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Old 07-12-16, 04:23 AM   #1
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International Student looking for a new bike for college

So im going to college next year, and due to the fact that in my country we couldn't bike for safety reasons I have never owned a bike.

I would say I am an ok biker, maybe between a beginner and intermediate. I would be using the bike mostly for basic commuting, fitness, touring, and of course Pokemon GO. I am around 180 cm and weight about 80 kg .I would be riding almost everyday as my campus is not small, so i'd be using the bike rather walk.

I am located in NYC so I am sure whatever you tell me to get I can find. Budget wise I don't really have a limit, but i'd like to keep it under 2 or 3 thousand.

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 07-12-16, 10:33 AM   #2
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I'd be worried about theft with a $2-3k bike in NYC. Will you have your eyes on the bike 24/7?

I'd suggest looking at used or under $500 so you can replace it a few time if it gets stolen. Remember to use a good lock, maybe even multiple locks.
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This forum also has a folding bike subforum where you could likely get some better answers on that topic.
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I don't really feel like a folding bike, I removed that part as I now realize that anything portable would be a folding bike.
But thank you I didn't know until now that those were really a thing.
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I'd be worried about theft with a $2-3k bike in NYC. Will you have your eyes on the bike 24/7?

I'd suggest looking at used or under $500 so you can replace it a few time if it gets stolen. Remember to use a good lock, maybe even multiple locks.
Ill have it locked most of the time. I actually would use it on my college campus, I would just buy it here in NYC.
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Ill have it locked most of the time. I actually would use it on my college campus, I would just buy it here in NYC.
College campus are full of bike thieves. Your $2-3k bike will look great next to the multiple $100 bikes.

In any case, if you want a hybrid, look at the Trek FX 7.2 or higher, Specialized Sirrus, or a similar model from one of the other brands. It sounds like you will be mostly on pavement so you shouldn't need a bike with suspension.
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Old 07-13-16, 09:09 AM   #7
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Ill have it locked most of the time. I actually would use it on my college campus, I would just buy it here in NYC.
Bike thieves actually go out of their way to 'stalk' college campuses. Because they are typically a place where a lot of people ride bikes and leave them unattended quite often, it's kind-of like an all-you-can-eat buffet for bike theft. The majority of bike locks can be defeated in one way or another in under a minute. Thieves usually take the path of least resistance - so if you use the biggest toughest locks and use more than one, they will typically pass you by for a bike with less security and therefor less of a pain-in-the-a$$ to steal. That said, if your bike is 5-8 times more valuable than any of the bikes around it - it might be a little more tempting. I'm not saying 'don't buy a nice bike' - I'm just saying that if you do, please also consider investing in several high-end locks and locking the hell out of it! ;-)
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Bike thieves are very common on campus. And yes they can as easily be a fellow student as some off-campus low life. So locks can slow down but may not deter a thief. So buy something less expensive and be prepared for it to go missing at some point. If you buy a beat looking but still serviceable used bike you could save some $$ and it would be somewhat less of a target for thieves.
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So im going to college next year, and due to the fact that in my country we couldn't bike for safety reasons I have never owned a bike.

I would say I am an ok biker, maybe between a beginner and intermediate. I would be using the bike mostly for basic commuting, fitness, touring, and of course Pokemon GO. I am around 180 cm and weight about 80 kg .I would be riding almost everyday as my campus is not small, so i'd be using the bike rather walk.

I am located in NYC so I am sure whatever you tell me to get I can find. Budget wise I don't really have a limit, but i'd like to keep it under 2 or 3 thousand.

Thanks for all the help!
$2,000 to $3,000 for a commuter in NYC? That is crazy. Look for a used bike that is ugly but functional. I would think a couple of hundred, maybe? And get a good lock, and even then, don't be shocked if your bike gets stolen.
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So this might not have been clear until now. But I am going to live in a college town, that while as people have said is dangerous for bikes, it is not as much as NYC. I am just in NYC right now so I could buy the bike anywhere.
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Although theft may be less of a problem outside of NYC, the advice above still holds true. I have had three kids in college, and from informal surveys of the bike racks, I see middle to low end bikes, mostly department store stuff. My son told me the current sport is taking any seats that have quick release posts and tossing them up high in the nearest tree. He is planning to take a bike back to campus next month, so I have been going over it and trying to make it less prone to theft and vandalism and more weather resistant for storing outside. I started with a $50 mountain bike with rough paint and added bolt on wheels, fenders, and a rack, and replaced the quick release seat post binder with a bolt and nut. I tried to use old or rusty hardware where ever possible.
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So this might not have been clear until now. But I am going to live in a college town, that while as people have said is dangerous for bikes, it is not as much as NYC. I am just in NYC right now so I could buy the bike anywhere.
A family member was a student at Virginia Tech and had a bike stolen. Later on he went to school at UNC and had a bike lifted. Both bikes were locked. Don't tie up a lot of money in a campus commuter bike.
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Dont want Folding Bike, You can bring it in with you ?, I like My Brompton.

Get a Junque bike like a Wally World 1 speed/fixie , and a Lock .

maybe your $2k will pay for 10 of them as each are stolen.

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Old 07-17-16, 04:25 PM   #14
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Get a nice U lock around 70 bucks, and then Pitlocks for your wheels, seatpost & headset for $120 (Set #02/GA) at Pitlock locking skewers and don't leave your bicycle out at night, ever, unless you can see it.
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