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Old 07-15-11, 11:21 AM
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question for a noob to hybrid / road bikes

hey everyone
i just had a question regarding the dilemma i am in. i am currently in the process of looking for a hybrid bike. i was looking at the trek 7.3 fx disc, specialized sirrus, and then i came across this bike.. https://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2011.../BROUGHAM.aspx

i know its a fixed gear but they do offer a 3 speed version. i am looking to commute maybe 5 miles each way to work and wanted to know your thoughts on these types of bikes. and which would probably work better? i personally like the styling of the felt over the other two, but again i do not own either types of these bikes.

i have ridden mountain bikes most of my life, and just sold my diamond back response comp to get a bike that will be more suited for road. i guess you can say i am interested in a road bike, but very hesitant to jump the gun which is why a hybrid seems more fitting at this point in time for me. i do not plan to enter any races..but want a bike that is fast and light?

shoudl i stick with the hybrids? should i get the felt?

help!
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Old 07-15-11, 02:00 PM
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Well... 5 miles is not particularly far, so the limited choice of hand positions shouldn't be a bother. Is your route hilly or flat? If it's pretty flat then the three-speed should be fine, and they are very easy to operate though somewhat heavier than a regular DR setup.
Looks to me like that Felt is meant for an aggressive "urban" rider who wants to be in the thick of things....
For a more casual commute I'd recommend the Trek you mentioned. I just rebuilt and sold one of those and it was very nice.... I would have kept it save it was too big.
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Old 07-15-11, 02:17 PM
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No eyelets for fenders nor racks. Poor wheel clearance for larger wheels or even just a fender. Retail Store Neo Hipster d*uche look (I guess if you are into that sort of stuff that's not a detraction).

You could work around those limitations but then again, you would be better off finding a bike that is closer to what you need to begin with and on a commuter, you need fenders.
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Old 07-15-11, 05:47 PM
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wells guys...i tried riding the trek and specialized...looks like i am going with the 7.5 fx. black with blue accents. thanks for your inputs!
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