(Closed) Bees who Bike – bike question!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

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