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Old 02-22-06, 10:18 PM   #1
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Looking for a new bike on a budget

I have been riding consistently for a few years now, and have accumulated multiple bikes, but have recently come to the realization that I need a bike set up for touring/commuting. Only problem, I went back to school and am now on a tight budget. Any suggestions (and reasons for those suggestions) would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 02-22-06, 11:25 PM   #2
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I'd go vintage, you can get a much nicer bike than a new one for much less. For example, say $600, that gets you what a Trek 1000 with Sora and other bottom of the barrel parts, not dissing the 1000 it's a good entry level bike but for the same money or probably less you can pick up a beautiful old Trek 520/720 on ebay, with parts that are very nice and well suited for touring. These are just examples but, I would say an old vintage rig would be your best choice.
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Old 02-22-06, 11:31 PM   #3
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Not to be rude, but do a search on "budget touring bike" in this forum and you will get three full pages of thread titles with relevant discussions on this. At least several hours of reading material.
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Take your most suitable bike and just swap whatever part needs to be swapped to make it a tourer/commuter. That'll cost little.
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What is your budget? "Tight" is a relative term...
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What is your budget? "Tight" is a relative term...
probably around $500. In addition, I am most likely looking for a light tourer (minimalist camper)
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