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    Thinking of buying a new bike....

    I am thinking of buying the following bike:

    http://www.sportchalet.com/product/i...ductId=1849641


    Any opinions about this bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbox63
    I am thinking of buying the following bike:

    http://www.sportchalet.com/product/i...ductId=1849641


    Any opinions about this bike?
    The total cost of this bike will be more than $209.99 because it will come unassembled. Your time must be factored and I suspect you know very little about bicycles. I can bet that you'll spend several hours putting this bike together from scratch and even then, it still won't run as smooth as one that came out of a bike shop. For another $150.00 dollars more, you can have a brand new bike assembled by a professional. I can't stress the importance of quality assembly.

    On the other hand, if all you have is $209.99 in your checking account, go ahead and buy it. It will be a learning experience.

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    Thanks for you opinion Steve. I got the bike yesterday and yes it was unassembled as you said. I brought it over to my local bike shop and the owner had one of his top guys properly assemble it. The cost was $30.00. I took the bike out for a spin and it was just great. The owner said that the components (seat, derailer, brakes etc.) were just as good as what is on the other name brand bikes (Trek, Specialized, Giant etc.) that he sells.

    So for a total cost of $239.00 (no tax and the shipping was free) I got an excellent bike that was assembled properly, by a reputable bike shop.

    I guess the lesson learned here is: You don't have to spend over $359.00 ($209.00 + $150.00 = $359.00) to get the same quality bike that is on display at the local bike shop.

    I just hate it when I save $120.00 and get a great bike as well.....LOL!!

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    Is it just me, or is this a weird thread?

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    I think it is you dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    Is it just me, or is this a weird thread?
    Question was asked on 9/23 at 12:40pm and the only response was less than an hour later.
    But by the next day the bike had been ordered, shipped(for free), arrived, and built.

    What's so weird about that?
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    I actually ordered the Bike on 9/17/04. The scheduled delivery date was originally supposed to be 9/24/04.
    the bike arrived on 9/23/04. When I ordered the bike, I had read that delivery could take 7-14 business days. I figured that since it was a Schwinn, the price was good and the delivery was free that it seemed like a good deal. I also figured that if anyone had any horror stories about this bike, that I would still have enough time to cancel the order. Since things turned out the way they did I am very pleased.

    On another note, the recent Kryptonite lock situation does not just involve Kryptonite 2000 Locks, but any TUBULAR CYLINDER LOCKS. I have a Club 6 Foot Cable Lock #UTL902 which has the same TUBULAR CYLINDER locking device. I was able to open my lock (on the first try) with a Bic pen, in 3 seconds. Spread the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbox63
    On another note, the recent Kryptonite lock situation does not just involve Kryptonite 2000 Locks, but any TUBULAR CYLINDER LOCKS. I have a Club 6 Foot Cable Lock #UTL902 which has the same TUBULAR CYLINDER locking device. I was able to open my lock (on the first try) with a Bic pen, in 3 seconds. Spread the word.
    Sigh....

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    Excellent bike ? No.

    A nice entry level low cost ride-yes.

    Your assembly cost was good, and a wise way to go.
    If you find you really enjoy cycling- do check out the more sophisticated bike designs.
    HQ sports equiptment or bikes- like any field, good gear improves your game.
    Hope you enjoy your new ride- wish I had a new bike, my frame is 14 years old!

    Keep the rubber side down/shiney up.
    >jef.

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    And its red.Enjoy.
    Touch every 3rd person and you'll find an idiot.

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    Have fun.

    ANy bike is better than no bike.

    Excellent idea having your dealer prep!

    Soon you will be shopping for a road bike.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    If I do get another bike, it will probably be a Trek Navigator 50. Call me crazy but there is something about steel framed bikes (instead of alum/alloy) that really appeals to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbox63
    If I do get another bike, it will probably be a Trek Navigator 50. Call me crazy but there is something about steel framed bikes (instead of alum/alloy) that really appeals to me.
    One of the nicest things is the tubes can survive a good hit, Alu tubes are damaged often during hits that really just scar steel. Also your rear triangle can be bent back if damaged (I love chromoly.)
    Enjoy what you have, ride lots and at some point probably your riding skills will exceed the cycle you have now.
    Then go SHOPPING!
    I think it a bad idea to go for the 'bling, bling' bike untill you know what you like or need. No use to have an $800 bike dustin' up in the garage.
    Peace>jef.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbox63
    I think it is you dude.
    Hmm, wouldn't be the first time someone said that . . .

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