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Anyone here ride a bicycle regularly?? I really need to get back in shape, so I think I'm going to buy a bike. I used to bike some, but haven't in a long time. The last bike I had was a mountain bike. I mostly rode trails on it. I never really went on a "mountain" or really rough terrain with it. I think I'm going to get either a mountain bike or a hybrid bike. Although I would really like a recumbent, they are not suited for any off road riding.



So, I need recommendations on brands, features, and so forth. If you know any good places to ride, that would be great also(on or off road)!!!
 

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For general fitness riding you can't beat a road bike. Trek, Giant, Specialized, Cannondale are all good. You get what you pay for. Mountain biking is fun but in my case I have to drive to trails to do it. With my road bike I ride from my house, jump on and go.

Bike fit is most important. Trek makes great bikes for the price.
 

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I am looking for a quality bike in the $500-$1000 range.

Just shopping on the internet I am liking the Raleigh Passage 5.0, but I have not seen one in person yet. I also want to be able to pull a small trailer with my 2-year old in it.
 

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I don't know much about bikes but my buddy is into on and off road biking. He has a Trek which I have ridden several times and very much enjoyed. Hope that is of some help.
 

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I bought a S&W Tactical earlier this year and have been very pleased with it. It's built mostly with Shimano's mid-priced components on an aluminum frame.



 

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The Releigh 5.0 looks to be a good bike for your needs. It looks to be less than the $500 you are willing to spend. The 5.0 is similar to the bike I use to pull my 2 year old around in. I would up grade to a hardtail mountain bike with at least deore 9 speed derailers and shifters. You can change the stem on a mountain bike to give you a more upright riding position similar to the hybrid bike.

The cycle cross bike would be fun. I don't know much about them to give you advice.
 

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I went and looked at bikes today. I test drove most of the models I am interested in. I don't really care for the hybrid/comfort bikes. They just don't handle the way I like a bike to handle. Most salesman advised that these really don't hold up to much off roading either.



I think I am going to get a mountain bike. I think I will put a more comfortable seat on it, and less aggresive tires. This looks to be the best setup for what I want right now.



This is the bike I like the best out of the bikes I looked at today. I have a couple more shops to look at before I make a decision.

I like the Cannondale F600.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/CUSA/model-6FS6.html



What do you guys think of this model?? Do you recommend anything else similar to this?
 

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Im also a Trek fan. I dont have the fanciest models, 2 (05' 3700). Got them at about $350 each. I used to live in a mountainous area and road them pretty hard with not a problem. The 3700 is a little heavy but an extremely nice bike for the money. Actually, thanks for the thread.. its been too long, I've got to get out there and ride!!
 

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I went ahead and bought the Cannondale F600. I really like it so far. This bike rides and handles better than any other bike I have been on.



 
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