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Old 08-16-14, 05:15 PM   #1
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Tips for Buying the Right Bicycle

Hello everyone.
I plan on buying a bicycle but I have no clue which to buy. I live in a city so it will almost always be on pavement or the street and I will use it for riding to school and for exercising.
I have seen these two options: Any recommendations?
1. 29" Genesis Bike, GS29 - Walmart.com
2. 26" Schwinn Sidewinder Men's Mountain Bike, Matte Black/Green - Walmart.com

Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-16-14, 05:26 PM   #2
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Neither are MTB's, but for your described use, which ever fits best would work. Can you go to the store to try sizing? as no real info is given about this on the site.
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I'd recommend a Marin Muirwoods 29er or the 26" version as an all-around urban assault bike. Its built of double-butted cromoly steel and has a lively ride.

Best value under $500.
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With all due respect, box store bikes suck! But if you're really intent, I'd suggest asking here:

www.bigboxbikes.com ? Index page
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Big box store bikes are what they are. Some are crapfests, others are serviceable but low end to entry level. For commuting I'd skip the two bikes you mentioned, you are paying for a very low end suspension fork that is unnecessary, will perform poorly, and will likely be the first component to fail. Look for a rigid front fork. Of the WalMart Schwinns, the Varsity is the entry level model and is only about $50 more than the bikes you listed. Properly assembled, adjusted and cared for you can get a lot of miles out of these bikes, just don't expect them to be "just as good" as the $500+ brand name bikes from and LBS or online vendor.

Honestly, I'd go to some local bike stores and inquire about used bikes. A reputable shop will sell quality used bikes that have been serviced and are in good safe roadworthy condition for fair prices. You can often find rigid steel MTBs from the 1980s and 90s for the same price range as what you are looking at and will get much more bike for the money. Bikes like the Trek 700 and 800 series, Giant Yukon or Boulder, Specialized Hardrock, etc. will all make great fitness/commuters for under $200. Most have eyelets for fenders and racks if you want that for your commuter, and will accept a variety of tires such as street slicks, hybrids, cruisers or 2.1 or larger MTB tires. For your stated purpose a 1.5 inch (approx 35-38 mm) hybrid tire will work very well but even the trail tires most of these bikes came with will be fine until they are due to be replaced. Here is an example of a bike I'd expect to go for between $100 and $200 depending on the local market.



Unless you are experienced with basic bike mechanics or know someone who is and is willing to help, I'd steer away from online bikes such as those from Bikes Direct. Many of these are fine bikes, but the cost savings is a trade off for having the buyer responsible for final assembly, adjustment and servicing. Not a bad deal, just not for newbies to bike mechanics.

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I plan on buying a bicycle but I have no clue which to buy. I live in a city so it will almost always be on pavement or the street and I will use it for riding to school and for exercising.
For commuting to school my recommendation is something semi-expendable. That way you won't feel so bad when it gets stolen.
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Number one wal mart wont fix your bike (they may not even put it together well) , so why not get a bike from a shop that will ,..

after the register goes ka-ching the bike is no diffrerent than a toaster to the Wally-World..

but then again it hits the semi-disposable criteria, and a brand with little value to re sell stolen ..

at least take it to a proper bike shop for a safety check I see them where the person putting them together doesnt even know they

box them up with the fork backwards , [to save length of shipping the boxes in the container, on the boat] , and so it's sent out the door with the fork still backwards ..

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