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    Which bike should I get?

    Hi, everyone. I'm sure you've all seen countless variations of this thread, but would you please help another newbie out?

    Anyways, I've been looking for a new bike to get me back and forth between school, ever since my old bike was smashed into pieces by some unknown cowardly figure. I have a limited budget of under $170, but I don't want to get a bike that is so cheap that it will break after a few rides.

    The distance between my home and my school is about 3.6 miles: A 1.5 mile uphill at around 25-30 degrees, 1.7'ish on relatively flat ground, and the final uphill 0.4 at around 35-40 degrees--all on concrete/asphalt. The most I do is go downhill from school to home at full speed, hopping off curbs and making some sharp turns.

    I've narrowed my search down to around 2 bikes at this point:
    Pacific Cycle 26" Schwinn Men's Traverse Bicycle
    World Wide Cycle Supply 26 Inch Boy's Jeep Compass Bicycle

    I'm not very knowledgeable in the field of bicycling, so I can't tell which bike is of a better quality. I find the Jeep to be more aesthetically pleasing than the Schwinn, but I think the Schwinn would be better suited for jumping off curbs. Agh.. I don't know what to do. I would prefer the Jeep over the Schwinn if they're equal in terms of sturdiness..

    If it helps at all, I'm 5'10 and 143 pounds and planning to put on a few pounds of muscle this year.

    Are there any other decent bikes for my budget? I wouldn't mind getting a used bike either, but I don't have the expertise to judge "bang for the buck", and I'm not too sure about trading with individuals.

    I should stop typing now.. Thank you all in advance!!
    Last edited by jPark; 09-01-08 at 06:25 PM.

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    I'm kind of in the same boat as you looking for a cheap bike to commute in but can't deside between two modles that interest me.

    Honestly at your height i think both of those bikes will weight in a little to small.

    I bought one of these a year ago just for another bike around so if somone came over we could ride.
    http://www.target.com/Schwinn-Clear-...e=1&rh=&page=1

    I ended up putting a ton of miles on this over the past two seasons. I ride it on trails and generaly kick the tar out of it. I did change the cranks pedals and gearing around to suit me but all could have stayed and the bike is great for what it is.

    If you can spend a little more this one might be a good choice the parts are of much better quality then the others you were looking at.
    http://www.target.com/Forge-Saranac-...321993-9427804

    As far as cheap department store bikes go, i really like schwinns. Just don't expect super high performance these are heavy bikes with low end parts that will ware quickly. That said my clear creek has 3000 miles on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jPark View Post
    Hi, everyone. I'm sure you've all seen countless variations of this thread, but would you please help another newbie out?

    Anyways, I've been looking for a new bike to get me back and forth between school, ever since my old bike was smashed into pieces by some unknown cowardly figure. I have a limited budget of under $170, but I don't want to get a bike that is so cheap that it will break after a few rides.

    The distance between my home and my school is about 3.6 miles: A 1.5 mile uphill at around 25-30 degrees, 1.7'ish on relatively flat ground, and the final uphill 0.4 at around 35-40 degrees--all on concrete/asphalt. The most I do is go downhill from school to home at full speed, hopping off curbs and making some sharp turns.

    I've narrowed my search down to around 2 bikes at this point:
    Pacific Cycle 26" Schwinn Men's Traverse Bicycle
    World Wide Cycle Supply 26 Inch Boy's Jeep Compass Bicycle

    I'm not very knowledgeable in the field of bicycling, so I can't tell which bike is of a better quality. I find the Jeep to be more aesthetically pleasing than the Schwinn, but I think the Schwinn would be better suited for jumping off curbs. Agh.. I don't know what to do. I would prefer the Jeep over the Schwinn if they're equal in terms of sturdiness..

    If it helps at all, I'm 5'10 and 143 pounds and planning to put on a few pounds of muscle this year.

    Are there any other decent bikes for my budget? I wouldn't mind getting a used bike either, but I don't have the expertise to judge "bang for the buck", and I'm not too sure about trading with individuals.

    I should stop typing now.. Thank you all in advance!!
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