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Old 05-03-13, 02:40 AM   #1
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New or secondhand hybrid?

Hello all,

I am just at the point of wanting to get back into recreational cycling after 15+ years and need to replace my rusty old mountain bike (I will be using it for road and bike track). I am in the UK and have found a second hand 2010 Gary Fisher Monona for sale locally that appears to be in very good condition. I haven't seen it in the flesh yet, but probably will this weekend. The seller wants 200.

I now notice that Halfords are offering the Carrera Subway this weekend at a 50% reduction, so 199.99. I can't really spend much more than 200.

My predictable question is, assuming the Monona is in good nick, is this the best option, or the brand new Carrera? I don't really rate Halfords, but the reviews of the bike seem generally positive.

All comments appreciated.
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Old 05-03-13, 03:48 AM   #2
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Hello all,

I am just at the point of wanting to get back into recreational cycling after 15+ years and need to replace my rusty old mountain bike (I will be using it for road and bike track). I am in the UK and have found a second hand 2010 Gary Fisher Monona for sale locally that appears to be in very good condition. I haven't seen it in the flesh yet, but probably will this weekend. The seller wants 200.

I now notice that Halfords are offering the Carrera Subway this weekend at a 50% reduction, so 199.99. I can't really spend much more than 200.

My predictable question is, assuming the Monona is in good nick, is this the best option, or the brand new Carrera? I don't really rate Halfords, but the reviews of the bike seem generally positive.

All comments appreciated.
Can not offer any advice on the bikes your asking about. But when I'm buying second hand, never spend more than you can resell it for. (Quickly) & when buying new, MAKE SURE you really want that bike for years.
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Old 05-03-13, 04:29 AM   #3
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Usually when buying used, if you're not an expert, you'll have to have a bicycle person with you, who can evaluate the actual condition of the bike. The bicycle could have been in an accident and have frame damage. It might have mechanical issues. It may be the wrong frame size for your body dimensions.

OTOH, with a new bicycle, your get a warranty and generally free mechanical adjustments or repairs for some specified time period. The bike shop salesperson will make certain that you have purchased the bicycle that best suits your needs and body dimensions. You will also be properly fitted in most cases. You can rest assured that most likely your bicycle has no frame damage or mechanical issues.

* Don't buy a bicycle simply because it fits your budget. Buy a particular bicycle because it suits your riding habits, your riding terrain, and your budget, as well.

Road bikes are for riding on mostly smooth paved roads and possibly racing upon those roads. Mountain bikes are for uneven dirt trails, gravel, rocks, and roots. Hybrids are made for any type of terrain between paved roads and those mountain bike trails. Ideally, it's best to save up the most you can upfront and then make your purchase, afterwards.

Used bikes generally require more expense to place them in tip top working condition. So just keep that in mind, before you make your decision.

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The GF has a slightly better grade of components.
It retailed for $640.
Typically used goes for 50%, so $320.
I think the pound is $1.30??
320/130=246 pounds.
I'd say go used.
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Thanks for the comments and advice. I stopped at the local halfords today but felt the Carrera Subway seemed 'cheap' and wasn't impressed despite some good online reviews.

I have now bought the secondhand Gary Fisher as it turned out to be in virtually 'as new' condition. Having tried it out it seems very smooth and unabused with everything working as it should.

Am very pleased and looking forward to making good use of it.
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