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  1. If you are planning to purchase used on...

    If you are planning to purchase used on Craigslist, maybe consider looking for more than just one model or brand.

    As for whether it is worth it to upgrade to the level of a 7.3 over a 7.1,...
  2. Thread: Brand suggestions

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    Way too much. The bike sold for $600 or so new....

    Way too much. The bike sold for $600 or so new. Does it really have just 25 Miles on it? How would you know. It is a 5 year old bike. You can get a brand new bike for $450 with warranty and free...
  3. Thread: Brand suggestions

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    54 cm might fit you at 5'10". How much does he...

    54 cm might fit you at 5'10". How much does he want for it?
  4. Rear rack and trunk bag. You can carry everything...

    Rear rack and trunk bag. You can carry everything from spare tube, tools, food, extra water, money, and a cable or U lock.
  5. Thread: Brand suggestions

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    Something to this. A good bike shop will be...

    Something to this. A good bike shop will be competent with the initial assembly of the bike (seems obvious but not all bike shops are created equal), will put you on the right sized frame and work...
  6. Thread: Brand suggestions

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    All pretty similar. Giant is the least expensive...

    All pretty similar. Giant is the least expensive but offers pretty much the same specs as the others. Cannondale looks nice except for the 7 speed freewheel instead of the upgraded 8 speed freehub...
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    I know that there are a few "flat bar road bikes"...

    I know that there are a few "flat bar road bikes" out there, but the majority of flat bar bikes with mountain components and 700 c wheels, including the most of the Escape models are commonly known...
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    Shouldn't this be in the hybrid forum?

    Shouldn't this be in the hybrid forum?
  9. I don't have any advise about getting over your...

    I don't have any advise about getting over your understandable fear of riding in traffic, though I wish you success.

    as for preferring to ride bikes where you can stand flat footed, my experience...
  10. Thread: Upgrade Help

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    I agree with this. The faster you go, the more...

    I agree with this. The faster you go, the more you are fighting the upright position of your hybrid. There is a reason you don't see racers in the Tour de France riding hybrids. That said, you are...
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    Mine was a 15 speed.

    Mine was a 15 speed.
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    Giant Escape 2 retails for just $420 and you get...

    Giant Escape 2 retails for just $420 and you get 8 speeds for that price. It doesn't make a huge difference, but the Escape 2 seems like a better bike for the money.

    The thing is, if OP is...
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    The 7xxx series replaced the venerable 7xx...

    The 7xxx series replaced the venerable 7xx series. (BTW, not a terrible choice if you can find one for cheap) Then they got more and more plush, with suspension forks and seatposts. Shortly...
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    If you plan to ride mostly on dirt or gravel, I...

    If you plan to ride mostly on dirt or gravel, I would think one of those dual sport hybrids, or maybe a hardtail mountain bike with a lockout fork might be the thing for you. Giant Roam, Trek 8.3...
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    Fortunately, $500 is a good price point. Lost of...

    Fortunately, $500 is a good price point. Lost of worthy choices at that price point. Not a huge difference quality wise between the major brands, but the bikes themselves are somewhat different. ...
  16. Thread: Steel vs Aluminum

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    Only way to know for sure whether you like the...

    Only way to know for sure whether you like the modern aluminum frames is to test ride a few. That said, IMO, there is something about the ride of a good steel frame.
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    49 cm sounds too small, 61 cm too big. It isn't...

    49 cm sounds too small, 61 cm too big. It isn't much of a deal if it doesn't fit.
  18. Thread: Steel vs Aluminum

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    That looks really nice. I wish my LBS would...

    That looks really nice. I wish my LBS would carry that model as I would love to test ride it.
  19. Thread: Steel vs Aluminum

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    Aluminum is just a passing fad. Will never catch...

    Aluminum is just a passing fad. Will never catch on. ;)
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    This year, I am trying to work in more short...

    This year, I am trying to work in more short rides between the longer ones, like the 15 mile ride I did yesterday before work. It all adds up. The way I see it, if I do 60 miles over the weekend,...
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    Congratulate yourself on reaching the 25 mile...

    Congratulate yourself on reaching the 25 mile threshold so early in the season. There are a lot of folks who never get past 5 or 7 mile neighborhood rides. 2 years ago after allowing myself to...
  22. As if no one ever had a collision with a dog,...

    As if no one ever had a collision with a dog, pedestrian, or cyclist on a path?
  23. Thread: Brifter Standards

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    Last year's Sora eliminated the thumb shifter. I...

    Last year's Sora eliminated the thumb shifter. I know because my wife bought a road bike with the now obsolete 2300 gruppo/grupsan.
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    There is always steel. Jamis, Surly, and All City...

    There is always steel. Jamis, Surly, and All City all make nice steel,road bikes.
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    My wife owns an 07 or 08 Trek 7000 WSD comfort...

    My wife owns an 07 or 08 Trek 7000 WSD comfort hybrid without suspension fork. She seldom if ever rides it anymore as her Jamis road bike is actually more comfortable for rides longer than a couple...
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