Old 02-28-17, 01:05 PM
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If you are in the department store budget, look at local bike shops that have used bikes. Make sure they are actually a bike shop, not general purpose thrift type shops that also sell bikes. I can regularly find decent refurbished bikes under $300 on my LBS used rack.

I don't particularly like the advice that if you are on a department store bike budget, look for used on CL, because if a person doesn't know what to look for to know a department store bike isn't a great choice, the chances they get a lemon on CL is quite high, and even just refurbishing/fixing that bike can run considerably more. Better if you can get something from a shop that backs up their product.
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