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Hamrick 04-21-10 02:22 PM

Help?
 
I'm at a loss here.
I've decided to get a new bike, (women's) but I can't find what I want, and I'm not sure what I'm looking for.
I'm on a budget as well. Maybe $250?
The bike I have now is alright, but it is a mens bike. This is fine when I'm riding because everything is adjusted, but my feet barely touch when I am stopped...and I don't really like the looks of it. ALog with this, I am in the process of "fixing it up", which could be expensive.
So I'm searching for a hybrid, because I live in the country but also ride on paved roads.
Any suggestions or ideas would be helpful.

Thanks!

meanstreak 04-21-10 02:54 PM

250 won't get you much unless you are willing to get a department store model. A friend of mind did get a lower end Schwinn online through Amazon for about 250.

If you can spend loser to 300 or even 350 there may be some deals on 2009 model Treks. Look at the 7100 or 7200 models if you want a comfort style hybrid. If you want more of a fitness bike look at the 7.1 or 7.2 FX. My dealer was making me a deal on a leftover that would have been 129 dollars off the already discounted 2010 price. I wouldn't wait to long if you can find something in the size you need because this is their season.

mikeschn 04-21-10 03:44 PM

The only NEW hybrid I've seen is the Schwinn Tourist at Target. You can get that for about $200 to $250

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist1.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist2.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist3.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist4.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist5.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist6.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist7.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist8.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist9.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist10.jpg


Mikey

Hamrick 04-21-10 03:45 PM

I wouldn't mind a department store model as long as the quality was decent, but I will work to spend a little more if needed.
I guess I am looking for more of a bike for exercise, I just want one that will do well in both conditions I mentioned...but I know that depends on the tires, too.
I'm a beginner, so I don't feel like I need the best of the best. Also, I looked at the 7100 and 7200 review and they sounded good, but I do not like the appearance, and I don't think those bikes would fit well on my trunk rack. http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Deluxe-2...1886025&sr=8-1
I would prefer one with a straight top tube that is more horizontal.
With that in mind, any new thoughts?

Thanks.

mikeschn 04-21-10 03:47 PM

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist11.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist12.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist13.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist14.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist15.jpg

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/tourist16.jpg

Mikey

Wanderer 04-21-10 04:12 PM

At that price point you don't get many choices - and that Schwinn is a decent bike for the money. It's almost a throw away bike for travelling by plane, a worthwhile college commuter, and a fair around town bike. At a low enough price to introduce many to bicycling....

mikeybikes 04-21-10 04:17 PM

If you're a heavy person - be wary of those wheels on that Tourist. 24 paired spokes like that won't stay in true for very long with a larger person. (Unless they're built with decent rims and by a decent builder, which those aren't)

Hamrick 04-21-10 04:19 PM

I do like that Schwinn, but it is a men's bike, correct?
Any thoughts on this one or one similar? http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/P...orterra-Womens

Hamrick 04-21-10 04:26 PM

I'm not too heavy. 118 last I checked. So something like that should be alright for me.

meanstreak 04-21-10 04:29 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by not caring for the appearance but you probably mean the comfort bike look. I prefer the look of the fitness models like the FX myself.

All of the Hybrids I have seen have a top tube that is angled. A mens bike is not as severe and some women prefer those but they are still not horizontal.




Originally Posted by Hamrick (Post 10704505)
I wouldn't mind a department store model as long as the quality was decent, but I will work to spend a little more if needed.
I guess I am looking for more of a bike for exercise, I just want one that will do well in both conditions I mentioned...but I know that depends on the tires, too.
I'm a beginner, so I don't feel like I need the best of the best. Also, I looked at the 7100 and 7200 review and they sounded good, but I do not like the appearance, and I don't think those bikes would fit well on my trunk rack. http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Deluxe-2...1886025&sr=8-1
I would prefer one with a straight top tube that is more horizontal.
With that in mind, any new thoughts?

Thanks.


SpoonyGSR 04-21-10 05:13 PM

Target has some nice women hybrid bikes, my gf just got one when i went and bought mine.. its on sale for 200 this week.. same components as the tourist.

mikeschn 04-21-10 05:34 PM

Good looking bike. Isn't that a little more than you wanted to spend? Although if you can find the money, it seems to be a nice bike. I think you'll like the 700C wheels too.

Go to the Schwinn store and try one on for size. :thumb:

Mikey


Originally Posted by Hamrick (Post 10704673)
I do like that Schwinn, but it is a men's bike, correct?
Any thoughts on this one or one similar? http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/P...orterra-Womens


Hamrick 04-21-10 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by SpoonyGSR (Post 10704925)
Target has some nice women hybrid bikes, my gf just got one when i went and bought mine.. its on sale for 200 this week.. same components as the tourist.


Originally Posted by mikeschn (Post 10705003)
Good looking bike. Isn't that a little more than you wanted to spend? Although if you can find the money, it seems to be a nice bike. I think you'll like the 700C wheels too.

Go to the Schwinn store and try one on for size. :thumb:

That's disappointing-there are no Target stores nearby, same goes for Schwinn.
And yes, it is more than I would like to spend, but it is one of the few I have found and like.
I'm going to a bike shop tomorrow to see what I can find.

Slee_Stack 04-22-10 08:58 AM

Try to not concern yourself with Men's vs Women's labeling.

Women's bikes aren't always significantly different. Some do have slightly different geometries, a different seat, and SOMETIMES shorter reach components (shifters, cranks).

For a rock-bottom department store bike, the only differences you will probably see are Paint Color and Top Tube.

Please avoid the old-fashioned, low swoop, ridiculous looking, and absolutely-no-benefit-to-a-woman steeply angled top tube! This design is a throwback to riding bikes in dresses.

Also please avoid the department store if at all possible. The money you 'save' upfront on a junk bike will quickly go to the LBS in what they charge you to keep adjusting or fixing said bike to keep it ridable.


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