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Old 12-18-06, 06:02 PM   #1
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bicycle buying-selection websites wanted

a little help please. does anyone know of any websites that are menu -driven that have bicycle selection for different price catagories-types of bikes? i am curious to get all of the bikes that are for sale in the under 300 dollar catagory to compere them
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Old 12-19-06, 08:40 AM   #2
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Since you're looking for a "low budget" bike, do you know what size fits you?
Many new members come here looking for cheap bike advice and end up buying a bike that doesn't fit.

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Old 12-19-06, 08:45 AM   #3
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I agree with RonH, fit is the most critical factor. I don't think there is a web page that does what you want. Your best bet is to go to every bike shop locally (or within some radius you are comfortable driving) and ride every bike in your price range. Buy the one that feels the most comfortable and has the best fit.
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Old 12-19-06, 09:57 AM   #4
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yes i can go to only local bike shops. i just wanted to know what bike models were under 300 dollars out of curiosity.
what i plan to do is to use the bike mechanic's advice to get a bike in my price range. he is trustworthy and won't try to steer me to a high priced bike.
problem in this area with riding bikes before buying is that the bike shops don't carry a good selection of hybrid bikes and that is the type of bike i want.
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Old 12-19-06, 12:34 PM   #5
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What about Marin Bikes from Sport Chalet?
or a bigger Performance Bike shop with more hybrid bikes like

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Old 12-19-06, 01:24 PM   #6
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I don't think any such thing exists. I spent hours and hours combing through each of the manufacturers' web sites compiling tables on component specifications and prices and such. When it actually came time to buy I went down the the LBS, told them what I was looking for and the owner came up with some unadvertised specials (not too uncommon this time of year.) I bought a Gary Fisher Marlin for $329 (List was $519 I think) for my son. A year later (just last month) I bought a Gary Fisher Tassajarra GS for $450 (list was over $700) for my daughter.

My recommendation is to do as much research as you can beforehand and then talk to the LBS staff.
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Old 12-19-06, 01:42 PM   #7
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try this good for starting but may want to upgrade to something like a trek 1000, specialized allez, fuji newest 2.0
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Old 12-19-06, 02:18 PM   #8
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When I went looking for my bicycle, I spent days finding and searching through manufacturer sites. Then I narrowed my search down to 50 different manufacturers and debated back and forth between them before narrowing down to 12, and then finally to the one I bought my bicycle from.

You might start with CCM or Norco as they might have something in that price range. I think Trek's touring bicycle is fairly inexpensive. The new Giant OCR3s are more expensive than that, but you might be able to find one that is a couple years old.

And speaking of which, you might check the Buy and Sell lists of your local cycling association to see what might be for sale.
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Old 12-19-06, 03:25 PM   #9
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thanks all for your suggestions
i think i will talk to the local bike mechanic at the lbs, he might know of some unadvertised specials. in the mean time i will look at the various websites suggested.
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