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Old 10-12-04, 09:01 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a new bike, Please help.

Hey all, I'm looking to buy a new bike to ride around my area (sidewalks, roads, streets, etc..). I go riding at least 5 times a week and would like to hear some recommendations for a new bike. My budget is <= $300 and I would like something relatively lightweight and quick. I want the bike to be rather comfortable so I would be able to ride more than 30 minutes without getting major arse cramps, but I guess the saddle can be replaced if need be. I also don't want it to break down on me in a few rides. I weigh about 140 pounds and am around 5'7'' in height. All recomendations will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 10-13-04, 05:29 AM   #2
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The first thing would be to go to a decent local bike shop (LBS) or two and talk to them. Explain the type of riding you intend to do and see what they have that you can afford. Even look at used bikes since you can sometimes get a real nice used bike that could be better quality and fit than a new one. The single most important thing is fit. If you are fit correctly you will be comfortable and hence ride more. Stay away from *Mart bikes and sporting goods store bikes. They generally do not have the staff to properly assemble the bikes and fit them to the rider, let alone repair them if something does go wrong. Most LBS's even offer a free tune up or two after you purchase the bike. I would recommend a recumbent since they offer the ultimate in comfort and fun but they are also expensive, most likely out of your budget. Keep us posted on the forums as to how your search goes.

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Old 10-13-04, 08:49 AM   #3
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I'll second most of what Brian said. A good fit is paramount for staying on the bike and not losing interest. DO NOT BUY A MART BIKE!!!! I'll stress Brian's comment even more. If you have time do some research and find what exactly you want from a bike. You state that you want to ride more than 30 minutes without getting cramps. If your not riding 30+ minutes now you'll get sore no matter what bike you get untill your body gets the specific muscles needed for riding in shape. I'd shy away from over stressing comfort when shopping about. Your buying a bike not a mattress lol.

#1 What sort of bike do you have now? What sort of bike do you want to get? Do you ride with friends or a SO? What sort of bikes do they ride?

#2 Go to a LBS and get fit so you know what size frame you need. This is critical. But not universal. If you get fitted on a road bike the same size does not equate to a mountain bike and probably not to a cruiser/comfort bike either.

#3 I would not recommend a recumbent (Sorry Brian this is where I disagree) unless that is something you are interested in. Nothing wrong with them but they are so radically different that unless that is a real draw I'd stick with the conventional frame.

#4 When shopping stress on a better quality frame vrs better components. Put your money in the frame. You can always upgrade components as needed.

#5 Don't buy on impulse (I should practice this one lol My new Pinarello arrives today) look at ,and ride if possible several different bikes. If you have 2 or 3 that interest you post them on here and ask for some help or comments. This is a friendly group

#6 Whatever you buy make sure you ride it and HAVE FUN!!!!
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Old 10-14-04, 01:56 PM   #4
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Good summary Dark Arrow! You brought up things that I hadn't even considered. We all have our favorite bikes. And hey, they all have wheels and get us from point "A" to point "B" no matter what shape they are.

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Old 10-14-04, 03:49 PM   #5
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Good summary Dark Arrow! You brought up things that I hadn't even considered. We all have our favorite bikes. And hey, they all have wheels and get us from point "A" to point "B" no matter what shape they are.

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Hi Brian ,

Hope you didn't take offence to my comments on the "bents" none was intended. I'll give them a try one day I'm sure. Oh and don't forget those pedalers that have 3 or more wheels lol

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No offense taken. We each have our own likes, dislikes, and opinions. Yes, trikes are cool too. One guy in our cycling club has one. Low and mean. Let's hope meme can find a good bike and start riding.

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I'd suggest going the used bike route, buying from a good local bike shop (or even a private sale, but only if you know how to judge the quality of a bike). You can get a bike that cost >$1000 ten years ago, for $100-300 today in good condition. People who buy good brand-name bikes tend to keep them pretty well maintained, but often end up selling them cheap.
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