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Old 07-01-08, 11:21 AM   #1
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Buying a bike

My girlfriend and I are new to biking and I'd like to buy her a new or used mountain bike
for her birthday. Does anyone have any specific brands to recommend, tips, etc. for a beginner?

Also, bike shops are expensive, and craig's list is very shady. Does anyone know where I can find
a good used bike from a reliable source for relatively cheap? we live in the NYC area. Thanks all!
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Old 07-01-08, 04:12 PM   #2
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My girlfriend and I are new to biking and I'd like to buy her a new or used mountain bike
for her birthday. Does anyone have any specific brands to recommend, tips, etc. for a beginner?

Also, bike shops are expensive, and craig's list is very shady. Does anyone know where I can find
a good used bike from a reliable source for relatively cheap? we live in the NYC area. Thanks all!
How much is cheap?
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Old 07-01-08, 04:25 PM   #3
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Specialized has some decent lower priced bikes. Look into the hardrock series. Quality products that won't leave you living in the box it came in!

Just don't buy anything from walmart. Sure it may work for a while, but after about 15 miles of well maintained riding, it'll explode on you. It isn't worth it to replace the components on such a junk bike, hence a waste of your money. They are also heavy, and the welds on the frame snap FREQUENTLY.

The bikes look the same but a bike shop bike is a world of difference from a walmart bike.

Don't make the mistake I once made. Don't go to Walmart.

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Old 07-01-08, 04:28 PM   #4
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Specialized has some decent lower priced bikes. Look into the stumpjumper series. Quality products that won't leave you living in the box it came in!

Stumpjumpers are the most expensive of the bunch. A Hardrock or the equivalent from another brand will be a starting point.
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My wife has a Trek 820WSD, and loves it. She doesn't do any hard off road riding though. Somebody on another forum said they just got the lower end Specialized Myka for his wife and she likes it. The price range on the Specialized starts at about $400. My wifes Trek 820 was $230.
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My wife has a Trek 820WSD, and loves it. She doesn't do any hard off road riding though. Somebody on another forum said they just got the lower end Specialized Myka for his wife and she likes it. The price range on the Specialized starts at about $400. My wifes Trek 820 was $230.
You might have paid $230 then, but its $330 now and there's not much discounting going on. The reality is a new LBS bike is going to run about $300. The OP might want to check out the low end bikes from Giant or some of the other brands. But, its going to be hard to go any lower than $275.
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Your wife is happy on a steel bike? Wow, she must be strong (or not actually riding uphill anywhere).
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Stumpjumpers are the most expensive of the bunch. A Hardrock or the equivalent from another brand will be a starting point.
Whoops, I must have been out in the sun too long today. Sorry, what you listed was what i meant to say. I typed the post in a slight hurry, went with dad to look at a new car.
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Your wife is happy on a steel bike? Wow, she must be strong (or not actually riding uphill anywhere).
Pssh, steel isn't that bad.

I love my steel HT. I guess 853 is lighter than whatever the 820 is made of, though...heh.
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Hey I love steel too. My current commuter bike is steel (very plush), but that 820 with that fork weighs a TON.
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