Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Leopardlove
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Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Postby Leopardlove » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:49 pm

Hello

I am after a bike for on & off road. I'll be using the bike for trails, bike paths etc. My budget is $500.

I have looked at so many bikes I am starting to go crazy!

I test rode the below three bikes and I cannot seem to find any difference between them. :?

1. Merida - Womens Crossways 10V ($499)
http://www.merida.com.au/2013-bikes/rec ... omens.html

2. Giant - Womens Rove 3 ($499)
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/bik ... 944/66432/

3. Trek - Womens Neko ($549)
http://www.trekbikes.com/au/en/collecti ... ens/neko/#

My questions are..
- what are the main differences between the bikes
- what bike is best value for money
- warranty & repairs for each brand

I would really appreciate your help! (Feel free to suggest any other models).

Thanks :)

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Re: Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Postby jasonc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:56 am

Leopardlove wrote:My questions are..
- what are the main differences between the bikes

the giant is 3 gears at the front, 8 at the rear. the other 2 are 3x7

- what bike is best value for money
- warranty & repairs for each brand


they are all similar spec/warranty

Your other option is to look at a straight out mountain bike (especially if going to be doing trails) but in this price range, the specification will be similar

As usual the answer to which one to buy is "buy the one that makes you want to ride more"

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Re: Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Postby Leopardlove » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:37 pm

Thank you for your reply!

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Re: Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Postby open roader » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:22 pm

I have a retired friend who has put 6000+km in less than 2 years into a Merida Crossway (100 model I think) riding mostly gravel bike paths and lumpy rural bitumen roads. She loves the bike - has done most rail trail / bike trails in Victoria now, many in NSW and a few longer tours in New Zealand. This bike is maintained well, regular chain cleaning/lubing etc and cleaned well after major rides - still looked close to new condition when I saw it on the weekend...........
3rd class cycling is always better than 1st class walking

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Re: Help Choosing my first bike (Womens Hybrid)

Postby Leopardlove » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:27 pm

Oh wow, thanks. I will definately be keeping my bike well maintained that's for sure!

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