Buy a cheap road bike ($10.99!) to stay conditioned for MTB?
I usually MTB, but now am on a 9-5 schedule so no more riding during the week.
I saw an old cro-mo Murray 10-speed at a Goodwill store yesterday for $10.99. It needs probably $50 in cables, tires, etc, but the truing, frame and components look good. I'm pretty broke, and just want a road bike for exercise during the week.
Do I scrape up $400 for an entry level road bike from pricepoint.com (or a LBS), struggle to find a decent used one locally, or buy the Murray?
(this is cross-posted to the roadie forum for a different perspective!)
I'd say check out the Mid-VA trading post. You can find 'em at Ukrops or some convience stores. The other week I spotted a nice Specialized road bike for cheap. $285... Shimano Ultrega components. You might get lucky and spot a similar deal (or for even cheaper).
I'd say stick away from that Murray though, but that's just me. I'll never buy an entry level bike knowing that I'll upgrade everything soon enough.
Even if you're on the 9-5 work week, why not hop by the trails for a quick 1-2 hour ride on the way back? That'd work great if you were near some nice trails in the area... Buttermilk/Forest Hill, Pocahontas, or even Powhite.
I don't know about Alabama but I do know that Murry made pretty low quality stuff. The guys over in Classic & Vintage talk about some custom HUFFY & MURRYS made for racing by other manufactures that were really good but they were only issued to sponserd teams.
As to used road bikes I would sugest going to a LBS that takes in trades. If I was not up to my (wife imposed)limit on bicycles for personal use, I would buy a late '80s Schwinn @ a LBS here. They are asking $60 and it is all CROMO and comes with a tune up and 1 year warranty.
The Classic & Vintage forum is a wealth of information regarding what is desirable in older road bikes.