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Suggestions on which hybrid to choose

Old 06-13-06, 09:42 AM
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Suggestions on which hybrid to choose

Hi everybody, I'm new to the forum...looking to purchase a hybrid/street bike for recreation/excercise in NYC. I'm trying to figure out what makes a bike good (I don't know alot about components) and whether or not getting a folding bike (which would save me some space in my small apartment) would result in a large loss in equipment quality. I'm looking for quality first, and then if possible, space saving. So here's a list of bikes that I've found so far...all pretty close in price...all recommended by someone on the internet. Which do you think is the best? Also...if you know...whether or not any of these bikes would be hard to get ahold of in the states, and good places to order/buy them from. Thanks!

Fisher Artemis
Fisher Cronus (like Artemis w/disc brakes)
Specialized Sirrus
Trek SU200 (disc brakes)
Trek SU100
Marin Muirwoods
Dahon Cadenza (folding)
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Old 06-13-06, 10:54 AM
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If you are new to biking, it is more important to find a helpful bike shop than the brand of bike. A folding bike is good if you want to take mixed mode trips (bus, train or plane). For space saving in the apartment, a quill stem is good because you can loosen the bolt on the top and turn the bar sideways. If you get a modern stem, you can use a seatpost clamp around the top of the fork to maintain the bearing preload. This will allow you to swivel the stem like a quill.
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Old 06-13-06, 06:39 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I've heard of being able to turn the handlebars to reduce the amount of room the bike takes up - I've also figured out though that if I get a bike with an easily removable front tire, that might be a bit less labor intensive than having to loosen the handlebars. Does a bike with disc brakes pose a problem for this idea?
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I agree with the idea of finding a helpful bike shop. Of course everyone wants to sell product or they wouldn't be in business. Sometimes finding the right bike is like finding the right girl/guy. You know it when you find it.
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Unless your ride involves alot of bad weather (rain, mud, snow, etc) any regular brakes should work as well as any disc at this price point.

I've owned a Dahon in the past, and unless you're really strapped for space they're not that great.

And I agree with Andrew, bike fitting is important.
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