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Old 03-22-05, 12:40 AM
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Heylo! New to BikeForum, buying a new bike... if you can help me please do! =)

Hello, I'm new to bikeforums, and a new bikeowner-to-be. Please help! =)
I'm looking to purchase a hybrid, safe to hit a bit harder terrain and of course on those local WestLA city streets too. Here are a few I personally test-rode and liked. Please give me your opinion, I value your thoughts. One main concern I do have is that I want a lighter bike with street tires (thinner) but am I able to change to a thicker tread on these bikes? I really don't like the weight of mtn bikes. I'm a lightweight to begin with, would love the swifter ride with comfort.

1.Trek 7500 Hybrid
https://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Cit.../7500/index.php

2. Cannondale Adventure 800
https://cannondale.com/bikes/05/cusa/model-5AS8.html

3. Giant Cypress SX
https://www.giantbicycles.com/us/030...asp?model=11053

Any other models in equivalent to these? and for those super nice people out there.. any place that you recommend I can great deals/service to purchase my bike? I visited Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica, pretty cool there.. any reputable online retailers?

Thanks for helping...
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Old 03-22-05, 04:06 AM
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hello and welcome, a lot of people here are very helpfull and you will learn a lot about bikes here. You should try posting this question in another section, not that many people check these threads here. Well, good luck on your bike purchase. And enjoy the forum.
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Old 03-22-05, 06:31 AM
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Welcome, misssasia, I think your bike choices should probably all serve you well. I think I would spend as much time as possible riding them and seeing how they feel to you. It would be especially helpful if the bike shops will allow you to try an extended test ride of 8-10 miles or even more. Even though I normally ride a road bike, I have ridden a Trek 7500 and it appears to be a very fine bike. I think that somewhere after a year or two of riding, you may start thinking that you should have gotten a bike with this or that, but often we need to ride for awhile before we figure out exactly what kind of riding we will do.
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Welcome to BikeForums.

Are you limited to these 3 bikes because of budget or because this is all you've seen in your bike shop(s)? Have you looked at Jamis bikes or Raleigh bikes or Specialized bikes or KHS or ..... ?

Those are all good bikes and there are lots of other good bikes if you look around. Don't jump at the first bike you see and fall in love with. It's a big investment and you want to be happy with the bike you pick.

Good luck and let us know which bike you get.
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Old 03-22-05, 01:10 PM
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thanks for the reply.. no i haven't tried Jamis brand.. your bike looks nice.. you see I know I don't want a tank, and I'm not too keen on a road bike positioning..(leaning over) something inbetween... and I think I prefer a smoother ride but want it to be swift. Unfortunately sometimes those sleeker hybrids tend to be real stiff and not so shock absorbant. any other tips you'd like to give me? Price-wise yes.. since this is my first purchase.. i'd like to stay below 1g, something light, swift, comfortable, good components for the prce, and if possible aesthetically pleasing.. haha
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Old 03-22-05, 01:15 PM
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thanks for the reply. i hope there are many people that can offer me help. i really am oblivious to bike components, etc. although i know what i want and for what purpose. =) well... an extended bike tryout wow.. that's amazing.. don't think they offer that here in California but i'll check it out. with the given choices i made, do you think there is anything else i should try? your point about wanting "this or that" later... i suppose are investments i should put into yea? what things you had in mind? the gear shifting, shocks, material of the body?

i mainly want to stay under $900 if possible since this is my first real serious bike. i want to commute with it, ride along the beach paths and if possible take it on a more bumpier road not so much dirt and rough terrain more suitable for a mtn bike.

i do want a light swift bike don't want to lean forward so much, guess i'm just not used to it. is a flat bar handle bad? i hear so many people mention it isn't a good idea. what do you think? i want think enough wheels and tires to make a swift ride but not so stiff like a roadie because I'm not into that .. yet.

sorry for all the questions.. if you can help me.. that would be awesome!

thx again
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I know a guy that said flat bars didn't work well for him because he had a bad shoulder and it'd make him cramp up. Upright bars used to hurt my wrists, so I use moustache bars which work well for me. As for lower bars which cause you to lean over, eventually you'd get used to it... unless if you have a bad back or something. It took me a few weeks to get used to leaning over, but it feels pretty ergonomic to me now.

As suggested by another poster, you should take these bikes out for an extended try-out trip. I think that's the only way you'll be most satisfied with your purchase at this point. Good luck with your new bike!
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I know someone els suggested it but I'd go try on a Specialized brand Sirrus model. They have several levels of componentry and frames. but they're all basically tough road cruisers, good for occassional light offroading. I think they all have vibration damping seat tubes. If nothing else you could ask the shop to upgrade that component for you.

Or try a model/manufacturer that offers a steel frame. Steel tends to absorb shock better than aluminum.
They can make a steel bike almost as light as any other material, it just usually costs a tad more than an average frame in the other materials.

Your call, try them all.
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I ride with drop bars, there way more hand posistions than the flat ones. After 100 miles my hands go numb.
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Good Question

I to am looking for a bike that is swift and comfortable. I am not happy with my Trek 4500 for long trips. I am considering the Trek 7300 or Cannondale Adventure 400. I also would appreciate advice. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by misssasia
thanks for the reply.. no i haven't tried Jamis brand.. your bike looks nice.. you see I know I don't want a tank, and I'm not too keen on a road bike positioning..(leaning over) something inbetween... and I think I prefer a smoother ride but want it to be swift. Unfortunately sometimes those sleeker hybrids tend to be real stiff and not so shock absorbant. any other tips you'd like to give me? Price-wise yes.. since this is my first purchase.. i'd like to stay below 1g, something light, swift, comfortable, good components for the prce, and if possible aesthetically pleasing.. haha
One thing you should remember is that sitting in an upright position will always be a bumpier ride, because most of your weight is being supported by your backside. When you lean over, your arms support more weight, and they act as shock absorbers. I would recommend test riding many shapes of bikes, you might discover that a road bike or cyclocross bike (road bike designed for wider tires/off road use) fits your needs better. Bars can always be adjusted to be higher.
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