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Old 05-20-07, 05:18 AM   #1
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Hybrid bike suggestions

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I am looking to replace my road bike with a hybrid bike. Though I like the weight of the road bike, I never got comfortable with how fast it goes and how unstable it feels going downhill. I bike in the foothills of the Catskills, and thereís a lot of downhill.

I had a Trek 720 hybrid that served me well for many years. In fact, Iíve ridden it from Boston to New York and did several rides of 60+ miles on it (of course I was younger, then). I would like to spend less than $500 on a bike that has wider tires, is more stable, yet wonít feel like Iím dragging a cinderblock while I am riding uphill. In the limited research I have done (online and at a local bike shop), it seems that Trek 7.2x, the Giant Cypress and the Raleigh Passage 5.5 would be good choices for me. Anyone got any advice to help me make this decision?

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Old 05-20-07, 05:57 AM   #2
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A road bike can be very comfortable and stable if you take the time and effort to learn how to ride it.
I work in a bike shop and we sell the Cypress and the Raleigh Passage and hybrids are very uncomfortable to me. And riding them scares the hell out of me.
No, I'm not a kid either - I'm 62 years old.
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Old 05-20-07, 03:11 PM   #3
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Some people are just more comfortable riding more upright, so a hybrid might just be better for you. I suggest riding as many models as you can of different brands, then pick the one that calls your name or makes you say, "ah, that was fun."
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7.2FX is a good choice, 7.3FX even better and still in your price range.
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I don't mind the riding position of a hybrid. And even if I found it less comfortable than a road bike, I would trade that level of discomfort for the stability. I test road a 7.3fx today and really liked it. It weighs much less than my old Trek 720 and is very comfortable. It is a bike I could be happy with!

Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-22-07, 05:39 PM   #6
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Hey, I know you already made your purchase, but I just wanted to put in some good word for the 7.2FX.

I own the 2005 model, the 7200FX (simply a name change) and I must say it is a good bike. It is sturdy and not too heavy. It is fairly comfortable and the 700x35 tires are easy to ride through the city fairly comfortably with. The stock Bontrager tires that come with the bike also are quite resistant to punctures - I've gone over broken glass more than four or five times (ahhh... joys of living in a college town with beer bottles all over the place ).

Unlike you, however, I've found that a hybrid was a great place to start but I want a lighter and faster bike with skinny tires and a very aggressive riding position. Haha, I guess we both should have just switched places.

Good luck - it is a sturdy but relatively not too heavy bike and should serve you well, especially around town with commuting (if you do that).

One note for the downhills: the gearing on the bike that comes stock is quite low and over 28mph or so I've really had to "race the engine" (run at high RPMs). I haven't calculated how high they are, but you will definitely need toe clips/clipless and may want to move to more aggressive gearing

Good luck!
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Old 05-22-07, 08:02 PM   #7
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Hey, I know you already made your purchase, but I just wanted to put in some good word for the 7.2FX.

I own the 2005 model, the 7200FX (simply a name change) and I must say it is a good bike. It is sturdy and not too heavy. It is fairly comfortable and the 700x35 tires are easy to ride through the city fairly comfortably with. The stock Bontrager tires that come with the bike also are quite resistant to punctures - I've gone over broken glass more than four or five times (ahhh... joys of living in a college town with beer bottles all over the place ).

Unlike you, however, I've found that a hybrid was a great place to start but I want a lighter and faster bike with skinny tires and a very aggressive riding position. Haha, I guess we both should have just switched places.

Good luck - it is a sturdy but relatively not too heavy bike and should serve you well, especially around town with commuting (if you do that).

One note for the downhills: the gearing on the bike that comes stock is quite low and over 28mph or so I've really had to "race the engine" (run at high RPMs). I haven't calculated how high they are, but you will definitely need toe clips/clipless and may want to move to more aggressive gearing

Good luck!
I hear you on the gearing. My 7.2FX takes some work to get to 30 MPH.
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Any of those hybrid choices will serve you well. But you'll have to get used to the extra weight.

To put things in perspective, my old 7200FX is noticeably chunkier than my ancient (early 80s), el-cheapo road bike.

But on the other hand, the hybrids have a triple, so they are more flexible for the uphills. But you'll be moving slower than if you were riding a road triple.

If I were to buy today, I'd save up a bit for for the 7.3FX vs. the 7.2FX (Trek bias).
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I hear you on the gearing. My 7.2FX takes some work to get to 30 MPH.
The 7.2fX has a 48/38/28 triple with an 11-32 cassette. At 100 rpm, you'd hit 29.7mph vs. 32.7mph for a 53-11 ratio on the same bike. It's not the gearing, it's the geometry(mostly) and the tires( a bit) that'll slow you down on the FX.

BTW, if you are spinning a 48-11 at 100 rpm on the flat, my hat's off to you.
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Old 05-24-07, 06:02 AM   #10
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Have you looked into a relaxed geometry road bike? A Trek Pilot and Raleigh Cadent are too examples. If you had a adjustable stem it may give you more stability.
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Old 05-25-07, 08:50 PM   #11
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I've been riding a trek 7100 hybrid since 2004. I know a lot of people don't like them. They say the 7200 has better components. I guess they are correct. However, I haven't had any trouble with the 7100 and I bought it brand new. It does have a suspension fork.

Some people like em, but it seems most people don't. I like the suspension post. The ride is much smoother, and I'm not a weight weenie. My fastest speed on the bike is 25mph on flat ground. No hills in my area of the country. Without the suspension post I might could go 25.2 mph.

The bike is comfortable. It does have kinda an upright riding position. About the same as a mountain bike riding position. May not be the bike your looking for. Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents for the 7100.
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