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Old 10-30-17, 12:42 PM
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@mstateglfr, this is great advice for someone who knows something about bikes or has the help of someone who does. IRL, I don't think it's that easy for someone who doesn't know anything about bikes to sort through all the listings on CL to find a good one. Also, the new bike market is always changing so you may not even be able to find what you are looking for on CL. For example, I know a lot about bikes and have been looking for a bike that satisfies my wife's requirements (women's specific endurance geometry, disk brakes, 105 level components, and clearance for 32c tires) for six months and have not seen a single one her size in the Chicago market. I normally buy used bikes for myself, but there are valid reasons for a new rider to get a new bike. Even if you do end up finding a used bike, you can learn a lot by visiting several bike shops.
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