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Old 03-15-11, 03:49 PM
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St. Louis riding, commuting, and pleasure riding bike thoughts and input.

I haven't ridden much since i was a kid. I do have a 15 year old walmart special Royce Union. Not a bad bike, aluminum frame, shimano sis indexed shifting 18 speed. I don't know anything about the Royce Union but its ok still. Im 47 and looking to become more active biking, and want a good fitting bike. What has my eye so far is a Specialized Sirrus, or Sirrus sport, and Trek Waubesa. I really like the Trek and the Shimano Nexus internal 8 speed hub. Something about the look, and engineering behind that kind of gear shifting appeals to me.
So I was wondering if others are using either of these two bikes and what do you think of them?
Thanks
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Old 03-15-11, 04:19 PM
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I have a Sirrus Sport. It's a LOT of fun to ride. Very sporty, fast and reasonably light in weight. It's more of a flat bar road bike. But the Sirrus is not an excellent commuter. Once you put a rack on it, and load down some panniers, it gets kind of twitchy.
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I have a Sirrus that I commute to school on, and occasionally hit up the grocery store with. It's not too bad with loaded grocery panniers, but I really don't have a comparison to other bicycles in this regard. I like the bicycle a lot though!
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You're getting oblique responses!
I don't have either bike, but I do have two bikes with Alfine 8 speeds (one step up from Nexus). They are great- they require that you keep an eye on the shifter cable tension for awhile, but after that, they shift smoothly and quietly and nicely. I would imagine that Nexus hubs are quite similar.

Good luck finding a place to ride around STL. I usually go to Forest Park, Tower Grove or Creve Coeur for a few laps with the daughter. Streets are not as friendly here as other cities I've lived in.
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I don't have an internal hub, the ones I have test rode I didn't like too much. I think it differs by individual riding styles. I have a Sirrus '06 that I still use as a commuter. I do not have any complaints about it. I use a Topeak bag/pannier setup. If I have the bag loaded and go down hill it gets a little twitchy sometimes but it is very rare. I would keep your walmart special for riding on the Katy trail. The hybrid tires are too narrow for it from what I've heard. I miss St. Louis. I would love to ride around Forest Park and by the river in St. Charles.
What ever bike you pick, make sure to get a bike fit. You will like it a lot more.
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Thanks for all the input so far. I have been doing further research on the nexus 8 speed hub. It appears they have a high failure rate. Sounds like it's due to no or little oil. At 150 to 200 a pop to replace i may be looking at the Specialized bikes. I still like the sirrus sport ,and the crosstrail. The Sirrus is more for road, and the crosstrail will handle both well. I will have to give them both a try, both are in my price range i want to stay in.
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Ill probably bike mostly at Forest park, Tower grove as well. I live near both. Im not sure yet about the internal hub offerings that i can afford. They seem to be failing after a couple years. Kind of a shame because i relaly like the way they work.
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Originally Posted by n0xes View Post
...nexus 8 speed hub. It appears they have a high failure rate....
The older version had issues (8R25 was a common OEM hub that had bad failure rate). The newer 8C31/8R31 and 8R36 versions are very good. They have the same basic internals as the Alfine and same seals as the Alfine:

http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...een%20Hubs.pdf
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Thats good news then. Im really torn between the Specialized Sirrus Elite, and the Trek Waubesa.
Im going to take a look at both this weekend, then ponder some more.
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Found something fun to ride for now

Early 90's Giant Innova, ChroMolly frame and fork.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1046258...nnovaChromoly#

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