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Old 03-23-14, 12:03 AM
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Help choosing a new bike!

Hello everyone!

So I've always had ****ty walmart type bikes for as long as I can remember and I don't know much about what's considered to be good quality. With summer coming up I thought it was about time to get something decent that would last me awhile and was hoping some of you more experienced people could give me some suggestions. I was injured for awhile and have just started working out again so I'm a bit on the heavy side these days (if that plays a factor in choice). I'm a male ages 24, 235lb's, about 6'1 and most of my riding will be done on paved-roads and some gravel/dirt ones as well. My budget is no more than around $500. I've been looking at the hybrids the most since they seem to be more my style and seem to fit what I'll be doing. I live in Canada but I go down to the US all the time so either country works for me. I've been looking at the Diamondback Insight 2 but am not really sure, there are quite a few companies out there, makes things somewhat overwhelming. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 03-23-14, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by OneEyedEd
Hello everyone!

So I've always had ****ty walmart type bikes for as long as I can remember and I don't know much about what's considered to be good quality. With summer coming up I thought it was about time to get something decent that would last me awhile and was hoping some of you more experienced people could give me some suggestions. I was injured for awhile and have just started working out again so I'm a bit on the heavy side these days (if that plays a factor in choice). I'm a male ages 24, 235lb's, about 6'1 and most of my riding will be done on paved-roads and some gravel/dirt ones as well. My budget is no more than around $500. I've been looking at the hybrids the most since they seem to be more my style and seem to fit what I'll be doing. I live in Canada but I go down to the US all the time so either country works for me. I've been looking at the Diamondback Insight 2 but am not really sure, there are quite a few companies out there, makes things somewhat overwhelming. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
Find a good steel framed bike. for 500 bucks you can find a very good used bike on craigslist. Some of the older bikes were made to last forever. I have about 8 different bikes from the 50's till 1980 and with proper maintenance they all still ride like new. Some of the newer bikes don't last that long unless you spend more money then you plan to invest. Good luck
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Old 03-23-14, 05:06 AM
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over the winter i have been building a Miele aluminium hybrid from the frame up. my frame was Canada made and they seem to have made a good one. my bike has disc brakes, assembled from old hybrid wheels from the early 1990's laced to new shimano disc hubs, the bike came in at 26 lbs. Miele bikes | All terrain bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Kid & Junior Bicycles
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$500 can get you a decent bike, but if you're able to stretch that budget a bit, I'd recommend doing so. A little more invested up front can potentially save you some in the long run in terms of maintenance and comfort. It is certainly possible to find some good used bikes out there; however, with new bikes from a local bike shop (LBS), you will typically also have some value added in the form of warranty, shop service deals, possibly accessory discounts (depending on the shop), etc. Keep in mind that it is also worth budgeting a bit for some of the "must-have" and "nice-to-have" accessories that go with a bike, such as lights, a good lock, a helmet, flat repair stuff, maybe some decent gloves, etc.

That being said, whatever you decide, try out a couple of LBSs to see what they have to offer. Get sized up, test ride some bikes, get a feel for how the shops treat their customers, and see if you can't find that lucky combo of a bike that feels good and is fun to ride, plus a shop staffed by people who know what they're doing and actually care about bikes and customers, plus some good deals. A lot of people will say "Don't shop for a bike. Shop for a bike shop," because your relationship with said bike shop can be worth a lot in itself. Best of luck to you, in any case!
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I'll be keeping my eye out for an old used one but I don't think I'll have much luck in finding one given where I live. As for building one, I just don't have the time these days to put the invested amount of time it would take to make sound choices and make something good. Maybe somewhere down the line when I have a few weeks of free time.

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$500 can get you a decent bike, but if you're able to stretch that budget a bit, I'd recommend doing so. A little more invested up front can potentially save you some in the long run in terms of maintenance and comfort. It is certainly possible to find some good used bikes out there; however, with new bikes from a local bike shop (LBS), you will typically also have some value added in the form of warranty, shop service deals, possibly accessory discounts (depending on the shop), etc. Keep in mind that it is also worth budgeting a bit for some of the "must-have" and "nice-to-have" accessories that go with a bike, such as lights, a good lock, a helmet, flat repair stuff, maybe some decent gloves, etc.

That being said, whatever you decide, try out a couple of LBSs to see what they have to offer. Get sized up, test ride some bikes, get a feel for how the shops treat their customers, and see if you can't find that lucky combo of a bike that feels good and is fun to ride, plus a shop staffed by people who know what they're doing and actually care about bikes and customers, plus some good deals. A lot of people will say "Don't shop for a bike. Shop for a bike shop," because your relationship with said bike shop can be worth a lot in itself. Best of luck to you, in any case!

Thanks for the reply Lanovran, I may try and squeeze out some extra doe if it turns out to be worthwhile. The question I have then is what company should I lean towards? I've looked around online and certain companies are only supplied at certain stores and I'd rather not drive all over Toronto when I'm passing by there next time without any sort of idea of what I'm looking for. Any suggestions? Diamondback really isnt supplied here in Canada (although I could do this next time i drive down to the US), I've been looking at Trek FX's and Giant Escapes. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm also reading a lot about these new disk breaks which look quite interesting. I always use to have problems with the older style breaks but maybe thats because the bikes i was riding were not very good.
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"As for building one, I just don't have the time" please check the link they are Canadian and make complete bikes.
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"As for building one, I just don't have the time" please check the link they are Canadian and make complete bikes.
Oh my bad I realize that, I thought I wrote this but apparently left it out. I looked into the company a little while ago and a few people were saying that the company has diminished in quality dramatically and that it wasn't even the same company that built the old ones. Not sure how true that is but I read that online as well.
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Originally Posted by OneEyedEd
Thanks for the reply Lanovran, I may try and squeeze out some extra doe if it turns out to be worthwhile. The question I have then is what company should I lean towards? I've looked around online and certain companies are only supplied at certain stores and I'd rather not drive all over Toronto when I'm passing by there next time without any sort of idea of what I'm looking for. Any suggestions? Diamondback really isnt supplied here in Canada (although I could do this next time i drive down to the US), I've been looking at Trek FX's and Giant Escapes. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm also reading a lot about these new disk breaks which look quite interesting. I always use to have problems with the older style breaks but maybe thats because the bikes i was riding were not very good.
Well, I would personally recommend Trek's bikes, but then I do work at a Trek dealer, so... If you're looking to ride primarily on pavement, but a little on gravel/dirt roads, then you might also want to look at bikes like Trek's Dual Sport line. The FX, meanwhile, are probably our most popular hybrid line. As for the brakes, discs help in wet conditions, and will generally have greater stopping power; however, modern linear pull rim brakes will often do the job just as well. A lot of it has to do with the quality of the brake pads, and whether they're properly adjusted.
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I like the Jamis Coda Sport at your price point!
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Thanks for the tips people! I think I'll go check out the Trek dealer and see what I like.
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If you're in Toronto, there's a guy who lives there who posts Youtube videos (Youtube channel, "cjhoyle") of his year-round cycle commute to work, as well as cycle maintenance videos. I think they're helpful and inspiring.
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If you're in Toronto, there's a guy who lives there who posts Youtube videos (Youtube channel, "cjhoyle") of his year-round cycle commute to work, as well as cycle maintenance videos. I think they're helpful and inspiring.
Thanks, I'll check it out
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Don't forget to ck Giant dealers. You always seem to get more bike for your buck with Giant. If it fits, and you like the looks.
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I actually found a dealer that sells both, I was going to go there first and check it out. Place looks decent. Cycle Solutions: Home Page
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