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02-10-09, 11:42 AM
I just got my license suspended for 8 months, so I'll be selling my car for around $1,000 for a bike, I'm looking for a nice single speed bike, but I want to get the most for my money and would rather order online if possible, could you guys let me know about some good websites I can order a bike off of for a nice price? I'm trying to get the lightest bike possible for $800 but I'll go up to $1,000, thanks.
02-10-09, 12:51 PM
I can understand your situation, we got our car repossed due to a financial meltdown. To be very honest, I'd highly recommend going to a LBS (local bicycle store), usually if you buy from them they will do minor adjustments for FREE and since you'll be riding you bike in all conditions, that would save you a chunk of change over the months! Lite is good but it's more important to get a bicycle that "REALLY FITS" you and will do what you need. A commuter bike needs to be a bit "tough" and I'd recommend a wider tire as you can use it on all types of terrain/roads. I'm getting a $400.00+ dollar Jamis Trail-X 2.0 MTB as soon as my tax refund get's here (est. Feb. 17th.), this bike will be able to "do it all", including HAUL FOOD in my homemade bike trailer!:thumb: For $800 you should be able to find a very capable MTB or Road Bike, might want to look at a "Cross-Bike", it's better on the pavement but still capable of riding a dirt path if needed. Specialized has a Cross-Bike, that has a 700cx45 width tire that should do you well, without going to a Fat Tire MTB or Hybrid.
Again, with the money you've got to spend, buying from a Bicycle Shop should be a good experiance and keep you up and running, FYI, YMMV PS. if you just have to go online, check out: http://www.performancebike.com
I agree 500% with bjjoondo. Your LocalBikeShop is your best friend. Tell them what you're going to be doing and ask them for help and advice. Remember New and Light are not always better. My most comfortable bike is a '93 Bridgestone RB1. It's a steele road bike. They may have something used, or can direct you a used build, which you'd do with them from an older frame. Also there is a "Want to Buy" forum down at the bottom of the BikeForums main page. Welcome to the world of cycling. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Good Luck.
02-10-09, 01:51 PM
Cool thanks guys, well I was doing some research on the fixed gear bikes, and they're pretty cheap, cheaper than I thought at least. So I'm going to try and keep it under the $450 range. What do you guys think about the Republic custom bikes? I never really liked buying expensive things from stores, I always feel like I could have gotten a better deal online, and I'm living in the central valley, not too many bike stores, I think I've seen one before though, don't remember where though. But if I do go to a LBS, it's gonna be in the Berkeley, CA area. I remember their stores were still pretty pricey and mostly had road bikes, I'm looking for a simple, reliable, fixed gear bike with the option of freewheel. Not trying to say that I don't agree with you guys on a LBS, it's just that I can't remember ever seeing more than like 3 fixed gear bikes at the stores I've been to around the Berkeley, Albany area.
Sorry to hear about the repossession on your car, I'm only 17 and don't have a job, so I'm not in some kind of a crysis for another method of transportation, I just need something to ride from here and there around the city (Manteca) and a bit in the Bay Area with my cousins, also the roads here are dead smooth and pretty flat, so I don't think I need something too overbuilt, I also weigh 165 and I'm 5'11'', and I'm thinking of a 59cm bike?
Again, thanks for the help, hope the tax returns really help out, and I'll check out that link.
02-10-09, 01:59 PM
BikesDirect have a lot of happy customers http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm but need to be able to do the assembly, and should also allow $150 for mudguards, bags, tools. Hope you get addicted. Good luck!
02-10-09, 02:36 PM
Yeah, I used to buy tires from them for my Trek 820, miss that bike :[
But I think I've made up my mind, I'm going to go for the Republic bike.
Looks sick, and it seems like a good price.
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