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Old 03-13-12, 06:55 PM
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Need advise - 1st bike in 20 years

Do any of you have any experience or knowledge of the Marin Muirwoods 29er ??

Rode one this past weekend at a local REI and liked it alot. It can probably do some fire road type off-roading but nothing more aggressive (which is fine with me). Its predominantly a road (urban) bike at a reasonable $700-ish price.

As much as I'd like to say I'd take it off-road often, I really wouldn't given my lifestyle and where I live. Being honest with yourself is important when buying these kinds of things. I'm in my 40's and have never been mountain biking before so if I do, it will be light.

Just looking for mostly a tough bike that will last and can handle some light off-roading if I have the opportunity.

I was also looking at the Novara Forza at REI but the salesman said I'd have better luck with the Marin in the case of light off-roading.

Any other "do anything" bikes I should consider??

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-13-12, 07:49 PM
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Haha, that's my commuter bike. A very sweet ride. It's like a tank in both the good and bad ways because it flattens the street, but it's not the fastest thing out there either. It's zippy, but slower compared to some of the performance hybrids. Just so you know, the 29x1.6 tires that come with the bike are more commonly known as 700x42. The 29er moniker is just for marketing. I went into a bike shop asking for a tube for a 29x1.6 and just got funny looks...

I think the Muirwoods can handle tires up to about 50mm, but I've never taken mine off-road aside from a few hiking trails and that's on the street tires that come with the bike.

The Novara Forza...if you're riding on the street, personally, I'd rather not have suspension whether it can be locked or not. The 700x42 tires on the Muirwoods 29er do a pretty good job of smoothing out the ride.

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Old 03-13-12, 08:54 PM
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To Bike Forums, JohnnyRides!

Looks like you struck a common chord there! Hey, I think the Muirwoods is a fantastic bicycle. You most certainly couldn't go wrong with it. However, there are somethings I'd personally like to know before assisting you any further, for the purpose of expedience.

What type of riding will you be doing for the most part?

What type of terrain will you be primarily riding upon?

What's the upper limit of your budget?

Then Let's Go!
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I'll probably be on pavement for the most part but would like to do hard pack path every now and again. probably 90%, 10% I'm pretty athletic and can grow into a bike quickly.

My budget is to stay under $800 with a bike that has a good foundation where I can improve/replace any crappy components as needed.

If I really take to this then I can upgrade in a couple of years.

Thanks for help and attention.
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Alright JohnnyRides!

Here are my recommendations:

1) The Jamis Coda Comp
www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/street/coda/12_codacomp.html

2) The KHS Urban XCel
www.khsbicycles.com/06_urban_xcel_12.htm

3) The Raleigh Cadent FT2
www.raleighusa.com/bikes/performance-hybrid/cadent-ft2-12/

4) The Schwinn Sporterra Comp
www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/hybrid/2012-sporterra-comp-mens-14564

5) The Cannondale Quick 4
www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes/recreation-urban/recreation/quick/2012-quick-4-21002

6) The Cannondale Bad Boy 9
www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes/recreation-urban/urban/bad-boy/2012-bad-boy-9-20108

7) * The Kona Dew Deluxe
https://konaworld.com/asphalt_commute...ent=dew_deluxe

* It's because she's so pretty, you gotta spend the extra fifty!

- Slim

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Old 03-14-12, 10:40 AM
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Are you recommending these over the Muirwoods or in addition to the Muirwoods?

Thanks for this!!
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Such a same that we don't have these Raleigh Cadent/Alysa models in UK... They look awesome!!!
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Fortunately, my lbs is a reseller of Ralleigh. I'll have to try it out.

Does it have a nice component package? I don't know the difference just yet.
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Fortunately, my lbs is a reseller of Ralleigh. I'll have to try it out.

Does it have a nice component package? I don't know the difference just yet.
No. This is in addition to the Muirwoods 29'er, of course!

As a matter of fact, the Muirwoods should be somewhere near the top of that list.


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About 4 hours ago I ended the search and bought a Trek 7.3 FX. Its a nice bike that I'm sure I'll enjoy for years. I tried out the Marin Muirwoods, Cannondale Quick 4, Quick 5, Specialized Sirrus Sport, Sirrus Elite, and a couple of Raleighs and I liked the Trek the best.

It fit me best and it feels very well made - but so do all the others. I did swap out the seat because the stock seat was horrendous.

Now...... what accessories do you all suggest I get that are essential in enjoying the bike??

I picked up a Specialized pump with gauge and a small rack for a water bottle. Please share with me the best, most useful accessories you have had experience with.

Thanks.
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If you ride at night, you need lights front and rear. Advise you use lights around sunrise/sunset also due to long shadows and if you're riding in or out of the sun.
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRides View Post
About 4 hours ago I ended the search and bought a Trek 7.3 FX. Its a nice bike that I'm sure I'll enjoy for years. I tried out the Marin Muirwoods, Cannondale Quick 4, Quick 5, Specialized Sirrus Sport, Sirrus Elite, and a couple of Raleighs and I liked the Trek the best.

It fit me best and it feels very well made - but so do all the others. I did swap out the seat because the stock seat was horrendous.

Now...... what accessories do you all suggest I get that are essential in enjoying the bike??

I picked up a Specialized pump with gauge and a small rack for a water bottle. Please share with me the best, most useful accessories you have had experience with.

Thanks.
Somebody started an accessories thread here: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...al-accessories....
It is a short thread but seems to cover all the basics.
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Oh, you started that thread. LOL
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