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blueherring 10-20-17 03:11 AM

New bike advice
 
Hi,

I've been doing a short commute for a couple of years now (2 mile hilly round trip) on a Halfords Carrera Crossfire hybrid. This gave out on me so I'm looking for a good value replacement that will last me a while.

I liked the hybrid because some of the roads aren't the best and I also occasionally go cycling around the lanes, which I want to start doing more of.

I went to a bike shop where they showed me a Trek FX 3, which I liked but at 550 is at the top end of my budget. I'm quite tall, so they recommended the 25" frame.

Does anyone have any thoughts on alternative bikes that would be worth me looking at? The FX 2 seems a bit cheaper at 400, but are the carbon fork and Shimano Acera / Alivio vs. Shimano Tourney / Acera derailleurs worth the 150 to a limited cyclist like me?

I ruled out the more expensive disk brake version as I thought it was something I probably didn't really need, and that v-brakes would be easier/cheaper for me to maintain.

Any advice / alternatives would be appreciated.

Maelochs 10-20-17 06:39 AM

For those who didn't know (like i didn't know) the Trek X3 is an Al-frame, CF-fork flat-bar commuter weighing in at 25 pounds (claimed, I'd bet 27 for the X-Large model) with rack mounts and a 48/36/26 triple mated to a nine-speed MTB cassette. (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b.../1327010-2017/)

Mr. Ms. Bluherring, I would go to various bike manufacturer websites and look for comparable machinery.

Here in the U.S. I'd start with what we call the Big Four (trek, Specialized, Cannondale, and Giant) to see the "industry standard" and then some of the mail-order/smaller brand sites, where companies with less name appeal often sell almost identically-equipped bikes for a little less money. The big names usually charge a little more just because they are the big names.

Also ... I don't know any of the local brands or outlets, but once you see what components are generally offered at which price points, you can look around and shop for bargains that might be regional or specific to regional retailers. (For instance, there is a U.S. sporting good chain store, REI, which sells its own line of bikes (generic frame, same parts as everyone else) which for a rider like you would be just as good but significantly cheaper than the big-name brands.

As for specifics: the difference in derailleurs/running gear is so marginal as to be laughable. The CF fork probably would help a good bit to smooth out the ride .... if you were riding a lot of miles.An aluminum fork will ride a little harsher (transmit more vibration and impact to your hands) but if you are riding two-to-ten miles at a time ... probably not a big deal.

For myself ... steel or carbon fork is a must, because the Al fork will rattle me too much ... but if I was just doing two miles ... that would be a tough call for that money. Question is, how much more might you want to ride?

Also ... for the mileage you do, if you maintain your bike, it should last a lifetime, no exaggeration. I don't know what "gave out" on your old bike ... aI assume since it was a department store bike it had the cheapest of everything and none of it was replaceable ... but a decently maintained bicycle, even one which gets a Lot more use than you give it, should just ... last.

If you get a new bike, be sure to stay on top of lubrication and adjustment. Other than cables and brake shoes, nothing should wear out ... the chain will, but is probably good for 3000 miles. The Cassette will, but is probably good for 10,000 miles. The chain rings will, but will last 15,000-20,000 mils, same with the bottom bracket. Hubs might wear out, particularly if you lived somewhere where lousy weather is the norm (not mentioning the UK, but glancing in that direction. ;) ) ... replaceable cartridge bearing for the win.

Don't spend a penny which isn't actually buying you something important ... but don't try to go really cheap. If you ride 50 miles a week and take even minimal care of the bike, you should be passing it on to your grandkids ... so an extra 150 amortized over 20-30 years is a tiny investment. Get a solid bike which will do everything you want and keep it forever.

If you do some research and come up with some specific possibilities ... you can post links with a little creativity .... (https:000//www.bikeforums.net/000general-cycling-discussion/1125577-new-bike-advice.html or something.) Then people can be more helpful.

jtnkkm 10-20-17 09:06 AM

How about a folding bike? They're great for transport and commuting

MRT2 10-20-17 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by blueherring (Post 19940899)
Hi,

I've been doing a short commute for a couple of years now (2 mile hilly round trip) on a Halfords Carrera Crossfire hybrid. This gave out on me so I'm looking for a good value replacement that will last me a while.

I liked the hybrid because some of the roads aren't the best and I also occasionally go cycling around the lanes, which I want to start doing more of.

I went to a bike shop where they showed me a Trek FX 3, which I liked but at 550 is at the top end of my budget. I'm quite tall, so they recommended the 25" frame.

Does anyone have any thoughts on alternative bikes that would be worth me looking at? The FX 2 seems a bit cheaper at 400, but are the carbon fork and Shimano Acera / Alivio vs. Shimano Tourney / Acera derailleurs worth the 150 to a limited cyclist like me?

I ruled out the more expensive disk brake version as I thought it was something I probably didn't really need, and that v-brakes would be easier/cheaper for me to maintain.

Any advice / alternatives would be appreciated.

If you have your heart set on Trek, I would say the extra money spent on the Fx 3 is worth it. Basically, you get a carbon fork, vs aluminum on the FX 2, and 9 speed drivetrain vs, 8 on the2. Nothing wrong with 8 speeds, but if you are talking about future proofing, might as well get the best you can afford.

I presume you are in the UK so there may be products there not available here, while products here might not be available there. Every major brand has a product similar to the Trek Fx2 and Fx3. What you choose is personal preference. Personally, I like riding something you don't see on every ride. Others want to go with a bike that is ubiquitous.

blueherring 10-20-17 03:32 PM

Thanks for the advice, it's appreciated.

sw20 10-20-17 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by blueherring (Post 19940899)
Hi,

I've been doing a short commute for a couple of years now (2 mile hilly round trip) on a Halfords Carrera Crossfire hybrid. This gave out on me so I'm looking for a good value replacement that will last me a while.

I liked the hybrid because some of the roads aren't the best and I also occasionally go cycling around the lanes, which I want to start doing more of.

I went to a bike shop where they showed me a Trek FX 3, which I liked but at 550 is at the top end of my budget. I'm quite tall, so they recommended the 25" frame.

Does anyone have any thoughts on alternative bikes that would be worth me looking at? The FX 2 seems a bit cheaper at 400, but are the carbon fork and Shimano Acera / Alivio vs. Shimano Tourney / Acera derailleurs worth the 150 to a limited cyclist like me?

I ruled out the more expensive disk brake version as I thought it was something I probably didn't really need, and that v-brakes would be easier/cheaper for me to maintain.

Any advice / alternatives would be appreciated.

This is what I'd be going for 50 cheaper with a Tiagra group set!
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-5...d_8322798.html

or this 70 cheaper with a Sora Group set!
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-5...d_8322799.html

stykthyn 10-21-17 04:19 PM

I wouldn't specifically pin myself down to one manufacturer. You may find a cannondale or giant that you like even more.
Since budget is a concern ask if any of the LBS have consignment bikes. You may find what you are looking for without pegging out your budget. Don't go cheap as possible though. A good rig will cost but for that money you will have the assurance that you will have a solid dependable machine and your bike shops support should something break.


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