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So I thought the good folks here can help me.

I'm a bike n00b all the way. My last bike is well over 20 years old. It is big, heavy, and does not work very well even after a tune. I'm out of shape, on the heavy side, and have a injured lower back. Being honest here.

I want to buy a new bike and get into riding for the health and enjoyment benefits. My wife and I enjoy nature and camping and hiking. I think this would be a new interest for us. I would like to ride my new bike to work. It is only 3 km each way, but up and down some large hills.

Having gone to the stores it seems like a hybrid with a more upright position would be good for my urban biking, my lower back, and still allow me to ride on gravel roads around provincial parks and the dirt trails.

I looked at a Trek 7000 and a 7100. The main difference being the 7100 has front shocks.

I used both and felt that the 7100 was harder to ride because the front dipped down when I peddled. But the 7000 was a little harder on my bottom.

So any words of wisdom? Can you offer any other bikes to look at? We don't want to spend more than $500 CDN (that is what these bikes cost, though I see them at $350 in the US). Can anyone shed light on the pros and cons of the front shocks? Both seats have a spring on them for comfort.

thanks!

Trek 7000 hybrid http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/hybrid/7000/

Trek 7100 hybrid http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/hybrid/7100/
 

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I would go what is most comfortable to you...look into see if they can adjust the fork so it doesn't dip on you...but one thing I tell every one is make sure the bike is comfortable, because if it doesn't you won't ride it...
 

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REI has 20% Off on Novara until Sunday

Can you offer any other bikes to look at? We don't want to spend more than $500 CDN (that is what these bikes cost, though I see them at $350 in the US).
All the REI brand bikes (Novara) are 20% off through Sunday. I've commuted on a REI Novara Buzz for over 5 years and have been very pleased with it. Their comfort bikes are:
Novara Corsa http://www.rei.com/product/791143
Novara Buzz V http://www.rei.com/product/791144
Novara Jaunt http://www.rei.com/product/788088
 

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As far as I know the 7100 front shock will not adjust. You have to go up in price to the 7300 I think. The 7100 and 7000 were about the same price. I did not like the colour of the 7100.

Thanks for the tip on REI, Unfortunately we don't have those here. :|
 

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Check out MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop). Their new line of bikes looks really good.
 

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I have an ancient (15+) Giant Excursion hybrid that's served me very well for multi-purpose riding. They don't make it anymore and I don't know what the current rough equivalent is (assuming there is one made, if not by Giant, then by some other co.), but someone on here with more current info/knowledge might have an idea.
 

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Make sure you get a "fitting" so not only you know what size to get, but what adjustments in seat height, position, angle; as well as the handlebars are needed to fit you.
 

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Nice! I went for the 7.6FX model when I found I was riding my old hybrid more than my road bike and spent the extra bucks.
very nice! I'm just getting into it, so we will see how it goes. But so far I love this thing. They have come so far since I last bought a bike.
 
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