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Old 09-03-11, 02:16 AM
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Good road bike for ~$500?

Hello everyone, I apologize ahead of time I know nothing about bikes but am now wanting to buy one so I can stop driving to school. What would be a good bike to buy for approximately $500? Thank you
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Check bikesdirect.com . They have a few choices for around that price.
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Check bikesdirect.com . They have a few choices for around that price.
And yet this is probably the worst advice you can give a complete noob who freely admits they know nothing about bikes...
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Also, go visit your Local Bike Shop (LBS). Ask them what they would recommend, take as many test rides as you can, and then come back here for input.
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Craiglist... you don't need much of a bike I'm sure so get something to ride, cheap, and start doing your homework...
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Check craigslist frequently. It may take a few weeks, but you'll find something decent.
Expect to pay an additional 50-100 for a tune up on a used and ridden bike. If you're using it just for utility, a 90's mountain bike is ideal, in my opinion. Common features for a good commuter bike are rack/fender mounts, ability to fit wide-ish tires, and affordability (bikes get stolen.) Be sure to get a decent u-lock, cable locks are near useless.

If your city has a bicycle co-op, or not for profit bicycle advocacy company they generally have mechanically sound bikes for a good price.

The secret to buying a bike is knowing all bicycles of the same price are the same quality, unless one has something fancy like disc brakes, or a suspension. They put cheaper parts on the rest of the bike to keep the price-point low.

Buy based on fit, and planned usage. Excluding racing, above about $450-600, you're just spending money on a status symbol and no real benefit, unless a bike has a specific feature you're after.

Look for are last year's models (especially this time of year) and free labor.

Though I'd personally not hesitate to get a bikesdirect.com bicycle, they need basic knowledge of how to tune and assemble a bicycle, or extra cash to have a shop do it. Warranty issues are a hassle (expensive) when buying online too.

If you're absolutely new to cycling, buying from a bike store would likely be a good move. That way they can fit you (be sure to tell them fit is the most important thing) and point out features you might prefer. Some shady shops might give ya bad advice to make an extra buck, like clipless shoes. If they say better performance, say no thanks!

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If you are going to be on the road all of the time I would suggest a road bike,fastest, but if you are going to be riding on sidewalks, bike paths, or gravel roads sometimes I would get something with wider tires, something along the line of a urban bike, medium speed or even a cruiser, slowest speed. A wouldn`t get a cruiser if you have a long commute or want to go fast but they are the most comfortable. Just make sure you test ride which ever one you dicide on first to make sure it fits you right.

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