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    Bike Advice?

    My wife and I are looking to purchase new bikes. She currently has a "Giant", and I have a "Columbia". Both are over 20 years old. We mostly ride trails, some paved, others not. Any advice would be helpful in regards to type (road, hybrid, mountain) and brand (Trek, Giant, others?). Thank you.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    If you ride a mix of paved and unpaved trails, avoid pure road bikes...
    I don't know where you live, but find a local bike shop and ask them for advice as well. Tell them what kind of riding you plan on doing and how often, and even ask to try out a few bikes if they let you... Most local shops are kind to customers.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

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    Re: Bike Advice?

    I hear Toys"R"Us has an impressive selection of Huffys. Maybe check that out.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    I just bought a Trek hybrid and I don't ride much off road, but I wouldnt ride mine on much terrain with hybrids. Mine is more transportation than extracurricular.


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    Re: Bike Advice?

    I just won a Trek 3500 disc in a raffle and I love it. I've always been a runner and haven't biked much at all since I was 15, but after a few weeks biking I really feel like I've been missing out. The 3500 is an entry level Trek, worth between $400-$500 depending on whether you opt for disc brakes or not. Sufficient chops for the trails in my area, light, efficient and easy to ride on the paved roads between my home and work.

    I would also second the idea of checking out a local bike shop and getting fitted for frame size. I'm using the Android app so I can't see where you're from, but I highly recommend Kyle's Bikes in Ankeny. Great shop, great staff.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Thanks for the advice. (Especially the "Huffy" suggestion...I was kinda thinking a banana-seat Schwinn, myself!)

    More input is still welcome.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    I'll second Bikes Direct. I bought my road bike from there and couldn't be happier.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Go find a good local bike shop, one that will let you try out different models.


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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Here's a recent thread with some suggestions other had:

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...ting-bike.html





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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Just did this exact same thing last Saturday. My wife and I went with Trek's from Bike World in West Des Moines. Their service was awesome. Honestly, it was one of the most pleasant experiences I've ever had with a big purchase in my life. Love the bike too. Have used it a lot this week.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    I've ridden thousands and thousands of miles on a Trek road bike (I've owned a 1200 and a 5200) in my lifetime, and they are rock solid quality.
    If you are going to do a mix of road and some limestone/gravel this is the bike for you:7.2 FX - Trek Bicycle
    You'll see them on RAGBRAI, trails, etc, they are great bikes.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I've ridden thousands and thousands of miles on a Trek road bike (I've owned a 1200 and a 5200) in my lifetime, and they are rock solid quality.
    If you are going to do a mix of road and some limestone/gravel this is the bike for you:7.2 FX - Trek Bicycle
    You'll see them on RAGBRAI, trails, etc, they are great bikes.
    That's the exact bike that we bought!



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Stop at Kyle's in Ankeny and they will take care of you before, during and most importantly after the sale. Ask for Kyle or Brett.



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    Re: Bike Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Lifer View Post
    My wife and I are looking to purchase new bikes. She currently has a "Giant", and I have a "Columbia". Both are over 20 years old. We mostly ride trails, some paved, others not. Any advice would be helpful in regards to type (road, hybrid, mountain) and brand (Trek, Giant, others?). Thank you.
    Just bought a couple more lst week.....I took others' advice and make sure you choose the right FIT. Many bike shops in Iowa are gearing for RAGBRAI shoppers and hire part-time help

    Make sure you speak with a knowledgeble salesperson, preferable during a weekday

    We want to still go on some packed gravel, so we went with two HYBRIDS.
    It's too dangerous to ride road bikes here and we didn't want to spend $1000-$2000 apiece.

    My wife went with a GIANT 0 hybrid....I bought a Cannondale Quick 4--both in the $700/apiece area.

    We wanted something versatile. Love them so far



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