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comfort/hybrid recommendations(3 posts)

comfort/hybrid recommendationsJbiker
Mar 23, 2003 7:06 PM
Looking for a comfort/hybrid bike to replace my aging Trek mountain bike. I ride 99% on paved roads. Considering Marin Kentfield (too heavy steel frame?), Giant Cypress DX, Specialized Crossroads A1 Elite, others? Need to be able to climb long, big hills, and ride some distance. Mainly will ride to lose weight. I haven't bought a new bike in about 10 yrs. Any suggestions appreciated.
Have you checked out Trek?Kristin
Mar 23, 2003 7:35 PM
Trek has some good hybrid's for under $600. I had an older Trek 720 that was a little heavy, but very comfortable. My only beef with the bike was the lack of hand positions (numb hands), but that can be taken care of with a set of bar ends for $25.

http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2003/citybike/7300.jsp
http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2003/citybike/7500fx.jsp

The 7300 is similar to my old 720. Its a solid entry level bike, but if you plan to put lots of miles on, you might want to consider the 7500's or higher. The gearing is better on those bikes. I really like their 7500fx (fitness bike) which has a slightly more agressive design for more fitness oriented riding. Take them for a test ride.

Some stuff they'll throw at you:

1. Tire clearance. If you're planning to ride in various types of weather. Rain, snow, etc... Then you should look for a bike that can accomidate wider (fat, MTB) tires for those times when you need them. Some Hybrids won't have enough clearance around the brake housing to fit a wider tire.

2. Shock absorbing seat posts. These can be good and bad. When I bought the Trek my fanny hadn't seen a bicycle seat in 15 years. Never got a single bruise...no lie. The down side was that I couldn't turn more than 80 RPM without bouncing on the thing. This might depend on the brand of seat post.

3. Handle bar options. When you test ride bikes and find one you like. Pay attention to how your position feels to you. Do you feel too upright? Ask for a negative rise stem and flat handle bars. That's what I did and it worked out great. The shop should be able to swap out the stem and bars for free.

4. Bar ends. An upgrade you'll pay for, but its worth it. Especially if your going to ride distances.

5. Pedals. Most hybrids will come with platform pedals and possibly toe cages. If you can, get clipless pedals and some stiff touring shoes. (Touring shoes have recessed cleats so that you can still walk around comfortably in them.) Shoes and clipless pedals are a great assett. I upgraded to both of these pretty quickly and it really helps you pedal. You can get a pair of touring shoes for under $50 from http://www.performancebike.com, and clipless pedals will cost you around $100.

Good luck!
re: comfort/hybrid recommendationsal0
Mar 24, 2003 4:13 AM
Why not take a look on Specialized Sirrus?