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Old 01-16-13, 12:47 PM   #1
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Advice on choosing bike for 13 year old boy.

Hi,
Could anyone give me advice on buying a new bike.
I am thirteen years old and about average height. I need a new bike for my paper round and the odd trip down the canal.
I would prefer it to be 100 or below but could stretch to 130.
There are a few I have seen new with full suspension and disc brakes which I like but I have heard these are just a load of junk? http://www.sportsdirect.com/silver-f...ke-mens-932168
Any advice welcomed.
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Old 01-16-13, 01:08 PM   #2
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Drop by the bike shop where you live, they will help you learn the difference between the quality levels
and perhaps resell used bikes.. proper brick and morter one..

that one has too many cheap, parts .. AKA a Bicycle Shaped Object..

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Hi,
Thanks.
I would visit the local bike shop but the only one we have in Trowbridge is Halfords. We can't really look farther afield as Dad is very busy and doesn't have the time to take me.
I have tried looking for a second hand bike but can't find any suitable in the area.
I am not quite sure what to do as my current bike is falling to bits (old raleigh we had second hand a few years back.) - the gears don't work and the brakes don't really either.
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Hi,
I have just found this - http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/ma...een/1004216723 quite local to me. I know it is one of those bikes that are junk but it would probably fit the bill for the moment. At that price it wouldn't matter if it only lasted a few months. I have just replied to the seller to ask about its condition.
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Looks like the closest major city is Bath?

There are zero bikes on Bath craigslist (!). Surely there are other local online classifieds though.

Please don't buy a cheap full suspension bike, particularly if you are relying on it for a paper route. Working on bikes is not rocket science, but working on shoddy bikes is very frustrating.

If the raleigh you have is decent quality, fits you, and is suitable for what you want to do with it getting it fixed might be the best option as it will take the least time for your dad. Drop it off at the shop one day and pick it up another.
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UK has better Public Transport than here , take the Bus .. to a Bike shop
call on the phone , etc. , first..

they may arrange to drive you and your Bike, Back.

[ that one on gumtree is no better than the other one you posted.]


a Hardtail is more practical , particularly if you need a way
to carry a Bunch of papers for your route.

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Also, if you're 13 you are still growing. A decent bike that will hold its value is nice because you can sell it for closer to what you paid for it when you outgrow it.
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Forget suspension and disk brakes, on a lower end bike those are components that are going to give you problems. Go for a bike without suspension and some kind of rim brakes. Generally the problem with lower end bikes isn't that the frame is going to fail (it may be heavy but it will likely hold together fine if not abused) it is the mechanisms like shifters and derailleurs that will be of lower quality and possibly problematic or subject to early failure. The less complicated the bike, the fewer things there are to go wrong.
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Thanks. In the end I decided on a Muddyfox Impel from SportsDirect http://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox...059?src=google for 69.99. I added a few accesories (mudguards, propstand, semi-decent lock, new helmet) and got a fairly decent bike with extras for just over 100.
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