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Old 08-24-11, 03:21 PM   #1
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Cheap city bike?

I've been in the market for a cheap city bike for awhile (under $500 or so) since my road bike feels too "serious" for a trip to the grocery store. I had been looking at Electras, but those seem to be a pretty prime target for theft. I live at the top of a sizeable hill so it has to have a decent gear range. I also absolutely LOVE the look of the Dutch step-through frames. Does anyone have any suggestions? I was focusing on these two if anyone knows anything about them:
http://publicbikes.com/p/PUBLIC-C7
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../elle_city.htm
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Old 08-24-11, 03:59 PM   #2
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If you buy from Bike Direct, you either need to factor in the cost of having a shop complete assembly and tune up for you, or be able to do it yourself.

I would look for a bike shop that can order and set up a Torker T300 for you. Any bike shop that is set up to order from Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) can order one for you, regardless if they stock them or not.

FWIW the Public bike is a 7 speed the BD bike is a 3 speed if that makes any difference.

I own a bike very similar to the Torker that was built by Redline and can vouch for the quality.

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Old 08-24-11, 04:08 PM   #3
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Any entry-level hybrid carried by the local LBS could also fit the bill.

If you are concerned about theft, spend $100 less on the bike and get a $100 lock. If you properly lock up a $400 bike with a mean looking reinforced Kryptonite chain, thieves will move to the next bike.
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Old 08-24-11, 04:45 PM   #4
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A Giant Cypress would be under $500.00 and has the gears you need. Hills are not a dutch bikes friend. A heavy bike with just 1 to 3 speeds will be pushed up more hills that anything else. Specailized and Trek make a alternative to the Cypress as well.
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You might be able to find these in your price range:

http://www.linusbike.com/models/
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Dumpster scavenge , and tuned up, re- tensioned the freewheel hub
from 5 speed to One.
New brake pads.. and away you go.

more gears? , Add a 3 speed,IG hub, a chain tensioner [old rear derailleur]
and 2 chainrings .
downshift is derailing it with your heel
up shift with a rag so your fingers don't get as greasy.

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Old 08-24-11, 08:03 PM   #7
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mooshrimp, How about: http://www.globebikes.com/us/en/glob...=11HaulUSstep1 ? A bit over your budget, but since it's close to the end of the model year...

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