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New to the Bicycle World(9 posts)

New to the Bicycle WorldDebbie
Jul 19, 2001 5:45 AM
I'm new to the cycling world and am looking for a good deal on a recreational bike. One that can be used for just going around the neighborhood and errands and also for trails etc.

Any suggestions on what to look for?
Jul 19, 2001 5:53 AM
I have one, and love it for recreational riding. A bit expensive for a fun bike, but I think it looks cool, is very low maintenance, is comfortable, and did I say it looks cool?
I think it comes in silver and the Bianchi Celeste, shown below, now.

While you're at it, test drive a Cannondale hybrid. (nm)Brian C.
Jul 19, 2001 6:03 AM
Diamondback and Gary Fisher bikes in the $300 range ...Humma Hah
Jul 19, 2001 7:02 AM
... I've got a 1999 Diamondback Sorrento which has proved rugged and quite servicable. Its a "fully rigid" mountainbike. I've subjected it to severe riding including running San Diego County's Indian Creek and Noble Canyon trails, which it took without a wimper (I was the one wimpering). It is really intended for easier trails, where the lack of suspension is not missed. Equipped with "street slicks" instead of the knobby tires, it is a very capable "hybrid", suitable for streets or easier trails. I would not hesitate to ride it on hundred mile bike rides -- it has done 55-milers.

Gary Fisher makes a competitive model.

If you want something really simple, Schwinn makes a "Cruiser SS", or one of several geared variants with internal-gear hubs (simple to use and virtually maintenance free). The Cruiser SS starts at about $209 -- look it up on I ride its 30-year-old ancestor. Although heavy and draggy, it is a very comfortable bike, which I have often ridden on extremely long rides, up to 140 miles.

Stay away from department store bikes, at all costs.
2nd to looking at Diamondbacks...Teach
Jul 19, 2001 7:32 AM
Both my road and my mountain bike are Diamondbacks - very low end, bottom of the line. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment out of both with no major problems. I know Diamondback also makes hybrids, which would probably be suitable for what you're looking for. Whatever you get, have a blast!
re: New to the Bicycle WorldLeroy L
Jul 19, 2001 7:49 AM
Be sure to check out Electra Bicycles at I have a "Sunny 7" - named in honor of Sunny Garcia, surfing legend - and it is a fun around the neighboorhood, errand, joyriding bike. 7 speed Shimano Nexus drive train like the Milano. Electra makes a 'euro-style' bike like the Milano, and other cool rides that you won't see everybody else riding, at least not here in Texas. You can't go wrong with the Milano or any of these either. L
Jul 19, 2001 8:00 AM
mmm - Milano, You cannot ride this bike without smiling (nm)JohnnyA
Jul 19, 2001 7:56 AM
re: New to the Bicycle WorldMel Erickson
Jul 19, 2001 12:40 PM
I've been looking for a bike like this for my wife and have done alot of research, looked at many bikes in the shops, etc. The one that seems to be the best bang for the buck is the Specialized Sirrus. I like the combination of components, weight and style. For general around town and some trail riding I don't think a suspension fork is necessary and just adds weight. You want a light bike (good steel or aluminum frame) with decent components (Shimano Deore or above). I think a shock seat post would come in handy. I would shoot for a bike around 25 lbs or less. Cannondales seem overpriced and over spec'd for the market segment, although, if you've got the money they look pretty sweet.