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Old 03-09-11, 03:40 PM   #1
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Need advice on new used bike.

I just started shopping craigslist for a new used bike, and quickly realized that I no longer have any idea of what brands are quality and which are junk. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

I need a bike to use for chores on our farm (possibly with a cart behind it), and to use to ride to town (5 miles 1 way on rural roads, with little or no shoulder), and to other shopping (about 8 miles).

I'm thinking that a mountain bike, with at least front suspension would be good for on farm, and in the case of having to get off the edge of the pavement in a pinch.

A good sturdy bike is probably more important than an extremely light bike.

I'm assuming I would need to fit fenders onto a mountain bike to stay dry on wet roads.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-09-11, 04:02 PM   #2
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There are dozens of brands that are good. Rather than list all the good ones, why not find a few bikes on CL that appeal to you and post the info. We'll tell you if its a good brand and if the price is right.
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Old 03-09-11, 04:11 PM   #3
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Ron, thanks.

Here are the first two that caught my eye.

Gotta do evening chores.

Bill

almost new FUJI Nevada Mountain Bike with accessories - $200 (raleigh( near NCSU))

Date: 2011-03-09, 12:49AM EST
Reply to: sale-yxyhh-2255340566@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]



looks like new, I rarely use this bike after I bought it. Come with a new helmet, a mini pump, a strong Combination lock. I spent $340 on these one year ago.

cash only, local pick up only(near NCSU)

email me if you are interested.

some detail from website about this bike.
19 inch
Speeds -24
Shifters 每 Shimano 8 speed sequenced thumb shifters
Saddle 每 TFI Liberator anatomical
Front derailleur 每 Shimano Alivio
Rear derailleur 每 Shimano Alivio
Cassette 每 Shimano Alivio 11-28
Chainring 每 Shimano ※A§ 42/32/22
Wheels 每 26∪ Alexrims, double wall aluminum 36H
Hubs 每 Formula
Tires 每 WTB Velociraptor 2.1, with front and rear tread designs




JEEP Mountain Bike - $95 (Downtown Raleigh, NC)

Date: 2011-03-09, 12:32PM EST
Reply to: sale-mn6kc-2255977116@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]



Jeep Mountain Bike, almost-new condition. Tires in good condition. Stored in doors, just tuned up. Comes with rear mud guard and mounting lock and Trunk Mounting Bike Rack. Buyer must come pick up.
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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Old 03-09-11, 04:25 PM   #4
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Do you want new or do you want used? Can't be both. Looks like a used bike is what you want.
All else being equal, a fuji would have a better chance of being ok quality than a Jeep, especially a Jeep with full suspension.
Can't really tell much about the jeep from the pic.
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For $200. you will get a basic bike. The Fuji name is a solid one. The components are definitely lower end, but for the kind of riding you describe should give you a couple of good years. You will need to be handy making some derailer adjustments.
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Old 03-09-11, 05:13 PM   #6
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Jan, Spydyr,

Thanks.

Would the adjustments be due to the thumb shifter? Could I change the shifter to the old fashioned lever shifter?

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Stay away from the "Jeep" . . .
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You need to start by figuring out what size bike you need. After that, I'd look for an MTB like the Fuji and run from anything full suspension. Personally, I wouldn't even want front suspension on a workhorse bike. Full rigid steel bike would be a good choice IMHO.
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Good point. I found an online calculator, and it looks like I would need a 17-18" frame.

I've got my old Schwinn 10 speed hanging in the barn. Maybe I could grease all the bearings, find some on/off road tires for it, switch the handlebars for the mountain bike style?

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Good point. I found an online calculator, and it looks like I would need a 17-18" frame.

I've got my old Schwinn 10 speed hanging in the barn. Maybe I could grease all the bearings, find some on/off road tires for it, switch the handlebars for the mountain bike style?
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It would be at least as good as the Jeep bike.

I would leave the drop bars on it. Think cyclocross.
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Old 03-13-11, 10:59 AM   #11
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Dear Bill:

Don't worry about brands look at the quality of the components. My commuter is an upper end Huffy and I am very pleased with her. I bought her for $ 35 from craigslist and since she was so cheap I don't worry about theft. At present my upgrades cost more than the origanal bicycle! Sure my bike club laughs at her behind my back, but I like her.

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That jeep is junk. Go with the fuji. Or if you want a real cargo bike try the Surly Big Dummy. http://surlybikes.com/bikes/big_dummy_complete/
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upper end Huffy

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Cool, didn't know there was a high end Huffy.
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Upper end Huffy is an oxymoron. You can get an honest appraisal on almost any bike by googling on the name and model. See what other people are asking for the same bike. Most times that will bring up reviews on the bike and you can find out exactly what people paid for it new rather than by what the seller tells you. It also gives a list of the good and bad points on the bike and maybe how it has held up with time and miles. If you are at all handy, lubricating and adjusting things on an older bike is worth the effort. My very first thing to check on a used bike is the weight. If it is more suitable for weight lifting than riding (like most mass merchandiser bikes) I move on to a different bike. Don't buy anything with a one-piece crank. That screams CHEAP!. Check to see if the shifters work and the wheels spin freely and are true (no wobble). Do the brakes work? Run the bike forward while not on the bike and grab the brake handles hard. You should be able to lift the rear of the bike with the front brake and skid the rear wheel with the rear brake. Sometimes there is a sticker showing where the bike was bought. Look for one from a bike store. There are a lot of lightly used bikes that people get tired of having hang in the garage and put them up for sale. Often times they have very few miles on the bike.
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Upper end Huffy is an oxymoron.
Oh yeah?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...ditalia/121218



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From: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...y-giro-ditalia
Though it wore the red, green and white livery and labels of official team sponsor Huffy, Hampsten's bike was actually a custom made rig crafted to his specifications by famed US builder John Slawta of Land Shark after a team-issued frame broke beneath him earlier that spring at Fleche-Wallone. That failure was eventually sourced back to an errant shipment by the builder's tubing supplier but still, Hampsten says his confidence was shaken and he wanted to go with something tried and true.

"I felt bad about not using a Serotta [the company that actually built the team 'Huffys'] and sticking with the team supplier," Hampsten told us. "It wasn't Serotta's fault. But I was in a period of my life when I didn't like crashing due to mystery bike failures, so I went with the sure ride I knew Land Shark would build for me.


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Though it wore the red, green and white livery and labels of official team sponsor Huffy, Hampsten's bike was actually a custom made rig crafted to his specifications by famed US builder John Slawta of Land Shark after a team-issued frame broke beneath him earlier that spring at Fleche-Wallone. That failure was eventually sourced back to an errant shipment by the builder's tubing supplier but still, Hampsten says his confidence was shaken and he wanted to go with something tried and true.

"I felt bad about not using a Serotta [the company that actually built the team 'Huffys'] and sticking with the team supplier," Hampsten told us. "It wasn't Serotta's fault. But I was in a period of my life when I didn't like crashing due to mystery bike failures, so I went with the sure ride I knew Land Shark would build for me.


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It was still an upper end Huffy.
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New used = Used bike, new to him.

Here are some tips:

1. For real bargains, go to a lot of garage sales. You won't be able to check things out on the forum, but bikes at garage sales are much cheaper than those on Craigslist. My wonderful bike cost only $65.

2. Check craigslist often, and be quick in posting here and responding to an ad that looks good.

3. As for putting mountain bike handlebars on a road bike, it's easier and more versatile to put inline brakes on the top bar of the drop handlebars. You'll have the best of both worlds.



But I should say that once you get used to having brakes on the top, it will be hard to get rid of them, and it make installing brake cables twice as much work. I wish I didn't have these, but I worry that I'd crash in an emergency when going to them automatically.

4. The best tip is to be patient. Maybe you should get a temp beater bike to hold you until just the right thing comes along.

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Stay away from the "Jeep" . . .
You can get a brand new "Jeep" at Walmart for about $90. It's called a "Next." It's a disposable bike. Ride it until it wears out. It isn't worth fixing.
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