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Old 03-23-09, 08:54 AM   #1
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New bike help and suggestions

I am in the process of buying myself a new bike. I am looking to ride with my family on streets and paved trails and some dirt trails. I will also ride alone for a more vigorous workout. I am looking at hybrids and have visited the local bike shops. This has resulted in a list of 3 or 4 bikes. But, since no one bike shop has them all, each shop "pushes" you torward the bikes they sell. What I need are unbiased opinions on the bikes I have chosen. I have looked at the specs on each bike, but I don't know if one shimano shifter, or seat, or deraileur is better than the other, or if it really matters at my level of riding. These are the bikes I am looking at. Thanks for your opinions and suggestions.

TREK 7300
Cannondale Quick 4
Specialized Vienna 3

all 2009 models.
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Old 03-23-09, 10:39 AM   #2
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I'd check out the Trek 7.x series. I'm sure someone here can review a newer model but I have a 07 model and love it. Its my workhorse bike for around town/trail/canal rides. Very sturdy and comfortable.
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At the same price point, most bikes are essentially the same.
Whichever bike fits you and your budget best is the best bike for you and your budget.
Have you taken any of them for more than a cursory spin around the parking lot?
If not, get er done, and you'll have a better idea which one is for you.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will ride them more this weekend.
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Old 03-23-09, 11:42 AM   #5
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I suggest getting a bike without front suspension, as the weight is a real pain when you have to carry the bike up stairs, and it doesnt really do anything for the comfort. As there is little to choose between brands at similar prices, buy from the most helpful shop that can give good service after you buy.
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If you are planning on riding alone for fitness, you should look at a Trek 7.2 or 7.3 over the 7300.
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I have been looking at the 7.3 also. It has smaller tires, more like a road bike right? I am a little concerned about the lack of tread on paths.
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It can take paths. I do unpaved paths all the time on mine. No serious mountain bike stuff though.
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