For the past couple of weeks I've started to bike a lot more. I've decided that I'd really like to get into using bikes more for transportation. It's a great way to get where you need to go, while getting in some good exercise.
Right now I'm using my Trek mountain bike that is still in good condition. However I've quickly found that for doing serious distances it just doesn't seem to be cutting it to have a mountain bike. So I decided to start looking at some road bikes. I thought naturally that would be a good thing to upgrade to really get around town faster. That was until I actually started to see some of the prices! I couldn't believe how expensive road bikes are nowadays.
Then I thought I'd just try to find a reasonable used bike on Craiglist. Well.... I've been looking on there for awhile and haven't been able to find anything that is really suitable or reasonable. Everyone seems to assume that their used bikes are worth something even if they need a lot of work.
Recently though I discovered the wonderful local Co-Operative Bike Shop! It's a great way to learn about bikes and Earn-a-Bike if you need one. Like I do! Unfortunately though at this specific co-op all the good bikes have been picked over. There was an old bike mechanic that helped me search what was available and he didn't seem to think any were worth the time or effort. Right now they aren't really getting in many donated bikes since people seem to be want to keep them and fix them up.
I don't really no what I should do! I'd like to start getting into biking more, but I can't seem to find anything reasonable. I'd like to get a bike from the co-op or a used one. I just can't find anything! At the co-op they do have frames, but my reservations about that is it's hard to know how the frames will fit. I've never had a road bike before so I don't really even know what I need to look for.
I guess I'm wondering what people think I should do? Should I just keep using my mountain bike? It's been working fine and I do see a lot of people on them in the city. I actually find it useful since the roads are so bad where I live. Should I maybe look at a hybrid? Keep checking at the co-op? Try to do a buildup with one of the frames?