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Old 03-30-05, 09:57 PM
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Hi. I'm Ken from Las Vegas and i've been looking to get back into cycling -haven't had a bike since my 10- speed Takara with nifty lug(!)frame was stolen in college in 1980. Needless to say i'm in a time warp with all of hte new technology out there.

I've had my sights set on a Giant Cypress DX or a Trek 7300, both hybrid bikes at about $400, but a sharp salesman talked me out of it today at the local Trek Dealer. I'm 6'2" and I tried a 22.5" and a 25" (a little to big when at a standstill-scary) frame and while i'm sitting up real high and comfortable, i didn'tfeel like i had much power and my knees were almost hitting the handlebars when I turned -I'm like what the f*ck is up with this? I felt like i was sitting on top of a horse yet the handle bars are right under me?

Matt (salesman) then had me try a Trek 4500 22.5 mountain bike which had a much longer top bar and I felt more like in a racing position and I was able to stretch my long-assed arms out and my knees were nowhere near the handlebars. I really like the bike and it's $100 discounted since it's a 2004. The only thing is it has those fat, mountain bike tires which are noisy and slow.

Any suggestions for a guy who'll just be cruising around the park on pavement and maybe commute to work? The racing bikes are to expensive and I don't really like those super skinny wheel- I heard that they are fragile and i'm not exactly Lance Armstrong at 205 lbs!

The hybrids are nice but they make you sit in too upright up a position.

Does Giant make a comparable bike to the Trek 4500? Thanks for the help!

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Old 03-30-05, 10:01 PM
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You can put slick tires on that Trek 4500. The dealer may even swap them for free.
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Really? That would be cool. Is it a good bike on $369.99 for on sale? I really like those trigger shifters better than the throttle type for some reason...
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Greetings from Reno!

Seems like an OK price I suppose. Its really up to you, what you want. A mountain bike with slick tires is often just right for alot of us. Modest gearing, more upright position (but not 'granny bike' style) and usually a low price. If the bike is comfortable for you, and you like it, then by all means go for it. For $369 you can't go TOO wrong.
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I put slick tires on a mountain bike to ride on the street and it works great. I'm about the same weight as you, and I haven't had any problems with flat tires or durability at all, and the tires make the bike a lot faster.

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Right on!
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Have you looked at the Trek 7300 FX. Its much cooler than the 7300. Also take a look at the Specialized Sirrus. Both are solid bikes. Im 6'3" 260lbs. I plan on buying the 7300 fx or the Sirrus.

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I dig the sirrus, but be aware...it can only run slim tires
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I'm 6'2" and 215lbs and skinny tires work fine for me. I have a touring rig and some touring tires may be right up your alley. A road bike is always going to be a lot faster and just more fun on the roads. I started the same way though. A mountain bike, then put slicks on it, and now I have a touring bike. Good luck.
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