Need a bike...
My old bike was a 23 year old "SR" japanese road bike, given to me free from a friend. Served me good for a year, although it required frequent adjusting, and everything was really worn. Id generally ride along hands free most of the time, leaning over on the drop bars when going around curves and whevere I wanted to crank it up. Fun ride.
Now the back wheel and freewheel needs replacing, new chain, tires, tubes, wheel truing, few new spokes, brake pads and everything needs adjusting. The left pedal arm is bent, and the post it slides onto is getting rounded.
Anyhow, I only really used it on ~10 mile rides on the trails and roads around here, couple times a week. Nothing major. Now Im going to be communiting 10 miles each way to community college here in the bay area (contra costa county), over the paved trails.
I was looking at new bikes, looked at the Trek 7.2FX ($379) and the 05 Marin Kentfield ($280), and the Giant Cypress(339, DX 369). My limit is $400, so I know I wont be getting drop bars or a road bike unfortuantly, although the road bike qualities was really just for fun, and isnt really necessary.
Got any opinions on any of these? Also, what about buying a older used road bike? Theres a bicycle co-op over in Berkely that sells used bikes. Id wait and find a old road bike and fix it up (replace tires, chain, lube, whatever), but I looked on craigslist and theres not much around here right now. What about my old bike? The frame is soild.
Last edited by Man In Black; 07-27-06 at 01:11 PM.
There's a couple possibilities. You might want to check out the co-op and see what they say about repairing the bike you have. Tires and tubes will set you back around $20. Back wheel anywhere from $15 to $100 depending on what you get and where. Not sure I understand what you mean by 'the post it slides onto is getting rounded'
Did you check out the Bicycle Mechanics forum? (Haven't made it over there to check yet...)
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if you can get the 7.3 at 379, that's a good price. it is a good, solid bike. It's a little heavy and sluggish, but the Deore shifters are the best I've ever tried.
Actually, mistake. Its the 7.2FX. Has Shimano Alvio.
Alpha SL Aluminum
High tensile steel w/lowrider mounts, straight blades
Alloy front, Shimano RM60 rear hub; Matrix 750 rims
Shimano TX71 48/38/28 w/chainguard