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Old 09-10-07, 09:52 PM
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need some advice

hey everyone.

im in quite a pickle here. instead of spending $70 to have my bike shipped to me (from hawaii to washington---i'm at college) i decided to search for either a nice used or new bike. the only bike shop in town offers only gary fisher and trek bikes. the lowest two treks are the 820/3700 for $240-$280. the gary fishers are the mako/tarpon for $250/$280.

any opinions on these? otherwise i'd just get a mongoose from sports authority or something

keep in mind i wont be "mountain biking" but i enjoy the ability to go off curbs and the rugged construction (thats what i have at home, a diamondback)


what do you all think?

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Do you have a Craigslst page for the town you are in? Click HERE. Most college towns have tons of cheap bikes listed around this time of year. You could get a decent ride that way maybe?

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i'm at washington state, which is in pullman. there are NO bikes whatesoever (except BMX). the nearest listings are in spokane, 72 miles away. that's why i am desperate for an ebay deal or a bike shop buy.
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Old 09-10-07, 10:27 PM
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Do you have a Craigslst page for the town you are in? Click HERE. Most college towns have tons of cheap bikes listed around this time of year. You could get a decent ride that way maybe?

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We had several interns this summer, and one of them bought a used Huffy mountain bike. Used it, then sold it at the end of the summer. She loved it.

I'd buy some fenders for it, too--make sure it can take them (need braze-on fittings on forks). Any bike will do--think transportation. Also, used bikes aren't stolen as often, if they're locked.
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Try the pawn shops. College town = kids need beer money = pawn shops and most have bikes.

My current 500 mile/month commuter came with a light (and batteries!) from a pawn shop. cost $50.
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first off, thanks for the pointers. second, this is a small ***** town with no pawn shop that i know of. the used bikes from the bike shop run around 200.
so, i thought i would get a decently good book from amazon.com for the FREE shipping. based on components and frame and such, ive narrowed it down to these:
http://www.amazon.com/GMC-62680-Yuko...558809&sr=1-21 GMC Yukon bike

http://www.amazon.com/Mongoose-Tyax-...560634&sr=1-30 05 mongoose tyax comp (my favorite)
it also has the 2006 version for 20 bucks more

or should i get the in-store Trek 820 for $260. its 40 more than the mongoose
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Buy from the LBS, you may need a warrenty repair in the future.
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Buy from the LBS, you may need a warrenty repair in the future.
+1 For the price difference you'll get a 'first tune-up free' deal or something. They'll shoot you deals on accessories most likely, too. Rack, fenders, etc.
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I see a nice Schwinn Continental for sale on craigslist-pullman
$65

it works
or better... post on C-List Pullman that you need a bike
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actually i decided to just ahve my bike shipped to me. my beloved aluminum diamondback. otherwise id go crazy deciding

thanks for the pointers
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Originally Posted by mendozer View Post
actually i decided to just ahve my bike shipped to me. my beloved aluminum diamondback. otherwise id go crazy deciding

thanks for the pointers
Given your requirements, that really sounds like the best plan. Since it is your beloved make sure you have a good U-lock. I loved getting around campus on my mountain bike, but did have the seat stolen once. Thankfully, no other issues since I always locked it.

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