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Old 08-23-11, 09:17 AM
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what do you think of this bike?

I know its not actually a road bike, ,,,,,thoughts?



http://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_...90&Highway_One
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Old 08-23-11, 09:20 AM
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I'm not a drop bar snob, honestly. My motivation is all PAIN driven. When I see flat bars, I just cringe. It's not possible for me to look any further. It hurts too much.
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Old 08-23-11, 09:27 AM
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As long as you ride and benefit from its use, it's always good!

Drop bars are not for everybody and as long these kind of bikes get people riding, it only benefits everyone.
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Old 08-23-11, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
As long as you ride and benefit from its use, it's always good!

Drop bars are not for everybody and as long these kind of bikes get people riding, it only benefits everyone.
True. Which is why I wanted to clearly point out that my statements motivation was from all function rather than funky about flats bars. Many times it's an eye opening experience for people who are confused as to why they are experiencing wrist pain with flat bars. Of course that door of preference swings both ways.
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Old 08-23-11, 09:48 AM
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You know, the other thing is how many threads have we seen where someone bought a really cool flat bar bike and then some time later asks how to convert it to drop bar? That's a costly mistake and not a simple remedy.

When shopping for bikes (especially for newbies) preferred hand/body positioning is the single most important thing to assess and understand from a buyer, even more than components IMHO.
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Old 08-23-11, 09:55 AM
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Get this one:
http://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_...5&Four_Corners_
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Old 08-23-11, 09:59 AM
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what is it - a mountain bike? not a fan of those,too slow
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Originally Posted by brundle_fly View Post
what is it - a mountain bike? not a fan of those,too slow
You obviously have no idea what you're talking about here.
That's not a mountainbike.
If you think that bike is slow ... you probably just don't know better.

OP: nice bike.
Put some short aerobars on it and then please blast past brundle_fly here to show him that "mountainbikes" as he calls them can be fast
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Old 08-23-11, 10:12 AM
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i'm with 10 wheels. steel trumps carbon.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
or this one
http://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_...m=1556&Lombard
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Old 08-23-11, 10:18 AM
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Nice price.
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I've ridden similar bikes from other manufacturers. I really don't see the point, when drops bars offer nearly exactly the same hand positions, but are more comfortable on the hoods and offer the drops as an alternative. But, some people seem to like them.

The one advantage though is that the shifters are of course much cheaper. Money saved there will often result in a higher spec elsewhere. For short rides, this may be enough.
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Seems to be a really nice hybrid. And bikes aren´t fast, riders are.
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Take a look at the effective top tube measurements. Even the smallest frame is 55cm top tube. If you have and thoughts about converting to drop bars you are going to be really stretched out. In other words the frame geometry is not made for drop bars.

I noticed this when I was looking at flat bar bikes for my wife. All of them seem to follow this geometry.
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I'm digging the disc brakes.
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sweet bike. i would rock it
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I like it except for the triple crankset. I wonder how much it weighs.
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