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Old 08-21-10, 09:10 PM
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Newbie looking for women's hybrid bike

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I am new to buying a "real" bike and need some help. I am 5'3, 125 lbs. I am looking for a bike that I can use around town so to speak, trail a doggy trailer with about 60 lbs, but also would like a bike that can go off the beaten path. Not hardcore mountain biking but needs to be able to handle well on easy/light trails. So this is why I think hybrid models would be best for me. I am definitely looking for a bike that has the best of both worlds to the greatest extent possible skewing towards the sporty side. Looking for some models I should start researching and test driving... any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated =) Budget is no more than $500.
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Have you looked at the used market? I see used hardtail mountain bikes (without suspension forks) and hybrids all the time for $100 or so, sometimes $50. Even if such a bike needed some work, your total bike investment would still be closer to $200 rather than $500, leaving you with money for a pump, helmet, shorts, etc...You can decide whether you want a slick tire with minimal tread (best for roads) or a multitrack style tire with smooth tread in the middle, knobs on the sides (best for packed dirt, gravel, or crushed limestone).
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I did browse craigslist and I also went by some local bike shops. On craiglist I saw a globe Vienna 2 2009 w/ the accessories incld for $350. But I want to do some more research and test drive a couple different models first. In the bike shops I kinda took a liking to a trek navigator 3.0... there was also a Specialized Carmel (something like that) which also looked promising... today was my first time bike shop hopping, it was fun... =)
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Originally Posted by MELO82
I did browse craigslist and I also went by some local bike shops. On craiglist I saw a globe Vienna 2 2009 w/ the accessories incld for $350. But I want to do some more research and test drive a couple different models first. In the bike shops I kinda took a liking to a trek navigator 3.0... there was also a Specialized Carmel (something like that) which also looked promising... today was my first time bike shop hopping, it was fun... =)
Take your time. Trek Navigator is pretty much a comfort hybrid, right? So you aren't looking for anything super light or super fast. Just my opinion, but at the price point you are looking, I am not seeing huge technological or quality advances over bikes from 10 or 15 years ago. Get yourself an old mountain bike, put some smoother tires on it, and you basically have a comfort hybrid. Or get yourself a Cro -Moly (steel) hybrid from the 90s, put some light road or touring tires on it and, give or take a couple of lbs., you have something pretty much equivalent to a modern sport hybrid..
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There is a womens version of the Specialized Crosstrail, that should be right up your alley....... fat tires for off the beaten path, and high enuf gearing to like to go fast, plus, low enuf gearing to climb walls..... be quick before all the 2010s are gone - you should be able to get a good price right now... as the 2011s are coming out. You would like the way they ride and handle.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...sp?sid=10Ariel

Given the time of year, you might could talk them down on a "Sport" for your budgetary constraints........ that would be the next model up, and I consider it a better buy.... with a lock out fork, and more, and higher, gears, better componentry all the way around..

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Yea! I saw the Ariel/crosstrail online. It does look like it's almost precisely what I'm looking for. I'm going to try to see one today. MRT2's idea of buying an old one and tweaking it is also interesting but I am a little wary that I don't know enough to take that project on... =\ but either way I'm searching everything and realizing that a bike is much more than 2 wheels, pedals, and a handle bar. =)~
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Originally Posted by MELO82
Yea! I saw the Ariel/crosstrail online. It does look like it's almost precisely what I'm looking for. I'm going to try to see one today. MRT2's idea of buying an old one and tweaking it is also interesting but I am a little wary that I don't know enough to take that project on... =\ but either way I'm searching everything and realizing that a bike is much more than 2 wheels, pedals, and a handle bar. =)~
You would basically need to work with a bike shop, so your time spent there now isn't entirely wasted. And don't be ashamed to show up at a LBS with a used bike. While the salesman won't be thrilled, the service department will be more than happy for your business. As far as knowing what to look for, you did find this site, right? Knowing what a brand new version of what you are looking for looks and rides like is really useful. So when you find something used with the same brand name and/or model number as that shiny new bike, you have a benchmark for comparison with the used bike.

In addition to Specialized, Trek is always solid. Also, Giant, Gary Fisher, Kona, Marin, Bianchi, Fuji, GT, Jamis, and Raleigh are or were also decent brands.

As for the notion that buying new will be a no hastle affair compared with riding a used one, that is not necessarily true. New will get you a warranty, but you will still be back to the bike shop for adjustments. I had to go back to the bike shop more times that first year I owned my new bike for adjustments, both minor (little fit issues, adjust brakes and derailleurs due to cable stretch) and major (wheel rebuild) than in the next 5 years.

One more point. I am not seeing much difference between current hybrids and the hybrids of 10 to 15 years ago. Other than the near universal use of aluminum as opposed to Cro-Moly frames, which is, IMO a wash (a little lighter, but maybe less comfortable?), anything else? My wife's 3 year old comfort hybrid looks and feels, to my eyes at least, more cheaply built than my 13 year old hybrid. Both retailed for about the same money, around $400.

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Thanks! Yea I'm going to take some test drives now to get a feel of what I want. I didn't have sneakers on yesterday so my "test drive" was sitting on the bikes and checking comfort and reach.
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Originally Posted by MELO82
Thanks! Yea I'm going to take some test drives now to get a feel of what I want. I didn't have sneakers on yesterday so my "test drive" was sitting on the bikes and checking comfort and reach.
You need to actually ride a few, though truthfully, if you haven't been riding, it is hard to know from a quick spin around the block how you will like the bike long term. The upright bike with the plush saddle will get fatiguing if you ride it in windy conditions, or more than 10 miles.

Don't be ashamed to ask if the local bike shop has any used bikes. Some bike shops will sell you a used bike, others won't. That is what I did when I bought my son a bike earlier this summer.

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Also check out offerings from Giant, like the Cypress DX or Cypress W, and Jamis, like the Allegro 1 Femme.
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Originally Posted by MRT2
Have you looked at the used market? I see used hardtail mountain bikes (without suspension forks) and hybrids all the time for $100 or so, sometimes $50. Even if such a bike needed some work, your total bike investment would still be closer to $200 rather than $500, leaving you with money for a pump, helmet, shorts, etc...You can decide whether you want a slick tire with minimal tread (best for roads) or a multitrack style tire with smooth tread in the middle, knobs on the sides (best for packed dirt, gravel, or crushed limestone).
Good call.

Pulling a trailer requires toughness and a good range of gears; an old hardtail MTB is much more likely to provide these things than a hybrid. My suggestion would be a 15" Kona Lava Dome.
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I checked out a Trek fx today. It was nice 21 speed. Only thing is that I would like the tires to be a little thicker. I'm going to get online today and see if I find any neat used mtn bikes. Basically the frame and gears should be in good shape right? Everything else could be changed out? I still want to checkout the Specialized Crosstrail/Ariel as well but didn't see one today.
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Originally Posted by MELO82
I checked out a Trek fx today. It was nice 21 speed. Only thing is that I would like the tires to be a little thicker. I'm going to get online today and see if I find any neat used mtn bikes. Basically the frame and gears should be in good shape right? Everything else could be changed out? I still want to checkout the Specialized Crosstrail/Ariel as well but didn't see one today.
Anything could be switched out if worn or broken. But generally, look for a bike that is at least rideable with wheels that spin freely, shifters that work, brakes that stop the bike when you squeeze the levers, and pedals that turn smoothly without squeaking or rattling. I would assume tires, and possibly brake pads need replacement. Less likely but possible is a chain needing to be replaced, or even a front or rear derailleur, but this is no big deal either if the price is right.

Meanwhile echoed my points about old mountain bikes and to a lesser extent, hybrids. Look for something that isn't completely beat up. Well used but cared for is OK. Used once or twice for a charity ride and hung up in a garage for 10 or 12 years is even better. (that happened to me with a used vintage road bike I bought a few years ago. Seller told me that after the first couple of years, he only used the bike once a year, for about 10 years for the ride for the arts in Milwaukee, which he did with his Dad every year until his Dad was no longer physically able to ride. Then, it sat in his basement for about 10 years. I wasn't sure if I believed the story, but given the condition of the bike, which was over 20 years old, the story was at least plausible)

RE: hybrids. 10 to 15 years ago, a hybrid was a variation of a mountain bike, featuring a more upright geometry, a 700c wheel rather than a 26" wheel and a slightly narrower tire with a modest tread designed for "multitrack." In other words, a mountain bike for those who never planned to ride single track. These days, the hybrid category has fractured into road or sport hybrids, like the Fx series with a more performance oriented wheels/tires and narrow saddle, comfort hybrids (with wide seats and suspension forks and seatposts), and commuter hybrids, with racks, fenders and lights, or internal hubs rather than derailleurs. Presumably the bike manufacturers know what they are doing, by offering the customer what they want at the outset, rather than leave it up to the customer to customize his or her bike according to their needs/wants.

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I bought my first Jamis bike in 1987 or 88 - the Jamis Explorer. I still ride it today and still love it. It is chromoly and a 21 speed. Have never had a problem with it - make sure you keep your bike in the garage or inside somewhere and get it regularly maintained. Mine goes to my LBS once a year for a tune up.

If you are pulling a trailer you will definitely want the 21 speed and a nice fat tired comfortable bike. I own 3 Jamis's and highly recommend them. I also have a Trek, a Giant and an Electra Townie. I am not a big Trek fan, I think they are over-rated and over-priced (sorry) - I love my Giant which is a Boulder model mountain bike and my Townie which is the flat foot technology comfort bike.

I'd recommend a Jamis or Giant hybrid or mountain bike for this. The hybrids have more comfortable upright seating than the mountain bikes.
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I bought my first Jamis bike in 1987 or 88 - the Jamis Explorer. I still ride it today and still love it. It is chromoly and a 21 speed. Have never had a problem with it - make sure you keep your bike in the garage or inside somewhere and get it regularly maintained. Mine goes to my LBS once a year for a tune up.

If you are pulling a trailer you will definitely want the 21 speed and a nice fat tired comfortable bike. I own 3 Jamis's and highly recommend them. I also have a Trek, a Giant and an Electra Townie. I am not a big Trek fan, I think they are over-rated and over-priced (sorry) - I love my Giant which is a Boulder model mountain bike and my Townie which is the flat foot technology comfort bike.

I'd recommend a Jamis or Giant hybrid or mountain bike for this. The hybrids have more comfortable upright seating than the mountain bikes.
Jamis is a cool bike. I would love to own one someday. I don't ride a Trek, but my wife and son both do. We live in Wisconsin, so a lot of Treks are sold here, therefore a lot of them show up used here as well.

In addition to my road bike, I have ridden a Bianchi Advantage hybrid for the last 13 years, and it has served me well. It has a Chromoly (steel) frame.
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hybrid was a variation of a mountain bike, featuring a more upright geometry, a 700c wheel rather than a 26" wheel and a slightly narrower tire with a modest tread designed for "multitrack."
That's what I want. It seems to me though that the tires on most hybrid are designed more for road, which is fine because that's what I'll be using it for 70% of the time but still want the ability to tackle some easy trails. The Specialized crosstrail tire are 700x45c, I haven't seen them but it seems like it would be about right. I did like that the fx seemed sporty, although it's tires also seemed narrow. I emailed someone from craigslist who has a trek mtn bike 800. That might work w/ some new tires.
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That's what I want. It seems to me though that the tires on most hybrid are designed more for road, which is fine because that's what I'll be using it for 70% of the time but still want the ability to tackle some easy trails. The Specialized crosstrail tire are 700x45c, I haven't seen them but it seems like it would be about right. I did like that the fx seemed sporty, although it's tires also seemed narrow. I emailed someone from craigslist who has a trek mtn bike 800. That might work w/ some new tires.
700 x 45 mm seems a little wide for a hybrid. My hybrid came stock with 38 mm tires, but I switched them out for 32 mm a few years ago to get a little better road performance. It still does fine on the occasional packed dirt or crushed limestone trail.

The Trek 800 is what I got for my son. Put some urban tires on it, 26" x 1.6". LBS offered it to me with the knobbies for $140 tuned up, but I bought new tires so it would work better on paved roads and bike paths. And, I bought an upgraded derailleur from the entry level one the LBS had put on the bike. So the used bike from a LBS tuned up and hybridized with new slick tires came to around $200.

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Here is a picture I found of an old mid to late 90s Trek 730 multitrack. https://ibikedb.net/bikes/26356-trek-multitrack-730

This is just an example of a bike you might find used locally for under $100. Trek is just one example, obviously Giant and Specialized made a ton of these bikes as well.

Or alternately, an example of a mountain bike from that era that could easily be converted for road or bike path use:
https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...=820&Type=bike
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Neat... Thanks for all your help!!! =) it has helped a whole bunch in my search. Hopefully I will be on a bike by next week.
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Neat... Thanks for all your help!!! =) it has helped a whole bunch in my search. Hopefully I will be on a bike by next week.
Update us on your ultimate choice of bikes.
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Just because the Crosstrail/Ariel has those wide tires, doesn't mean you have to buy them that wide ------ but you can.... you can also have the dealer swap them out for something like the Schwalbe Dureem, or Supreme - both of which would be more than adequate. 32s, 35s, or 40s. Do this before you take delivery to get a good price on the tires - they should only charge you the difference in price.

I ride 35s and 40s, and love them on my Crosstrail.
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I'll definitely let you guys know what I end up getting... =) I think I'll have something by this weekend.
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I would seriously check out the Trek 7.2 WSD. For a little extra $ you get an extra gear and upgraded lighter stuff compared to the FX 7.1. My wife loves it.
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Yea... I tested a 7.2 and really liked it =)
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Have you tried the Giant Dash 3? Should be able to get a 2010 closeout for $500.
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