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Old 07-22-09, 11:08 AM   #1
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Trek FX vs Spec Sirrus vs Jamis Coda

Due to being overweight and having back issues, I am looking for a bike that letís me sit more upright. Most of my riding will be with the wife and kid on paved paths, etc. They are very conservative riders. Possibility of doing a charity ride such as ms150, but not definite. The Specialized Sequoia almost worked. I think that I am a tweener in that if a bike feels good for my legs, the top tube is too long and if a bike feels good in terms of reach, I feel cramped in the legs. So, I am looking to transition from a road type bike to a flat bar or hybrid type of bike.

Which make/model of bike between the Trek FX and Specialized Sirrus and Jamis Coda allows one to sit more upright? Any other flat bar type of bike to consider?

I may just have to settle for a hybrid type bike if one of those does not allow me to sit upright enough. I want something with smoother rolling tires versus a mtn bike type of tire.
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Old 07-22-09, 02:21 PM   #2
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I have the Trek 7.3 FX and I love it. It's comfortable to ride, the geometry is perfect for me. Especially with a pair of bar ends on it. I've ridden up to 37 miles in one go with it so far and had no complaints. If you want to spend the extra I've heard than the 7.5 with it's carbon fork is even better though.

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I loooked at them both, but decided on the Specialized Sequoia because of the handlebars. I also looked at the Cannondale Synapse.

I started out with an old road bike, and put a flat bar on it to see if it was any better. I wound up that deciding road bars were better. Bar ends were too far out for me.

You really only have one position with a flat bar, you have 2 or 3 with road bars, and for me, moving the arms around help keep my left shoulder from going numb (an old injury),

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I have a Trek 7.2 FX and I love it. I did have to have the handebars raised (and ultimately swapped them out with a Titek H-Bar so I could shift around) and changed the grips that came with the bike.

The biggest issue with fixing any back pain on it was adjusting the seat in such a way as to allow me to straighten my back a bit more and keep the bits from getting squished as much.

I'm 5'6" and probably around 270 again, and my bike is a 17.5", if that helps (my body type is fairly standard and proportional)
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