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Old 07-17-08, 04:32 PM
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What style of bike should i get for my goals?

Hi, im looking for a good bike that can be used for moderate-long distance rides (will mostly be used for moderate rides, but id like it to be comfortable enough that a long distance ride every now again isn't excruciating lol). Im not looking to do any cross-country kinda stuff, mostly around town. I live in an area with long country roads, but also has some pretty good sized hills. Im going to be buying used, so im hoping my budget of $3-400 is enough. What are some brands i should look for, and some i should steer clear of? If it helps pick out a good style, im 21 years old, 6'1 and around 190lbs. I have pretty long legs too. So what would you recommend?
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Old 07-17-08, 04:49 PM
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look for any hybrid from a local bike shop....dont goto walmart or dicks sporting goods...you can get a decent trek or something for 350ish..I got my new gary fischer utopia for 500 and it's a "dual sport" bike...it's a hybrid but what sets it apart is the front fork and it's ability to have a lock out front shocks..you also should go with something that has a 700c tire as it will give u a little more speed...I have 700cx38 tires all terrain tires on mine and i can go anywhere on my bike...roads to the trails...obviously i wouldnt do any extreme downhilling on it but i love how its just so versatile!
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Old 07-17-08, 05:10 PM
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Ok, cool ill check into those. Is there no hybrids section here, or am i just overlooking it? Keep the suggestions coming guys, pics would be good too.
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i think you can do all of those in a road bike, but as far as comfort goes....well youre gonna have to get use to it. I dont have any problem riding long distance in my road bike and it climbs hills a hell of a lot better than any other bike category. I use to ride a mtn bike in nyc and found that it was very inefficient compared to a road bike. road bike ftw but you should definitely test ride a few different bikes and see which one you would prefer. GL and post some pictures when you get the bike.
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Old 07-17-08, 06:06 PM
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First and last, try to get one that fits. Lots of sites out there, and lots of threads. Try google searching the bikeforums.

Here are a couple of sites about fit...

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm

http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/bikefitchart.html

I like all-around road bikes of the sort common in the '70s & '80s, maybe because that's what I learned on & I'm a bit luddite . The 'all around' geometry means they're pleasant to ride for mid distances at moderate speeds.
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I'd check out the Electra Townie and Giant Suede. They probably won't be exactly what you're looking for, but there's an off chance they'll be Absolutely Perfect OMG.
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What is your definition of moderate and long distance rides? I think moderate is 50 miles and long is 100 miles. If so, get a road bike. At your price point used will be the only option, so go visit shops and pretend to be interested in buying just to see what size fits best. Then watch craigslist and be prepared to act fast.
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Im not really sure, ive never gone on a long ride, or measured how far i can go, but that sounds about right i guess. What does it mean when they say 56" in a bike ad, whats that referring too?
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Originally Posted by go0ber View Post
Hi, im looking for a good bike that can be used for moderate-long distance rides (will mostly be used for moderate rides, but id like it to be comfortable enough that a long distance ride every now again isn't excruciating lol). Im not looking to do any cross-country kinda stuff, mostly around town. I live in an area with long country roads, but also has some pretty good sized hills. Im going to be buying used, so im hoping my budget of $3-400 is enough. What are some brands i should look for, and some i should steer clear of? If it helps pick out a good style, im 21 years old, 6'1 and around 190lbs. I have pretty long legs too. So what would you recommend?
I have to agree with those that suggest comfort bikes or hybrids for a new cyclist. They take less getting used to and so are more likely to be ridden. The seats and riding position on comfort and hybrids are easier for a new rider to get used to and will allow for longer rides in the beginning.

The problem is we donít know what you consider a longer ride. A long ride on a country road to a nice lake for a picnic would indicate a more leisurely pace and the addition of a rack and maybe panniers. It might be no more than 30 miles round trip.

For me there is the extra question on what will work best on the 22-mile bike trail around our lake. Two thirds of that trail is dirt and the wider tires of a hybrid or some of the comfort bikes seem like a better choice. But that is just me. I donít ride where there are a lot of hills. If I ever start riding where I have to climb I may have to get an additional bike.
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Yep, what do you consider moderate-to-long? I ride a hybrid and short=30-35 miles, moderate=60+ miles, long=120+ miles. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do distances on a hybrid.
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Originally Posted by kawana View Post
Im not really sure, ive never gone on a long ride, or measured how far i can go, but that sounds about right i guess. What does it mean when they say 56" in a bike ad, whats that referring too?
56 cm ~= 22" . This is the length of the seat tube, usually measured from the centerline of the bottom bracket (BB) to the top of the seat tube. Some makers measured from the BB to the centerline of the top tube, or to the top of the top tube. Another important frame index is top tube length.

Here is another site you'll discover. Great resource. Sheldon passed away suddenly less than a year ago. He lives on for us in his book-length site.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
http://sheldonbrown.com/frames/index.html
http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-sizing.html
http://sheldonbrown.com/kops.html

-Rich "Following paths made by giants" from Milwaukee
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