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Old 10-20-03, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by guojia38
i know that 200-300 not much, but i saw some decent (to me at least) ones on ebay for that much!
Please take my advice as someone who bought his first bike on ebay..DONT. 1.You can't size or test-ride the bike.
2. It will come un-assembled, and will cost (depending on your area) around 50 to get it set up properly. The frame on my 'new' bike was bent and cost an extra 20 to fix.
3. I had a similar budget, and was able to afford a new bike, but the design and components are sort-of, well...five minutes ago (downtube shifters, proprietary headset). I am already looking to upgrade.

If I had it to do all over again, I would have checked out my local LBS and got a bike that really fits and is something that is at least upgradeable.
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