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    Brooklyn: What do i choose?

    Hello guys, so i decided i will be getting a mountain bike off of craigslist, im having a problem though. I am clueless about bicycles. Which companies do i look for? how many inch wheels? What model? I am a 16 year old kid, 5'8" and 240 pounds (although i am losing) I lost about 10 pounds so far in a few weeks. The reason i am biking is too just bike with friends and have some fun.

    TL;DR: How do i pick a bike off of craigslist?

    is this a good example?

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/5092587132.html

    Edit: or would it be worth it to get a nice bike from Walmart?
    Last edited by dontblameda1; 06-29-15 at 12:29 AM.

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    Older Trek and Specialized bikes usually can make a good used bike. The one in the photos however looks a little beat up and I would assume would need a lot of work. What is the budget you are working with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by richard4993 View Post
    Older Trek and Specialized bikes usually can make a good used bike. The one in the photos however looks a little beat up and I would assume would need a lot of work. What is the budget you are working with?
    $250 is max, but I'll feel comfortable, with $200.
    $250 only if its really worth it. Ya feel me?

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    A few examples of things that may work for you. I just can't say that the bikes are all in good working order without seeing them.

    Gary Fisher Tassajara MTB 21" frame
    Gary Fisher 3 Gear Bicycle
    21 Speed SPECIALIZED ROCK HOPPER Bicycle
    Trek 800
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    Quote Originally Posted by richard4993 View Post
    A few examples of things that may work for you. I just can't say that the bikes are all in good working order without seeing them.

    Gary Fisher Tassajara MTB 21" frame
    Gary Fisher 3 Gear Bicycle
    21 Speed SPECIALIZED ROCK HOPPER Bicycle
    Trek 800
    I ended up getting this bike

    Walmart: Mongoose Men's 27.5" Mongoose Ledge 2.5 Full Suspension Mountain Bike

    Did I make a bad choice? Its nice, I rode it, it was comfortable, when I got home I tightened all the screws I tightened the brake a bit, I wont be using it for going on a mountain like I said, I'll be using it in Brooklyn/NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontblameda1 View Post
    I ended up getting this bike

    Walmart: Mongoose Men's 27.5" Mongoose Ledge 2.5 Full Suspension Mountain Bike

    Did I make a bad choice? Its nice, I rode it, it was comfortable, when I got home I tightened all the screws I tightened the brake a bit, I wont be using it for going on a mountain like I said, I'll be using it in Brooklyn/NYC.
    - If it has knobby tires, at some point swap to 28-32mm wide slicks (not knobbie dirt tires), preferably with a Kevlar or other type of puncture resistant tread.

    - Get some lights, white blinker for the front, red blinker for the back. Use them religiously and during the day. The front white blinker does actually help in having cars/trucks see you and helps prevents left hooks across your path, or folks pulling out of driveways, etc... from hitting you. If riding at night, get a 2nd set and run sold (no blink) as insurance.

    - Really good lock, obviously.

    - Repair kit - basic tool with allen keys, 2 tire levers, 2 spare tubes, mini-pump. Throw all in a small bag and carry with you. Most people put this stuff into a saddle bag (with pump mounted on frame) but if you lock and leave the bike, this stuff gets stolen in short order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    - If it has knobby tires, at some point swap to 28-32mm wide slicks (not knobbie dirt tires), preferably with a Kevlar or other type of puncture resistant tread.

    - Get some lights, white blinker for the front, red blinker for the back. Use them religiously and during the day. The front white blinker does actually help in having cars/trucks see you and helps prevents left hooks across your path, or folks pulling out of driveways, etc... from hitting you. If riding at night, get a 2nd set and run sold (no blink) as insurance.

    - Really good lock, obviously.

    - Repair kit - basic tool with allen keys, 2 tire levers, 2 spare tubes, mini-pump. Throw all in a small bag and carry with you. Most people put this stuff into a saddle bag (with pump mounted on frame) but if you lock and leave the bike, this stuff gets stolen in short order.
    Hmm. Thanks man, yeah I was planning on buying 2 tubses, I can fix it myself for $10 rather than going to a bike shop and them charging $30-45 . the repair kit, I have, for the lights , should I order them off Amazon? And for the tired, yeah I will end up getting thicker ones eventually, I just need to see if the bike does me good.

    Thanks a lot Steve

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    Return It

    Quote Originally Posted by dontblameda1 View Post
    I ended up getting this bike

    Walmart: Mongoose Men's 27.5" Mongoose Ledge 2.5 Full Suspension Mountain Bike

    Did I make a bad choice? Its nice, I rode it, it was comfortable, when I got home I tightened all the screws I tightened the brake a bit, I wont be using it for going on a mountain like I said, I'll be using it in Brooklyn/NYC.
    I am getting to this post late. That bike was an absolute horrible choice. I would return it immediately. You are probably still able to do so. It is the worst bike for the type of riding you said you will do, and you got it from the worst place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontblameda1 View Post
    I ended up getting this bike

    Walmart: Mongoose Men's 27.5" Mongoose Ledge 2.5 Full Suspension Mountain Bike

    Did I make a bad choice? Its nice, I rode it, it was comfortable, when I got home I tightened all the screws I tightened the brake a bit, I wont be using it for going on a mountain like I said, I'll be using it in Brooklyn/NYC.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclerock View Post
    I am getting to this post late. That bike was an absolute horrible choice. I would return it immediately. You are probably still able to do so. It is the worst bike for the type of riding you said you will do, and you got it from the worst place.

    It was a bad choice to go to a department store for a bike; and it's always a bad choice to go to Walmart for anything.

    If you can return the bike, then I will strongly recommend going instead to Arc de Triomphe Bike Shop, which is located pretty near to the Brooklyn/Queens border in Queens. It's on Jamaica Ave. and 114th St., right on the J train, near the 111th St. stop. They have bikes at all price points; and the owner (Russ) will help you find a bike in your price range that meets your needs.

    If you cannot return the bike, then don't despair. It's not really bad to have a mountain bike for city riding. I had a mountain bike for 11 years; and I used it exclusively for riding in the city streets. The fat wheels gave me plenty of stability. The only reason that I don't have a mountain bike now is that all mountain bikes now come with shock absorbers in the front; and I don't like the shock absorbers, as I think that they steal energy.

    Anyway, when your bike (inevitably) breaks down, then take it to Arc de Triomphe. The mechanics (Jose and Kay) are experienced, meticulous, and extremely competent.

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