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I'm thinking about picking up a bike this holiday season. A buddy has an idea that we should start training for micro Iron Man events and maybe work our way up to a half Iron Man one day. But I'm also looking at using the bike to ride back and forth to a nearby fitness center and ride some green ways with Honey Bunny. And maybe, maybe in the future I might run some trails with it.

With that in mind, which of these two bikes would you recommend?

First is an Adventure Hybrid for $400:


And the second is a Mountain Bike with full suspension for $330:


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My vote would be neither. If my budget was $400 or so, and I lived in Georgia I would go to Atlanta Cragislist and find a good quality used bike. I lived in Steamboat Springs and spent hundreds of miles riding custom mountain bikes on single track trails. I also raced and toured including a ride from Colorado to California and back on a bicycle so do know a bit about them.

The Windsors you are looking at are heavy and have some known problems with bottom brackets cracking and spokes that break. The Shimano Sora shifters they (at least used to) come with are poor quality and clunky at best.

However, whatever you do, before you buy any bike, go to a good bike shop and have them fit you so you know what size to buy. Then go with the Windsors if you still want to or find a good used one but at least you will know what size you need.

Many an aspiring rider has been frustrated and given up as a result of starting on a poor quality, ill-fitting bike.

That being said, the most important component on any bicycle is the engine.

Good luck.
 

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I'm not sure what an adventure hybrid is. The adjustable stem doesn't appear to be a good idea to me, if you were off in the woods. You don't want that thing "adjusting" then.

As for the full suspension, unless you're going do be a downhiller, you won't need the full suspension. They go down hill great. Everything I've heard about them is that they don't do so well when you're climbing.

I can't speak for the Windsor brand. I've never heard of them. Your best bet is to go with one of the major brands, Trek, Cannondale, Raleigh, GT, Specialized, and Giant to name a few. Bikes will be available in entry level models all the way up to full race models. Frames are pretty much the same, but it's the components that increase the price.

Good advice about going to a bike shop and finding out what fits.
 

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A couple of forum members who know me, sent e-mails to ask what I ride and would recommend. What I rode most when living in Steamboat Springs was custom made by Moots Cycles but the cost was over 10 times what the OP is considering. A GREAT bike but not what the OP is looking for. I stick by my advice. Get fitted by a good bike shop then look for a quality used bike in your price range.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll check in at a local bike shop before I place an order. They might have a used bike as well.

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Used but not abused is good. I bought my Trek 29er on Craigslist. 2 months old and nearly half price! :D
 
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