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Old 10-02-13, 08:38 AM   #1
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Hello from NH

I live in NH, and I'm 48 years old. I'm selling my car and will need a bike for getting around town, going to appointments, etc. Here in NH, we get all four seasons, including winter with a snowy vengeance. My question: What bike would you recommend for my above-state purposes and climate? I'm budgeting around $600 for the bike & necessities (helmet, pump bottle cage, etc.).

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Old 10-02-13, 08:40 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to Bike Forums! In addition to the Commuting forum, we also have the "Living car free" section you might want to check out. You can ask about other concerns there as well.
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Old 10-02-13, 09:09 AM   #4
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I lived in Warner, NH for around three years.

Where do you plan to ride? If you'll be needing to climb hills, you'll want a fairly wide range of gearing, but if you live in Concord and won't meet many hills, a single speed or internal gear hub with a chain guard would simply things, especially in the winter.

With your budget, I'd definitely be looking for something used, but the problem is that, unless you know what you want and what to look for, you may flounder a bit in the used market.

If you plan to ride in the winter, look at some of the numerous winter riding threads on this site. You'll definitely want fenders, lights (I suggest generator lights), not too narrow tires with studs (take a look at peterwhitecycles.com in Hillsborough), and a bicycle with enough clearance to fit the tires and fenders.

For good studded tires, you'll spend at least $50 per tire, and you'll want other tires for the summer. Fenders aren't too expensive, but lights can be a bit. You can get a decent generator system for $150 (I like the Busch & Müller dymotec generator). You'll need a pump, patch kit, and at least a few other tools. A rack is very nice, especially if you'll be replacing a car, and want to carry groceries, etc. (although you can always take a cab). Including an inexpensive helmet, you're looking at easily $300 not including a bicycle.

You can probably find a decent bicycle on craigslist for $200-$300, but, as I said before, you need to know what you want. If you could post again, telling us in more detail where live, where you plan to ride, and whether you know enough about bicycles, or know someone who knows enough to buy a used bicycle. If you post a few adds from your local craigslist and tells us a bit about your body size (height, weight, inseam measurement (from floor to pubic bone), people on the forum may be able to give you some helpful advice.
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Old 10-02-13, 06:55 PM   #5
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Welcome to BF and best of luck with the NH winter! In terms of what to ride--my advice may be self-evident, but... If I were in your situation, I'd get something with wide tires (maybe a used hybrid or hard tail MTB) and durable but modest components, so that if the need be components could be replaced without breaking the bank. I have a Diamondback Sorrento (a hardtail NTB I got from Dick's Sporting Goods for $225ish in 2005) that I use for my bad weather and winter beater. It's like a faithful dog that absorbs everything I throw at it and keeps on coming back for more. When I got it, it was the cheapest (semi)wide tire bomber I could find that had replaceable components. It's one of the few purchases I've made in my entire life that I've never regretted for even one split-second. The Diamondback line isn't generally exalted or revered by the hard-core cycling community, but mine fulfills it's intended purpose perfectly and for that, I love it. It also keeps my fancy, considerably more costly road bike from ever seeing bad weather and I love it for that, too...
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