Hello ! this is my first post in this forum, I started in the mountain bike forum, and Have decided to start a new one here since I dont think a mountain bike is right for me.. (almost no trail riding and i get fatigued rists on mountain bikes)..
So I was going for either a comfort bike or a hybrid.. I think i'm going to get a hybrid.. I'm pretty starstruck by the 7200 right now.. The 7200 is 379.99 -OUCH bigger jump then i originally had to intend to spend! (i started out at 99 dollar bikes at the local super store, So at this price range I must have been lead on the right path somewhere right?!?!?!)
Anyways they didnt have alot of bikes at the LBS in the hybrid category, they basically had the 7200's 7300's (maybe higher but i'm not going that high price wise so i didnt bother looking!) and a specialized crossroad which had a high tensil still body.. That one was only 259.99 much more swallow-able pricewize.. Before i left the store I got them to setup a work order to build another specialized they had in the back (crossroads SPORt which supposed has aluminum frame?) Anyways i think that one is 300$ i think he said..)..
First question is.. Is the 7200 gonna be worth the extra bones over the Crossroad or Crossroad Sport? I dont know alot about about parts i know he told me some of the parts are better quality, i think the 7200 had a aceria or something rear derailer and the altus rear deraeuler (spelling!!) and i think he mentioned a few other things that i lost track of..
I CAN afford the 379.99 i SHOULdn't pay that much since i'm not rich right now, but i have enough available funds to push it that high.. i'm curious if you guys think its worth the extra money for quality or what not.. I could notice a TINY slight difference that the 7200 wanted to GO a little more than the specialized in my opinion ta least..
ALSO- what size should i get? the 7200 they had in 20 inch and 17.5 inch.. i'm only 5'7 190 pounds.. But the 20 felt a little big tho the 17.5 seemed a little small BUT that could be my imagination.. It only felt smalll becuase when ever i turned and my foot was forward the tire would scrap the bottom of my shoe! i wasn't used to this (i think it happened 1 time on the 20 inch and happened 3 or 4 times on the 17.5 inch version).. Is this just something i will get used to or try to avoid on big turns?
Also is a hybrid bike like this going to be able to take little drops off curves and light bunny hops off curves here and there? Or do the high pressure tires not like that kind of action? I'm not a bmxer but occasionally i like to just hop off a cruve or maybe get a little hop coming up a curve.. I really like the speed and distance the hybrids get over the comfort bikes.. I measured it behind the shop.. the hybrid rolls down the same hill as the comfort bike yet still has power to go up a small hill and keep rolling at a good 3 or 4 mph where as the comfort and mountain bikes run out of steam going up the little hill..(no pedaling)..
For whoever read through this, THANKS! I am a huge person who puts too many details into things i know but I allways hate it when someone posts something like "what bike should i get, THE END!" and your like "umm okay tell us about what you do ect ect"... I personally intend to ride on roads 90% of the time and paved trails, but wouldn't mind it if this bike could handle some packed dirt trails or like offroad stuff occasionally.. I dont like the downward positoin of road bikes or mountain bikes.. i'm not old i'm only 24 but i just like the comfort of riding upwards!
Please give all your opinions good and bad! (one last thing, the local bike shop, while probably not having the best prices, has probably been one of the best buying experiences i've ever had.. the guy i've delt with has been VERY friendly, knowledgable and willing to take every bike down for me to adjust it and let me ride it, answers all my questions while double checking his own answers to be sure of them! I have been pleased with the service so i think it might be worth the few extra dollars to get it from a quality place like that?)..
okay i'm done I swear!!