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Old 09-23-08, 06:00 PM
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Best 'low-end' comfort bike?

First post, so I wanna just say hello first and foremost.

After 10 or so years im getting back into riding, (used to have a circa 90's Rockhopper) and am interested in getting a comort/hybrid as my next bike. Seems like theyre quite popular these days with all the brands making their own versions. Which one do you guys think is a good performer in the $250-$350 dollar range?

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Old 09-23-08, 06:32 PM
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Old 09-24-08, 10:38 AM
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We have Specialized Expedition Sports and love them. Ours have the mountain bike tires, but they also made a comfort bike with hybrid tires, which (I think) was called the Crossroads.

However, I checked the lineup for 2009 on their site, and could not find any comfort bikes listed for Specialized in the coming year. Maybe you can get a deal on a leftover 2008, or find something on Craig's List within your price range.

Just a caveat, though: if you are planning to ride often over longer distances, I would suggest you lean more toward a hybrid. I am keeping my comfort bike for shorter casual rides, but "outgrew" it more quickly than I expected.
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Here are the 2009 Comfort bikes from Specialized


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"Which one do you guys think is a good performer in the $250-$350 dollar range?"

What the hell? It don't take that kinda money to have a bike that your butt finds comfortable
as long as it rides well it can be an old ugly dog of a bike!
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What the hell? It don't take that kinda money to have a bike that your butt finds comfortable
as long as it rides well it can be an old ugly dog of a bike!
You must have some sorry bikes if you think that 300 bucks is too much for a nice new ride.
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I wish we were still in the days where 350 was the price of a descent bike, but times have changed and greed has won. But I have what I feel is a descent bike and it was 720. There is no way I would ever pay 8500 for a bike that some of them have. If they want that kind of money for a bicycle then it better come with a good looking red head.
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Descent bike? Is that one you go down on?
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I wish we were still in the days where 350 was the price of a descent bike, but times have changed and greed has won. But I have what I feel is a descent bike and it was 720. There is no way I would ever pay 8500 for a bike that some of them have. If they want that kind of money for a bicycle then it better come with a good looking red head.
Some of those $8500 bikes come with SRAM Red components, is that close enough?

When I have my mid-life crisis, I may well buy an $8500 bike. Still cheaper than a sports car or a divorce.
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Oh, yeah, and advice to the OP:

A well-fitted bike, and good service where you buy it, are as important (probably more important) as the brand and model. Try a bunch, and try a few different local bike stores (often abbreviated LBS on this forum) if possible.
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