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Cheap training bike on vacation

Old 06-23-10, 05:54 PM
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Cheap training bike on vacation

So I have 9 days in Ohio for vacation and a wedding. I have a stage race a few days after I get back. Im looking at training options and wanted to see if anyone else had experience being the typical wasteful American consumer and PURCHASE a bike to train on rather than pay 60-80 bucks to ship my training bike each way (or a rental).

I figure the weather will be appropriate for outdoor riding (I considered packing my trainer in luggage). I also feel I could get appropriate training with even some MTB intervals on trails (which I do out here in the PNW anyhow). So I am open to MTBs as a potential bike to purchase as well.

I was keeping my eye on craiglist (very poor selection for cleveland), ebay (no killer deals at present that would outweigh alternative bikes), bikesdirect, and (yes) walmart.

I am not worried about mechanical issues, and figure I can hang the bike in my brother's garage (maybe even get him into it) until the next vacation.

Im leaning toward one of the 300-500 geared walmart/bikesdirect bikes vs a track/singlespeed from walmart ($150!!) vs some sort of SS MTB to huck out on some trails.

Anyone have any suggestions? Its pretty sad I can purchase a bike for about the same cost as shipping it to myself :\ and I dont feel trail running or finding a lame-o spin class would keep me up to snuff for TT and crit action....

after looking at models available... Im thinking my best route would be going for a Bikesdirect 29er SS and hit some trails or buy an old steel steed and hit the streets and just worry about putting in some miles.

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