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    Used BMX Bike - Michigan

    OK gentlemen,

    I've got a 12 year old boy, about 4'11 and maybe 85 lbs. He's mostly a street rider, but jumped enough curbs to put his Dept Store BMX out of commission with bent rims.

    The LBS can't true the wheels & told me a new wheel would cost more than the bike is worth. I don't doubt it. It was a pretty cheap bike.

    My son wants to keep riding BMX bikes. I doubt he'll do much more than jump curbs, but he's a tough kid and I'd like him to have a bike that will stand up to him.

    He got $150 from grandma to put towards a bike. His friends ride Haro's, so that's what he wants. He's a smart kid though and will listen and consider other brands. Used bikes are fine with him, but I'd still like to get good value for what we spend.

    Here are a few that I've found on CL. I'll probably look at 3 of 'em. Which would you look at? Why?

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bik/1387096548.html (Haro Mirra 540 $150)
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/bik/1410195420.html (Hoffman Condor (2-4 years old? $150)
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/bik/1391163936.html (Specialized 415 Fatboy (10 yrs old) $125)
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/bik/1384230844.html (Haro Group 1 zi - $175)
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/bik/1408920097.html (Vintage Haro Supra $125, Vintage Specialized Fatboy Vegas $150)

    thanks in advance,

    Chris
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    Out of those, I would go with the Mirra 540. You should check out Danscomp though. They have pretty good bikes for a reasonable price.
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    theres nothing wrong with a bmx bike. your thirteen so i'm assuming your not that tall. its pretty much a standard bike, its better than mountain bikes, whichi are more expensive and are for babies who dont want to break a sweat climbing up a hill. its not dangerous to ride any kind of bike. and you have a nice bike anyway so... ride.

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    Go with the Haro Mirra 540 out of all of those.

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    Definitely the Mirra. The Condor would probably be my second choice.

    The Fatboys and Supra are way outdated, and real heavy in comparison; also, the Group 1 is a race bike.

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    I probably should have given myself and all of you, more time to respond. I needed to make a decision without the benefit of your feedback. I didn't ignore your advice...I simply didn't have it in time to make the decision.

    Based on pictures...my son really liked the color theme of the Haro Supra. It's a bright yellow with red trim. Has a certain "catsup and mustard" appeal to it I suppose.

    I went and had a look at both the Supra and Fatboy. The seller had worked at a bike shop for a number of years and took excellent car of both bikes. The original paint was pristine, the tires were newer, everything spun easily and quietly.

    I knew it was on heavy side, but so long as it's durable, the weight didn't bother me much.

    I had it looked at my my local bike shop mechanic and he verified what I already knew. The bike was maintained extremely well and is, with the yellow / red colors...kinda eye-catching.

    Oh...and I got the bike for $100. Probably not a steal...one could probably spend $100 in worse ways.

    Thanks anyway for the advice. Next time I'll make sure to give you guys a little more time.

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