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Could really use some advice here! I've decided to purchase a bike to make my 10KM trek to work every day with. The roads around here generally aren't in very great shape and there are tons of hills everywhere; therefore I'm thinking a hybrid would be nice. I wanted to buy used but it seems to be very difficult to find anything around where I am (St. John's, Newfoundland). Therefore I've decided to buy new (unless someone can justify getting a used bike shipped here). There are a couple of retailers here that don't sell in shop but they can order Norco and Specialized bikes.

So I'm wondering which exact model I should think about ordering. My budget is around $500CDN.
Norco: http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/
Specialized: http://www.specialized.com/bc/home....amp;language=US (not sure what I should be looking at here)

I think if I order from either of these companies I might be able to haggle for discounts on some gear from the shops. This is in theory. As I mentioned, I'm very willing to buy used as well but I'm not sure of exactly what to search for!
 

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Not sure about the canadian conversion but a surly crosscheck is a hell of a versatile bike for about $999usd. Specialized also makes some great hybrid stuff for a budget. I hate to say it but a hybrid in that price range is something that trek does well too. Not sure if the budget can fit that surly but if you read all of the reviews I think you'd find it well worth the price. With some slicks they can be a road bike and tackle century rides, with the cross tires theyll take on limstone trails, snow, and some decent single track as well. Im currently building one up as a singlespeed for my commute and some bad weather romping in the limestone trails of illinois. The thing about it is that it not only does all of those things but does them well. I mean you can take a hybrid on a century ride but would you really want to? The surly is quality, check it out.
 

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$1000 is just too expensive for me! I want to save some money for decent shorts and helmet and such too. I think if I spend too much I'd never be able to live it down. The thing about other bike manufacturers is that they probably don't sell to individuals (typically it's to retailers), and if they do shipping might be ridiculous. That's why I'd like to limit it to Norco/Specialized for now, I just don't know which model will suit me best!

EDIT: On closer inspection it turns out that there is a surly dealer near me. I will have to check them out. Unfortunately the website doesn't have prices so I don't know what I can eliminate right away and what is worth investigating.
 

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ducksa said:
$1000 is just too expensive for me! I want to save some money for decent shorts and helmet and such too. I think if I spend too much I'd never be able to live it down. The thing about other bike manufacturers is that they probably don't sell to individuals (typically it's to retailers), and if they do shipping might be ridiculous. That's why I'd like to limit it to Norco/Specialized for now, I just don't know which model will suit me best!

EDIT: On closer inspection it turns out that there is a surly dealer near me. I will have to check them out. Unfortunately the website doesn't have prices so I don't know what I can eliminate right away and what is worth investigating.
Your link to Specialized isn't working. What model were you looking at?
 

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My apologies. I actually don't know which Specialized model to look at. They're all named a bit ambiguously and I'm not really sure what I need. I'm very new to this, as you can probably tell! In case you wanted to see the Specialized site it's just www.specialized.com

I'm just so anxious to buy a new bike! Very excited and want to get one ASAP, however I don't want it to be the wrong one

Also, a couple more options for Hybrids from Norco:
Vermont - http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/vermont.php
Rideau - http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/rideau.php
Malahat - http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/malahat.php
Yorkville - http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/yorkville.php
Olympia - http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/hybrid_700c/olympia.php

Olympia is by far the cheapest of them all. Are there any glaring weaknesses?
 

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Also, from Norco I was considering the Corsa 2: http://www.norco.com/bikes/city_and_path/urban_commuting/corsa_2.php

I think it's nice because it has fenders and a rack on back. However I really don't like the bulky appearance, but I guess that's what comes with a commuter bike. I also don't like the frame style. Am I being too picky? It'd probably be wise for me to get a bike with fenders and a rack unless I always want to carry around a backpack.
 

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I poked around the Specialized site and the closest bike I could find that would fit your type of riding had 28mm tires. They'd be ok for paved roads, but too narrow for just about anything else. That's why I sent the link for the Marin.

I'm not familiar with Norco's, but if you could find something with a 32 - 38 mm tire and (preferably) fixed fork, I think that would be a good choice. Also a triple crankset because you mentioned lots of hills and eyelets to accept fenders, if you ever want to add them. I noticed the Monterey had some Deore components - pretty reliable, IME. Couldn't find the geo charts though.

EDIT: Found the geo charts. If your LBS can fit you, great, if not tell us your cycling inseam/ saddle height, etc. and maybe we can assist.
 
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