loves it. It is a bit on the heavy side but works well enough on hills....and the price is right. I would suggest you go with the 300 series because it has upgraded goodies that worth the price. Good luck!!!!
Do not buy the 20" frame bike(I assume ladies model) if the only way that you can ride it is with the seat down all the way. You need to have 2 to 4" seat post allowing you adjustment and flexibility. We just purchased new Trek bikes a month ago and my wife , who is 5'1" bought a 7300 Ladies with a 16" frame.
You want to be able to feel secure on the bike and not that it is so high that you are tottering and will fal off. If in doubt, always get the smaller frame and raise the seat up. We also use a Burely Trailer , which attaches with no problem. My wife wanted a mens frame bike, but needed a 13" or 14" frame, which is very hard to find. When she tried a 15" frame , she was standing right on top of the bar with her feet on the floor, not a good thing for male or female.
So.... Buy the smaller frame, raise the seat up, and you will be on your way !