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Old 02-15-05, 11:18 AM   #1
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Do you prefer to buy new bikes or used bikes?

You are more likely to find a good deal on used bikes, but I was just wondering who here buys only brand-new bikes (with the advantages they come with).
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Old 02-15-05, 11:46 AM   #2
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I prefer to build used bikes. This is partially an anti commercialism mindset and that I'm also kinda cheap . I do feel that there are a lot of greats bikes rusting away out there while people rush to both the local bike store and wal-mark to buy new bikes. This seems like a complete waste. I, on the other hand, understand that not everyone has a garage full of parts and actually enjoys working on bikes. I have bought new bikes in the past and might in the future (I actually just bought a new ultegra drivetrain for my old road bike). I guess my point is just be thoughtful when purchasing a bike. Do you need or want a new bike or can your goals be satisfied be a used bike.
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Old 02-15-05, 12:44 PM   #3
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Used. There is a LBS here that has a whole showroom dedicated to used bikes. There are hundreds in there. I got my last bike there, and I saved hundreds. I got an aluminum Trek 2300 frame with 105 drivetrain and sora sti, low-end wheels, some kind of spd pedals for $500. It's not exactly a top of the line bike, but I know I would have paid more for it new. Oh, and all the components were replaced and brand new. The only evidence of wear is the used pedals and some scratches on the frame.
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Old 02-15-05, 12:54 PM   #4
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Used, no question. I've scored some awesome deals on used bikes, less than a third of retail price for a 2-3 year bike. Got a 18-lb Dura-Ace/Ultegra Fuji Pro road bike for $650 CAN, a Kona Stinky fully for $350! It's just a trade-off of time vs money, if you want a cheaper bike (that's still good), you'll have to be really patient and take the time to browse through used ads. Takes months.
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I can't see myself ever buying a bike new. I'm a retro-grouch for one thing, the new stuff just doesn't appeal to me. There are way too many good deals (and bad- beware) to be found with used bikes anyway.
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Old 02-15-05, 01:25 PM   #6
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I'm about 50% new 50% used/build up. My most recent purchase (Trek Equinox 7) was bought new.
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I've only purchased 3. Two for me and one for the wife. All three were purchased new.
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Old 02-15-05, 01:59 PM   #8
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Buying a new bike is real exciting but getting a great deal on a used one is even better. I bought a Cannondale a couple of years ago that I am still riding, I was lucky with the size (63cm/58cm) which I knew fitted me from an older bike I had made by a frame builder.

The bike had not been used much and all I had to replace was the seat, the tire, chain, cables and freewheel and did a complete cleaning/adjustment myself. Cost = $50.00 for bike + replacement parts. Did over 2000 miles with it last year without any problem.

Only thing, it does not have STI shifters which I'd love. Though, this has been the best bargain I will probably ever find. This year, I am hoping to get another good deal with a more recent bike, though I have no illusion and know that I will need to pay more for what I am looking for but still don't despair to be lucky again ;-).
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Old 02-15-05, 02:47 PM   #9
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I own 4- 3 used,1 new. I don't have the budget to buy high end bikes unless I buy them used. I have gotten some really sweat deals that way. I bought my Grizzly MTB new because, well it was so sweet and it was my size (6"3" ) it is hard for us really tall dudes to find large framed MTB used.
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Old 02-15-05, 04:21 PM   #10
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I buy used if I can. With my size it is hard to get used bikes though. I am still looking a cheep used frame for a single speed?
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I like buying new bikes. With used bikes you can never really know what you're getting into plus like others have mentioned finding a used bike in my size is a really hit or miss affair. On the other hand I've been searching high and low for an appropriately sized Raliegh Robin Hood or similar english 3 speed model for years.
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My only bike that I ride is a $10 roadie. I bought it and just turned it into a project bike. I too am cheap, but this bike has cost me over $150 in parts, service, and DIY crap. Plus I've got a new wheel on the way...

But yeah. I would reccommend buying used (not necessarily THAT used) just because you get a lot of bang for your buck, plus they're fun.
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how about a used bike in new condition?... People buy expensive bikes then they end up sitting in the garage, i picked up a 92 Paramount (Japamount) for $200 on Ebay which was barely ridden and is a fantastic ride for the $
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last year's new models
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New Bikes.
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Definitely ridiculously discounted last years models.
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Originally Posted by austin-rider
You are more likely to find a good deal on used bikes, but I was just wondering who here buys only brand-new bikes (with the advantages they come with).
Used, especially old used steel lugged framed bikes. I simply like the ride and durablity
of the old lugged frames that you can only get now with custom frames. Also I'm not
into spending anymore money than I have to on a "new" anything as there is NO advantge
to anything new except under garments and toothbruses. Everthing else can be found for less
used or slightly used with 99.999999% of the useful life still left to consume.
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Old 02-20-05, 07:41 PM   #18
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Buy no horses! Rather, find one in garbage heaps and ride what is left until it dies, in the process you will find another. What advantage exists in these bicycles with names such as trek and bianchi... my horse was purchased for $0 from a garbage heap and has served me well indeed.
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Buy no horses! Rather, find one in garbage heaps and ride what is left until it dies, in the process you will find another. What advantage exists in these bicycles with names such as trek and bianchi... my horse was purchased for $0 from a garbage heap and has served me well indeed.
I'm with Zalafan. Every Saturday, I go 'rummaging' for bikes at dumps, swap shops, thrift stores, garage sales, etc -- taking them apart, building them back up... I give my friends the ones that don't fit me.
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