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Old 07-02-07, 10:52 PM   #1
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Good Cheap All Around Bike

Hey guys. I would like to get a cheap bike that is good for cruising around town on.

I'd be riding on mainly sidewalks or roads, but will also go through grass and dirt every once and a while.

Thanks Alot!
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Old 07-02-07, 10:57 PM   #2
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The best "all around" bikes are the mountain bikes in the $400 to $500 range. With the correct tire, they work well in soft dirt or gravel. With another tire, they work well on slick rocky trails. With a light weight slick tire, they are tough, reliable inner city bombers.

Houston bike messengers only get paid when they deliver. They need bikes that are fast, tough, and reliable. And, dozens of those messengers are zipping around downtown on mountain bikes with slick tires.

A $400 mountain bike is built as well, or better, than an $800 road bike. One can go off curbs without a problem. The other can go off curbs and then...

Trek, Specialized and Giant all have good selections of mountain bikes in that price range. Visit the shops in your neighborhood. No web site can give you the experience of test riding a variety of bikes.

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Old 07-02-07, 11:06 PM   #3
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Thank You.

Could anyone maybe give me some links or something to websites
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Old 07-03-07, 11:12 PM   #4
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You don't even have to go into the $500 range to get a decent bike. The Trek 3800 is pretty tough. You can definitely run into a lot of things, and it'll still work perfectly. I personally think changing tires on a mt. bike is a waste. If your not riding a road bike, than efficiency isn't your concern.

FYI, a Trek 3800 runs $250 where I live.
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Old 07-04-07, 04:20 AM   #5
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I'm into my 3rd year with my Trek 820 Mountainbike $220

friends gave me clipless pedals shoes & slicks - Its a great ride

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You don't even have to go into the $500 range to get a decent bike. The Trek 3800 is pretty tough. You can definitely run into a lot of things, and it'll still work perfectly. I personally think changing tires on a mt. bike is a waste. If your not riding a road bike, than efficiency isn't your concern.

FYI, a Trek 3800 runs $250 where I live.
aye but a set of 1.75 semi slick will run faster and alot quieter than 2.3's tractor tyres. imo if you're running your bike on mostly tarmac and occasional light offroad, get some semi slicks...i swap mine over when i'm not on the trails. you don't need to be big on efficiency to appriciate the advantages semi-slicks on a mtb if you just pottering about town..
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Check out garage sales and Craigslist for older mountain bikes or the mid 80s steel touring bikes (upright geometry, absolutely bombproof, but can be tricky to find new tires that fit, just to warn you). You'll probably want to avoid the older ten-speed style road bikes - lots of those around, but they can be fragile and twitchy for the style of riding you describe.

The best thing about garage sale bikes is you can try a lot of different ones out without breaking the bank!
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Jamis Coda (there are several to choose from) - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/07_bikes/coda.html

Kona Smoke - http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/SMOKE/index.html
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If you are looking for really cheap, but still something that isn't going to fall apart like a wally world bike, the cypress st looks decent @ MSRP $240.00 USD:

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The Cypress ST's durable steel frame and wide-range gearing make getting from point A to point B fun. Steel frame for long-term durability
Suspension seatpost for added comfort
Upright positioning for “heads-up” riding
Larger diameter 700c “road” wheels for speed and agility on the road
I test rode one of these actually, when I first started thinking about getting a new bike. Wasn't bad at all, especially considering the price. Would make a great casual use bike or even work for a short commute of a couple-few miles, but decided I needed a little more for daily commuting and transportation

link: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...yle/600/28428/
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Wal-mart Schwinn bikes don't fall apart. I've always had great success with them and took one when I rode 2,000 miles from SC to Texas without any problems besides flats.

The Walmart Sidewinder will serve you well, it's cheap, it's solid, and if it gets stolen, it's cheap to replace.

And if there is a problem within 90 days, Walmart will give you your money back or exchange it.

If you want a used bike, then craigslist, yard sale etc will do the trick.

You don't need to spend a lot of money for what you are planning to use the bicycle for.

Cheers and good luck
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Wal-mart Schwinn bikes don't fall apart. I've always had great success with them and took one when I rode 2,000 miles from SC to Texas without any problems besides flats.

The Walmart Sidewinder will serve you well, it's cheap, it's solid, and if it gets stolen, it's cheap to replace.

And if there is a problem within 90 days, Walmart will give you your money back or exchange it.

If you want a used bike, then craigslist, yard sale etc will do the trick.

You don't need to spend a lot of money for what you are planning to use the bicycle for.

Cheers and good luck
Yeah there are exceptions to the rule. After reading a rather lengthy thread about the GMC Denali in the commuter forum, I changed my opinion about everything in a dep't being junk, as that bike seems to be serving some people well. I still think the vast majority of the bikes sold in dep't stores are crap tho. Most bike shops will give free tune ups for a year and the bikes have warranties for a year or more, so that trumps the 90 day return policy, IMO.
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