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Old 09-14-11, 10:28 PM   #1
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Cheap bike in central PA

So I'm in central PA for a while (probably 6-7 weeks, with assorted forays around the surrounding areas). I miss my bike and was thinking of getting something cheap just to keep some exercise in.

Trouble is it seems I've got the choice between dropping $1000+ on a nice new bike from the local Specialized store or similar, or spending $200 on something from Wally World that may or may not survive me riding it.

I'm about 6'4 and 240-250lbs, looking for something that will cope with tarmac and gravel unfinished roads but doesn't need to handle anything serious mountain-biking wise. There are lot of big hills around here (at least they are huge compared to anything where I live) so some low gears would be useful!

Is it a sensible proposition to find a bike worthy of the name within a budget of say $4-500? I should be able to store it securely until my next visit but don't want to drop a lot of cash (to be honest I'm hesitant even at the $400 price point) simply because I'll use it for a few weeks and then leave the country so it just sits and decays.
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Old 09-14-11, 10:30 PM   #2
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So I'm in central PA for a while (probably 6-7 weeks, with assorted forays around the surrounding areas). I miss my bike and was thinking of getting something cheap just to keep some exercise in.

Trouble is it seems I've got the choice between dropping $1000+ on a nice new bike from the local Specialized store or similar, or spending $200 on something from Wally World that may or may not survive me riding it.

I'm about 6'4 and 240-250lbs, looking for something that will cope with tarmac and gravel unfinished roads but doesn't need to handle anything serious mountain-biking wise. There are lot of big hills around here (at least they are huge compared to anything where I live) so some low gears would be useful!

Is it a sensible proposition to find a bike worthy of the name within a budget of say $4-500? I should be able to store it securely until my next visit but don't want to drop a lot of cash (to be honest I'm hesitant even at the $400 price point) simply because I'll use it for a few weeks and then leave the country so it just sits and decays.
Schwinn Sidewinder from Wal-Mart. Decent 'cheap' bike.

BTW, where in central PA?
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Old 09-15-11, 06:32 AM   #3
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near Philly there are always some decent bikes around for not too much money on craigslist.
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Old 09-15-11, 07:20 AM   #4
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Try Craigslist. It depends what part of central PA you are in. There is a specialized store where I am that is usually expensive but there are 2 other bike shops in town with reasonable prices. Also, a short drive away there is a Trek dealer with very reasonable prices. Where in Central PA are you?
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near Philly there are always some decent bikes around for not too much money on craigslist.
Do we want an Englishman driving in PA? Surely there's enough trouble with motorists who stay on the 'right' side of the road. :-)
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Another vote for Craiglist (or other similar source). Buy it used, sell it again before you leave; you won't wind up spending too much.
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Another vote for Craiglist (or other similar source). Buy it used, sell it again before you leave; you won't wind up spending too much.
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http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/2596289219.html

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/2599603863.html


The second link is a 62cm frame, and cheap enough that you'll have money to buy a bottle, helmet and other riding gear you think you might need.
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Central PA? I'm guessing you're near State College? Checkout FreezeThaw.com (best LBS) and CL (http://pennstate.craigslist.org/bik/)
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Central PA? I'm guessing you're near State College? Checkout FreezeThaw.com (best LBS) and CL (http://pennstate.craigslist.org/bik/)
Not a bad guess at all, pretty close to State College. Buying and selling again seems like a hassle for the time we're here (although we're near State College it's a sleepy small town and I'd really rather not have to be waiting around for people to come and see the bike in order to sell it)

I'll check out FreezeThaw and Craigslist, see what's what there.
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Do we want an Englishman driving in PA? Surely there's enough trouble with motorists who stay on the 'right' side of the road. :-)
It's surprisingly easy to switch sides. Honestly, if you were in the car with me driving you'd probably not figure I learned the other way around.
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I have a bike for sale. Located near Harrisburg, PA.

http://reading.craigslist.org/bik/2525108729.html
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Schwinn Sidewinder from Wal-Mart. Decent 'cheap' bike.
AND you can return for refund.....

Not that I would try to take advantage of that poor small company.
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It's surprisingly easy to switch sides. Honestly, if you were in the car with me driving you'd probably not figure I learned the other way around.
I was teasing. :-)
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I was teasing. :-)
I guessed you probably were but it's still surprising how many people think it would be a huge deal to get used to things being the other way around.
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I have a bike for sale. Located near Harrisburg, PA.

http://reading.craigslist.org/bik/2525108729.html
Harrisburg? I guess you're not the Berks Bullet any more then?

I looked at your bike, that saddle looks painful! On a more serious note I fear I'd need something a little bigger, my MTB at home is a 21" frame and is a little on the small side so anything smaller than 21" leaves me feeling a little uncertain.

Perhaps a visit to Wally World might be in order to see what they have, I just don't really want to have to do bike mechanics here because I've got a very limited selection of tools available.
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I guessed you probably were but it's still surprising how many people think it would be a huge deal to get used to things being the other way around.
BTW, be careful of Sayre Kulp. He uses the word 'bl**dy'. :-)
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Harrisburg? I guess you're not the Berks Bullet any more then?
I never used the 'Berks' part. I move around far too often to limit myself to a certain locale.

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Looks don't count for much until you ride one. The saddle I used to have was a couch cushion compared to the Selle. I spent an entire day trying saddle after saddle before I found that one.
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BTW, be careful of Sayre Kulp. He uses the word 'bl**dy'. :-)
Sure do. I'm also partial to Jaffa Cakes and tend to use superfluous vowels in my writing. What do you suppose THAT means?
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You may also want to try a place called Centre Peace. They sell a lot of used items fixed by the prisoners at Rockview State Prison. They have a bunch of bikes sitting out front of the shop they put there every day. The shop is on the Benner Pike just outside of Bellefonte right off the exit of 99. Might be able to get a good deal on a temp bike then you can just donate it back to them when you are done with it.
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