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I have the Trek 7.2 FX, too! Men's version, though. It's nice and lightweight, and great for Seattle hills.

3little: I haven't tried out the exact model you're looking at, but my brief experience with various Trek hybrids has been pretty positive. You'll definitely get your money's worth, and everyone I know who owns one loves it.

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I think you were smart in putting one on layaway and getting a bit better of a bike than you would have. Missing one ride is well worth it. Think of all the miles that will be going on that bike, the hours you'll spend on it. They add up!

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I have this exact bike. It's my first bike though so I'm far from an expert but I love it. I ride paved/packed dirt trails along the river and canal here. I go anywhere from 15 - 30 miles when I ride.

Of course I don't have anything to compare it to and I only started riding it about a month and a half ago even though I bought it almost 2 years ago. Don't ask! :)

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Yep, she's a beauty! It was totally worth waiting a little extra time for. I had looked at it the previous summer, but just couldn't swing the cash right then. But once I could I went to get it, and have not regretted the extra expense a bit.

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6/5/09 7:48 P

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Oh and I saw one of those FX bikes at the shop... VERY sharp looking bike!!

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3LITTLEBIRDS's Photo 3LITTLEBIRDS Posts: 484
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Sorry CARLa! I thought your handle meant Carl ATL (like Atlanta GA LOL!) Thank you for the first hand review, I am looking forward to getting my new bike even though I am missing my first ride tomorrow.

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I have the WSD (women's) version of this one:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/roa
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I love it!! Very light. Though I did spring for a gel seat, the original one was quite uncomfortable. Then again, if I wasn't so freaking big it probably wouldn't be an issue...but then, that's why I have the fitness bike, right? Ha!!

Happy cycling, I think you'll be very happy with it. Looks comfy!

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Thanks for the insight Carl. Here is the bike I put on hold till payday on Tuesday:

www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_p
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It felt alot lighter than the mountain bike I rode this Tour on last time and it seems like it is made of quality components. Has anyone had this bike before that could offer some user reviews?

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CARLATL's Photo CARLATL Posts: 741
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The Trek fitness hybrids are very good, and very fast, I think that's a good choice given your budget. I hear you on the money. I have looked at road bikes for a loooong time. Matter of fact the Pinarello Prince...the red one...is my wallpaper on my computer, ha! Not that I could EVER afford it, but I can dream!!!

The Trek is very versatile in my opinion. I've have everything BUT a road bike, mostly because of budget and partly because of physical issues I have with my back and neck. One day....

Good luck, let us know which you end up with! I plan on spending lots of time on mine this weekend, wee hoooooo!!!

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Wonger, I see where you are coming from but my goal in these races/tours is to finish... not to compete. The 90 miler in September is a charity event for MS, the Tour to Tanglewood. It has all types of riders... riders like you who are competing for first place and then riders like me who are just trying to raise money and get in shape... and I even saw one guy last time I rode it do it on a Unicycle. As for the half Ironman next year it is a long term goal and a lot of stuff has to happen between now and then for me to even go (both financial and fitness wise.) But even then I won't be competing against anyone but myself.

I do appreciate you trying to help and I do see your point but if I wait until I can afford a 1000 bike then I will not be riding in the Tour which I think would be worse. With three kids all playing their own sports spare money for my hobbies is hard to come by and an extra 750 would take alot longer than three months to save up without taking away from my family.

Edited by: 3LITTLEBIRDS at: 6/5/2009 (17:52)
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I don't think we're trying to rush you into something. We're (actually, I'm) trying to get you to see that your upcoming goals are better served by saving some more money and getting the bike that is right for you, first time.

That said, however - this 90 miler that you've got coming up - is it an actual road race, or is it a touring event? If you're not sure, a link would help, but a bike tour and a bike race are two different animals entirely.

If it's a "cover 90 miles in 2 days, doesn't matter how long it takes you" tour then a hybrid is totally fine. Yes, it'll take you a lot longer and you'll put out more effort, but you'll get it done. If it is a true road race, then you won't stand a chance with a hybrid. Trust me, I race and you'll be straight out the back of the pack and suffering on your own. And it's no fun entering a race and then getting dropped after the first minute.

So if you want a bike for a touring event then go ahead and get a hybrid. If you are even remotely serious about racing then get a roadbike. I don't mean to muddy the waters even more but if you are even remotely serious about racing and want to ride some trails, get a cyclocross bike. It comes with knobby tires for trail stuff, and all you have to do is swap tires for skinny ones and you're ready to race on the road. My first bike was a CX bike and I raced on the road with it before I bought my roadbike and I don't hesitate to take it on the dirt. It cost $1200 - the Rocky Mountain bike on my Sparkpage.

And if you're planning a Half Iron next year then you will be on your bike past September.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 6/5/2009 (17:08)
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3LITTLEBIRDS's Photo 3LITTLEBIRDS Posts: 484
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Thanks for the great information guys, I ran down to my local bike shop after trying out the bikes at Target and Walmart and I think I found a Trek hybrid that might fit the bill. It is out of my current price range but within grasp.

Wonger, right now my goal for every race is to just finish... I am a LONG way from worrying too much about how FAST I finish. That is why I am even considering the hybrid... because I also want to use my bike when riding on paved (or packed Earth) trails around the lake with my family and I don't think I would want to take my $1000 racing bike on those.

I fully understand the quality arguement. I just don't see why everyone is so quick to rush me into a $1000 or more purchase for something I might not even use after the RIDE in September.

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3LITTLEBIRDS:
Agree 1,000,000% with HEY. First proper bike = LBS. Fit is the major consideration, along with bike build quality. I've seen big box bikes like that Schwinn with at least a half dozen things seriously wrong with them just sitting on the shop floor.

Getting a bike to ride around town in is no worries. The problem I see is that you're wanting to race too (HIM and road race). In which case, why are you even considering the hybrid? I don't mean to be facetious, but good luck doing 55 miles on a hybrid bike and then having enough in your legs to do a Half Marathon! Not to mention the 90 mile road race - a beginner racing pack will drop you within 5 miles or less, depending on how long you can hold 20+ mph. And on a hybrid, I'll guarantee that won't be very long.

I'd save your money up until you can afford an entry-level roadbike, especially because you have aspirations for racing. At least then you have a bike which can hold its own in a pack and carry you through a HIM just by the addition of aerobars. Personally, I'd say spend your money once and get something you're not going to outgrow in a year.

Entry-level bikes start at around $800, so I'd budget $1000 all-told. Another way of doing it is go to several LBSs and explain your situation. Maybe you'll find one that is willing to help. Or see what size road bikes your LBSs put you on and then scour CraigsList for some bargains of the same size.

But I definitely think first proper bike = LBS.

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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Bob has a point. The first bike I bought when I got back into cycling was a from Dick's Sporting Goods, just a generic kind of model for $100. I too couldn't afford anything else at the time.

On my 3rd ride, I was 8 miles from home and the pedals fell off along with a couple other wee things. I ended up walking it home. I didn't have money for tools either....and not a one person on the trail would help me out.

I got home, fixed it, went out again...and cracked the frame.

I bet you can guess what I did next, ha! Yep, I went to the bike shop after saving up $400...and got an awesome bike with a year's free maintenance. They tuned it whenever I rode over off the trail. Anytime I need something done I just take it on over and they're right on it.

I will go back to that shop every time. It's not a big bike store chain, like Performance. It's just a little mom and pop kind of place. Those guys are awesome, and so are all the bikes I've gotten there since. Oh, and they also do tradi-ins when you're ready for a new model. Sweet!!!

My 2 cents based on past experience with bike-buying!!

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6/5/09 3:44 P

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Birds,

While it looks like you are saving money by buying a bike from Target, there are some thing you should consider.

Who put that bike together? My guess is the kid who works in the back room at Target; I'm guessing he's not a bike mechanic.

Who is going to set your fit on the bike? You could just adjust the seat height and start riding but it probably won't be very comfortable over those 90 miles in September. Your fit will also change as you log more miles.

Who is going to make adjustments to your bike as you break it in? Think the kid at Target doesn't know what a rear derailleur H-Limit screw is?

What happens when something fails on the bike? Is Target really going to replace a broken cable? Even worse what happens when something major happens? You're a big guy (hoping to get not so big); is that bike frame going to hold up?

I know money is tight but the expression "penny wise, pound foolish" is sometimes appropriate.

Just sayin'

Bob

Edited by: HEYPUTTHATDOWN at: 6/5/2009 (15:55)
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Thanks, lucky for me I don't have anyone to try to keep up with... yet.

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6/5/09 12:59 P

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hey if that is your budget stick with it and see how it goes..
The important thing is that you are comfortable on it and it rides like you want it too.
maybe have it for a year or so and if you really get into riding save money and go for a higher end.
I bet you will like one fine...
My wife loved hers from Target until she tried to keep up with me lol.
Good luck , let me know how you made out



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3LITTLEBIRDS's Photo 3LITTLEBIRDS Posts: 484
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Here is one of the bikes I am considering:

www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-Schwinn
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00C-Trail-Hybrid/dp/B000KZ1G7Q/ref=bR>r_ln_reviews_1_13/176-6068630-470445
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BRTRAINS's Photo BRTRAINS Posts: 481
6/5/09 8:35 A

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I feel what you are going through..
I have a Globe Specialized Vienna, this years model i paid 380.00 for That was MY budget.
My wife on the other hand went to Target spend 200.00 for a schwinn, rode it twice and brought it back as it was too hard to keep up when riding with me,It was a mountain bike and the tires kept her speed down.
I took her to another bike shop last night( the one I bought mine from closes early) and she was frustreted as they tried to see her a 600.00 bike !
She rode it and loved the feel of it (it was a hybrid also) but out of her price range.
I looked at the bike like mine but a womans version and they kept trying to tell her how harder it would be to ride.
she took it for a test ride also and liked the feel of it.
They then told her that her size wasn't available and it wood take several weeks to get one in.
Needless to say we left and she feels bad because she now has no bike.
We are heading to the shop I got mine from tomorrow afternoon ad buy one there.
However I'm not sure what 200.00 will get you.
Seems bike shops start at 350.00 and up. Just be careful what you spend. If you spent 350.00 and it lasts 10 years that is only 35.00 a year to ride..
Maybe give up the ride tomorrow and save a little more for something better, but it doesn't have to be over 400.00
Good luck whatever you do, keep us posted what you end up getting



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My fitness hybrid flies...much faster then my mountain bike did. Mine's a flat bar road bike, ran me $500 at a local bike shop where they take excellent care of me. It's a Trek FX 7.2. Check them out, they might work well for you.

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Thanks for the info Lovey, I have seen Schwinn's and GMC's for $300 or less but no bike shops carry them. I have been looking at Craigslist to see if I can get a quality used bike but I am now running out of time. I think I might go with the hybrid over the strict road bike... last time I did this race with a mountain bike... are the hybrids much faster than those?

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I love my Cannondale Quick 6. Even though I plan to do my first sprint triathlon and one non-competitive bike event with it, I didn't want a road bike. My first goal was to ride for fitness, then family rides, then my race. All for less than $500.

The Cannondale Quick 6 is around $420 to $459. If you are a member of certain clubs in your area, you usually get an add'l 10% off.

My bike is a fitness hybrid/flat bar road bike.
Hybrids traditinally are a cross between raod and mountain bikes.
Fitness Hybrids/flat bar road bike are more of a cross between a hybrid and a road. A major difference is thay have no front shocks like road bikes.

I have seen entry road bikes for $300 new.


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Thanks Glitter, my problem is I can't even spend $450 :( I guess I know what I have to do (really it is all I can do) I just want to feel better about it.

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I'm afraid I'm not knowledgeable enough to give a good answer to your questions, but here's my two cents on bike prices: no, you are not crazy for having sticker shock. I have a Trek hybrid that I use to commute everyday and on light trails, and it's held up fantastically for my purposes. It was $450, which was more than I wanted to spend but worth every penny. You absolutely do not need to spend $900 for a good beginner bike.

That being said, my experience with bikes is that you generally get what you pay for, so make sure you weigh your options carefully :)

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3LITTLEBIRDS's Photo 3LITTLEBIRDS Posts: 484
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Hey guys,

New to the team and look foward to posting and learning! I am going to buy a new bike tomorrow for a two day, 90 mile, road race I plan on doing in September. I have a few questions though.

1. I know everywhere I read people say buy from a local bike store. Don't buy a cheap bike from a box store. Well, what if I called all of my bike shops in a three city radius and ALL of their ENTRY level bikes are double my current bike budget? Are the Schwinn's I see at Wally World REALLY that bad or is it just propaganda put out by the local bike shops? I can't believe they don't have something in the sub $500 range for people who want something to start with to see if they will like it. My current budget is $250, one shop said their beginner bikes started at $900... WTF?!? I know that if I start cycling seriously (plan on doing a half Ironman next year if I don't hurt myself first) I will be saving up for a quality bike... can the cheap bike fit the bill until then?

2. While the initial purpose of this bike is to ride in this road race I also want to do some paved trail riding with the family. I was looking at a Hybrid bike and wondering if it might be an option over a straight road bike. I also might want to try some commuting to work. Will the sitting style of the hybrid be a factor in a longer ride like I have planned in September?

I guess those are the two biggest questions I have. I will be buying the bike tomorrow because I have my first practice ride Saturday morning. Any assistance you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated. I just hate the way the bike shops are making me feel like a cheapskate when I just want to ride and don't have a huge budget to spend.

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.

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