Join Date: Aug 2010
Bikes: Nishiki Blazer; 2011 Giant Dash 3
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Another newbie with a question - Hounder or Draft
So I've basically got about $250 to spend on a SS. I know it's not much, but it's what I've got available for the time being and I know I can get something basic to get me around town. I'm not riding a ton, will park it around town (partially why I also don't want to spend a lot on it), and am not needing anything outstanding.
With the great promos going on at nashbar and peformance, I'm narrowing it down to either:
The Nashbar Hounder ($200 w/ discount code)
The SE 2010 Draft ($168 w/ discount code)
Factor in the $30 or so my LBS charges to put together the bike and I'm under $250. I realize beggars can't be choosers, but ideally I'd like the one that is a) on the lighter side and b) more worthy of upgrades if I'm able to afford them down the line. Both come in 49cm which is the size I think I need.
Just as an aside, I've looked at beaters on craigslist (sadly, $200 doesn't get you much on CL in NYC), but honestly don't know enough about bikes to risk buying used and ending up with something shoddy that needs extra maintenance.
If anyone has any experience with either bike, I'd be happy to hear your opinions.
Thanks everyone and happy riding