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Old 10-17-14, 06:20 PM
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What bike is right for me?

Im looking for a bike that i can ride on most terrain and long distances. I want to take it touring and will be hooking up a cart to the back to pull my dog along. Ive been looking at the specialized cross trail but not sure what a good brand is. im about 5'2 (so need something small) and looking to spend not much more than 800. Any ideas?
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Old 10-18-14, 07:27 PM
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That's a pretty open question. I'm not surprised there have not been a lot of replies. Anyways, it time for you to go shopping and learn what's out there and what you like. Go to your LBS (local bike shops) and do some research and test rides. A decent Hybrid with low gearing for the trailer should be available in the $500-$800 range. Save some money for extras like a helmet and gloves for yourself and fenders and mirror etc. for the bike.
One of my bikes is a 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid and it has now covered 8000km and required only new chain, tires and brake pads.
Good luck and welcome to BF.


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Speaking from my personal experience, The Specialized Crosstrail will fit the bill and more!!! I am on my 2nd one, only because I wanted to upgrade to disc brakes. The first one was a 2010 Crosstrail Sport....rode it over 3000 miles with the only problem being several broken spokes and a few flats. New bike , this Sept. is the 2015 Crosstrail Disc Expert....is a little lighter and has hydraulic Disc brakes and upgraded Shimano XT components. Many good brands out there, but I am staying with Specialized......it's hard to beat!!! I would advise you to try out different brands and Select the Make/model that meets your own criteria.
BTW.....I am 6'4", 260#s (now) used to be 300#s.....65 yrs old, and use an XXL frame size.....daily ride is in hilly State Park with VERY steep climbs and some dirt trails.

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