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Old 05-10-14, 08:54 PM   #1
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Best deal for 150 advice

hi all !

Ok need advice, I broke the rear wheel on my commuter, a Marin Stenson, great commuter !
So now i scraped up 150 bux for a quick replacement.

this one is pristine but its older Trek mountain bike

or this one i found at the pawn shop 2005 Gary Fisher Tassajara - BikePedia
this one is in like fair condition?

Same price for either ...

Im riding average 20 miles a day in alot of traffic, dont care about cash value, just which one will ride best

Thanx in advance
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Old 05-10-14, 09:23 PM   #2
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Hey! I like your name.

It's a little more difficult to decide since there isn't a picture of the pawn shop bike, but since you said that the Gary Fisher was in fair condition, my first thought was that the Trek was a better deal, especially if the other one is worse than that and will need new parts at the moment or very soon.

Hopefully, someone else will corroborate this.

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Why can't you just buy a new wheel?

Just find a bicycle co-op and buy a wheel to replace your Stenson wheel!

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Otherwise, just get the Trek mtb because it doesn't have a suspended fork. Suspended forks can be faulty without your really knowing it for miles later. They can also get expensive to either service or replace. Additionally, they drain excess energy from the cyclist, due to their extra added weight.

Therefore, just test ride the Trek. If it feels good, grab it!

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Old 05-10-14, 09:44 PM   #4
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Why can't you just buy a new wheel?

Just find a bicycle co-op and buy a wheel to replace your Stenson wheel!
This sounds like the best deal for $150 to me.
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I assumed that since the OP commutes, they already knew about the option of buying a new wheel, but that perhaps "broke the rear wheel" meant that they'd crashed their bike, possibly damaged other parts like the frame, and wanted to play it safe by buying another one.

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The whole wheel, or just the rim? If it's just rim i'd recommend taking hub off & have qualified person build you new wheel off the old hub if its workable.

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150 USD gets me a tank a gas and espresso and a magazine/newspaper.

edit: buy a new wheel.
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150 USD gets me a tank a gas and espresso and a magazine/newspaper.

edit: buy a new wheel.
I wouldn't know what to do with 150 bucks worth of gasoline aside from maybe giving it to some village in africa for heating.

For 150 dollars i could eat for a week and a half, buy a new helmet, and go to a few movies and a day trip to NYC.

Also i could get a new wheel for my bike if i needed one.

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I wouldn't know what to do with 150 bucks worth of gasoline aside from maybe giving it to some village in africa for heating.

For 150 dollars i could eat for a week and a half, buy a new helmet, and go to a few movies and a day trip to NYC.

Also i could get a new wheel for my bike if i needed one.

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Sometimes I need a car as I need to get to/return from the airport at times that the trains don't run.

I could use a taxi but I already have a car.
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The Trek Jetta looks to be about equivalent to a Trek 850, as it has a Shimano STX driveline. Good bullet proof setup. It would be my preference as there is no suspension fork, like the GF Tassahara.

Add a set of 26 x 1.5 road slicks and tubes for $30 and you will a very nice commuter.
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Sometimes I need a car as I need to get to/return from the airport at times that the trains don't run.

I could use a taxi but I already have a car.
Does the taxi come with a new rear wheel, or is that a premium feature?

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Does the taxi come with a new rear wheel, or is that a premium feature?

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No, but the taxi transports me 400km (250mi) for £150 ... essentially across England to the airport and back, if I need to catch a 7am flight to KÝbenhavn.
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+1 Trek is preferable. Suspension forks steal energy not just by being heavy, but also by allowing superfluous movement. Take any front-sus bike and go up a hill standing on the pedals, and it will become obvious.

But also +2 just buy a new wheel. You can probably get a cheap new wheel for under $40 at most bike shops.
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Thanks Guys, went with the Trek.
Love it!!
appreciate the input.
btw i am gonna restore my Marin, new wheel set and all.
but i needed a second bike.
cant get to work without my steel horse
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