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Old 06-13-08, 05:52 PM   #1
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Need a Reliable Road Bike in Orange County

Hello all,

I've been spending every extra minute scouring Craigslist in San Diego, LA, OC, and Ebay trying to find a bike to commute to and from work with. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find anything that'll do the trick in my price range. I'm a USC student and am working full time in Orange County so the bike will be used year round and needs to be as reliable as possible. I take great care of my bikes; I just sold my fixie because it was too difficult to deal with the gear ratio and hills. I have $300 cash (I know it's not much but maybe a good samaritan could help me out and point me in the direction of a deal??). Does anyone know of a friend who wants to help a fellow Southern California bike lover out? I might be able to muster up a little more cash if required...

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Old 06-13-08, 05:58 PM   #2
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Maybe mention size or dimensions?
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I believe a slightly dented model will be available later this evening.

Thought I couldn't stretch this out over three different subjects. Did you MB?
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Slightly dented?
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Sorry about that- the size would have to be between 50 and 54cm. I'd prefer road but slightly dented would be alright...unless that's "slightly" and it doesn't roll straight. hah
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Nice choice for your college. Is the "bike guy" still at USC? The one with the backyard of stolen bikes? I bought a beach cruiser from him for $20. 2 years later, it got stolen (U lock was cut). I went to buy a replacement, and found my bike again. This time it cost me $10.
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You go to SC. Can't you just borrow your maid's bike?
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hah, clever with the maid comment. Actually, we make sure we pay her well enough to afford the bus
We all make mistakes. Only a few are as extreme as supporting an over rated school.

I haven't heard anything about the "bike guy" but lions bikes on Vermont and 29th is the usual place to find a bike after it's been stolen.

Seriously though, I need a bike. Anyone?

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How about this one? http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/720053662.html

Or this one...http://cgi.ebay.com/Classic-Schwinn-...QQcmdZViewItem
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What kind of bike are you looking for? If it's just for transport purpose, you can pick up hybraids & low end mountain bikes for little $$$$$. Bought me a Univega hybrid in excellent shape for just $20.00 last week. I'm in Orange County. Pure road bikes within a reasonable budget are a little harder to find.
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I haven't heard anything about the "bike guy" but lions bikes on Vermont and 29th is the usual place to find a bike after it's been stolen.
That came after my time there, but it sounds like the same idea.

I'll echo what the others have said - what are you going to use the bike for? How far are you commuting? If you're not going too far or doing any climbing (like commuting around SC), a beach-crusier would be perfect.
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Old 06-17-08, 10:09 PM   #12
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I'll be using the bike for 25-30 miles daily commuting in orange county over the summer then back and forth to classes during the rest of the year. I'm following a couple on ebay right now that'll need some work but should pay off in the long run. Thanks for all the responses so far.
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Check these out. The prices are actually really cheap.

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723874842.html

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723871178.html

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723867215.html

They probably need a little bit of work, but it doesn't look like anything major. These old bikes probably ride really nice.

or if you come into a little bit of cash....

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/724068162.html
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Check these out. The prices are actually really cheap.

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723874842.html

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723871178.html

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/723867215.html

They probably need a little bit of work, but it doesn't look like anything major. These old bikes probably ride really nice.

or if you come into a little bit of cash....

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/724068162.html
I've looked into them and am waiting to hear back from the Specialized owner. Thanks for the help! Would you say the bike is worth $500-575?
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