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Old 03-02-07, 11:20 AM
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Moving From Street Bike To Mildly Off-Road

Newbie Here,
I'm currently riding a bike I've had for 31 years now...with 27" street tires. (I take really good care of my stuff, I'm 45.)
I ride mostly solo, and am pulling a child trailer around a lot.

I'm wanting to switch to a bike that I can also take off road and onto paths that are finely crushd "pea gravel," or dirt roads.
Not planning on hard core off trail riding.

Looking at a style of bike where it's comfortable for predominantly street riding, and ability to have a tire size which will allow me to ride in the conditions above.

15+ gears a plus, and ability to attach a trailer to.

I'm sure this topic has been addressed before, so a link to a similiar topic would be great, and/or links to images of style of bokes recommended.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 03-02-07, 11:36 AM
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Hello EricOKC, what kind of a bike have you got now?

It sounds as if you might want to check into hybrid bikes. They are like mountain bikes (with an upright riding posture), but without suspension (because you don't really need suspension when your riding on a road).

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Hello Eric, I just picked up a trek 7.2 FX its a hybrid with a solid frame and fork and a medium size tire. They call it a fitness bike instead of a Hybrid. I first looked at some more casual hybrids with wider tires and front suspension. They felt to squishy and wobbly for my tastes. I haven't ridden in over ten years but it didn't take long to realize I like the smaller tires and solid suspension as its fells more like a road bike. There are lots of posts on here about the Trek 7.x series. I got the entry level for 350.00 local show had it marked at 399.99. They sell this model bike with some really nice components also if money isn't and object. The 7xxx series all have Suspesion forks and wider tires if I understand correctly. Currently you can search a bit and see some diffrent threads talking about both those series of treks. Best of luck in your choice. P.S. hello form another okie thast of course if OKC means OK City. Blake
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Old 03-02-07, 11:54 AM
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I like my Giant Cypress for that kind of use. Not sure what is involved in setting up for a trailer.
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Old 03-02-07, 12:16 PM
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I like my Giant Cypress for that kind of use. Not sure what is involved in setting up for a trailer.
+1 Or depending on how much you want to lean toward trail, the Giant Sedona.

The difference is tread and 700c versus 26"...

Also, all major manufacturers have similar models to choose from.

My Sedona does crushed limestone rail trails pretty regularly, and has been on a few metric centuries on the road.

I also agree with an earlier message... unless you are really mountain biking, suspension is probably best avoided, I love my Sedona DX even more now that I switched to a solid fork.
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Old 03-02-07, 01:02 PM
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You Don't Want To Know... :)

Hello EricOKC, what kind of a bike have you got now?


A Sears ten speed I received on my 14th birthday.
Iron frame, possibly solid steel from the way it weighs, but I think it still weighs less than our Honda Accord.
Also, pre-war 1930's 91/30 are nice, if one doesn't to throw down the $ for a Finnish M39.

I like my Giant Cypress for that kind of use. Not sure what is involved in setting up for a trailer.

I have an extra trailer hitch I can take with me.

P.S. hello form another okie thast of course if OKC means OK City. Blake
South of there just a few miles now...had this name too long to change it.

Not sure if I'm going to buy a $200.00 Chinese made bike, or a $350.00 Chinese made bike.
As long as the handlebars are on the left side, and I can shift with my right hand, I'm good.
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Old 03-02-07, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by EricOKC
Hello EricOKC, what kind of a bike have you got now?


A Sears ten speed I received on my 14th birthday.
Iron frame, possibly solid steel from the way it weighs, but I think it still weighs less than our Honda Accord.
Based on getting it 31 years ago, I have to wonder... Is it the blue lugged frame bike, made in Austria, with the rear brake routed through the top tube?? I have one of those that was recently given to me by someone who received it as a gift from her mother in High School...
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Originally Posted by EricOKC
Also, pre-war 1930's 91/30 are nice, if one doesn't to throw down the $ for a Finnish M39.
True, my wife and I have been having a good discussion about that! The real question was how much BT wanted to spend--since he did not want to shell out the bucks for the Finnish M39, he has to go with the 'lesser' breed.

I've offered to get my wife a SMLE, which was the sort of rifle her father would have learned to shoot during World War II...

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You might look at a cyclocross style bike like the Kona Jake the Snake or the Surly Cross-Check. Both bikes are rugged and have the clearance for wide knobby tires and are suitable or on or off road use.
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My own feeling is that after a 10 speed old bike- Anything would be better to ride- but then it depends on how good the old bike fits and rides.

If it is not out and out offroad and just rough trails- then most bikes would be able to cope. Possibly a road bike with drop handlebars would not be the best type but anything that you could afford should be suitable and not necessarily a Mountain bike. They are generraly heavier. I would look at the secondhand market though- it is possible to get a better bike for less than you are wanting to spend- providing you know what you are looking for.
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The used bike market is more likely to turn up a nice light road bike that has clearance for 32mm wide tires than anything being made today. Today's road bikes, especially when they have carbon forks, tend to be so tight around the brakes that 25 or 28mm tires are the biggest things you can fit, and without fenders. Cross bikes have the clearance but they have short wheelbases and sometimes a lack of braze-ons such as fender eyelets and water bottle bosses as they are bikes built for short races.

Take your current bike's front wheel with you shopping and tell the clerk you won't settle for any bike with a tire skinnier than what you already have.
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Old 03-02-07, 05:22 PM
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That Was Quick

All,
While I'm 5'10"-5'11", I wear about a 30" inseam, and my old bike always had me on my tippy-toes when my seat was adjusted with a slight bend in my knee to the pedals...used to get foot cramps sometimes at a rest, and if I was at a stop for awhile, I'd drop down to stand flat-footed.
Fortunately, not quite to the point where I wound up singing falsetto in the choir.
The upright position is more comfortable than my old bike, which had the ram's horn style handlebars, and which I tended to use very little.
Tires on the old bike were very narrow, and due to the frame design not much of a wider tire

Anyway, I wound up getting a 2006 Giant Sedona just now, with the price running at $295.00 after they came off the price.
This was the style I had been looking at, with it being a cross between the style of a mountain bike with that of a road bike.
I've only had a chance to ride it around the block, but really like the way it feels, especially since my old rims had a bit of a warp to them.

Really looking forward to getting onto bicycle paths for a change of scenery.

Free lifetime maintenance which is nice, and I'll have it back in before long to have it re-adjusted once it settles in.

Thanks to all here for the advice, and I'll report back in after I log some miles!

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I hope your Sedona treats you as well as mine has treated me. It has been my primary bike for the past 3 or 4 years since I started riding again.
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Still haven't had a chance to ride the new bike, outside of a couple of blocks today, due to time constraints.
Since the frame and riding position is much different than what I was used to, there were a couple of things I wanted to be on the lookout for before I ride it tomorrow, since I'll have the time, it's going to be about 60 degrees, little wind.

Adjustment of tilt on the handlebars. These are set pretty much as it came from the dealership and as seen in their catalog photos, and has me sitting pretty much upright.
Perhaps I'm not used to the way it feels, but it makes me feel like my center of gravity is too high, and I catch too much of the wind. I'm used to leaning forward more on my previous road bicycle, and am feeling inclined at this point to tilt the handlebars forward quite a bit. Perhaps so that the handlebars are about even with the seat. The previous road bike with it's rams head road handlebars are below the saddle, and I feel very comfortable being down this low. Excessive on this new bike? It's the 2006 Sedona, and I assume that an allen wrench is all that's needed to tilt this forward?

Frame size. As mentioned before, my previous bicycle had me on my tippy-toes at "rest" when I had the proper bend to my knee when my leg was extended. This new bike was purchased at a pro-shop, and when he had me on the 19" Sedona with proper leg extension, the balls of my feet didn't quite touch, the 18" barely did, and with an inseam of perhap 30", the 17' was what he deemed the proper fit. As he noted, although I'm 5'10-5'11", my legs were on the "short" side. 17" sounds right then? Once again, I went from a full sized frame to a smaller one, and it's a somewhat different world going to this frame. I like thelighter weight, and the fact that even with the wheels on, it fits into the bed of my 2006 Dodge Dakota, which has a shortbed.

So far, I'm loving everything about it, and am going to put the trailer hitch on it tomorrow for the grandson's trailer.
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