Post # 1
Bicycle that is – any of you bike a lot around a mid size city or town with shitty roads? I much much much prefer a racing bike as I hate the drag of mountain bike tires in and around the city (where I do most of my biking nowadays). When I was younger I always rode racing bikes, but since I turned 30 (38 this summer) it’s been mtn bikes but I really want to get back to a much lighter & tighter bike.
The problem is the roads in this city SUCK. Up to 2 ft from the kerb can be a cracked, chewed up mess and while I can handle it on a thicker tire, I’d be terrified I’d get caught (slowing up for lights and things) or bounced off an edge either into traffic or the kerb and then back out. I have some minor balance issues that never fully recovered after a major car accident 10 yrs ago, so I’m not as quick to recover balance as I was back then (a second can make a huge difference if I hit a nasty edge and wobble beside a car – eek!).
What can I do bike wise? I hate my current bike so it is going but I have no idea what to move to. I’d really prefer not to spend more than $300 as I’m pretty broke, but I need to bike just for mental health recharging and to lose weight for my dress haha! Any suggestions of something with a lighter, bit thinner frame and sturdy but not completely thin tires that wont feel like they have the same drag/coverage of mountain bike thick ass tires.
Post # 3
There are a lot of options for a bike to ride around town/city. It sounds like you want a hybrid bike – flat handlebars, light wheels with strong rims and durable tires, no suspension, and geometry closer to a road bike for speed and responsiveness.
Trek makes an urban bike (the District Series), that is more durable and practical for city riding than a racing bike, but isn’t as bulky and slow as a mountain bike. It doesn’t have any front suspension, has flathandlebars, and the geometry is closer to a racing bike. The Canondale Quick Series is similar. The canondale has 700CC wheels and a light frame, but it has vibration-dampening chain and seat stays to make city riding less bumpy. Also similar, with a lower pricetag, is the GT Traffic Series.
I think investing in a solid bike is worthwhile, since it sounds like it will take a beating. I would find a bike you like and get the most expensive version you can afford. The upgrade in parts will be worth it to avoid replacing broken things later. I would definitely recommend going to a local bike shop. They should have a variety of hybrid bikes there so you can try them out. It’s also a good time to look for a 2011 model which would be on clearance right now.
Post # 4
If you decide to purchase, here’s a website I recommend, my fiancé and I each purchased ours here. They come unassembled but a bike store can put it together cheaplY Best prices we could find: http://bikesdirect.com/
I use a road bike almost exclusively in a paved park. I bought this one after using a hybrid, it’s so much lighter, made a huge difference to me and I definitely couldn’t go back.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions ladies, very much appreciated. I will read through them to at least some up to date info and then head to a local shop. May end up going the bikes direct route.
Interesting about the flat handlebars – I hate them – no idea why but I really really miss racing bars for some reason, and I never truly raced. Just love the feel of them and actually get annoyed at flats when using them. I think for some reason I felt I had a lot more control in wobbles etc. with my old bars than with flats.
Anymore contributions are welcome, and I’ll let you know what I end up going with.
Post # 6
You could also look at a cyclocross bike. They will be lighter weight, have drop handle bars, but will be built to be more sturdy than a racing bike. They might be a little more money though, from what I’m seeing on a quick google search. Of you can always put drop bars on a hybrid.