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Old 06-17-05, 06:03 PM   #1
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Any Suggestions For Buying a New Bike?

I need a new bike and would greatly appreciate some advice.

My boyfriend and I were looking around and saw a Diamondback that's slightly out of my price range, but nice nonetheless. Then there's Target, which carries a number of Schwinn bikes for about $100 cheaper.

I'd like to stick with a mountain bike because I like them much better than cruisers and such. But I don't need some fantastic fabulous bike. Then again I don't want one that is going to be obsolete (parts-wise) and worn down in a few years.

Are Schwinn's pretty good in terms of duribility, or should I just invest in the diamond back? I ride my bike less than a mile to and from school about 3 days a week, and anywhere close-by. In the future, I would be riding it about 5 days a week, give-or-take. This is all sidewalk/street city riding. I may be getting back into light mountain biking in the future.

Any suggestions?
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Old 06-17-05, 06:54 PM   #2
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While your out looking for bikes you might want to check out the Jamis Commuter. Its a simple lightweight 7 speed with 700c tires. I just ordered one from a LBS for $240 and its a good value for whats out there in that price range. Im setting this bike up with fenders and a rack to use for my rainy day/foul weather only commuter bike. They ride nice and have a some good components. I just picked it up today and WoW,I would say that its one of the best city bikes for that price !! http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/05_commuter.html
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I'd like to stick with a mountain bike because I like them much better than cruisers and such. But I don't need some fantastic fabulous bike. Then again I don't want one that is going to be obsolete (parts-wise) and worn down in a few years.
Then why on earth would you want to buy a bike from Target? It may be $100 cheaper but as the old saying goes "penny wise and pound foolish."

Pony up and get into a bike shop. They can guilde you in a better direction than the Target employee can.
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Old 06-17-05, 07:13 PM   #4
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'tis true. But at every bike shop they're trying to sell me all this crazy stuff I don't need. I flat walked out of one store and he finally called after me and showed me a diamondback for $220. I was just interested if the Schwinn was going to be good for how I'm riding at $120.
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The extra money spent on a quality bike will greatly enhance your riding experience. If you enjoy riding the bike, you will ride it more, and even find excuses to ride it instead of driving, taking public transport, etc. If you buy a boat anchor from a bigbox store, you will find excuses NOT to ride it because it will quickly turn into a pile of useless parts.
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Old 06-17-05, 08:49 PM   #6
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I was looking at a schwinn last month and found this forum while researching...

I ended up passing on the schwinn after my research and opinions here,
decided the best entry level quality was the Trek 3700 or Giant Boulder SE,
went to get the Giant and got the next model up due to a big sale...

entry level MTB sub $300 decision

The place that had the Schwinn I was interested in also had the Diamondbacks,
I believe I searched the forum on diamondback quality and there were some issues on the entry level stuff...

Research really helps with the 'peace of mind' after you've made your purchase,
if you have a couple your interested in, a sale on one always sweetens the deal!

side note..., Last night I spent 3 hours using the search function for camelbak's on this forum, and I ordered a Mule from everyones input, Thanks!

CamelBak Mule, thanks for your input!
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Mate, if you want a Target bike then buy one. What you won't get
here , from those who know bike quality, is an approval of any
Target , wal-mart or other big box bike. Why?

THEY ARE ALL JUNK!!!!

That is why. If your tight on money then look around for a good
used bike that isn't from Target etc. You can often find a good
quality bike for less than $100. As to the "Stuff" you don't think
you need..........give it time........you'll change your mind if
you ride long enough.
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Old 06-18-05, 10:34 AM   #8
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Target bikes are what they are...good for the money and not that good. I would go the used route and get a Trek 800 or a Specialized Crossroads. Under $100 and a hell of a ride. Go to Craigslist and or Ebay and spot it up. Local newspapers too. Bike stores always try to sell you crap. Thats what they do. Old Schwinns before Pacific are so much better!
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There's one factor people aren't mentioning about buying from a bike shop that is a surprising plus. Size. Bikes at Walmart and Target come in one size. Most bikes from a shop come in sizes to fit people from around 5 feet tall, to well over 6 feet, and this has a huge effect on comfort, which of course, has a huge effect on how much you enjoy riding. Another benefit of the local bike shop is professional assembly. The guys there know how to adjust everything properly so it shifts right and doesn't squeak. Most shops also throw in a free 30 day tuneup, which is important during that initial period when the bike is getting broken in.

To be honest, yes, the Schwinn will probably last you a couple years of riding to school and back, but not as long as the Diamondback, and it will never pedal as smoothly nor feel as good. In my opinion, it's well worth the extra $100.

One more thing. Sure the bike shop will offer to sell you stuff you don't need, but you should definitely get a helmet and a lock. You never know what could happen on the street, and if you're going to park at school all day, you don't want someone running off with your investment.
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