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Old 08-27-10, 01:24 AM   #1
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Need help getting a bike!

Hello! My name is Flora and I'm going to be a student in London, Ontario very soon. I plan to be as resourceful as possible and one of the ways I want to cut down is by getting a bike. I want to take this bike everywhere I go! So I need advice on everything. But I suppose I'll list what I want in this bike.
  • should be able to carry a bit of groceries
  • last for years
  • best for commuting (and preferably a bit of an exercise bike)
  • anything else a slave/student would need

PS: I am looking for something under $600.

PSS: What locks would be safest for keeping the bike on a rack at campus for several hours?

Thanks!

- FK

Oh and I really LOVED the prolific thread in the living car-free forum. It gave me ideas and I am an EXTREME minimalist!
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Old 08-27-10, 07:02 AM   #2
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I've read on this forum a while ago that someone asked security on a campus how bikes get stolen. The reply was bikes locked with U-Lock type locks almost never get stolen. Only bikes locked with cable type locks got stolen.
As for a bike to look for, it should be a good one if it is made in Taiwan. Also, the more you spend, the less it weighs. Go to a Local Bike Shop to see what they have on the floor. Good brands are Trek, Giant, Jamis, Rocky Mountain, etc. You will have to decide on what kind of bike you want. Road bike, Mountain bike, Hybrid bike, Cruiser style bike, etc.
Try to stay away from department stores for your purchase. After sales service is often not available.
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Yeah, I was going to go for the local bike shop. I want a nice hybrid type of bike because while I mostly commute, I'd like to eventually try other stuff. And yea I was looking at those u-lock types but I don't know if it would fit in my bag. But then again, I wouldn't be carrying much so that shouldn't be an issue! Ohhh wait I forgot, doesn't it come with something to attach it to my bike so my bike holds it while I ride?
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Yeah, I was going to go for the local bike shop. I want a nice hybrid type of bike because while I mostly commute, I'd like to eventually try other stuff. And yea I was looking at those u-lock types but I don't know if it would fit in my bag. But then again, I wouldn't be carrying much so that shouldn't be an issue! Ohhh wait I forgot, doesn't it come with something to attach it to my bike so my bike holds it while I ride?
+1 on the U-lock.
Yes, a plastic holder for the u-lock that screws around the post above your pedal area.
You could also look for a 1-3 year-old hybrid bike that is in good shape, ie. not too many scratches, looks clean. Make sure to try it out, look for strange noises. If it's quiet, it was probably well-maintained.
The money you save on taxes not given to your local bike store you could use to purchase a rear bike rack with panniers/carrybags. MEC has all of those and very reasonable prices and they'll install the rack for you at a minimal cost, if anything.
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Old 08-27-10, 02:47 PM   #5
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I ordered the kryptonite u-lock to be delivered to my new address. When I get there, I will be on the lookout for a bike.
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Ugh... I am not able to get a bike because my money is so tight. I have the lock, but no bike. Freakin hell! Oh well, I'll get one when I save up enough from a job!
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I'd get this and put some slicks on it. $70 asking price. Get rack and bag or basket for groceries when finances allow.
http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/1986448969.html
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