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    Hi everyone, looking to buy a hybrid bike

    Hey, first time bike buyer here! I am going to be using my bike to ride to school and maybe take it to the beach for some exercise. I was looking at this bike here --

    http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Volare...138023&sr=8-12

    What do you guys think? Do you guys have any recommendations? Sorry if this has been asked so many times before.

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    Did you research this bike through schwinn's site?

    If its not there, don't get it, especially when you can get a cutter for like $330.
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    Please take a look at the following thread:

    Hybrid specific forum: If you've already posted, do come back and vote the poll

    And please vote to create a new forum for Hybrid bikes. All other types of bikes have a forum - like Road-Bikes and Mountain-Bikes. Our hybrids should be represented as well.

    Thank you, skullbrigade , and welcome to the forum.
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    ~300 will get you a decent new bike from a bike store. I'd go there first, test ride a few, and go from there. They'll discuss features, needs, and other mess if they're a good shop.

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    Hey guys I found a trek 7500 for $450 off craigslist. Is that a good deal? I'm asking for higher res images, what should I look for when trying to find faults?

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    For $439, you can get a new Trek 7.1 FX. $499 takes a new 7.2 FX.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/

    The 7500 you found may be a good deal as that's 1/2 the new-bike price. But I won't say as condition and year are unknown so far. Got a link to the ad?
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    Original price was $650? That's years old - despite the seller's "Little old lady from Pasadena" routine. And wanting $450 for a $650 bike is waaaaaaay high. I'd pass.

    Also those wheels bite with their radial front and 24-spoke rear. So you'd want to find new wheels after those fell apart. And I'd wonder about re-doing the suspension. Did you want suspension?
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    Yeah suspension would be nice, I never tried it but I can imagine myself being very comfortable on one lol.

    I found a Trek 7.2 for $350.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...311983366.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by skullbrigade View Post
    Yeah suspension would be nice, I never tried it but I can imagine myself being very comfortable on one lol.

    I found a Trek 7.2 for $350.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...311983366.html
    I would grab that quick at that price I hope he didn't pay $699 for that new, I have never seen 1 go for more than 499 new. Maybe he had stuff done to it. Ask questions about how it has been tweeked
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    I would grab that quick at that price I hope he didn't pay $699 for that new, I have never seen 1 go for more than 499 new. Maybe he had stuff done to it. Ask questions about how it has been tweeked

    I just read the ad - what a crock! $699 new?? Outright lie. Avoid.

    Note: Looks to be a women's model. And the paint color is very odd - for a Trek.
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    Ok I contacted the person with the 7.2 trek and she said she sold it for $500! Anyways now I'm looking at this trek 7.1 for $350, user says he rode it only for 5-10 miles.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...321750328.html

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    And only on Sundays to and from Church on Mars?

    If you buy a new bike, you get a warranty that would leave any such cost saving's in the weeds.
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    So I should buy a new bike and get warranty? Why do people recommend buying used then, not questioning your judgment just wondering. Also what is a fixie hah.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst...312023448.html

    7300 for $250
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    Buying used is a cash-in-hand savings. Buying new is insurance that if something goes wrong - you won't have to pay for the repair. And get this - the frame will be, on some models like Trek, covered for the life of the original owner. There was a thread a little while back where someone's 6 year old Trek's rear stay had broken. The question was will Trek honor the lifetime-frame warranty?

    And yes they did!

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    Hmmm.. life time warranty sounds too good to pass up. I am a student and probably won't be able to afford an upgrade any time soon. Man... I was going into this for a good used price but now it seems I have to dish out a few extra 100's for a new one.

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    The lifetime warranty is for the frame only. Components are usually warrantied for 6 months to 1 years against poor workmanship. Be sure to read the paperwork.
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