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Old 04-22-10, 01:26 PM
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I am 48 years old, 6'1" and about 247 lbs and am wanting to get into biking to complement my running that I have started. I have been looking at a used 2008 Specialized Globe Carmel I (L Frame). I tried it out once and really liked it and seems to be a good fit. My intent is to ride mostly paved trails and sometimes farm trails (but not too rough , no jumps, etc.). At times I hope to ride 20 to 40 miles as well. The Bike Shop is wanting $225 for the used bike. I am interested in any input on the Carmel as well as a bike from Target that I have been looking at. It is a 28" Schwinn Trailway Hybrid. The Schwinn is $199 new. I am new to this so any help is appreciated.
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Old 04-22-10, 02:49 PM
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That's a no brainer. Get the Specialized!!! Check out Julia's Globe Carmel here... https://sv-se.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=120949831731

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Thanks

Thanks. Do you feel that the Globe would be sturdy enough for a big person? I am also wanting to make sure it would be ok for some farm trails. Again nothing major but not paved.
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32 spokes per wheel minimum. 36 or more would be better.

It would also be nice to see 2X or 3X crossed spokes on the front wheel as well. That Specialized picture is sporting radial. Me no likey.

Radial spokes....if one breaks...game over, you're walking.

However, I would choose the Specialized as well. Upgrade the wheels if you feel the need.
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I am looking at the 2008 Globe Carmel I that I can get for $200. It has 26 inch wheels. I really like the bike but wanted to see if anyone has any other ideas concerning this bike. I think it is just what I want but I really want to take my time and get a bike that I can ride for a long time to come.
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Old 04-27-10, 08:18 PM
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The Globe Carmel is a comfort bike, it's a good way to get into cycling and is very comfortable to ride and easy on the back. For starting out or casual riding I think you'll really enjoy it. If you get more into biking you will probably want something more aggressive like a flat bar hybrid (i.e.,Specialized Sirrus) or even a road bike. They are less comfortable but the riding position allows you to put more power down.

I started out with a comfort bike (Trek Navigator) and was very happy with it. But I knew I wanted something more aggressive within about six months.
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The good news with the Carmel - you can probably get your money back - if you keep it clean and lubricated - when you resell it.

That is, when you decide you like it, and end up buying a more performance oriented Hybrid - whether it's something mountain or road oriented.

There is a big difference in the many types of road oriented hybrids - like the fat tires on a Specialized Crosstrail, the medium tires on the Trek FX, or the narrower tires on the Specialized Sirrus - even though they all sport basically the same gearing/drivetrain. Then, there are the other different types.....
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