What kind of bike to get?

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by lpage3, May 24, 2010.

  1. lpage3

    lpage3 New Member

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    This is my first post asking what kind of bike do I want to buy. I want one that will be used in NYC this summer and ultimately for college in St. Louis this coming fall. I would use this bike mainly for riding throughout the city and to and from classes. I would also occasionally want to use it for longer rides/exercise. Do I need multiple speeds? I'm pretty sure I don't want a fixed gear, but is there such a thing as a fixie with breaks because I definitely want breaks. Maybe a single speed? I definitely don't want to buy a frame or something and build; I'd like to buy the whole bicycle. My price range is around $400-$800 with a little flexibility. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    If you are unsure of getting a fixed gear, i would cancel that out all together. There are skills in riding a fixed gear that most cyclists don't have, especially in traffic. A single speed is a good choice if the roads are mainly flat and are a good low maintenance option. However depending on how often and where you plan to go for fitness then gears maybe needed. Hybrid bikes are a good option for commuting as it adds comfort but also are pretty quick. Something like the Trek 7.3 or 7.2 are good options.
     
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    What types of riding call for speeds? And can you suggest any good one speeds?
     
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