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Old 08-06-12, 09:07 PM
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New to bikes

So I just started cycling and love it. I'm using an old bike though and really need an upgrade. I have only been going about 10 miles a day but hope to increase that and would like to ride in a few 50-80 tours next summer. I know that's a big goal! I'm looking for rec commendations on bikes though. I don't even know what type I need! I don't like the road bikes because of the handle bars but Im not quite sure if I need a mountain bike if I'm mostly on the towpath and occasionally hilly roads. I'm 5' 6". Any info on styles, brands, etc would be helpful! I don't want something cheap again, but I don't want to necessarily pay 1000 dollars either. Thanks!
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Welcome to the club. I'm a road bike guy myself, but I appreciate all bikes. It sounds like you may be more comfortable on a hybrid style of bike. Something like a Trek FX might fit your need.

Don't ignore true road bikes, though. You can get stems that raise your handlebars up to a more comfortable position or even change out the handlebars if needed.
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Welcome To Bike Forums, LightningMcqeen!

Please describe your cycling terrain...

Do you have any hills?

How much of your terrain consists of paved roads?
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Your old bike might be perfectly adequate with a few modifications. Used bikes are also a good deal.
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Shop for a bike shop first.

Visit all the bike shops in your area until you find the one with people that you can have rapport with. They'll be able to evaulate your needs, they'll know what size bike will fit you, and they'll know the local places to ride and what will work best for you.

Once you find the right bike shop, the rest is easy. Buy a brand that they carry that's within your price range and you'll never go wrong.
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You can readily find flat bar road bikes or hybrids that tend a little more towards the roadish side of things. Something like the Fuji that this guy is riding may be to your liking:

It's very much a matter of personal preference. I'm partial to drop bars myself. I find I have more issues with numbness on my flat bar bikes than my road bikes. Currently waiting on the parts to arrive to convert my 80's MTB to drop bars. Partly for the comfort, partly to have something a bit different.
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drop bars aren't as bad as they look ... :-) you might want to test ride a couple or rent one for a day and play around on a paved bike trail before you rule them out entirely.
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