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    The Specialized is a triple, Acera/Alivio...

    The Specialized is a triple, Acera/Alivio shifters, mountain gearing. The Scott is a compact double, road gearing (somewhat higher than the Specialized). In other words, more of a flat bar road...
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    Getting a good fit, especially if you are short,...

    Getting a good fit, especially if you are short, tall, or with unusual proportions is worth something. The shiny new bike feeling goes away eventually, and hopefully gives way to a feeling of being...
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    Ease up on the personal attacks. This is a forum...

    Ease up on the personal attacks. This is a forum where people post their opinions. And besides, what part of my earlier post is factually incorrect? Weight, cost or complexity?
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    It depends on what you mean by need?

    It depends on what you mean by need?
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    Weight, complexity, and cost. You are paying for...

    Weight, complexity, and cost. You are paying for that suspension fork, when you could put your money into a bike with better components, or just save a couple of hundred bucks. As for weight, a...
  6. Well, you overlook that if you are using a road...

    Well, you overlook that if you are using a road triple, you are probably pairing it with a road cassette unless you are living in the mountains. The advantage of a road triple (or alternately, going...
  7. Back to the point, the difference between a 34 -...

    Back to the point, the difference between a 34 - 34 and a 34 - 32 is 27 gear inches for the former, 28 gear inches for the latter. The way you have your bike set up, the difference should be...
  8. Here you go. You can calculate gear inches all...

    Here you go. You can calculate gear inches all day with this gear inch calculator.Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear Calculator
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    And don't worry about parking lot bragging...

    And don't worry about parking lot bragging rights. $500 to $800 hybrids is a really crowded market with lots of similar products sold by different companies. Most are made in a handful of...
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    I am a repeat buyer, having bought and sold many...

    I am a repeat buyer, having bought and sold many bikes over the years for myself and my family. When my wife was looking for a new bike, I had no problem steering her to a Jamis over...
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    No, the 7.3 would not be overkill, nor is the 7.2...

    No, the 7.3 would not be overkill, nor is the 7.2 a bad bike. In the Trek lineup, I would urge you to consider jumping over the 7.3 to the 7.4. At that price point, you get a carbon fork (like the...
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    The OP asked which was the better bike. Not...

    The OP asked which was the better bike. Not which one was the more prestigious brand. All these bikes are made in China or Taiwan. I know Raleigh is a far cry from the venerable English brand of...
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    On paper, the Cadent 3 looks like the best bike...

    On paper, the Cadent 3 looks like the best bike of the bunch.
  14. Doesn't make it right, or mean it makes sense....

    Doesn't make it right, or mean it makes sense. And if you are going fast enough to need aero bars, you shouldn't be on a MUP. MUPs are places where cyclists have to share space with pedestrians,...
  15. Thread: Beginner Advice

    by MRT2
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    Worth looking into but inspect carefully. The...

    Worth looking into but inspect carefully. The bikes I have rented over the years have ranged from pretty decent to awful. If your retired rental bike was in a busy tourist destination, there is a...
  16. Aero bars on an MUP? Doesn't sound like a great...

    Aero bars on an MUP? Doesn't sound like a great idea to me. Triathletes and time trialists use aero bars to get in an aerodynamic position. But it isn't great for control of the bike.
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    While in general I am a believer that when it...

    While in general I am a believer that when it comes to cycling gear, you get what you pay for, with saddles it really depends. I won't ride anything but my B17. On the other hand my wife rides two...
  18. That is why I wear a cycling jersey with back...

    That is why I wear a cycling jersey with back pockets.
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    Hard to say. Saddles are personal. I liked my...

    Hard to say. Saddles are personal. I liked my Brooks pretty much from day one. Others need a long break in. Still others hate the B17. And frankly, it doesn't sound like you hate your stock saddle. I...
  20. It isn't so much style, as function. That said,...

    It isn't so much style, as function. That said, if you get the tight shorts, you can wear them under any loose shorts you want.
  21. Honestly, you could just buy the tight shorts and...

    Honestly, you could just buy the tight shorts and wear some nylon gym or running shorts over them if you feel self conscious about wearing bike shorts.
  22. Thread: Beginner Advice

    by MRT2
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    be careful riding sidewalks. It is illegal in...

    be careful riding sidewalks. It is illegal in some states, and dangerous everywhere
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    I have to agree about current Claris, which...

    I have to agree about current Claris, which appears to be an 8 speed upgrade over 2300, which is itself, as far as I can tell, rebadged old Sora. I say this because my wife has a 2013 Jamis with...
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    Unless you have a bunch of parts, the answer is,...

    Unless you have a bunch of parts, the answer is, probably not.
  25. Thread: Giant Anyroad!

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    You can set up drop bars as high as you set up...

    You can set up drop bars as high as you set up flat bars. But if you want something like the Anyroad but with flat bars, you can always get the Giant Fastroad.
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