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Old 09-24-10, 07:52 PM   #1
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I'm starting to really get into this after a twist of fate

Hello everyone,

I've shopping around for a bike because I started commuting to work about a month ago after my car was totaled. At first I started walking to work, but that just took too long and I don't like waiting for the bus. So I had my old Magna Excitor that is about 6-7 years old, so I figured I would try it. Soon I found that I really like commuting on the bike and when I have extra time I go to the park trail (asphalt) and back home. So I ride anywhere from 4-8 miles daily, I could do more if I find a decent bike. The bike I have can ride but the brakes are really bad and the wheels are crooked, so it is time to get something decent. Link to bike I have at the moment (mine is 24"):

I looked up different models and this forum turned up on most searches, so I decided to sign up. I got my eye on a trek 7.5 FX (17.5") from 2007, but I'm not sure if it's my size. I'm also open to suggestions. I'm considering either a hybrid or a road bike that can take on sidewalks and asphalt trails. On my way to work I ride the sidewalk because I don't feel safe on the road. I did ride the road for a short distance and I noticed the bike is much faster on it. Anyway right now I'm using the Excitor 24" with the seat all the way to the bottom. I'm between 5' 4.5" and 5' 5" and around 135 lbs. I'm looking for a used bike online at the moment. I'm either going to pay with funds or try to trade my canon hf11 for it. My budget is a maximum of $500, which is why I'm considering something older in decent condition. Any help on the size or bike suggestions would help, thanks.

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Old 09-24-10, 08:47 PM   #2
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You might do some test rides at your local LBS to get a better idea of what size bike will fit you. The Trek hybrid should do just fine on asphalt trails as well as road/sidewalk riding. A hybrid will have wider tires than a road bike and a more upright posture. I have both a hybrid and a road bike and I mainly use the hybrid for commuting because it's more comfortable for me, and I have a rack and panniers installed on the back to carry work stuff. When I ride my road bike to work I have to use a backpack.
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They sell a lot of these to commuters at the shop I retired from. Great bike and components -- and new not used for $525.
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Thanks for the replies guys, that Jamis looks great, however I was able to secure a loaner car. Since, I almost lost 20 pounds in the month or so I was without a car, I'm just going to keep biking.

I'm going to train at my local park in NJ and get into enough shape to join a New York Sports clubs before the cold weather sets in. So I need a different bike now but on a lower budget to accommodate for the gym membership.

My new budget is $300 or trade for my Canon hf11 hd camera, I'm looking for a road bike now or possibly a tri bike.

I can either buy from local member here or on craigslist. I'm in middlesex county but willing to travel within reasonable distance.

I don't care if the bike is old or newer but it needs to be in good shape so I can use it till the end of the summer and next year. I might consider buying a bike station eventually depending on how things go.

I've seen a couple on craigslist that are interesting. I saw an older Quintana Roo and this older specialized allez SE:

I could probably find something better but I'm not an expert. Pretty much I learn by searching through this forum.

Anyway help me out if you can. Thanks.

P.S. my height is 5'5"
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