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    Getting a new bike

    Well, I made a thread on the living car free forum as far as what to get, What kind of bike to get? , right now i'm wondering which would be best, of what i've seen on CL. I checked the local bike shop, and their for sale bikes were too large (i'm about 5'6", give or take a couple, and these bikes' seats were above my waist!) and a bit too pricey.

    A: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/263428485.html
    B 2 or 3 of: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/272537817.html (Not a big fan of red)
    C: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/275484132.html one of these
    D: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/275489398.html the second one of these
    Or something else entirely? I can't really afford more than a hundred dollars or so.

    Also, a few noob questions:

    1: What should I look for in a helmet?
    2: What should I look for in a first aid kit?
    3: What should I look for in a light?
    4: Are there any other safety things I should look into?
    5: What should I look for in a lock? (Kinda have the basic idea here, would like more opinions though)
    6: Does handle bar type matter? I usually have problems with vertical bars, but normal horizontal ones are fine
    7: Any other important things I should know?

    Thanks a lot to anyone that takes the time to answer this.

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    Remember cheap used bikes usually need an overhaul. See if there is a bike maintenance course in your area to learn how to do your own repairs.

    1: What should I look for in a helmet?
    How easy is it to adjust the straps. If the straps are not just right the helmet is useless.

    2: What should I look for in a first aid kit?
    I don't have one.

    3: What should I look for in a light?
    I use a Maglite 3W LED held to my handlebar with hose clamps

    4: Are there any other safety things I should look into?
    read "effective cycling" by Forester

    5: What should I look for in a lock? (Kinda have the basic idea here, would like more opinions though)
    see sheldonbrown.com for answers to all questions.

    6: Does handle bar type matter? I usually have problems with vertical bars, but normal horizontal ones are fine
    Personal choice.

    7: Any other important things I should know?
    sheldonbrown.com
    parktool.com
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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