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Old 12-04-07, 04:37 PM   #1
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Newb wanting to buy a bike.

Hi, I don't know anything about bikes and want to buy my own. I have a list of bikes, can you tell me which is the best price/performance bike.

http://www.dunhamssports.com/product...ductId=2598055

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-8412076-7339057?ASIN=B000A8POI0&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000A8POI0|Mens_S_40_Schwinn_26"_Bike&ci_src=14110944&ci_sk u=B000A8POI0&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000003260420

http://www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-...R1JW6PYL9ZGNHM

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...ductId=2617770

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Old 12-04-07, 04:41 PM   #2
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My Dad says Schwinn is the bee's knees.

Purchase based upon your favorite color.

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Old 12-04-07, 05:50 PM   #3
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In my honest opinion, all of those bikes won't last very long. They're department store bikes.

I got my Diamondback from Dick's, and it's a good bike. Much better than those listed above. But definitely has its bad sides.

My advice, forget department stores. Go to a real bike shop and search for a decent hardtail. My friend got a specialized Rockhopper Disc for around 500. And maybe you could work a deal with them on some of the bikes that have cosmetic damage from shipping. Normally bike shops will sell bikes like that for pennies on the dollar.

I learned this because I've been having troubles with the department store thing ( I had a thread posted about it), and I've learned that I'm never gonna buy a department store bike, ever again.
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Old 12-04-07, 08:47 PM   #4
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if you can't come off at least 300 dollars for a bike ... try an iron horse or diamondback from Dicks.. that's where I send my cheap friends that absolutely have to have a bike for under 300. over 300 go to a bike shop.

all those bikes above really suckass.

edit-- if you do go with one of the bikes above get the one at wal-mart.. just so when you pass someone on a $2000 bike you can tell them they were passed by walmart bike.

also make sure to leave that cardboard thing in the front wheel
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Old 12-04-07, 09:17 PM   #5
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They're all equally crap. Yeah, get the color you like best.
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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1977659

It's more disposable.
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Old 12-04-07, 09:41 PM   #7
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You could buy several and just throw them away when the tires get low or the chain needs lubed.
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Holy crap, Ben! For what I put into my FS bike, I could get fifty of those!
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Hi, I don't know anything about bikes and want to buy my own. I have a list of bikes, can you tell me which is the best price/performance bike.

http://www.dunhamssports.com/product...ductId=2598055

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-8412076-7339057?ASIN=B000A8POI0&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000A8POI0|Mens_S_40_Schwinn_26"_Bike&ci_src=14110944&ci_sk u=B000A8POI0&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000003260420

http://www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-...R1JW6PYL9ZGNHM

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...ductId=2617770

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All of those bikes are likely to cause severe injury and/or death.

You don't wanna die, do ya?
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All of those are mountain-bike-styled bicycles that are not really suited to actual mountain biking - - in much the same way that those cute little SUV-styled Toyota RAV4s may be four wheel drive, but are in no way suited for four-wheeling.
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All of those bikes are likely to cause severe injury and/or death.

You don't wanna die, do ya?
Really? I'm considering buying the $50 bike and seeing just how long it takes to die. It'd be interesting to document the life of a bike like that. You could start a thread here with pictures and decriptions of rides. You could show how and when the parts break. Then whenever someone asks about a really cheap bike you could just point them to the thread.

If it was only about the $50 I'd do it, but unfortunatley it would mean not riding my other bikes and I'm having too much fun on my newly SS F600. I can't wait to try out my new shoes and studded tires as well.
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Old 12-05-07, 03:23 AM   #12
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Hi, I don't know anything about bikes and want to buy my own. I have a list of bikes, can you tell me which is the best price/performance bike.

http://www.dunhamssports.com/product...ductId=2598055

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-8412076-7339057?ASIN=B000A8POI0&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000A8POI0|Mens_S_40_Schwinn_26"_Bike&ci_src=14110944&ci_sk u=B000A8POI0&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000003260420

http://www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-...R1JW6PYL9ZGNHM

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...ductId=2617770

Thanks!
Well, i like the Schwinn from Target,good price too. It seems to have good reviews also.
It appears to have some solid durable parts on it & you really can't go wrong with Schwinn.
In my opinion Schwinn is the best bang for the buck.
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Old 12-05-07, 03:29 AM   #13
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All of those bikes are likely to cause severe injury and/or death.

You don't wanna die, do ya?
Excuse me? I am not dead & none of my schwinn's have ever attempted to kill me. I am sure that if schwinn was producing 1,000,000's of bikes that were killing all the consumers they wouldn't be in business as long as they have been in business.

I have great faith in Schwinn.
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Just because those schwinn's are not $3,000 Raleigh's doesn't mean they are not just as strong & durable.
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Just because those schwinn's are not $3,000 Raleigh's doesn't mean they are not just as strong & durable.
I've got news for you- they are not just as strong and durable as a $3000 Raleigh.
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Excuse me? I am not dead & none of my schwinn's have ever attempted to kill me. I am sure that if schwinn was producing 1,000,000's of bikes that were killing all the consumers they wouldn't be in business as long as they have been in business.

I have great faith in Schwinn.
Which Schwinn? The old company, or the new one, which I think is owned by a Canadian company now. I don't know anything about Dorel Industries.

Check here.
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I'd choose this one out of that list. It looks like it's got fairly decent stuff on it for an occasional/beginner/commuter rider. As others have mentioned, it's definitely not high end. But set up properly (which you'd likely have to do yourself, or go to a bike shop to do) and it'll be reliable and fun. Upgrade the saddle if it's not comfy and perhaps the pedals if they're plastic and you're good to go.

PS- strong and durable is pretty easy to come by in this category, 'cause the manufacturers aren't trying to make it weigh 12lbs.

PPS- I just realized this is the mountain biking forum, and not the commuter. If you're really going to ride on the trails I'd recommend you take a buddy who knows what he's looking at and get yourself a nice used entry level hardtail.

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the answer is 8.
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Well, i like the Schwinn from Target,good price too. It seems to have good reviews also.
It appears to have some solid durable parts on it & you really can't go wrong with Schwinn.
In my opinion Schwinn is the best bang for the buck.
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Just because those schwinn's are not $3,000 Raleigh's doesn't mean they are not just as strong & durable.
Guess what? The schwinns aren't being ridden like those $3000 bikes.
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Have I just stepped back in time 20 years? An argument about Raleighs and Schwinns?
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Do raleigh actually sell three grand bikes?
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If you must buy a bike a big box store .. look for an REI they sell some good bikes ... if your going cheap try dicks sporting goods.. The best Dicks sporting goods stores are the old Galyans stores that they took over.. man I miss galyans..

At any rate the local dicks sporting goods has a repair stand right on the sales floor with the person assembling bikes(probably to avoid hiring another employee).. I work near one of these and went in the other day to buy an airpump. The guy there looked like he knew what he was doing. He was adjusting a headset which in itself tells me they do slightly more than the other big box guys. He was a young guy though and probaly not paid much, but thinking about it I wouldn't want to buy a bike from an old guy anyway(I'm not sure why this is)
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My first "mountain" bike was a WalMart Huffy. I broke the crank by...hitting a tiny rock on a fire road. If you're going to be doing any mountain biking at all, I would suggest looking elsewhere. But if it's just say, a campus commuter that's going to live outside and will mainly stay on the road, then you're probably fine...though you still might want to look elsewhere in case you get tempted to bring it to a trail (though in that case don't leave it outside...I wrecked my first "real" bike that way).

For almost the same price, you can probably pick up a nice mid-entry level hardtail on eBay or CraigsList. Bring a friend who's knowledgeable about bikes with you so you can make sure the bike fits, that it's in good condition, and that you're not getting ripped off.
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