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    Need a new bike

    This has probably been posted before, but different kinds of bikes come out each year so I thought I would post it again.

    Where could I find a decent bike? What kind of bike?

    Here is what I'm looking for.

    Majority of my riding will be on roads with some trail riding.
    Not much long distance, more like 2-3 miles or so.
    Want to spend around 150-250.
    I don't like the feel of those skinny road tire bikes.

    Suggestions?



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    Re: Need a new bike

    I really like the Ducati Streetfighter but that may be a little over-kill.



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    Re: Need a new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    This has probably been posted before, but different kinds of bikes come out each year so I thought I would post it again.

    Where could I find a decent bike? What kind of bike?

    Here is what I'm looking for.

    Majority of my riding will be on roads with some trail riding.
    Not much long distance, more like 2-3 miles or so.
    Want to spend around 150-250.
    I don't like the feel of those skinny road tire bikes.

    Suggestions?
    Your local bike shop should be able to provide the best help. If you visit a few in your area you'll be able to start figuring out what advice is legit and what is questionable (and I'd fully expect the majority of it to be legit).

    In Ames I've had great experiences with both Skunk River Cycles and Bike World. I haven't done much with Bicycle Surplus yet, but they may have some good prices for you. If you're in another area I can't be of much help as I don't know too many other bike shops.


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    Re: Need a new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    Your local bike shop should be able to provide the best help. If you visit a few in your area you'll be able to start figuring out what advice is legit and what is questionable (and I'd fully expect the majority of it to be legit).

    In Ames I've had great experiences with both Skunk River Cycles and Bike World. I haven't done much with Bicycle Surplus yet, but they may have some good prices for you. If you're in another area I can't be of much help as I don't know too many other bike shops.
    Any good brands? I'm clueless on bikes. I used to just go to Walmart and pick up an 80$ one. I need something that will last a little longer than 6 months.



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    Re: Need a new bike

    By "trail" do you mean rec path/bike trail (generally paved) or off road single/double track dirt trails?

    A true "mountain bike" can come in several types: full rigid (no suspension), hardtail (front suspension), or full suspension (front & rear); single speed, or generally anywhere from 7 to 30 speed. Wal-Mart/Target bikes will suffice if you're just cruising the rec path or want to ride w/ family or kids. Giant, Kona, Specialized, etc. will run you more money but last longer and have better components, and can be ridden harder.

    Sounds like you're not a fan of road bikes so moving on...

    Cyclocross bikes are relatively new, and the bike frames are pretty similar to road bikes, but a little heavier due to their designed use - some unpaved beating, carrying in a race, etc. Usually best fitted with knobby tires -- not quite hardcore mountain bike tires, but not as smooth as road tires.


    To echo advice above, go to a bike shop in your area (recommend Bike World or Skunk River if you're in Ames). Get fitted for a bike, and realize that a good size in one brand may not be a good size in another brand. Test ride some bikes. Bikes have become so much more sophisticated in the last 10 years and you can really custom build your bike w/ parts, components, etc. if you know what you're doing or what you want the bike to do. A good shop will be able to help you out here.



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    Re: Need a new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I really like the Ducati Streetfighter but that may be a little over-kill.
    Sorry, I meant bicycle. haha yea, that would be a little over-kill.



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    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    By "trail" do you mean rec path/bike trail (generally paved) or off road single/double track dirt trails?

    A true "mountain bike" can come in several types: full rigid (no suspension), hardtail (front suspension), or full suspension (front & rear); single speed, or generally anywhere from 7 to 30 speed. Wal-Mart/Target bikes will suffice if you're just cruising the rec path or want to ride w/ family or kids. Giant, Kona, Specialized, etc. will run you more money but last longer and have better components, and can be ridden harder.

    Sounds like you're not a fan of road bikes so moving on...

    Cyclocross bikes are relatively new, and the bike frames are pretty similar to road bikes, but a little heavier due to their designed use - some unpaved beating, carrying in a race, etc. Usually best fitted with knobby tires -- not quite hardcore mountain bike tires, but not as smooth as road tires.


    To echo advice above, go to a bike shop in your area (recommend Bike World or Skunk River if you're in Ames). Get fitted for a bike, and realize that a good size in one brand may not be a good size in another brand. Test ride some bikes. Bikes have become so much more sophisticated in the last 10 years and you can really custom build your bike w/ parts, components, etc. if you know what you're doing or what you want the bike to do. A good shop will be able to help you out here.
    This. Well-said.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    By "trail" do you mean rec path/bike trail (generally paved) or off road single/double track dirt trails?

    A true "mountain bike" can come in several types: full rigid (no suspension), hardtail (front suspension), or full suspension (front & rear); single speed, or generally anywhere from 7 to 30 speed. Wal-Mart/Target bikes will suffice if you're just cruising the rec path or want to ride w/ family or kids. Giant, Kona, Specialized, etc. will run you more money but last longer and have better components, and can be ridden harder.

    Sounds like you're not a fan of road bikes so moving on...

    Cyclocross bikes are relatively new, and the bike frames are pretty similar to road bikes, but a little heavier due to their designed use - some unpaved beating, carrying in a race, etc. Usually best fitted with knobby tires -- not quite hardcore mountain bike tires, but not as smooth as road tires.


    To echo advice above, go to a bike shop in your area (recommend Bike World or Skunk River if you're in Ames). Get fitted for a bike, and realize that a good size in one brand may not be a good size in another brand. Test ride some bikes. Bikes have become so much more sophisticated in the last 10 years and you can really custom build your bike w/ parts, components, etc. if you know what you're doing or what you want the bike to do. A good shop will be able to help you out here.
    Wow, good information. Thanks.

    Is there something called a hybrid? Something between a road and mountain bike would be good. Maybe that cyclocross you said is that. Yea, I would say like 3/4 road, 1/4 dirt trail.

    I went to Bike World last year and yes, they knew their information really well, but wanted to see me a 400$ bike. It seemed like they didn't have anything else much less, or didn't want to to push it. I'm going to go back there soon.

    I think I need at least partial (hardtail) suspension.



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    Re: Need a new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Any good brands? I'm clueless on bikes. I used to just go to Walmart and pick up an 80$ one. I need something that will last a little longer than 6 months.
    I can't offer much advice on brands, but your local bike shop won't stock crap so the brand shouldn't matter too much. Plus, I think a large portion of bike frames are made by Giant, much of the transmission components are Shimano, etc (so when comparing brands it's often "variations on a theme" instead of true differences). As clone2011 wrote, go to your LBS and test ride several bikes. And get the bike fit. Having the correct adjustments makes all the difference. Many shops will do a courtesy fit if you buy a bike from them, so it hopefully shouldn't cost you anything extra.


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    Re: Need a new bike

    Another note:

    You can find great deals on Craigslist, but you can also find some really craptastic deals. You may find a "great" bike for $200, only to find out a week later that you need a whole new drivetrain that will run you another couple hundred, or realize that those "brand new wheels" are on their last legs. Any decent seller on CL will let you take it for a test ride, and usually for some collateral let you run it by a shop for a quick lookover. No one wants to be "that guy" who scores a sweet deal and then has to throw $300+ into the bike before his first real adventure on the trails b/c they bought a lemon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Wow, good information. Thanks.

    Is there something called a hybrid? Something between a road and mountain bike would be good. Maybe that cyclocross you said is that. Yea, I would say like 3/4 road, 1/4 dirt trail.

    I went to Bike World last year and yes, they knew their information really well, but wanted to see me a 400$ bike. It seemed like they didn't have anything else much less, or didn't want to to push it. I'm going to go back there soon.

    I think I need at least partial (hardtail) suspension.
    There are hybrid bikes. They typically have a "mountain" style frame, but are lighter weight so you don't have to lug around extra weight as if you were riding something to compete in professional downhill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Wow, good information. Thanks.

    Is there something called a hybrid? Something between a road and mountain bike would be good. Maybe that cyclocross you said is that. Yea, I would say like 3/4 road, 1/4 dirt trail.

    I went to Bike World last year and yes, they knew their information really well, but wanted to see me a 400$ bike. It seemed like they didn't have anything else much less, or didn't want to to push it. I'm going to go back there soon.

    I think I need at least partial (hardtail) suspension.

    IMO, if you're mostly on paved, hardtail is fine. Heck I rock a hardtail and ride 90% dirt trails in the mountains of CO. Full suspension is unnecessary and overkill for your purposes as you won't be doing drops or extreme downhills where that rear suspension is nice. Not to mention that generally hardtails are a little lighter than fulls, and climb better.



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    Re: Need a new bike

    just bought this last week.. I freaking love it.. Took on some dirt trails in water works park and it was perfect..

    Walmart.com: Genesis 26" Men's V2100 Dual-Suspension Bicycle: Bikes & Riding Toys



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    Re: Need a new bike

    I spent $400 on a Trek biked from Bike World last year. It's a lot to spend, but holy crap is it nice to ride. You don't realize what how much an old, cheap bike sucks until you ride one of the more light-weight bikes.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    I spent $400 on a Trek biked from Bike World last year. It's a lot to spend, but holy crap is it nice to ride. You don't realize what how much an old, cheap bike sucks until you ride one of the more light-weight bikes.
    I had the same experience when I purchased my road bike (previously had used Target/Wal-Mart bikes). The biggest thing I noticed was the quality of the drivetrain (no missed shifting, it shifts when I tell it to instead of early/late, etc.).


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