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DoctorIt 06-25-2008 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gambrinus
'Cross bikes are the best thing since sliced bread!

depends what kind of bread :lol3

notmike 06-25-2008 06:17 PM

Hooray for cross!!

http://notmike.smugmug.com/photos/22..._tCjHh-M-1.jpg

Please pardon the blasphemy.

DoctorIt 06-25-2008 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by notmike
Hooray for cross!!

Please pardon the blasphemy.

Is that at Lincoln? Gloucester maybe? I swear I recognize that tree. Cool to see another Boston Crosser (look close at my avatar... that Boston Cross hat is circa 1999 or so). I'll be back in MA to catch the last race or two this season.

Sweet shirt, and very fitting for the scene :lol3

a1fa 06-26-2008 12:57 PM

How about Raleigh Detour 3.0? Guy wants $325+tax.

http://www.thebikestand.com/R08_Detour3pt0_M_Blue-f

I like it. It rides good with comfortable seat.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a1fa
How about Raleigh Detour 3.0? Guy wants $325+tax.

http://www.thebikestand.com/R08_Detour3pt0_M_Blue-f

I like it. It rides good with comfortable seat.


what type of riding do you plan on using it for?

leisure
commuter
exercise
rides with others (clubs) (family)


I think that seat will be excruciatingly bad unless you're very overweight.

I've never found the Mary Poppins seating postion of the hybrids like that any good either.

a1fa 06-26-2008 01:05 PM

leisure, commute, ride with family, and some off-road trails.. nothing crazy

Dranrab Luap 06-26-2008 01:10 PM

Just a note Perry. I do better with heavily padded seats, so I wouldn't summarily dismiss this one as uncomfortable.

The nice thing about this Detour model, is that you're not out too much money if you decide bicycling's not for you. You'll be able to CL it and get $250 back. I say go for it. It gets you in the saddle with a versatile bike and minimal initial cash outlay.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a1fa
leisure, commute, ride with family, and some off-road trails.. nothing crazy


I'd go with something a tad more aggresive ergonomically, what you're looking at is essentially a unisex/rental style bike.

The shock absorber seat is a gimmick, and will only slow you down, and the front handlebar position is too high. In any headwind you'll feel like a sailboat going backwards.

Raleigh's do make some good bikes for the money, I have a cross bike of theirs (RX1)

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/rx-10/

I would seriously suggest looking at a cyclocross style bike as it can do everything, and do it alot better than the hybrid/unisex style bike.

You'll want to actually ride it more (IMHO).

Zodiac 06-26-2008 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Dranrab Luap
Just a note Perry. I do better with heavily padded seats, so I wouldn't summarily dismiss this one as uncomfortable.

The nice thing about this Detour model, is that you're not out too much money if you decide bicycling's not for you. You'll be able to CL it and get $250 back. I say go for it. It gets you in the saddle with a versatile bike and minimal initial cash outlay.


I hear ya Paul, but for me the big padded seats are uncomfortable. I would always go for a thinner seat, and a real good pair of bike shorts.

a1fa 06-26-2008 01:15 PM

Nice bike, but not for me. I like Mountain bikes, but they are so uncomfortable. Detour 3.0 looks like a compromise.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by a1fa
Nice bike, but not for me. I like Mountain bikes, but they are so uncomfortable. Detour 3.0 looks like a compromise.

It's your call, but I can tell you this. I've had about half a dozen friends start out by saying they wanted to buy a new bike, and they all went to the bike store and were talked into buying the hybrid style by the salesperson.


Within 1 to 3 months every one of them were selling them for either a traditional road bike or a traditional MTN bike. Hybrids are like the swiss army knife bike, they can do everything but none of it well. A cyclocross will do it all too, but do it well.

Where's Gummy when we need him:lol3



Have you test rode anything yet?

a1fa 06-26-2008 01:37 PM

Hybrids are KLRs ?:P

a1fa 06-26-2008 01:50 PM

The sales man did not talk me into buying anything. I was looking at my friends hybrid and I really liked it. I came in there looking at hybrid.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by a1fa
Hybrids are KLRs ?:P


No, I would say a cyclocross is more of a KLR.



The Hybrid is the 1970's Mustang II of bicycles....:D

Dranrab Luap 06-26-2008 02:04 PM

Nothing wrong with a hybrid.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...d/DSC00450.jpg


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