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Old 09-30-13, 10:22 PM
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Two bikes

I'm deciding and down to two bikes.

1. 1999 Norco Cypress Mountain Bike

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($75 because according to the seller, the crank needs adjusting or tuned)

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(I'm a newbie, so I don't even know how much the tuneup of the crank would cost in repairs)

- I like the aluminum frame of this bike (I like lightweight aspect)

2. Nakamura Hybrid

(I hear that Nakamura bikes are sportchek's dept store bikes and that they are really crappy, but I like how its a hybrid and goes longer distances with littler effort)

$130 and needs no adjusting.

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Any suggestions as to which I should buy, biker pros?

Thanks in advance.
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Do you know what size bike you need?
The MTB is for riders 5'8"-5'11".
The hybrid is for petite riders.

Putting road slicks in a narrower width makes a MTB as nice to ride as a hybrid.
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Agreed that you should be taking a step back here, and determining:

1. Intended use of the bike - looks like you have this sorted out, it's to be a commuter.

2. The correct size for you - this is critically important. If you post your height & inseam we can at least get you into the ballpark.

3. Your budget - it may not be obvious, but you really do get what you pay for with bikes. A $100 bike doesn't look much different from a $1000 bike, but they sure feel different to ride. I am NOT suggesting that you need a $1000 bike to be happy, but there tend to be quite a lot of hidden costs when buying something old/abused with known issues.

For example, oddjob2 is right that road slicks on a MTB makes it as nice to ride as a hybrid (it basically is a hybrid at that point), but that's also a $50-100 expense, and you have to account for stuff like that.

Also, figure on about $100 for a helmet and lock if you don't already have them.

Have you looked at any purpose-built commuter bikes?
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