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    Going to get back into cycling.
    A little background,I raced BMX when I was 15 to 17 and had corporate sponsors through Robinson.
    Rode street for around 15 years 6 days a week at 25 miles a day.
    I've finally reached a point that I think I can ride again after back surgery and hip replacement.
    Looking at the Trek Zektor or the Fuji Absolute.
    It's a downgrade from my normal rides but I dont plan to get into it like I used to.
    This is about comfortable exercise.

    Anyone have any experience with city bikes?

    Oh...I know there are different models.
    Looking to spend around $1000
     
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    For my money, ANYTHING made by Trek is a good choice. The bike frames are made in the USA, and their bikes are assembled here as well.

    I started off back in the mid 80's on a Univega Aeropace SIS chromoly frame, then graduated to a Univega aluminum frame, but then switched over to a Trek 2100 carbon fiber frame with aluminum forks and rear triangle. When that was wrecked by a careless driver, I upgraded again to a Trek 5200 all carbon fiber frame.

    But, because Trek had some problems when they first came out with an all carbon fiber frame (the bottom bracket mount didn't get the right glue for the first few years and the frame cracked after a year or two of heavy riding), when they replaced my second frame, I switched over to their Lemond brand, which is Reynolds 883 chromoly steel.

    Out of all the bikes I've had, I think the Lemond with an 883 chromoly frame is pretty decent. The ride is comfortable and the chromoly is actually pretty good at absorbing road buzz.

    As far as city bikes? I kinda like them. They are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike, which means they can take more abuse. And, they usually have straight handlebars which is an advantage over drop handlebars because of your back.

    Oh....................and if you do get a city bike, be sure to get slicks for the tires. The little knobby tires that come with them can sometimes be a bit of a chore because they have more rolling resistance than slicks.
     
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    And, if you do get a city bike with straight handlebars, go ahead and splurge on a set of mountain bike handlebar end grips. The advantage for that is that it gives you another hand position so that you don't get fatigued from staying in just one riding position.
     
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    Yeah...my last bike was a carbon Fuji Pro that went for around $2700 that was loaded with kick ass components like Dura ace.
    Had carbon cranks,seat post and all the other goodies.
    Weighed in at 17.7 lbs...Rode like a cloud.

    Worked in a shop that built custom bikes from scratch for a few years and know what makes a good bike.

    My problem is I've been out of the bizz for around ten years so I dont know the latest.

    Had my wifes original Hardrock rebuilt for my niece by a dude that will come to your house and pick up your ride and return it like new for a very reasonable price.
    He saw my original Fisher Hoo Kooiko mountain bike from I believe 84 and freaked out!! Offered me more than I paid for it.

    Also had the first Mountain bike GT ever made. Damn I wish I would have kept it!!
     
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    Oh yeah thats a must.
     
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    Again...anyone have experience with a city bike?
     
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    By the way Here We Go Again, have you thought about going to your local bike shop or magazine stand and looking for Bicycling Magazine's new gear issue?

    That was one of the main ways that I decided on what gear to use.
     
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    I'm starting to lean towards the Trek Zektor 3.
    It has all the things I want on a bike without spending thousands.
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    Dude, that looks like a hell of a sweet bike for only 700 bucks. Yeah, I'd ride that.

    And the extruded aluminum frame looks like it would absorb a fair amount of road buzz.
     
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    It's $879 actually. The Zektor 2 is around $659.
    By the time I add toe clips and the bar extensions it'll be right at my self imposed limit of a thousand bucks.
    It weighs in at 25.43 lbs which isnt to bad considering the type bike it is.
     

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