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Old 10-20-19, 01:28 AM
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What kind of bike?

I'm thinking to buy a bike . Ride in town and sometimes roadtrips for a few miles. Roads are with concrete here. Bumpy roads.
What kind of bike should I go for?
Full-suspension? Road bike? Mountain bike? 700cc?
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Old 10-20-19, 08:36 AM
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Hi. I guess, I could be the first to try to help.

So, there aren't also any dirt/rocky roads in your area that you plan on travelling on, for road trips, correct?

What do you mean by "bumpy" roads: roads with potholes and deep cracks, or just an older road that is paved, but isn't smooth tarmac, and is a little bumpy?

How fast you would like to go (e.g. 3 speed, 21 speed) and if you're able to, unless your area is crowded with traffic) and your available budget might also be something for you to think about, too.

If it helps, I grew up using a mountain bike (without suspension) on the paved roads in my neighborhood; to and from school; and occasionally, on park trails, and didn't have any flats.

Now, I use a hybrid that has partial suspension, in rural areas and in the suburbs (on old roads with potholes and cracks, and a few dirt/rocky roads).

For the most part, I guess the suspension works and my ride, mostly, feels smooth, but there are still times that I notice my ride is a little bumpier from the old, paved roads (and, of course, the dirt roads with rocks are a lot bumpier for me, than on the road).

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Old 10-20-19, 09:37 AM
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1st step- aay if you want flat bars or drop bars. Different riding fit/feel/setup and it's pointless for others to suggest bikes that you dont even want.
Next, list a budget. Again, it's pointless for people to suggest bikes you cant afford or bikes that are too cheap.


I'll go out on a limb and guess in general you will want a flat bar hybrid.
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Old 10-21-19, 04:27 AM
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First question is your budget. If you are under $500 (and looking at new bikes), I'd say look at and ride a few flat bar hybrid bikes, probably what you meant by 700cc bikes. If you end up riding a lot and want to go faster, or you try a few off road trails and really like them, then you can always move up to something more specific and expensive.

Another budget issue: try out some bikes from a decent local bike shop and buy from a local bike shop. There are usually good sales after Christmas or even before Christmas. There are cheaper bikes available from big box stores and often some decent ones - but there are many that are poorly assembled, you can't test ride them and when they get out of whack quickly they aren't going to help you out.

I think you are in Minnesota - your area has a useful site Havefunbiking.com - you can find local biking clubs and bike shops. If there is a club near you, ask some of the members where a good local bike shop is - best starting point.
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Old 10-21-19, 04:38 AM
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Thank you all. That's very helpful to me. I'll try to contact with local groups . My budget is quite low up to $200. Seems I might need to go for the used bike. From reading all of your suggestion, I think I probably should start with a flat bke or a mountain bike with little suspension. As I'm a beginner, I will start with that and once I get used to that I'll consider other options. I'm only thinking to ride bike for ridding in town at the moment.
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Old 10-21-19, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Kopyae View Post
TMy budget is quite low up to $200.
A used bike will give you a lot more value. Honestly for $200 not even use you can buy a new "toy store" bike.

Forget anything with a suspension, first off int hat price range they will be garbage. Secondly for road riding they waste more energy going up/down and not forward.
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Old 10-21-19, 08:35 AM
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Yeah, avoid suspension. It will be of limited usefulness on roads, and will be a possible point of failure or malfunction and/or will require more maintenance, add weight, make the bike more attractive to thieves, etc. etc. etc.

If the roads are bumpy get fatter tires and lower the pressure in them a bit. A non-suspension bike with wide soft tires will be more beneficial than a cheap suspension system.
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Old 10-21-19, 08:45 AM
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Next questions--what do you mean by a "few miles" and are there significant hills where you ride?

If you're talking fairly level riding for, say, 15 miles or less, you might have some fun with a cruiser with big smooth tires. Having ridden one of those around New Orleans for a few months, I can tell you that it's great for non-hilly but bumpy roads. And if you're going to ride it in the winter, just put tires with good treads on and you're good to go.
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