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    New to biking

    I am a student and am going into my first year of college next year so i am really strapped for cash but still want to get into biking. I know that a lot of people have probably asked similar questions but i really could use advice.
    I really need something lower than most entry level bikes cost and am trying to find all my options, the one I am most considering is the Vilano Tuono. http://www.vilanobikes.com/
    I understand that this is an off brand and definitely doesn't have the best components but for a first bike im wondering if it will work. Im looking to find a bike purely for exercise and some commuting, just getting around places. While it may not be the best bike, i figured it would get me started and may not be as enjoyable as if i got a better bike but still would get me going in the sport.
    the other option i have thought of is buying a hybrid and trying to change as much as possible to imitate a road bike which hopefully would cut the cost.
    It truly comes down to I can't afford an entry level brand name bike and don't know if i have the patience to find the perfect used bike somewhere.
    Can anyone give me a review on this Vilano or suggestions to point me in the right direction?

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    What is your budget? I don't know about vilano, but at that price it seems a little shady. I paid $550 for my trek (on sale) about 5 years ago. That was entry level. Have you thought about the cost of the extra gear as well? (I.E. Cycling cloths, tubes, tools, helmet, etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by yupnope View Post
    I am a student and am going into my first year of college next year so i am really strapped for cash but still want to get into biking. I know that a lot of people have probably asked similar questions but i really could use advice.
    I really need something lower than most entry level bikes cost and am trying to find all my options, the one I am most considering is the Vilano Tuono. http://www.vilanobikes.com/

    I understand that this is an off brand and definitely doesn't have the best components but for a first bike I'm wondering if it will work. I'm looking to find a bike purely for exercise and some commuting, just getting around places. While it may not be the best bike, i figured it would get me started and may not be as enjoyable as if i got a better bike but still would get me going in the sport.

    the other option i have thought of is buying a hybrid and trying to change as much as possible to imitate a road bike which hopefully would cut the cost. It truly comes down to I can't afford an entry level brand name bike and don't know if i have the patience to find the perfect used bike somewhere. Can anyone give me a review on this Vilano or suggestions to point me in the right direction?

    Looks like a decent first bike with Shimano A050 Handlebar Shifters ... and hard to beat the price for $269.
    I say go for it and let us know how you like the ride

    Vilano TUONO 2010 Specs
    Your Price: $269
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    • Model: TUONO 2010
    • Sizes:S, M, L, XL
    • Colors: Titanium Grey or Ferrari Red
    • Speeds: 21
    • Weight: 24 lbs.
    • Frame:6061 Aluminum Double Butted
    • Fork:Chromoly Steel 700c
    • Shifters: Shimano A050 (on handlebar)
    • Front Derailleur: Shimano
    • Rear Derailleur: Shimano A050
    • Crankset:170mm Vilano Forged Alloy 52/33/28
    • Bottom Bracket: Shimano
    • Cassette: Shimano MF-TZ07
    • Chain: KMC Z
    • Hubs: Assess
    • Rims: 700c Double walled w/ CNC machined sides
    • Tires: 700c x 25c
    • Brakes: Promax
    • Headset: Neco
    • Handlebar: Promax.
    • Saddle: Vader
    • Seatpost: JBD




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    Have you looked on craigslist for a bike that's in your price range?
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    That bike might very well get stolen if you plan to ride that into campus. Brand spank'in new, and all.

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    Thanks, I appreciate everything so far.
    and yes i have considered the extra cost of gear and that is why the cheap vilano seemed like it might be a good option. and local craigslist listings haven't proven too fruitful as of yet, not much in my size. I'm really kind of considering the Vilano now keeping in mind that it could go good or bad. My brother is also looking to buy his first bike but has a bit more of a budget than i do starting off most likely with a trek 1.1. If i do end up getting the Vilano and my brother ends up getting the other I will be sure to post differences i notice and comparisons as well as i can. any further advice would be appreciated as well

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