In suburban DC just getting into cycling
Cyclists whiz by our house on the weekends and we've decided to give it a try. Just getting started and don't want to get sucked into buying from high-end shops in and around DC, trying to look for lower-price and more fun way to get into the sport.
I know where you are coming from on saving dollors on "high-end" bikes & shops. When I got started again this spring, I was initially satisfied with my 15-year old Trek hybrid, but soon got the bug for a good road bike. Unfortunately, a "good" road bike meant going beyond Wal-Mart or Target and to the big shops OR buying a used bike. I chose to ask around work about higher end road bikes that might be for sale and was directed to a local biking website where I posed the question for the type/size bike I was seeking. After about three weeks, I ended up purchasing a 2005 Felt F80 in pretty decent shape for $350.00; that's less than half the retail price it sold for in '05. I am very satisfied with my deal and would recommend shopping used bikes first. With some patience, I'll bet you can meet your needs for half the cost of buying from a high-end shop.
Originally Posted by JCabin
Now as an aside on the choice, a friend said if I'm willing to spend 350, why not just got to Wal-Mart or Target and buy the best they have at that price. My response was, "but then I would have a $350 bike that I paid $350 for. But if I find a good used hgher end bike that sold for 800 then I have an $800 bike that I paid $350 for.