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I need help!(4 posts)

I need help!Councillor
Feb 7, 2002 7:49 PM
I am looking to purchase a bike for mostly city trails, but also some mountain biking. I have a slipped disc in my back and cannot decide whether to purchase a hybrid (trek 7700 or giant sedona lx) or a hardtail (trek 4500 or giant iguana) with a serious shock seat. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Indeed!Ahimsa
Feb 7, 2002 8:08 PM
By mountain biking if you mean serious trails, then a hybrid is not the best solution. I'm not sure that someone with a slipped disc should be mountain biking anyway, but I'm no doctor.

As for city trails I'd think that any hardtail hybrid would suit you fine. You really don't need full suspension for that type of riding. A shock seat post and an adjustable rise stem will probably be just the ticket.

Personally though, I'd suggest you do a lot of research on slack angle touring bikes. A wide bar with a flat top, higher stem, and nice big cushy 700 c tires like 35's.

This would allow you to ride now and be comfortable, while still leaving open the possibilities that:

A) Your back will improve and you'll want to adjust to a lower riding position

B) When the road cycling bug bites you and you want to ride a longer tour, you already have a suitable ride.

Good luck!

A.
Take a lookLone Gunman
Feb 7, 2002 8:29 PM
at KHS. My MTB (KHS)has an elastomer shock in the rear triangle that gives about 1" of travel. A very unique frame that is cromoly but has a longtime guarantee against failure. Takes the edge off of bumpy rides and you could combine it with a suspension seat post if that was not enough and not get the energy loss associated with full suspension frames. Only other bike I know of that had this setup was a Litespeed
Get the HybridSintesi
Feb 8, 2002 5:40 AM
if your going to be riding say 90% road and 10% trails. This style of bike is better suited to your needs. It will be faster and more comfortable in the long run, especially if you see yourself going for any long rides or benefit tours on the weekend. The mountainbikes you describe from what I remember are very much "entry-level" and won't be all that wonderful on the trails anyway. But remember hybrids aren't mountainbikes, they are gentle trail bikes at best. That's my opinion.