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Really Struggling with Road vs. Hybrid Decision

Old 07-25-16, 08:44 PM
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FYI, flat bars will not give you as many available hand positions. Consider a bike with bar ends (similar to those on the higher end Sirrus?) or add them later. I've ridden my mountain bike on pavement in the winter and more than an hour has me wishing for a different position.

My suggestion would also be for a cyclocross bike that has rack/fender mounts (or similar, like the diverge). If it has top-mount brake levers, it's easier to ride in a more upright position with slower people. I started back into cycling with a cross bike and have had it on gravel, singletrack, and pavement. I found that I prefer pavement and speed, so it has mostly been on road tires. Buying a proper road bike is now easier because I'm used to the more aggressive position. You won't get that familiarity on a flat-bar bike. If you just want to build up your legs, go with your mom's bike.
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Old 07-31-16, 01:33 PM
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So, just an update - I bought an Elite about an hour ago after a third test ride (this was the third Elite I rode, first one at one shop rode nice but had a scratch, second one needed some serious adjustments, and then this one - cosmetically perfect and mechanically great). As soon as I took it out in the parking lot for a test ride and sat on it it just started to roll on it's own like it really wanted to go and I knew immediately this was the bike. Spent about 15 minutes riding it and testing out all the shifters and brakes and another 5 looking it over for any cosmetic issues. None found, seems perfect.

They are putting on a bottle cage I picked out (the Specialized one that has you take the bottle out from the right side) and doing their once over to make sure everything is dialed in and good to go, then I can go pick it up later this afternoon.

The more I think about it, the more this bike seems like a no brainer at $690 (normally $810).
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Old 07-31-16, 02:00 PM
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Is that the Elite Disc with 9-speed Sora? Nice enough looking bike. The bend in the top tube ahead of the seat tube looks a little weird, but I wouldn't see it while I was riding so who cares?

Interested in how much those Zertz inserts help ... it has a carbon fork anyway, right?

I did a ton of urban miles on a Bridgestone MB4 a while back ... nothing wrong with a flat-bar bike, and the slightly lower gearing makes up for the slightly higher weight -- I think yuo will have a blast.
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Old 07-31-16, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Is that the Elite Disc with 9-speed Sora? Nice enough looking bike. The bend in the top tube ahead of the seat tube looks a little weird, but I wouldn't see it while I was riding so who cares?

Interested in how much those Zertz inserts help ... it has a carbon fork anyway, right?

I did a ton of urban miles on a Bridgestone MB4 a while back ... nothing wrong with a flat-bar bike, and the slightly lower gearing makes up for the slightly higher weight -- I think yuo will have a blast.
No this guy is the non-disc Elite with rim brakes. 9 Speed Altus/Alivio. It does have a carbon fork with Zerts, ride's pretty smooth.

This is the bike:

https://specialized.com/us/en/bikes/...s-elite/106384

It has a brushed aluminum finish and the decals are more of a fluorescent red than shown in the pictures - really a great looking bike. It's funny you mention the frame shape, I thought the same when looking online but in person it's pretty cool how the top tube basically flattens out towards the rear. And thanks - I also think this is going to be a fun cruiser/fitness bike.
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Old 07-31-16, 02:12 PM
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That is a pretty bike ... much better than the red versions i saw ... I like it a lot.
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I have 3 primary bikes: road, hardtail mtb and a city

The city would be the closest thing to a hybrid. It has racks, fenders pulls a trailer and when I commute to work it is used. It is transportation and utility. But it isn't going to be used if I am looking for exercise or fun.

The mtb really only gets ridden on trails and would be my last choice on paved roads
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Old 07-31-16, 06:39 PM
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Dude, the Sirrus SUCKS.

I was in the same spot as you. Got a Sirrus, went to an Allez.

My Advice to you, start off with the Allez. The DSW Comp is a wicked bike for $1.5k, but even the cheaper model with the basic E5 frame is great (E5 frame used to be used on Allez Comps/Pros/Elites back in the day).

If the Allez is too agressive for you, you can get more of an endurance bike, something like a Diverge.

Worried about upgrading? Get the Allez DSW Comp SL. Good frame, good components, not much you can upgrade there. Don't fall into the hype of carbon/alloy. This alloy frame is crazy good, especially for someone like you.

EDIT: Just caught up on thread. LOL congrats.
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Originally Posted by samir13k View Post
I'd grab the gmc Denali hybrid that Kent makes, I have one and I also have a trek 5000. At the end of the day I normally opt for the Denali because it's a bit more robust, I don't worry about popping a tube when I ride on gravel. For the 200 I paid for it, I've gotten well over a few thousand miles on it. At 200 dollars, it's heavier than the average road bike but my comfortable cruising speed honestly isn't much different on it vs my trek

I think you can pick them up at Walmart.
Dude, I want some of what you're puffing...
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Here are a few pics - I still need to get front and rear lights to replace the reflectors, a little computer, and a mini saddle bag to stick flat repair stuff in. So far just have a cage and bottle, I spent enough money today:



















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Old 07-31-16, 08:57 PM
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Congratulations, it's new bike day!
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I bought a hybrid thinking it would be a good all-rounder and sold it within a month. Aside at being inefficient I also found the limited hand position to be an issue. I bought a used Tarmac and couldn't be happier. So my two cents is buy the road bike. You'll be able to do everything on it you can do on a hybrid.
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Old 07-31-16, 10:10 PM
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That is one hot hybrid! Love the fork! Add some bar-ends for hand positions.
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Old 08-01-16, 09:17 AM
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Can totally relate from BMX, cars, fitness then hybrid and road bike. 2015 got back to biking more for fitness and got the 2015 Sirrus in June. Logged around 1700 enjoyable miles and a year later contacted by LBS for some clearance Specialized 2015 road bikes....ended up with a 2015 Tarmac Expert in June 2016, have now over 700mi with it and probably hit 3Kmi by end of the 2016 season. And you're right the Hybrid serves a purpose for those in-between 10-15mi rides which is like 1-2 times/wk for me. Be on the lookout for previous years model for better prices on them.
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