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Old 07-15-11, 09:14 AM
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Looking to buy a bike..need to guidance

I am looking to purchase a bike. The last time I did that was about 15 years ago and really have no idea what big to get. I am looking to use it for biking on civilized bike paths (gravel roads), road pavement, exercise, but no off roading. I am pretty confused as to what type of bike to get. After going to several bike shops, I am still a little confused. I don't really like the moutain bike look and lean towards the cruiser style, but need to ensure that i make the rigth decision for comfort and purpose.

I think I have narrowed down my choice to either the Narco Citedal or the Opus Urbano. I am looking for someone to help me understand which bike would best meet my needs or if those are even the type of bike I should be looking at.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 07-15-11, 08:31 PM
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Test ride various bikes in different styles and pick the one which you have the most fun on. That's the most important thing for now. For what you are looking to do, basically any bike will do, though some will be more fun than others for that task (and what's more fun is a very personal thing). If your style of cycling eventually changes and you need a different bike, either sell the old one and buy a new one or keep both. There is no perfect bike out there as one bike can never do everything for everyone. I'd wager that most avid cyclists own more than one bike as they enjoy multiple styles of cycling.
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Old 07-15-11, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TwoShoes View Post
I am looking to purchase a bike. The last time I did that was about 15 years ago and really have no idea what big to get. I am looking to use it for biking on civilized bike paths (gravel roads), road pavement, exercise, but no off roading. I am pretty confused as to what type of bike to get. After going to several bike shops, I am still a little confused. I don't really like the moutain bike look and lean towards the cruiser style, but need to ensure that i make the rigth decision for comfort and purpose.

I think I have narrowed down my choice to either the Narco Citedal or the Opus Urbano. I am looking for someone to help me understand which bike would best meet my needs or if those are even the type of bike I should be looking at.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
Cyclocross bike is for you. I think you'd find them a bit more versatile. Google 'em.

Whatever you get, remember to hold back $150 for accessories - helmet, gloves, flat repair tools, tubes, replacement parts, sundry clothing items, etc..
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Old 07-16-11, 10:42 AM
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Another option might be a nice lower to mid end touring bike, it will be a little bit more comfortable and have a wider range of gears the a cross bike would. I say low to mid end because the really high end ones have a lot of added features that you dont seem like you would want, so the added price wouldnt be worth it.
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Old 07-16-11, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by dahut View Post
Cyclocross bike is for you. I think you'd find them a bit more versatile. Google 'em.

Whatever you get, remember to hold back $150 for accessories - helmet, gloves, flat repair tools, tubes, replacement parts, sundry clothing items, etc..
Funny you say that. one of the guys at work was asking about a bike, but he is not sure just what he wanted. he has a MTB now but needs something to keep up with his wife. my first recomendation was the Bianchi Volpe. great all around bike.

for the OP I agree he/she test different styles and brands of Hybrids and Tourers
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Clyclocross bikes are indeed versatile but they are meant for cyclocross racing and tend to be rather pricey.
The more casual rider would likely do well with what we used to call a hybrid but companies now call "fitness" or "comfort" bikes. These have a mountain-bike control layout and upright riding position, but road-sized 700C wheels and intermediate tires.
These have a couple of other advantages, they are relatively inexpensive and also not frequently stolen....
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Old 07-17-11, 07:14 AM
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Appreciate all of the feedback. I went test driving bikes yesterday and ended up with the Norco. A little pricey for a first time bike, but I found it super comfortable....overall I am happy with my purchase!
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SO you got a comfort hybrid? Alrighty, then.
Im sure you'll be happy with it, and it sounds like a good choice for what you plan: " I am looking to use it for biking on civilized bike paths (gravel roads), road pavement, exercise, but no off roading."
I have a similar bike, myself:


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Old 07-17-11, 09:09 AM
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A cyclo-cross racer type may be too hunched over , for a casual rider

I'd suggest a 700c 35 mm wide tire hybrid if not . a high performance need

Same sort of wheel/tire, where the rubber, literally, hits the road.
significantly, less money plunked down.


Alternatively a 26" wheel with a 1.5" tire would also be fine,
the operating pressure a few PSI lower than the narrower tire.

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