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Old 04-19-14, 03:08 PM   #26
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I hope you get some fenders or splash guards. Even the slightest wet can spray you pretty good without them..

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Old 04-20-14, 04:45 PM   #27
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Hi everyone! I'm a student living in St. Louis city and I want to buy a bike for commuting to school (less than 2 miles from where I live). My preferred budget is $200, but I can spend up to $300 if absolutely necessary.

I've been looking on Craigslist, but I can't really tell if a bike is worth the asking price. Are there any resources for that I can use to determine if a bike is worth it? Also, I'm 5'3, so a lot of the bikes being sold on Craigslist are too big. Does anyone have advice on how I can more effectively search for a suitable bike on Craigslist? (Brands or search terms to use, etc.)

Alternatively, I can also buy a bike from Costco. The last time I was there, they were selling some bikes for $200 (I think it was a Diamondback Vital 2). Would it be a good idea to buy one?
Look on Amazon. They have some road bikes such as the GMC Denali and this one which is generic but appears to have some decent components on it Amazon.com : Aluminum Road Bike / Commuter Shimano 21 Speed Bicycle 700c : Sports & Outdoors. I tend to go against the grain when it comes to CL, because the bikes they sell on CL's in my area stink. The generic road bike is on the pricier side while the Denali depending on the color can save you some money which could be used to get the gears, and brakes adjusted as well as getting some lights and a helmet.
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Old 04-20-14, 06:19 PM   #28
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Hey lullite,

I think that you did well. Check out Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog for help repairing your bike. There are also a ton of youtube videos that show how to do bike maintenance. Also, a good source for cheap tools is Harbor Freight. Not necessarily high quality, but when you're on a budget most of what they have will get the job done. Harbor Freight doesn't carry any bike specific tools but they do sell allen wrenches and other metric wrenches for pretty cheap.

As far as the brakes go, I don't think that you can go wrong with either cantilever or V brakes. You're a relatively small person anyway so braking will be that much easier.
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Old 04-21-14, 08:00 AM   #29
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I say, stick with the co-op all the way. Most likely, they will see to it that your bike is repaired properly, one way or another.

Of course, you'll be doing the wrenching for the most part, so you'll pick up some mechanic skills on the way
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