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Old 07-03-16, 01:11 PM
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The most important thing is selecting a bike: Will you ride it ? Nothing else is really critical.

Pick the bike you like the best that is under your budget and ride.

If you know little about bikes - pick the bike shop you like first. Pick a bike shop in the same manner you'd pick any other service professional: check out a few, get opinions, how do they treat you and other customers? What about service and tune up - EVERY bike needs a 30 day / 100 mile tune up and adjustment - it should be included in the purchase price.

Then work with the shop you have chosen to pick a bike that you like. Make sure to get one with a strong rear wheel.

Remember to budget for accessories: lights, mirrors, bottle cage, some way to carry stuff.

Once you know bikes, then CL might become a viable option for you. Of course at that point, you'll have a couple hundred dollars in specialty bike tools and metric wrenches.

Personally, I am one who purchases bikes on CL and ebay, and have the skills and tools to take a bike all the way to a bar frame, and build it back up again as something different. My Trek 720 is an example, it started out as a 21 (3x7) speed flat bar bike with twist grip shifters, and now is 16 (2x8) speed, bike with butterfly bars, friction shifters, double brake levers, 40 spoke wheels, etc. Only the frame and fork remain from the original.
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