I'm 44, 170 lbs., 5'11" and in excellent health, and I'm looking for a hybrid bike, at least 18-speed. I'll be riding a couple times a week, mostly on paved surfaces, in the Brooklyn area, for only five miles or so. I'd like some comfort, and the ability to sit upright. Any recommendations for under $400?
Last edited by lancekaplan; 08-17-08 at 01:05 PM.
Reason: Changed my mind
The 2009 Kona Dew lists at $450. Is that in your price range. You won't be sitting bolt upright, but you won't be leaned way over either.
If you want to sit bolt-upright, you could look at something like the Specialized Crossroads. One of there 2008 models comes with a suspension seatpost for $360.
Visit some dealers in your area. Pretty much every major bike brand will have bikes that fit into the hybrid category. To some extent, you just have to get out and look at what's available until you hit upon a bike that you like, that you feel comfortable on.
Canondale CAAD 10 3; Trek 7200; Motobecane Grand Sprint
I bought my Trek 7200 in May '08 (1st bike in years. I'm 5'10'', 215lbs) and it has been a joy. It was $450 when I bought it, but you can probably find them closer to your price range now. A friend rides a Trek 7.2 FX which is also good and in that range. I use my bike now for commuting to work a couple of time a week (15 miles, one way) and for recreational use and it has been a champ.
Based on your description I would go with the Giant Cypress. You can get one new for $350 and it will more than satisfy your needs. I know a couple people in the same situation as you and both are thrilled with their purchase. It is easy to get caught up in "having" to buy all of the extras bells and whistles -- but if you are only looking at a couple days a week and relatively short trips you do not need anything more. Giant is a great bike for recreation purposes -- 21 speeds, decent components, kick stand (I know it doesn sound like much but for a rec rider you will end up installing one), etc. Buy from a local shop and get regular tune ups -- bike will last longer than you would ever need it.
My daughter has a Diamonback Edgewood that we like very much. It is very versatile, so much that we keep a set of wheels with road tires and a set with Off-road knobbies for when she wants to ride MTBs with me. It has rapidfire 8 speed shifters that have been trouble free for 1 1/2 years so far. I think I paid $315 for it new.
The Trek 7200 is a real good bike for a reasonable price. I just finished cleaning up and servicing my ride buddies 3 year old 7200 (about 6K miles) and I'm still impressed with this low-mid range bikes quality and durability. bk