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10/9/13 3:10 A

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I didn't ask about fenders but I did ask about a rear rack since I have one I want to put on the bike. They said all 3 of them can attach a rack.

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10/8/13 10:31 P

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+1 to what DDOORN said.

That said, my personal opinion, for what it's worth, is that for your projected intended usage, suspension on the front is unnecessary. The Zum looks like it has fender eyelets on the fork, but I can't see any on the back. Might be something to think about for if you want to kit it out with a rack and some fenders for rain riding, commuting, utility riding, etc.

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10/7/13 7:34 P

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I've just read a little what you wrote and went to visit the websites.

First off - yeahhhh for bike riding!

Secondly - yeahhhh for getting a new bike...that will fit better for you!!!

And ...

From what you've said so far, the riding you will be doing sounds like general exercise, some commuting, and perhaps errand ridings around town. And I think the 3 you have shown here would do the trick, especially given you aren't looking to set any speed records. I think all 3 will last you as long as you want it to, as both brands (GT and the Schwinn) are reliable. I know you said you have not had any experience with Schwinns ... but they are good sturdy bikes.

Some may be looking for bikes that are lighter weight, or for touring, or heavy off-road ... but you sound like you've got a good handle on what type of riding you do. And in the future if that changes, you can always get another bike. For now, the ones you show are not over the top spendy, but also about the right price range for the type of riding you are wanting. (And on sale too! Bonus!)

So which one?

I agree with Don ... at this point you're likely looking at personal preference. Since you've been to a bike shop, I'm guessing they got you to sit on a few different frames to see which size works best for you ... but a few things I did notice on each bike that you might want to think about that might help you decide (or make you more confused....ack!)

- Shifter...I noticed that the 1st (GT Zum) and 3rd (Schwinn) have the shifters where you turn the grip. The 2nd (GT Transeo) has a separate shifter to use with your thumb. Pro's and Con's both ways...totally a personal pref.

- Quick release wheels. The 1st (GT Zum) has it on both wheels. The 2nd (GT Transeo) does not have it at all (regular nut holds wheels on). The 3rd (Schwinn) does not have it on the back wheel...I cannot tell on the front. This may or may not be an issue for you. If you put your bike in a car or on certain racks, the wheel sometimes have to come off. If you aren't worried about transport then it's less of an issue. (Though if you get a flat, quick release wheels help)

- Seat. Both GT's have standard saddles. The Schwinn has a more padded seat. I say whichever bike you get, try to see if you like it...if you want you can buy a different on later. However ... I will say that most people initially think that the larger, more padded seats are more comfortable ... but in reality, it's more a function of seat position AND your seat bones. I have found (as has my wife) that the wider seats tend to be more UNCOMFORTABLE on LONGER rides. But if you're only riding in the 10 mile or less range you should be okay with the larger one.

- Other. I noticed the Schwinn does have a full chain guard ... that can be a nice feature if you're not concerned with the weight of a bike.

And MOSTLY ... you have to feel comfortable AND good about the your choice...so don't get a bike that you think you should get...but one you just kinda like :)

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,433
10/7/13 8:54 A

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Sounds like you have done your homework. At this point I think the final choice is going to boil down to your gut instincts and preferences. If you haven't yet done this you might see if you can take these bikes on a trial spin...?

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10/7/13 8:44 A

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I'm afraid that I'm not much help. When I was looking for a road bike I did all this research, obsessed over consumer reports, write-ups on bike magazines, I even read an article on Forbes about bikes - then I went with the first one I liked in the store when I was just window shopping pre-research.

I love the bike though so I guess I got lucky.

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URBANK9's Photo URBANK9 Posts: 894
10/7/13 2:04 A

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I already talked with someone at the bike shop, they agreed that any of those would probably be ok for my uses. The ones I linked are all comfort/hybrid bikes. I usually only ride 5-10 miles at a time at most, for exercise or as transportation. I mostly ride on paved trails with some gravel, dirt or bumpy grassy stuff. I am in the Midwest so we only have small inclines.
I don't ride very fast and I don't like the position of road bikes, I have one but don't like it much. I like mountain bikes but I don't think I really need one since I don't ride on that type of surface/conditions much so I figured something like a hybrid would be a little lighter weight and more appropriate for my uses. However I also found the one comfort bike I tried to b a nice ride, although the low bar on that particular model might bother me since I sometimes use the bar when I'm turning.

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10/6/13 10:17 P

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When it comes to picking the right bike for yourself there is no substitute for working closely with a local bike shop. You can learn an awful lot about bikes in the process while quizzing them and vice versa. A very important consideration to keep in mind is what kind of riding do you want to do? That, more than anything else will be your best guide to the right bike for you.

Do you enjoy running errands around an urban setting? Road cycling? Shorter, longer distances? Mountain biking? Dirt, gravel? All of the above? Envision how it is you plan to use your bike. That will be a big help in finding the right bike for yourself.

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10/6/13 9:55 P

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Hi! I am finally getting a new bike after dealing with an old one that is too big for me for so long... The problem is I can't decide what bike to get. I saw a few nice ones at a bike store the other day but I can't decide. I did a test ride for all 3 but it was pouring so I didn't get to do a REAL ride, just back and forth down the edge of the strip mall where the store was, under the awnings... The ride was fine for all three.
I was wondering if anyone can tell me what they think of these or help me decide! (note I would be getting the 'womens' version).

GT Zum
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Pros: I like that the handlebars are adjustable so you can get them more upright position if you want. Ok colors.
Cons: No shocks

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pro
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Pros: front shocks
Cons: no color options, not adjustable handlebars

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Pros: It was very comfortable. I love purple ;) A little lower price than the others.
Cons: Different from the styles of bike I am used to, may be slower/more difficult for exercising (but I'm not a speed rider). Not a big fan of Schwinn (no experience with it)


It doesn't have to be those three, those are just ones that I liked ok at that store.

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