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    Which road bike should I buy?

    I've been scouring CL for a <$200 road bike for college. The last 2 I found were from original owners and they turned out to be crap - needed a lot of tuning/replacing. This flipper has some bikes in my target price range and I was wondering which one I should get.

    I can't link the CL post because he updates them everyday so they will become 404'd by tomorrow.

    Green Misele 35" - $185
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4629407...in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4629407...n/photostream/

    Schwinn Sprint 33.5" - $185
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46294078@N05/7161611824/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46294078@N05/7161610408/

    Raleigh Record 34" - $200
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7864388...in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7864388...in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7864388...in/photostream

    Nashbar Road MKII 34" - $220
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46294078@N05/7161041356/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46294078@N05/7161039736/

    Bianchi 33" - $240
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7864388...in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7864388...in/photostream

    Thanks for your time
    Last edited by yoyo221; 05-22-12 at 10:54 PM.

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    The Misele and Nashbar both look pretty cool. Priced reasonably too. Forget the others, they are overpriced/lowend compared to the two better ones.

    How tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
    The Misele and Nashbar both look pretty cool. Priced reasonably too. Forget the others, they are overpriced/lowend compared to the two better ones.

    How tall are you?
    I'm 5'10-11"
    Do you think there is something wrong with the brakes on the Nashbar? It seems oddly placed.

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    Either of the red bikes would be good.

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    I am with Jake the Miele and the Nashbar look like the best bikes. But if your 5'10" they may be too big.

    The bar and brake lever position on the Nashbar is just mmessed up and needs a little adjusting.

    If you looking for a bike for college, short commute to and around campus I would suggest looking for 20" frame MTB or Hybrid type bike.
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    The only two good bikes are both way too big for you. Size first, then find the deal.

    +1Rigid frame MTB is ideal for campus riding, and cheap too! 20 inch MTB may be too big for you.

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    Welcome to the Bike Forums.

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