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Old 03-18-15, 11:22 AM
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Talk me out of (or back into) a hybrid

I wasn't sure which forum was best for this post. I'm certainly a recreational cyclist, so this seemed best. Here's my story, looking for some advice from all the experts.

I currently have a Trek hardtail mtb, but I知 looking to get a second bike for when I知 not headed to the singletrack. This would get used on roads, crusher paths, maybe some dirt/gravel roads, but nothing too crazy. Rides will probably be < 25 miles max for now. This could could go up in the future, but I would still value a bit of comfort over pure speed (I'm thinking geometry choice here). Until a week ago I was convinced I was going to get a Trek 7.2 FX, but now I知 starting to lean towards something with drops (after all, I already have one flat bar -- I can always swap on some slicks if I want to go that way). I知 thinking a road bike with clearance for a 28 or 32 mm tire. It would also be a potential commuter, so rack/fender mounts would be good. I知 trying to keep it under $1k. I知 hesitant to go online/craigslist, because I知 not confident I would get the right fit on my own. I知 happy to patronize an LBS to get some help on that front. The one wrinkle here is that I need to be able to tow a bike trailer for a few more years, so this may nudge me into something with a triple crankset (hence the 7.2FX). But I want to make sure that once my kids are out of the trailer I still have a bike I enjoy riding (hence the drops). Here are my thoughts:

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The CrossRip, Cabot, and the Touring have triples, which is nice for the trailer. The Touring has bar-ends, which I致e never used before, but maybe I壇 get used to them. The Tread has disc brakes, which I知 not against, but I don稚 think are strictly necessary, and I would be concerned about trailer compatibility. The Sportif would be the most affordable and it seems pretty ideal (assuming I can get a 32 on there, or at least a 28), but I don稚 think Fuji makes a model with a triple. Finally, I may be able to get a 2014 CrossRip from my LBS for $790, which is about $100 below the 2015 MSRP.

So I guess the advice I知 looking for here is:

a) how much importance should I give to triple vs double? I知 sure it wouldn稚 be 渡ecessary, but I want to enjoy taking my kids out in the trailer, not start looking for excuses to not do it. Currently I only use the granny on the mtb when I知 headed up a hill, or getting started on an incline, and even then it痴 not for very long. It痴 possible that in the lowest gear on a double I値l be OK -- that痴 just hard to test out without actually hooking it up.

b) Anything else in this price range I should be considering? I致e researched a few other brands as well, but in this price range components and materials seem to be pretty standard. That being said, if there痴 a specific bike I致e missed that would seem to fit the bill, I壇 love to hear it.

Of course I'll need to do a test ride on them to see what I think, and I will do that. I知 mostly looking for some input on the benefit of having a triple crankset, and if there are some other options I should look at.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-18-15, 11:39 AM
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Old 03-18-15, 12:05 PM
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Thanks Cyclosaurus. I do know that's an option, but as I mentioned in the OP, I'm not confident I could get the fit right on my own. Plus I would almost certainly end up taking it to a shop to be built, which would add another $80 or so, plus a bit more for a fit. I have similar reservations going with CL. I'm fine going to an LBS and paying the "newb tax" to get the right bike. After all, for there to be a used bike market someone has to buy it new first, right?
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Old 03-20-15, 05:03 AM
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If you want to tow a trailer you definitely need a triple.

I have a wide range double on one of my bikes and it is nowhere near low enough to tow a trailer with 2 children and associated stuff.
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Old 03-20-15, 05:22 AM
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I rode a FX7.3 most of last year and I also have a Trek hardtail. I took the plunge and went the road bike route late last year and I am not sorry at all. If you ride in wind, IMO nothing beats the drops.
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Old 03-20-15, 04:40 PM
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And if you're worried about comfort on long rides, drop bars with their multiple hand positions are a LOT more comfortable than flat bars - that have one position.
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Old 03-20-15, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by achoo View Post
And if you're worried about comfort on long rides, drop bars with their multiple hand positions are a LOT more comfortable than flat bars - that have one position.
Thanks! This is exactly why I started leaving away from the hybrid. I want to get a bike that I won't grow out of to fast.

Anyone else have thoughts on double v triple when it comes to a trailer? Or know of some other road bikes with triples?
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Old 03-23-15, 04:00 PM
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Trekking bars are a common European option to put on Hybrids too , riders criding around the world ..

but this forum is USA dominated so reflect that option of that sector that writes here.
if it were a German Language Bike forum things would be different..
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Old 03-23-15, 05:16 PM
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Because of body position, it's not quite so easy to keep an eye on a trailer full of kids. Or, even kids on bikes. That's where flat bars on a hybrid really shine. Being semi upright, or upright, really helps with overall vision.
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