Buying a new bike with a $200 budget constraints
I guess I'll start off by admitting that I haven't touched a bike in about 6 years. It wasn't entirely a conscious decision as I had relocated to the middle east a while back and it was just hot as hell out there. Well, now that I'm in uni and need a more efficient mode of transportation, I've contemplated getting a new bike. This video sealed the deal:
Hence, I have a few questions:
1- Is it possible or advisable to use a road bike for casual mountain biking?
2- Where can I buy a decent bike in Toronto? I've currently set aside $200 and I was dead set on buying the bike below from Canadian Tire, though a friend of mine strongly suggested that I refrain from doing so, and instead suggested that I go to a bike shop and buy a $700 bike.
3- What other bike or bike store in the GTA area would you recommend that I look into?
Thanks for the much appreciated help!
Come on you Spurs!
1. A road bike won't do very well on mountain trails. Maybe a cyclo-cross is what you're looking for or a hybrid.
2. Your friend is right, don't buy a bike from CT; it's just wasted money. You will need to spend at least $500 to get a decent bike unless you buy used.
You can also buy a decent used bike for $200. Or get one for $150 and have some cash leftover for repairs and new parts.
It takes some work, looking on Craigslist or Kijiji and finding something decent that isn't a ripoff. If you have some knowledgeable friends they could help, or perhaps a bike forums Torontonian has something decent they'd like to sell?