SOS! Buying Road Bike (new, used, how much etc..??)
I looked at some similar posts, but still could use anyone's advice about buying a road bike...
I went to LBS and tried a few, one of which I really really liked (a Sequoia 'sport' road bike), then was faced with sticker shock as the saleperson had insisted on NOT telling me the prices in advance, even though I asked him and told him I was on a very tight budget and was new to biking.
Does anyone have any advice about buying new or used, which brands, what to look for, where to go in New York City or vacinity, and what I can expect for $? I don't want to go over 400-500... (but am realizing from other posts that this is probably unrealistic).
My amitions are to do day trips, but will probably end up doing most riding in Central Park or along the River.
The only advice I could think of is at that price a road bike might be a bit out of your leauge so I guess used would be better. Also try to get a GOOD lock, but this depends on were you live in NYC. Personally I would suggest a Kryptonite New York Lock,those things are UNBREAKABLE! Or so atleast I heard. But I don't think you need to go THAT extreme so just look around! Some LBS have used bikes so you can always check the others in your area.
crotchety young dude
Check classified ads, garage sales, used bike shops, thrift stores, flea mkts, etc...