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Old 09-26-15, 04:57 PM
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Looking to start Commuting to university on bike, need help buying one.

So hopefully I posted under the right category, but basically I want to start riding a bike to University, around 6mile out, and my budget is 300-400, 400 is pushing it. I've looked into it and I see that the best option would be to get used one. However getting a used one is sorta scary as a first time buyer because I might get ripped or whatnot. I was hoping on some advice on what to get, either from Bike Direct, the local store here said they'd assemble it for 25 dollars, or one from craigslist. KHS Flight 500 Road Bike is the only one i see on craigslist fitting my price range really, but I don't know if that is worth the price. So any help would be nice. I'd prefer to buy one sooner rather than later as the bus stop is already 20min walk so I want to start commuting soon.

Posted some more craiglist near where i live that fall close my price category.

https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bid/5237344549.html
https://lynchburg.craigslist.org/bik/5227148678.html
https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bik/5239477736.html <-- that one is 375

edit: fixed for my size

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Old 09-26-15, 05:03 PM
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Any major hills on your route? A fixed gear bike, or single speed bike is going to be much cheaper and there should be plenty to buy used at a campus.
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Old 09-26-15, 05:04 PM
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Looking to start Commuting to university on bike, need help buying one.

So hopefully I posted under the right category, but basically I want to start riding a bike to University, around 6mile out, and my budget is 300-400, 400 is pushing it. I've looked into it and I see that the best option would be to get used one. However getting a used one is sorta scary as a first time buyer because I might get ripped or whatnot. I was hoping on some advice on what to get, either from Bike Direct, the local store here said they'd assemble it for 25 dollars, or one from craigslist. KHS Flight 500 Road Bike is the only one i see on craigslist fitting my price range really, but I don't know if that is worth the price. So any help would be nice. I'd prefer to buy one sooner rather than later as the bus stop is already 20min walk so I want to start commuting soon.

Posted some more craiglist near where i live that fall close my price category.

https://greensboro.craigslist.org/bik/5239174287.html
https://greensboro.craigslist.org/bik/5222733952.html
https://greensboro.craigslist.org/bik/5192443261.html
https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bid/5237344549.html
https://lynchburg.craigslist.org/bik/5227148678.html
https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bik/5239477736.html

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Old 09-26-15, 05:14 PM
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Personally, I like the Cannondale. I'd whine about being a poor college student and see if you can get it for $300.

Edit: The Cannondale will also hold it's value the best out of the 3 choices, provided it doesn't get stolen.
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Old 09-26-15, 05:15 PM
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We have merged both of your threads into one thread and then moved it from Road Cycling to Commuting.
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Old 09-26-15, 05:16 PM
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Yea, i live in Blacksburg so theres lots of hills, otherwise i wouldve looked at fixed speed ones. There were several sellers for that actually.
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thanks, idk how i created two threads that was accident.
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Bikes listed are anywhere from 50cm to 56cm. That's a large difference in size.

1st- figure out the bike size you need. Or at least narrow it down to a smaller range.
2nd- look for something with good gearing. Typically 3x7 or 3x8 in your price range.
3rd- unless you he a place to securely store the bike, any of those you list probably won't last long on a campus. Just something to keep in mind.
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Old 09-26-15, 08:58 PM
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Yea I skipped through the size oops, but I'm pretty sure my local bike shop dealer said 54cm for me. And as for storing i live off campus and in a house so ill be bringing it inside every night.
So I'm sort of interested in the Trek 1.5 the last link I have listed. Can I get opinions on whether that's a reasonable price? He went down to 375 on the price.
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The trek looks like a great bike and a decent deal. Just make sure you know that it will need pedals and you will definitely need a good u-lock. Plus if it's wet where you are you might want to get fenders and if night riding some lights. All this adds up especially when you're a poor college student like me. At the very least I would try and talk him down on price a little more!
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I decided on the Trek 1.5, i got the price down to 350. Is there there any U-Locks that are recommended? Hear i should get the cables too for the tire
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@nogg, welcome! There's nothing we forum rats like better than telling someone what bike we'd like to buy if we were you. Hope you enjoy your Trek.

Get some lights! The days are shortening fast. Have a plan for weather.
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Old 09-28-15, 09:46 PM
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I think the Trek is a good choice. Here is a good U-lock. It comes with a cable so you can lock up the front wheel as a secondary deterrent as well. Just remember, never be lazy. I remember at least two of my friends' bikes being stolen, even though they were old bikes. http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Kry...nite+bike+lock
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