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Old 12-03-15, 11:26 PM
Velo Dog
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The advice to buy a complete bike is good, but an alternative might be to look around thrift shops (Salvation Army etc) for something decent and work from there. Three or four years ago when my daughter needed a campus bike, I bought two mid-'80s mountain bikes for $60 total, cannibalized one to improve the other, put on good roadish tires and wound up with a comfortable, fast-enough ride with little appeal to thieves. I'm only an average mechanic, but the work's pretty simple and there's lots of information online.
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