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Old 09-05-16, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Toadslop View Post
Thanks for the advice everyone. To answer some of your questions,

1. I am on a fairly tight budget -- cheap is what I'm looking for.
2. Versatility is also key. I want to eventually use this bike to cross the country, so I need to be able to do mountains as well as flats. I generally go pretty light -- I just carry food, water, a sleeping bag, and basic bike tools when I ride, so I suppose that qualifies as ultralight.
You should buy a late 1990's rigid fork mountain bike off Craigslist. You should be able to pick one up for about $60-80 max. It'll probably come with a rack. Slap some bar ends and fenders on it and off you go.

Last year a friend of mine rode from Shanghai to Singapore on a $50 department store mountain bike. That's longer than crossing the USA and hillier too.
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