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Found a good bike for non-roadies(20 posts)

Found a good bike for non-roadiesMikeC
Oct 2, 2001 10:48 AM
I needed to find my wife a bike that allowed her to sit in a more upright posture, but still do the occasional long ride with me and some of our friends.
The Trek 7500 fx fit the bill.
It's aluminum but comfortable, weighs in at only 23 lb, and has decent quality parts. The frame weighs only 3.6 lb, which is great for a non-road bike.
She averaged just over 15 mph on the MS 150 this weekend, which is about 2 mph faster than she averaged on her Schwinn comfort bike.
It cost us $669.95.
averaged 15MPH on that??!~!!MiniMe
Oct 2, 2001 12:01 PM
Seems a bit fast for that bike unless lance was pedalling.
averaged 15MPH on that??!~!!MikeC
Oct 2, 2001 12:39 PM
15.2, actually. Must be those Bontrager wheels and IRC tires...
That is a nice looking bike, I'm always amazed by how muchMB1
Oct 2, 2001 12:14 PM
bike you can get for your money at the lower end of the scale.

Now, do you dare post a pic of the wife. No better not the way this forum has been going lately. Good ride BTW. Was this the one where the weather was so bad?
Ha! No way he'd post a picture! (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 2, 2001 12:58 PM
Ha! No way he'd post a picture! (nm)MikeC
Oct 2, 2001 1:20 PM
I'm confident enough! Of course, by the time we get our pictures back, this thread will be long gone, so I'll have to find another excuse.
And yes, it was the miserable weather ride, which added to the motivation!
Something like it may fit in with my new plan:Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 12:46 PM
a) sell the mtb, b) pick up a used hybrid for kid seat and pull-behind carts, c) convert one of the old Schwinns in the garage to a fixte just to find out what all the fuss is about d)if I decide to get into stump-jumping again, buy a new mtb with suspension e) explain this to Hubby f)try to convince him that no, I have not lost my mind that I really do NEED all these bikes and what the heck, at least I'll be doing something with one of the four beaters in the garage and finally, g) am I missing anything?

What size tires are on your wife's bike?
The tandem w/kid back. nmMB1
Oct 2, 2001 1:07 PM
Oh yeah, duh. Looks like I already have a fixte too!Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 1:21 PM
I just did a quick inventory of the beaters I've trash picked over the years and found out one of them is a fixte! An old puke green Huffy with a front brake only. Does this count???
Maybe.MB1
Oct 2, 2001 1:59 PM
Does the rear wheel go backwards when the cranks are pedaled backwards? And of course forwards when you pedal normally?

In other words the crank is fixed to the rear wheel, you can't coast unless you take your feet off the pedals (which will always move if the bike is moving) a dangerous thing to do.

If so, then you got a fixte.
No, it's not a fixte.Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 3:15 PM
It's some funky 3 speed. But it's pretty cool looking. I got it out of the garage and started cleaning it up today. It just may have to be my new tow path ride. Ha! I'll be riding a Huffy. How cool will I be?
700 x 35c. I pumped 'em to 90 psi. (nm)MikeC
Oct 2, 2001 1:18 PM
Less "hybrid" than mostRich Clark
Oct 2, 2001 12:59 PM
If you look at the specs on these bikes, you realize that what they really are is road/touring bikes with flat bars, basically. This is a growing category.

And if you look at the price tag on them, you realize that there are road bikes out there that cost less.

I'm not surprised that a rider in good shape could turn in decent times on such a bike, or that some folks who are challenged by the physical demands of road bike posture, but who are otherwise fit, find them ideal.

And a lot of people find them quite suitable for loaded touring (but not with those wheels!), since they generally can take racks and fenders.

RichC
Looks like the quintessential commuter.look271
Oct 2, 2001 4:18 PM
That baby would make a great commuter, I'll bet.
Yeah, except for the wheelsRich Clark
Oct 2, 2001 5:54 PM
At least, if we're talking about commuting in and out of a city.

I used to commute on a hybrid, a Trek 7300. I'd still have it except it never was a very good fit, so I sold it to my assistant who now commutes on it himself. But it had much more robust wheels.

RichC
considering one myself...bike_junkie
Oct 2, 2001 2:01 PM
And I'm a roadie. It'd be a great canal-bank or commuter bike. There are some things my expensive bike is better off staying at home for. Cool looking bike, and for $650 at my LBS, can't go wrong.
makes sense...filtersweep
Oct 2, 2001 6:25 PM
....when you consider how few mtn bikes ever see a mtn, or even go off a paved trail... the rolling resistance of my mtn bike is horrible. Tires need not be that knobby, and I think a lot of folks like the upright riding position. Seems every bike co. has come out with one of these hybrids.
re: Found a good bike for non-roadiesSnapdragen
Oct 2, 2001 6:41 PM
Pretty, pretty! Upright handlebars are why I ended up buying my Terry Classic. My back couldn't take the drop bars of a road bike at the time. It's essentially a road bike with mountain components and bars. I've had a lot of people knock Terry bikes - they are expensive for what you get I guess, but I love mine.

Course, now that I've been riding a few years, and strengthened the back with Pilates (great for back and abs by the way) I find myself "browsing" new bikes............
Hybrids as transitional bikesRich Clark
Oct 3, 2001 5:24 AM
I had much the same experience. My first new bike in a long time was a hybrid which I rode while I was getting back into shape, but once I could manage it the itch for a road bike had to be scratched.

As someone said, bike design is a continuum. Put a pure racing bike at one end and a full suspender MTB at the other, and you'll be able to find a bike at every point in between. Sort of like evolution where none of the species ever go extinct.

RichC
Looks like a nice choiceMel Erickson
Oct 3, 2001 6:19 AM
I've been looking at this Specialized Sirrus Pro for my wife (problems with a disk in her neck make road bars a real pain). Seems like a comparable bike. This hybrid style is a great choice for recreational riders who want to do things like the MS150, etc. and keep up with the roadies. Works great on the paths and fire roads too.