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Old 02-20-13, 04:03 PM   #1
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Newbie needs a bike!

Hi guys,

I'm planning to buy a bike mainly to travel to and from classes at University but also to cruise around and to maybe get a workout in. I'll be riding mostly on roads and sidewalks.

All the previous bikes I have owned were clunky, mountain bikes, which were pointless because I never did any mountain biking. I want a beginner road/hybrid bike that's faster, smoother and more sleek than a mountain bike but still durable enough to jump over curbs/down curbs etc. I've been looking at trek bikes because that's the first brand that comes to mind. I'd like to stress that I want a bike that feels smooth and doesn't seem to weigh me down when I ride.

My price range is somewhere below or around $500 (is that paying too much?).
If it makes a difference, I'm 6 foot 3 and weigh 195 pounds.

I'd like to apologize if I'm offending anyone with my lack of knowledge in this subject. :)

Hope to hear from someone soon!

P.S. It's much easier for me to buy a bike from a retail store rather than ordering parts, customizing etc.
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Old 02-20-13, 04:16 PM   #2
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Sadly, $500 will get an entry level bike - I went through the same sticker shock myself last year

The Trek 7.1 FX is a good bike, you may get last years 7.2 FX at similar price if you shop around - and it will likely be a better bike. From your description, try these bikes too:
Trek 8.1DS, Specialized Sirrus, Giant Escape 2/3. At that price, the differences between the brands is marginal, so look for:
1. A local bike shop (LBS) that you like
2. A bike that fits you well, and you feel most comfortable on. If it isn't comfortable, you won't ride it - no matter what the components.

And take it for a longish test ride - not just around the parking lot. Avoid LBSes that don't let you take long rides - my LBS let me vanish for 30 minute rides - did this for three bikes at least (and one very short 5 minute ride on bike #4 - I really didn't like that one!)
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My fuji absolute 1.4 has a list of $700+ (i think) but Performance bike near my house had them for $650...It's a damn good bike..aluminum frame, carbon fork, super light, super fun and nimble to ride.
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Add the base Kona Dew to the list treadtread provided.
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There are plenty of threads where people have FX 7.1 and like the bike. Giant, Jamis and Kona also have models in this price range and people seem happy with their purchases. I have a coworker who is amazed at the price of bikes, especially when I tell him he should spend $1300-1500 on a quality road bike, as he is putting on 200+ miles a week. Bikes in the $500 price range are all very similar. Shop around for a last years model with discount. If theft is going to be an issue, perhaps trying to purchase used bike might help the bike blend in more with the beater bikes. Go to LBS, try all the bikes in your price range and select the one that fits best and that appeals to you.
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