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Old 07-10-17, 06:19 PM
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Hi all! Newbie with some road/hybrid questions

First, I'm interested to get a good bike for my (adult) Son. Back when we had good road bikes I road a 56cm Cannondale and he road 54cm Treck. That's been a while ago. We used to do a lot of organized rides, and would normally ride to the 50 mile point and decide to go 50 or 100. Both of our bikes were extremely light and we had indexed shifting (he had dura ace, I had mavic (electric)

Any way we have not ridden in 9 years. (Me because I destroyed my knee in a bike crash, he because he has been a guest of the State for some farming issues)

Anyway, I have started riding again, and he will be living with me soon, so he will also be riding. The new area we live in is "city" so all our riding will be on pavement. He will be riding to the local CC and Gym etc. and I hope we will also get to the point where we can do weekend rides as well.

So I'm thinking we want 700c tires and must have indexed shifting. I have been watching Craig's list and I see a ton of Schwinn 10 speeds (just like I had 50 years ago). I have not even called any of these as I assume they all have friction shifting. Did any of the Schwinn 10 or 12 speeds have indexed shifting?

I have though about getting him a mountain bike (because there are tons of them out there) and putting slicks on it, but every mountain bike I have ridden simply dosent have a high enough "top" gear unless you want to spin about 120 or so.

My proublem is I see very few hybrids for sale and most used road bikes cost as much as a new hybrid. I just can't put $400 into a bike for him. I got a hybrid with 700c x25 tires and a 24 speed. This works great for me. Frankly I don't use the small chain ring and would be just as happy with a 16 speed road bike.

Frankly, I don't even call on road bikes less then 16 speed figuring they won't have indexed shifting. ( I'm most likely wrong, but I didn't think they had indexed shifting on les the 7 speed cassettes)

So other then "keep looking", I would love some susgestions

Thanks!

Craig
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Old 07-13-17, 06:32 AM
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Craig, it sounds like you're looking in the right places. Hybrids aren't necessarily all that common on the used market, but you can find them. I bought both of mine used. I bought a 2015 Trek Verve 3 for $250 last year. I bought a 1997 Trek 750 for $65 earlier this spring.

I would recommend looking at an older Trek MultiTrack 700/720/730/750. Depending on the particular model, they're chromoly steel with some form of butting. The 730 and 750 are full double-butted and made in the USA. They came with either 700x35 or 700x38 tires, but can take as wide as 700x40 or 700x45 in some cases. Being steel bikes, they're comfortable to ride. Being high quality bikes, they're light weight. Being old bikes, they're usually pretty inexpensive. Being all of these, they're loads of fun to buy and customize.

Here's a "Show your Trek MultiTrack" thread for some ideas:

http://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bic...ultitrack.html

What is your closest Craigslist region? Perhaps we can help you come up with ideas.
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A Multitrack is a very good recommendation. I have a Specialized Sirrus that I like very much. Mine is a 20-speed and has 28cm tires. I've thought of getting bigger tires for comfort and even greater versatility, but it rides so well as is, I have not. The Sirrus line has be around for years and it's avvailable in a range of prices. I just checked Chicago CL, as an example only, and searching for Sirrus in All bikes yielded 6 rides, all under $400. (seven men's Multitracks, all under $400, come up as well).


Nice story, sir: good luck to both of you, and enjoy your riding.
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Old 07-13-17, 08:53 AM
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I know the first rule of bike forums is don't suggest a department store bike but...if you absolutely can't find a better used one in your price range check Target. They carry a wide range of hybrid bikes and the Schwinn ones in the $200-250 range have nicer components for a department store bike. I wanted to try a hybrid this spring before investing a ton of money into a LBS bike. I bought a 21 speed Schwinn Hybrid for $80 at target this spring, made some minor adjustments to the bad assembly job, and it rode great. I actually sold it for $100 and the bought my Trek bike. I would have kept it another year probably but it was just a little too small for me.
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Old 07-13-17, 09:00 AM
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My local bike shop has a '90s Specialized Crossroads for 100 bucks. It's got a rather pretty dark green frame, and looks to be in good shape. I'm tempted by it, but I truly do have too many already...

Check your bike shops -- they sometimes have used trade-ins for cheap out front.
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The LBS's in my area don't deal in used bikes they just go with bicycle blue book and ship them off. The used bike market here is limited to CL and pawn shops. That said not all box store bikes are bad, they just don't have the LBS brand names or components. I remember my first "real" bike was a western flyer. I wanted a Mongoose bike so bad I worked two summers for one. Looking back the only real difference was the prestige of owning a brand name bike. As @Brooke1687 said you can find a decent bike there just make sure you give it a very good once or twice over before.
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OK I pulled the trigger. I know I said $400...

I was talking to my Cannondale dealer yesterday and he offered me a fantastic deal on a Quick 4. I will ride it a bit and decide if he gets the Quick 4 or the Quick 4 CX. He sold me the Quick 4 for the same price I paid for the Quick CX

Besides, there is a great rails to trails path near me and only the first 3 miles are paved. I'll get "his" bike dirty on that. It may not end up being his, we will see
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Congrats! That's a nice looking bike. What color did you get?
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It's any ulgly color of like bright line green or something. The bike was ordered in special for another customer some time back, and so the deal. My bike is a really nice "almost black". The Dealership dose not normally carry the Quick 4. Instead they carry the Quick 3 in several sizes (the Quick 3 is a 2 chain ring bike wiz 9 speed)

Took it for a short ride today. Except for the tires, it feels more like a road bike. On sidewalks, it is noticeably more harsh. On the paved section of a rail to trail section, I found my self yelling "on your left!" A LOT. The un paved section is hard pack and it was wonderful. There were a few small mud puddles (that I could have avoided) but no real mud. I went thru the puddles by the way, I mean I told him I was buying him a used bike after all.

I will ride it some more before I decide, but as of right now, I think I'll stick with the CX. I mean I already have the tires I wanted on the CX and that color, well just not fitting my Fat Old Man image. Ok and it also got rained on and didn't wash the bik, so there!
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