Buying a mens bike, please help me decide what to get



nycbiker

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Hi everyone,

I'm planning to buy a new bike within the next week or two, and I don't really know what to go for. I had a few simple and cheap mountain bikes in my teenage years, but haven't had a bike since I was 20. I'm almost 30 now. Looking into bikes now, it seems there are so many choices (and price ranges) that I never even knew about, and that I don't know much about.

I live in New York. 95% of my biking will be on pavement. I will be ride it on the streets and in the parks. Occasionally I will want to use the bike on some unpaved gravel or dirt trails, but never rocky roads or through the woods. My purpose is for recreation and for exercise.

Therefore, I do not see any purpose for a mountain bike, and I'm looking at road bikes. I'm also considering the possibility of a hybrid bike, but I don't know much about them. I am approx 5'8 or 5'9, and weigh approx 150lbs.

Any ideas on what kind of bike I should get. I want something fairly light, though that's not the most important thing. I want multi-speeds, ability to manage hills, and good breaks. Other than that, I'm totally unsure of what specifications are right for me, or what the right size for me is.

Thanks!
 

vspa

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ok so you narrowed down to a road bike or a hybrid, check out these two out: hybrid with disc brakes http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/fitness/fx/7_4_fx_disc/#/us/en/model/details?url=us/en/bikes/road/fitness/fx/7_4_fx_disc classic road bike http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/sport/1_series/1_5/# before going any further you should test ride similar bikes to see the - huge - difference, its a complete different feel one from the other, if you can't find such an hybrid, a test ride on a mountain bike make do, its really the handlebars (and the stem length and angle, to a shorter degree) making all the difference from the rider fit/position point of view,
 

alienator

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I'd suggest going to a number of bike shops, telling them what you're looking for in a bike, and then test riding their suggestions.
 

leroy1010

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I want to ask do you like to build up a bike by yourself ? Many riders would like do,Because it also part of riding. It's a wonder work.

For the lightweight bike you must chose the carbon bike,And a road bike usually with 700C wheels,You can see the detail http://www.diy-carbonbike.com/

I suggest that if you like riding you must choce a carbon bike,Because it's so lightweight.
 

vspa

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leroy1010 said:
I want to ask do you like to build up a bike by yourself ? Many riders would like do,Because it also part of riding. It's a wonder work. For the lightweight  bike you must chose the carbon bike,And a road bike usually with 700C wheels,You can see the detail http://www.diy-carbonbike.com/ I suggest that  if you like riding you must choce a carbon bike,Because it's so lightweight.
are people smuggling carbon frames and accessories from chinese factories ?
 

leroy1010

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Originally Posted by vspa .


are people smuggling carbon frames and accessories from chinese factories ?
It is not smuggling, The product must go normal mark. But we can mark the parcel as GIFT and write a low value.Aslo sometimes this would not work. The products made in china.
 

Billywhite

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Originally Posted by vspa .


are people smuggling carbon frames and accessories from chinese factories ?


Well, according to statistics about the U.S. bicycle industry, 93% of bicycles sold in the United States are imported from China. Is that really true? I am happy with my German-made bike, though I wouldn't be surprised if some of the components on it came from China. Asking around in a bike shop might be a good idea! Seems like the cycling situation in NY is improving generally after the launch of the bike sharing scheme there.
 

leroy1010

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Originally Posted by Billywhite .




Well, according to statistics about the U.S. bicycle industry, 93% of bicycles sold in the United States are imported from China. Is that really true? I am happy with my German-made bike, though I wouldn't be surprised if some of the components on it came from China. Asking around in a bike shop might be a good idea! Seems like the cycling situation in NY is improving generally after the launch of the bike sharing scheme there.
93% ? It sounds so powerful.I don't konw the statistics data is true? But Chinese manufacturing industry has been very strong this is true.
It would be really a good idea for asking around in a bike shop in NY,Many shopkeeper may consider Importof bicycles from China.
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And I have Sources and pathways.
 

Hillrider

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CCM makes good cheap bikes. Just make sure that the bottom bracket is tight and there are functioning brakes. I am thinking of getting a used ccm in the 50 dollar price mark.