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Old 04-18-16, 09:09 AM
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I find curved handlebars to be uncomfortable. That's something you will have to decide on your own from riding. For road riding, bigger wheels give you more momentum and better road absorption. 700c is ideal because they're large and skinny; you only want fatter tires when dealing with mixed terrain. Easy to pedal... You may want something with a lower bottom gear.

The levers you're talking about are called qr (quick release) axles. Most bikes should come with qr axles.

Check out the trekking bike I linked above. Look at the specs. You will probably want to look for something in that profile. You probably won't need a suspension fork. 28t bottom front crank (low gear for easy to pedal in hills and with loads), 700x35c tires, and Altus group set which is a good entry level set.

Do you work in retail/military? There are also online discounts if you are in those industries.
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