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Old 08-30-05, 07:36 AM
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You might want to examine your terminology before going into an LBS. A comfort bike will have upright handle bars as you want but it will also have a huge wide seat and is often slung low enough that you can put your feet on the ground while sitting on the seat.

If you want upright seating and a bike that will ride a bit faster and handle better then you probably want to look at a hybrid. Most LBS' will have several types of hybrids in that price range or below. I think a hybrid would be a better investment than a comfort bike -- especially if you anticipate riding a lot. The hybrid will be better able to match your growing strengths and skills, be more comfortable at longer distances and will probably be more upgradable if you choose to do so.

There is no definitive line between hybrids and comfort bikes, so check out as many styles as you can. Tell the folks at the LBS as much as you can about where and how you want to ride so they can give you their best advice -- its not perfect, but at least its informed advice.
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