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1 hour ago, gmsgltr said:

mountain bike tires for my 29er. go.

the bontrager stockers are shit imo. i think i have 2.4 up front and 2.2 in rear. gotta check later...

You might like this: http://archive.trekbikes.com/ie/en/

It'll show you all the factory spec for your bike so you don't have to keep checking. I don't have strong opinions on tires. General rule of thumb is that bigger pronounced knobs grip better in the looser stuff, but increase your rolling resistance. If you ride any pavement with the bike, pronounced knobs feel buzzy, and tall knobs on the edge will feel sketchy in hard turns as they flex. I'm betting based on the kind of riding you'll be doing, you don't want anything that looks super aggressive as if it's a dirtbike tire.

Playing with tire pressure can change your traction too. If you're on the high side, try going lower until it starts to wallow, pogo bounce, or you think the rim is going to pinch the tube (#1 reason people go tubeless). Is the traction issue in the rear, front, or both?

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Dear bikers,

I gave away my old Trek bike that I've had since I was in middle school and am now looking for a replacement. I want a hybrid. I'll be biking around town and more frequently on the multi-use trail behind our apartment. I would like to start taking longer rides eventually (10-15 miles). I'm not looking to spend above $500.

Any recommendations?

Thanks.

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11 hours ago, gilber33 said:

Dear bikers,

I gave away my old Trek bike that I've had since I was in middle school and am now looking for a replacement. I want a hybrid. I'll be biking around town and more frequently on the multi-use trail behind our apartment. I would like to start taking longer rides eventually (10-15 miles). I'm not looking to spend above $500.

Any recommendations?

Thanks.

Honestly in that price range, just go to a couple of local bike shops and see what they have to offer. Any of the major brands Like Trek, Specialized,Giant etc will have almost identical offerings. I would look to see if there are any sales on last years models as well. Try a couple out too, see how they fit and feel.

After looking maybe post a couple models you are looking at and I can offer some suggestions. Or just text me from the shop..

Fairdale has a couple of "Commuter" type bikes that are nice too. Emma has one and it is a good bike for it intended use.

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51 minutes ago, Dick Dastardly said:

Honestly in that price range, just go to a couple of local bike shops and see what they have to offer. Any of the major brands Like Trek, Specialized,Giant etc will have almost identical offerings. I would look to see if there are any sales on last years models as well. Try a couple out too, see how they fit and feel.

After looking maybe post a couple models you are looking at and I can offer some suggestions. Or just text me from the shop..

Fairdale has a couple of "Commuter" type bikes that are nice too. Emma has one and it is a good bike for it intended use.

The Trek FX 7.2 was one I looked at yesterday. It was nice. But I know this is the real entry level price, so you're right, they're probably all a horse a piece at this price. I'm also thinking of getting a used one for a few hundred that might be a few years old, but a "nicer" model. 

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Maybe a late 2000's hardtail and put 50-50 tires or slicks on it? Try to find a fork that has a lock-out though if you'll be doing a lot of paved sections. The hybrid bike seems like the type a lot of people buy with grand plans and it collects dust in the basement, so you might just be able to find a barely used FX.

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40 some wet miles through the forest yesterday with my wife -- I think I washed a pound of gunk and pine needles out of the bikes when we got home.

 

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In comparison, the dry 7 mile commute into work on the Geekhouse this morning felt super light and quick:

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8 hours ago, Fudge_Brownie said:

Maybe a late 2000's hardtail and put 50-50 tires or slicks on it? Try to find a fork that has a lock-out though if you'll be doing a lot of paved sections. The hybrid bike seems like the type a lot of people buy with grand plans and it collects dust in the basement, so you might just be able to find a barely used FX.

Yeah this is a better plan. Even a mid 2k hard tail. Really Good bikes to be had for cheap.

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