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Old 02-27-05, 02:56 PM
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New to Riding

I am interested in getting involved in cycling to provide more of an aerobic workout. I currently weight train three times a week, but no cardivascular work. I was told today at a bike shop that the Trek 7700 (and the "hybrid" class of bikes) was best for me. I am looking to ride 2x's a week for an hour around town. I rode the Trek 7700 and was impressed.

DId the salesman give me good advice regarding this model? And, can I get a better deal than the $1,200 he quoted me? I also heard that the "Speacialized" Brand was a good choice.

I appreciate any advice.

Thanks, David.
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Old 02-27-05, 03:01 PM
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Depends what type of riding you plan on doing. Do you just want to cruise or do you want to work? You might need to elaborate on your intended use of the word "workout" as it relates to biking.
I have no idea about pricing for hybrids.

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Old 02-27-05, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for your response.

I want to workout the heart more than anything. I was planning on riding the roads and paths around my neighborhood. I probably would ride around 10-15 miles per ride lasting around 60-90 minutes. The roads are pretty good for riding around my home. I used to have a ountain bike and I did not like it. Too heavy and not many mountains in South Florida.
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Old 02-27-05, 03:23 PM
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Get an entry level road bike like the Trek 1500, Specialized Allez Sport, Giant OCR, Cannondale R500, better for aerobic exercising. They're all around $800-$1200

The hybrids are good for riding around casually, not really for a hard workout.
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Old 02-27-05, 03:42 PM
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I think your math might be off a tad. If you ride 10-15 miles and it takes you 60-90 minutes that is only 10mph. Unless you are really out of shape, those speeds are not going to do a whole lot to improve your cardiovascular health. I must say I do not know your conditioning level or if you are at any health risks, I am not an expert but I think most people in this forum would agree that if you are in reasonable health and weight you should be easing in to speeds from 15-25 mph as you progress to work on cardiovascular conditioning. You also posted this in the road cycling forum so you are probably going to get skewed opinions geared towards Road bikes. I purchased a hybrid Raliegh in 2000. I became addicted to cycling and wished someone would have suggested a road bike to me. I purchased a bottom of the line road bike from Fuji from my LBS for around $300 and spent the whole summer and fall making sure road bikes were for me. Two weeks ago I purchased a Giant OCR C3. Three bikes later and a whole lot of money I am a roadie. My point is check out a road bike and test ride one at the same LBS. You might be amazed, a road bike can be comfy too.


P.S. IMHO $1200 is way too much to spend if you are going to be riding at 10mph.
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If you get interested in an entry level road bike that's simple and affordable (under $600) check out if your LBS has any of these. I like mine alot, performs well, lots of fun.



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In my opinion, if you didn't like a mountain bike, you will not like a hybrid bike either.

The annual Buyer's Guide of Bicycling Magazine is on the newstand now. Go get a copy. The price of a magazine is cheap insurance against making a mistake buying the wrong bike.

I'd hesitate to recommend any single bike at any single price point. Bikes are more like Chinese buffets now, particularly the mid-price bikes, than they have been in the past. Manufacturers take a frame and try to hang the most competitive mix of parts on them for a particular price point. That means that picking a bike at a particular price point may come down to a preference of where you want to find the quality on your bike, with a lot of the choices nevertheless fixed by the price point.

I prefer Shimano 9 or 10 speed systems over Campagnolo, primarily because of the prevalence of the parts: something like 95% of new bikes come with some version of Shimano parts on them.

If you MAKE ME PICK from the bikes in the Bicycling Magazine Buyer's Guide, at your price point, it really does come down to what kind of stores you have near you. If you have an REI store near you, the Novara Strada is the best choice, with the good frame, components mix, and low-spoke-count-but-durable Shimano wheels. Sometimes component mixes change between reviews and equipment availability on the shop floor, and if those wheels go away, or if there is a Giant shop near you and no REI store, then the Giant TCR 2 is a really good choice, though for you the absence of a triple crankset might be an issue (probably an option available for a few dollars more...), for various reasons, including current speed, and of course the possibility that one day you might get caught in a ferocious headwind, or someday want to ride someplace hillier.

If you are relatively new to bikes, you will want to buy your bike from a shop that can service it for you. So when you buy a bike, the shop is part of what you are buying, and you will want to consider the competency of the staff, particularly considering the reliability (very good) of modern bike parts. Given that the parts never go bad, the ability of the staff to work with the parts is where problems usually arise, and that means that the competence of the staff does matter. If you are mechanically inclined, this does not matter.
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Originally Posted by jjmolyet
Unless you are really out of shape, those speeds are not going to do a whole lot to improve your cardiovascular health.
One must start somewhere... 60 to 90 minutes of riding per day will significantly help anyone who has not been doing regular aerobic exercise. After a month or two, one wishes to ride faster and farther. At that point, "road" bikes become more interesting.

For initial conditioning exercise, I recommend buying a used, cheap coaster brake bike from the local police auction or from a garage sale. Use this every day for a month or two until the conditioning effect begins to kick in. At that point, go to the local bike shop (LBS) and test-ride everything you can afford (and at least one or two that you can't afford, just for comparison purposes).

Then BUY THE NEW BIKE LOCALLY. The LBS folks, if they're good, will provide you with support, parts, advice, and friendship beyond the few extra dollars you'll spend to buy there. If you don't get a good feeling at the LBS, don't buy there. Yes, you can save money buying on e-Bay, but you better know what you're doing!

If you buy the expensive bike before you're ready, you may find that you don't like riding, that you really wanted another type of bike, or that a cheaper model would have been fine. Get the riding experience BEFORE spending the cash.

Just my opinion (and my experience)..
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Old 02-27-05, 08:07 PM
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How much do you want to spend? If you're used to and want to work out indoors regardless of the weather your money might be better spent on an indoor bike made specifically for training.

Why not put slicks and do some upgrades on your MTN bike - if it's a decent one then you don't need to sink money into a hybrid (many of which are your basic MTN bike with some road comforts).

If you're set on buying a bike then get a road bike. Any will do you just fine if you just want to use it for exercise. You needn't spend money on things that make it lighter.

Another thing you will want to get if you are doing it for cardio is a heart rate monitor.
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Same experience here; I'm addicted. You've gotten good advice thru this thread - research, plan for changes in your initial training plans if you get addicted, buy from LBS for advice, parts, service; don't be initmidated...they will want you happy on the best bike for your needs and budget.
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Old 02-27-05, 09:42 PM
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I say test ride the different types of bikes, and see which you like best. Giant has a newer line of bikes, the FCR line. It a Fitness Road Bike, essentially a flat bar roadie like the Specialized Sirrus.
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Thank you all for your great advice.
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