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Old 09-12-14, 01:19 PM
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Which model is best for a second hand bike

Hi there

new to biking and now up to 50-60 miles on one ride, had a hybrid which I sold on CL as it was to heavy need a light bike that I can do up to 75 miles, a low budget for now as will buy a new bike in March .
Any opinion on these bikes thanks .


8 - Women's Bikes -- Clean and Tuned up! Ready to ride!

VINTAGE NICE SILVER FUJI BICYCLE 12 SPEED ROAD BIKE

Kent Supreme road bike 50cm 50 cm shorter rider single speed option

Bianchi 52cm road bike
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Old 09-12-14, 01:20 PM
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the thread with the 8 womens bike I am looking at the Raleigh
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Of all that you have linked the Bianchi looks the most promising. It could very well be nice enough that you don't find the need for a new bike in March. The others all look like lower end models. A sure sign is the "safety brake levers", which really aren't safe, and only came on bottom rung bikes.

IMHO, new bikes don't necessarily offer much improvement over better quality used bikes, other than no scratches. But figuring what is better quality is the challenge.

BTW, that Fuji is a much larger frame than the others. Do you have a good idea what size bike fits you? There are websites that will help you determine that from body measurements. And there's another forum devoted to "Fitting Your Bike".

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Originally Posted by Dfrost View Post
Of all that you have linked the Bianchi looks the most promising. It could very well be nice enough that you don't find the need for a new bike in March. The others all look like lower end models. A sure sign is the "safety brake levers", which really aren't safe, and only came on bottom rung bikes.

IMHO, new bikes don't necessarily offer much improvement over better quality used bikes, other than no scratches. But figuring what is better quality is the challenge.

BTW, that Fuji is a much larger frame than the others. Do you have a good idea what size bike fits you? There are websites that will help you determine that from body measurements. And there's another forum devoted to "Fitting Your Bike".
+1 ^ The Fuji Supreme is an entry level model as is the Raleigh GP, only the 2nd in line from the Record. While the Bianchi is an entry level Bianchi, it would be considered a mid range bike compared to the others.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Size is all over the place. Need to figure out the size you need, then look for bikes that match it size wise.

Realize sellers usually get size wrong, so you need to calibrate your eyes so you can tell from the pictures in ads approximately what size the bikes are.
+1 correct sizing is one of not the most important factor when when buying a basic used bike. A lot of noobs make the mistake of buying a bike that's the wrong size because it's a bargain thinking they can make it work. With some work and a few cheaper upgrades one can make most decent bikes into pretty good basic rider but you can't really change the size.
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