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Old 06-27-08, 11:31 AM   #1
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Good shop for a used bike in Toronto

Hello,

I am looking at acquiring a used bike for roughly $300-$350 for use in Toronto. More specifically, I am thinking about undertaking the 8.8KM trip from mount pleasant & Lawrence to Bloor & Spadina. This route involves some street and some paths so I assume that a hybrid would be suitable.

From what I have read on these boards, when on a lower budget, it is often wiser to buy a good used bike then spend that same money on a new bike. That being said, has anyone dealt with local bicycle shops that sell used bikes. Has your experience been good?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 06-27-08, 03:05 PM   #2
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I've only heard that Cyclemania was good. http://www.cyclemaniatoronto.ca/

Alternatively, you can check Craigslist but you have to pretty much know what you're doing.
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Old 06-27-08, 04:08 PM   #3
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be cautious of bikes shops in town that purchase stolen bikes and then resell them

see this thread as am example ---> 'Potentially' stolen bikes spotted
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Old 06-28-08, 06:47 PM   #4
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I have limited bike knowledge so I'm especially concerned about being taken... I'll check out the cyclemania and see how it goes.
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Old 06-28-08, 09:14 PM   #5
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Look up Mike the Bike in Toronto. He only deals with used bikes and does NOT deal with stolen bikes. Great guy with a solid reputation


http://www.mikethebike.ca/
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Old 06-30-08, 11:29 AM   #6
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Uncle Jacob's on the east side of Spadina south of Queen is a crackhead den for unloading stolen bikes. Don't go there.
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How about a place like cyclepath?? Anyone have dealings with them?
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Bikes on Wheels in Kensington (Augusta, just south of College) is a good choice for your budget.

http://www.torontolife.com/guide/goo...kes-on-wheels/

While I think Mike the Bike is great, he's serving a lower price point than you want. That is, you can afford a bit better, so buy a bit better, and you'll be happier. The folks there are really helpful, and the used stock changes every week or so -- you'll find what you want soon enough.
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Old 07-31-08, 12:28 PM   #9
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Does Mike the Bike sell used/obscure parts as well as whole bikes? I'm wondering if he might have a rack that will fit my old folder...
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