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Old 05-04-16, 01:15 PM
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Beginner Hybrid Bike $200-$250 range

Hi,
Newbie here, please forgive me if i am posting in wrong section or missing something obvious.

5 days a week I ride to train station less than a mile away. Bought 4 no-name used mtb's in the last 3 years, each under $50, 3 got stolen entirely or wheels (how much can the thief sell the wheels of a $50 bike for? ). I want to buy a new/used hybrid bike primarily for 1 mile uphill commute but also for 15-25 mile ride once a week.

Recently I tried Schwinn Volare 1200 from sears for $200. it was assembled at sears by a schwinn mechanic. gears/shifter/breaks worked perfectly, was very light (26 lbs). Overall it was fun except the handle bar was too low(not adjustable), and ride felt rough (no suspension in fork or seat), so i returned it.

I am 5'10"/161lbs/32" in seam

Is there a bike in the 200-250 range with:
- 18 or more speeds
- thumb shifter
- flat, height adjustable handle bar
- seat at about 32" from the ground
- handle bar grips at 4"-10" higher than the seat level
- compatible with full size fenders (i'll buy these separately)
- front suspension
- alloy frame and rims
- under 30 lbs
- Wheels compatible with locking hub skewers (i'll buy these separately)
- Shimano or equiv derailleur/shifter/breaks
- ability to test ride or return for full refund if i dont like it
(i can spend 30-50 bucks for tune up if i like the bike)

specs wise Trek 7.2 FX comes close (looks like no suspension) and comes with free tune up by local dealer but costs $500. I am not sure how much and for how long i'll use the bike, so dont want to invest that much at this stage.

if there is no better option then i'll just buy back the same Schwinn from sears, i think i can add an after market stem riser to raise handle bar and get a more comfortable seat.

I visited a LBS but the cheapest hybrid he had was for $380, still not had everything from the list above. he had no used hybrids.

Thanks,
Tom
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Old 05-04-16, 01:23 PM
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Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid Bike - 2015

It's a little over the 250 range, but seems nice and might be what your looking for.
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Originally Posted by tom77jer View Post
specs wise Trek 7.2 FX comes close (looks like no suspension) and comes with free tune up by local dealer but costs $500. I am not sure how much and for how long i'll use the bike, so dont want to invest that much at this stage.
If you've gone through 5 bikes in 3 years (stolen or otherwise) it sounds like you already know how much you plan to use the bike, imo. If theft is that much of an issue you may want to stick to your current strategy of buying cheap used bikes, it's going to be hard to get those features at the price you want from a store where you can try it out. You'll probably need to increase your budget to get all of those things which might not be worth it if it just gets stolen again.
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Nashbar Flat Bar Road Bike

$210 or so after 25% off. Closer to $240 after tax and shipping, but still under your limit.

Too bad you live in such a high crime area. Do you have bike lockers? If not, I would just walk to the train instead and use the bike for exercise/fun rides instead of commuting.
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Thank you TravBikeMan!
that looks like a good alternative, i suppose Dimondback has higher reputation than schwinn in bike world?
i can't find its weight and no kick stand. Also no stores in MA, so i'll have to pay for assembly and return shipping if i need to return.

Any opinion about this bike and the seller ?
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Originally Posted by American Euchre View Post
Nashbar Flat Bar Road Bike

$210 or so after 25% off. Closer to $240 after tax and shipping, but still under your limit.

Too bad you live in such a high crime area. Do you have bike lockers? If not, I would just walk to the train instead and use the bike for exercise/fun rides instead of commuting.
Thanks!
it's a low crime area actually(!) Boston metro west, but there are no cameras, no MBTA office and no lockers. initially it was my fault, first 1 year bike was not locked (just a chain wrapped), second had a simple "honest" lock, third had Crypto U lock but only to frame (so the thief took the wheels), now i include the rear wheel also.

I bike to train station to save 10 min and $4 car parking. so like you suggested, i can probably continue using my current cheap bike for commute but i'll need to add fenders to it for wet/rainy conditions. plus it'd be one more bike in garage.

Nashbar is attractive, but looks like handle bar is too low (cant tell if/how much it can go up), no suspension. i wonder why they dont mention the weight, an important spec.
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Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
If you've gone through 5 bikes in 3 years (stolen or otherwise) it sounds like you already know how much you plan to use the bike, imo. If theft is that much of an issue you may want to stick to your current strategy of buying cheap used bikes, it's going to be hard to get those features at the price you want from a store where you can try it out. You'll probably need to increase your budget to get all of those things which might not be worth it if it just gets stolen again.
I agree, apart from having to bike for commute to save time and parking money, i kinda feel (after trying the schwinn) i enjoy biking more than running and could get hook up to it for good.
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Originally Posted by tom77jer View Post
Thank you TravBikeMan!
that looks like a good alternative, i suppose Dimondback has higher reputation than schwinn in bike world?
i can't find its weight and no kick stand. Also no stores in MA, so i'll have to pay for assembly and return shipping if i need to return.

Any opinion about this bike and the seller ?
Ouch......shipping weight is nearly 42lbs. https://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Bi.../dp/B00ODZB110

Well, not sure if it's any better than Schwinn. Generally all bikes that are new in this price range are very similar to each other in quality and components. I've had good experience with Performance Bikes. But they might be different at different locations since it is a nationwide store.
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
Ouch......shipping weight is nearly 42lbs. Amazon.com : Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Edgewood Complete Hybrid Bike : Sports & Outdoors

Well, not sure if it's any better than Schwinn. Generally all bikes that are new in this price range are very similar to each other in quality and components. I've had good experience with Performance Bikes. But they might be different at different locations since it is a nationwide store.
i chatted at Diamondback site, the rep said 32.3 lbs for 19".
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i just sold my trek 7.2 fx for $200. keep an eye on craigslist. may have to travel to find a good bike.
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you ride less than a mile to the train station? .... why not walk?
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