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Old 08-19-07, 08:54 AM
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Could you recommend a bike for me?

I was hoping to get some help picking out a bike for myself. I don't really know much about bicycles. I'm looking for a bike that I will use most of the time around the city or going around the park, however I'm planning to do a couple of long day trips (about 60 miles), so I'd like something that will do well in that situation also.

My normal biking pattern is to weave around streets, occasionally hoping on and off a curb to avoid traffic. Then I get to the park, go around a few times, and return. I'm hoping to get a bike that will also allow me to keep up with my friends without killing me on those longer trips.

I have budgeted ~$1000, but I don't really know how much I should be spending to get a good bike for my needs. Any suggestions on a good bicycle for this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 08-19-07, 08:59 AM
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what is the riding like in the city you're in?

if you're looking for comfort on long rides but sturdiness for big city streets....look at steel touring bikes. i'm not experienced with them so i don't know what pricepoints you'd be looking at.

my bil lives in chicago near soldier field. he had a bianchi road bike and traded it for a mtb. he thought the streets where he rode were too rough for a road bike. i don't think he rides very far at a time so that's why he went with an mtb.
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Old 08-19-07, 09:12 AM
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I'm riding in the New York / Brooklyn areas, if that helps. Isn't steel a bit on the heavy side?
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Originally Posted by cityspinner View Post
I'm riding in the New York / Brooklyn areas, if that helps. Isn't steel a bit on the heavy side?
actually, no. i'm a roadie and my next bike will most likely be steel. if you're looking something that is going to perform more like a road bike, try looking at cyclocross bikes.
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