New member, new Fuji Absolute 1.0
Just joined the forum and posted in the newcomers forum, thought I'd also introduce myself here, as I seem to have become a Hybrid fan. I'm 63, and some years ago, my wife and I bought mountain bikes- and never rode them. We've decided to break them out and start riding. I've got a replaced knee and a few extra pounds that I could stand to shed. My bike's an Ibex Alpine 450, and it's quite darty/twitchy on the street, which is where all my riding will be. Also feels a bit heavy. We're wanting to ride quiet back streets, etc., not main roads in traffic.
Anyway, I rode a Trek FX 7.4 at a lbs a few weeks ago and loved it. Felt appreciably lighter and faster. That started me looking at hybrids, and I found Nashbar's closeout offer on 2010 Absolute 1's- for $599 + $25 shipping. I simply couldn't turn it down. I know it violates the rule of never buying a bike you can't ride first- and I agree that's a smart rule, but here in NE Florida there ARE no high end hybrids in stores to ride. I checked. But at that price, with Shimano 105 components, I don't think I can go too wrong.
Anyway, I'm anxious to get it- great riding weather right now- nice and cool!