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Old 08-19-13, 07:58 PM
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Newbie Needs help with choosing a bike.

Hi there,

I'm new to the forum, and to biking in general. Last summer, I was riding a friends Giant Sedona for fitness and in the midst of searching for my own, I came across a cheap Schwinn and added it to my amazon wishlist. To my surprise, my folks picked this bike up for me as a gift.

See it here:
http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/ro...14703#/reviews

I rode it a twice, hoping to eventually use it as a commuter but wasn't to comfortable on it. The third time I got a flat and never got back on it. I am now moving, starting a new program and looking to commute via bike. The ride is about 3.5 miles one way. Mostly urban, but several trails nearby and some on the way. I'm looking for a hybrid, dual sport bike that can be used for commuting, fun on the weekend, and possibly cruising to the beach.
I don't know much about bikes, or what my options are, so forgive my naivety. Here is what I am considering.
1. Keeping the Schwinn - putting different tires on it as we'll as anything else that would assist it in being multi-purpose. (I hate the brake set-up on the bars, but I don't mind the drop set up)
2. I've been looking at these options based on some reading, what I want it for and price. I don't really want to go over a $1000.
Trek CrossRip
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...013_crossrip/#
Trek DS 8.4
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...eries/8_4_ds/#
Cannondale quick cx3
http://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes...-cx/quick-cx-3

I'm hesitant to make a large purchase as a newbie, but at the same time, the Schwinn doesn't seem like its up to the task.
Any suggestions, advice, etc is greatly appreciated.

I'm 5'10 200lbs decent shape (if that matters)
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Old 08-19-13, 09:06 PM
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I'm a newbie as well that just got back into biking. I have an old Sears special that I bought from a neighbor and hung in the garage for 10 years. Here is the advise I found most useful from this forum and some friends.
1) Spend a little money to fix what you have and ride it for a while (I've been riding the old bike to work)
2) Test ride a lot of bikes to see what's comfortable for you with the type of riding you'll be doing
3) Don't rule out used bikes. I ended up getting a gently used hybrid this past weekend on Craigslist that I'm really happy with.

Don't be in a hurry. You'll know the right bike when you ride it. Enjoy the experience!
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Old 08-24-13, 02:51 PM
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Go to Wallyworld to get a floor model and be done with.
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If you're considering a 8.4 DS, I'd also test ride a 7.4 FX. The FX has no suspension, but its carbon fork compensates for the lack of suspensions pretty well. The FX is also quite a bit lighter than the DS. I bought a 8.4 DS and used it for commuting (about 9 miles one way) for a couple of days. I realized that its suspensions didn't absorb as much shock from the pavement as I'd expected. My reference point was my Gary Fisher MTB, so maybe I had too high an expectation. Anyway, I happened to test ride a 7.5 FX and really liked how it felt, including the smoothness on some rough pavement. At least it wasn't any worse than the DS. With the road-oriented tyres and lightweight frame, I had a much better time riding the FX on bike paths, paved trails and streets than the DS. Next thing I did, I exchanged the DS for the FX. I'm a very happy rider now. Just FYI...
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Old 08-26-13, 01:34 PM
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I honestly have to say out of my three I prefer my roads over my hybrid. Don't get me wrong I love my Crossroads especially on packed dirt trails and roads but for my commute I choose my vintage 1986 centurion. Sometimes I feel guilty leaving the hybrid behind but when I ride over the overpass I know I made the right choice.
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