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Old 04-14-12, 04:26 PM
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I'm fairly new to biking so I'm looking for a little help. I will be riding 90% on road and 10% light trails. I love everything about road bikes so I figured I could buy a road bike and just buy a larger set of wheels for the trails. I'm not exactly sure how I would know what road bikes take larger wheels and I also could use and recommendations on nice road bikes. I'm looking to spend around $600, give or take. Here's a list of the current ones I am interested in.

https://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/la...x.aspx#reviews

https://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/newest-403

https://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2012...ries/Z100.aspx

https://www.trails.com/marin_argenta-a6-bike-2012.htm

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...1_h2_compact/#

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...te_1.htm#specs

https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...es+4&Type=bike

I continue to find ones I am interested so any help would be appreciated. I have gone to my LBS but they all start at around $800 and I'm just not interested in what they have.
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Old 04-14-12, 07:31 PM
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when you say bigger wheels I assume you mean wider tires? And trails are paved? or are you talking dirt or hardpack gravel?
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Old 04-14-12, 09:04 PM
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Yes I ment wider wheels. Most trails in my area are either very bad paved roads that go into dirt. All but completely rocky paths. I live in PA so the roads here are pretty awful, so even when I say 90% roads it's still not the greatest. I really thought about a hybrid but I honestly done like the look of them and I hate the straight bars.
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Old 04-14-12, 09:16 PM
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have you checked out any cyclocross bikes?
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