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Old 05-11-11, 05:00 AM   #1
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Practical Advice on Bike Buying

With the perennial threads on how to buy a bike popping up everywhere, especially the advent of warmer weather, I thought I'd post this link to my friend Sam's recent blog entry on that very topic.

It's very short, so it doesn't require a big time investment, but it covers most bases - used vs new, service and repair, the practical use of establishing a budget. I hope some here might find it useful.

And yes, that trike in the picture is his. The frame was custom built for him a couple or three decades ago, and he built it up from that. He used to be a bike mechanic, and has had all kinds of bikes, from an old penny-farthing high-wheeler to this trike.
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Thanks for the mention, Craig. I noticed the bump. It's pretty basic opinion on bicycle buying, but if someone finds it useful, so much the better. I had been thinking about a similar article on how to spend too much on a bicycle, but I'm not sure that's possible (remember, I used to sell bicycles).

As far as the penny farthing, or ordinary, or as they called it back in the day, the bicycle that's blocking the door to the bar, I sold it quite a while ago and used the money (and a bit more) to purchase my first tandem: a Burley. I had that bike about three years, the Trek that replaced it at least 15 years and the Co-Motion that replaced the Trek about five years.

If I get some mad money someday, I'll throw down my cash for a Victory ordinary out of Florida. Beautiful work. Hmm, maybe I need to read my bike buying article again...
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