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Old 05-24-14, 05:46 AM
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Advice on Potential New Bike

I don't know if this is the correct forum to post this, so please inform me if I have chosen the incorrect location...

I currently have a mountain bike that I put road tires on. The gears seem to wear out faster than I like, so I am contemplating purchasing a new bike (potentially a road bike with upright handlebars?). I am a recreational rider who goes about 2,500-3,000 miles a year, all on roads. I have a trunk bag and two panniers and regularly make trips to the grocery store/run other errands, so I am often carrying some weight on the bike. When I go for rides, I usually go 15-30 miles and average 15-20 MPH. I also commute approximately three miles to work, often riding in rainy conditions.

I am open to any suggestions people might have for a bike that might be good for me. I think the high end of my budget would likely be $1,000-$1,500, but I would prefer to keep it as low as possible while still ending up with a quality bike that suits my needs.

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I like the Trek FX series. Great relatively light bikes for a pretty good price.
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What make and model bike are you riding now? Is is one of the mass-merchandiser bikes? It's not normal for "gears to wear out" on a decent bike for many thousands of miles. If you perform normal maintenance on the bike, including lubricating he chain, the drive train parts should last for a long time.

There was a recent question on replacing chains and I asked several fellow riders about who had replaced their chain. Nobody had replaced a chain. Their mileage was all over 5,000 miles and one was nearing 10K. You can bet they haven't changed out chain rings or cassettes either. That's my experience too. When I eventually do replace the chain, I also replace the cassette.

Don't expect anyone here to tell you what bike to buy. They can give suggestions but nothing is better than you actually trying out a bunch of bikes before you make the choice. If you buy a road bike it will usually have a higher gear range than an MTB. Road bikes usually have narrower, higher pressure tires so they go faster but may give you a bit harsher ride on rough roads. There's always a trade off.
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The trek fx series is good as well as cannondale'a quick series for road oriented hybrid type bikes if that is what you want
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Assuming you have a Trek dealer where you live, since you declined to say what you can find in your LBS ..

1st pick the shop and try a few of their bikes ...

Hybrid and 'Cross' are largely about the Handlebars , since they use the same sort of wheels (by category)
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Checkout the Jamis Coda Elite and the Surly Ogre
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Take a look online for some close out deals ...

Haanjo commuter Bike $800.00
Diamondback Haanjo Complete Bike | Competitive Cyclist

Ridley X-Bow Cyclocross / Commuter $849
Ridley X-Bow/Shimano Tiagra Complete Bike - 2013 | Competitive Cyclist

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