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Help me pick a bike

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Looking for a hybrid bike to ride around the neighborhood and pull my kids in a bike trailer. My wife doesn’t want me to spend more than $300. Seems like Bikes Direct is my best option. Help me pick one from the link below. Looking for a men’s large or XL.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/hybrid_bikes.htm

Note: I found Bikes Direct from another recent thread where the OP wound up getting a gravel bike. That’s out of my price range and probably too sporty for me right now. So, I’m firm on hybrid bikes right now.
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I don't have any feedback on specific bikes in that category, but I can confirm that we've had good luck buying bikes from Bikes Direct. I bought my first tri bike from there and later bought the kids their first real road bikes.
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I’d look on Craigslist, FB marketplace, or OfferUp, though I’ve heard it’s harder to come by used bikes because of covid. In the past I’ve bought a few like-new bikes off those sites.
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Boglegirl81 wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:01 pm I’d look on Craigslist, FB marketplace, or OfferUp, though I’ve heard it’s harder to come by used bikes because of covid. In the past I’ve bought a few like-new bikes off those sites.
Yes, I’ve been looking most of those places plus NextDoor. We were able to find good bikes for my wife and kids, but I haven’t had much success for myself.
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This one is at the $300 limit but it would be my pick and they are throwing in fenders and kickstand which may be important for your use. I like the Shimano model on this, 38c should be wide enough tires for your use, and as long as you are not more than 6'4" they should be able to get one to fit.

Should be a good enough bike for your uses.
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How much do You want to spend?
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For the price range, Bikes direct is pretty good. Trouble is, everything is on back order and there is even difficulty getting things like tubes.
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Another set of options. Being I'm a Costco fan,

https://www.costco.com/infinity-crazyho ... 83387.html

It is at your limit, while the one below is slightly above.

https://www.costco.com/infinity-boss-th ... 89801.html

While no fenders are on these bikes, they can generally be added to most bikes. I don't see that as a huge issue for the type of riding you are describing.
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WhyNotUs wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:36 am This one is at the $300 limit but it would be my pick and they are throwing in fenders and kickstand which may be important for your use. I like the Shimano model on this, 38c should be wide enough tires for your use, and as long as you are not more than 6'4" they should be able to get one to fit.

Should be a good enough bike for your uses.
Which one? Did you mean to include a link or name?
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Colorado Guy wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:02 pm Another set of options. Being I'm a Costco fan,

https://www.costco.com/infinity-crazyho ... 83387.html

It is at your limit, while the one below is slightly above.

https://www.costco.com/infinity-boss-th ... 89801.html

While no fenders are on these bikes, they can generally be added to most bikes. I don't see that as a huge issue for the type of riding you are describing.
Thanks for the tip! I actually found the second bike (slightly used) on Facebook for half the price, so I’m going to have a look at that tomorrow.
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Horton wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:52 pm
WhyNotUs wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:36 am This one is at the $300 limit but it would be my pick and they are throwing in fenders and kickstand which may be important for your use. I like the Shimano model on this, 38c should be wide enough tires for your use, and as long as you are not more than 6'4" they should be able to get one to fit.

Should be a good enough bike for your uses.
Which one? Did you mean to include a link or name?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gra ... ch_xii.htm

I hope the facebook one comes through
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WhyNotUs wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:56 am
Horton wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:52 pm
WhyNotUs wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:36 am This one is at the $300 limit but it would be my pick and they are throwing in fenders and kickstand which may be important for your use. I like the Shimano model on this, 38c should be wide enough tires for your use, and as long as you are not more than 6'4" they should be able to get one to fit.

Should be a good enough bike for your uses.
Which one? Did you mean to include a link or name?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gra ... ch_xii.htm

I hope the facebook one comes through
Yes, I got one used and it’s been great so far.
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I took a quick look at the Costco bike that was recommended.

While I am not familiar with the brand, I noted that it was a bit on the heavy side and is classified as a mountain. So it has 26" wheels rather than a modern hybrid which had slightly larger (and narrower) 700 cc wheels.

I work in a bike shop and we see a lot of used Trek, Specialized, and Novara hybrids in good condition that go for $150 to $200.
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