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Old 06-19-12, 06:10 PM
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Every hobby i get into cost so much..

Bikeing sure isn't cheap. But i bet it will save me money in the long run on medical bills since heart disease is big in my family.I just wish some one would mae a decent road bike for under 4 hundred
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Bikeing sure isn't cheap. But i bet it will save me money in the long run on medical bills since heart disease is big in my family.I just wish some one would mae a decent road bike for under 4 hundred
There's always used bikes. There are plenty of great used steel road bikes from the 80's for well under $400. I think it would be a while before anyone new to the sport would be limited by one of them.
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Buy used. You can get a lot of bike for $400 if you're patient and spend some time learning what to look for.
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I dont drive so getting to the craigs list adds wouldn't be easy.
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For $400 the used bike market is yours basically.

Heck for $200 you could find some great bikes.

There are also plenty of good new bikes in the $300-$400 range, don't know what you're expecting in particular, but they're out there.
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Old 06-19-12, 06:32 PM
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I dont care about looks at all i just want something decent well a pink bike would suck lol.I really like how road bikes ride. . I almost bought a diamond back mb but i was afraid it was to small i think it was 13 inches and im like 5 foot 5 but have very long arms and legs for some one short
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Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
For $400 the used bike market is yours basically.

Heck for $200 you could find some great bikes.

There are also plenty of good new bikes in the $300-$400 range, don't know what you're expecting in particular, but they're out there.
The used market will vary depending on your area. The Tulsa CL is rife with people selling BSOs for basically full retail. Plus finding a size that fits the OP may be problematic, as he's 5'5".

And the OP wants a full blown roadie...

Edit: OP beat me to the punch addressing size and type of bike in the post just above mine.
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I feel the same way--I've gone through like 8 bikes in the last 2 years. Honestly, what I've learned is that ALWAYS buy used when you start to develop your interest in a hobby. Oftentimes what makes you happy in the beginning doesn't make you happy as you progress and see your interests mature. When I first started in cycling I was a total Fred--idolized Ultegra/Dura Ace components, couldn't wait to get a carbon bike, etc. Overtime I've realized that I like cycling with a utilitarian purpose--commuting. The last bike I bought I finally put together with a new frame and good, durable parts and components. Now I ride a steel Velo Orange Rando with a leather saddle and the bars up high. But you know what? I like riding that bike so much I sold my car and for the last year me and my wife have gotten by with just one motorized vehicle. So sometimes your hobbies can actually save you more money than you spend on them
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I've gotten plenty of (probably too many) really good quality bikes on ebay and the Classic & Vintage forum here for <$300 including shipping. You might want to go through the classifieds in C&V, a lot of helpful people in there with good deals on older bikes.
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Ignore all the ads in Bicycling Magazine and you'll find out it doesn't cost all that much.

You have to realize that cycling in America is considered a sport. As such, most of the industry is geared to selling what the next Lance and all of the other wannabes out there want and or need to chase their dream.
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I've been doing this for 8 years, have spent probably only about $1000 so far, and at this point I'm spending about $50/year - I need a new set of tires and brake pads every 2 years, and a chain/cassette replacement every 3. If starting over I'd only have to spend about $700 because I wouldn't have to buy all the cheap junk I bought in the past and thrown away.

I'm still on my first bike (a $300 Giant hybrid) and I have no real desire to buy another.

Any hobby costs what you decide to spend on it. You can get into most hobbies for a shoestring, or you can spend tens of thousands of dollars. It's really up to you. There are few hobbies that absolutely require a large investment, but it's easy to talk yourself into believing that you "need" to buy more stuff.
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
Bikeing sure isn't cheap. But i bet it will save me money in the long run on medical bills since heart disease is big in my family.I just wish some one would mae a decent road bike for under 4 hundred
Cycling is a VERY inexpensive hobby! It is as cheap or as expensive as YOU make it.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Ignore all the ads in Bicycling Magazine and you'll find out it doesn't cost all that much.

You have to realize that cycling in America is considered a sport. As such, most of the industry is geared to selling what the next Lance and all of the other wannabes out there want and or need to chase their dream.
I can't agree more. Put down those cycling ads and go get some air.
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Old 06-19-12, 09:54 PM
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I just want a bike that's under 20 lbs and has soro or above. LOL the bad part is i want to pay less then 400

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Old 06-19-12, 10:08 PM
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There are endless used bikes out there to be bought and are affordable.
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To me, cycling is a lifestyle. A hobby is something like model trains or woodworking. I don't think twice about buying cycling related stuff. I used to be into motorcyling but I started to get fat so now that's my "hobby".
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Sounds like a typical victim of the consumer society mindset...

I saw a guy once who rode a century ride (100 miles) on a beat up 30+ pound beach cruiser that somebody lent him. He looked like he had more fun than a lot of the other people there...
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that sounds like a "you" problem and not a problem with "cycling."

GMC Denali is less than 400. 400 probably even leaves money for clipless pedals/shoes and cycling shorts/shirts.

you can't beat that deal new.
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why don't you tell us your budget and we can help you.

maybe 500 USD for bike, helmet, lock, and clothing

oh, and you'll have to have a backpack which is essential for commuting
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Biking as a hobby can be cheaper than joining a gym or going to the swimming pool, esp if you amortize the spend over 5 years. What does a 5 year gym membership cost? Go on, actually work it out....
Biking for transportation takes savings to a whole different level. How much do you spend on daily travel over 5 years? Add in the above savings and you rolling in clover.
When you consider the costs of the alternatives, then it makes sense to buy a certain amount of quality and durability in your kit. I've done the whole "cycling on a student budget" thing. Once you get into that mindset, it is hard to break out and pay realistic prices, eg for premium tyres that almost eliminate the main cause of being late for work.
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The bike I've been riding for the past two years is a 86 huffy capri that someone on craigslist found in a trash pile. I've probably put more miles on that thing in that time than it likely had in the rest of its life put together and have since stripped and painted it to make it look shiny. I keep looking at new bikes and being drawn to older ones, which do run cheaper. Some older steel road bikes, as has been mentioned, are affordable used and surprisingly light.

Don't feel bad about the cost of cycling as a hobby--I've seen (and participate in) more expensive hobbies that aren't nearly as good for one's health.
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I guess it is the see something want something issue. That trek madone is so darn sweet.But my bike does get me where i need to go and i have had fun on it
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I want to stay under 4 hundred i already got things like a bike pump and lock
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these bikes LIST for 400€ NEW (should be able to talk them down to 350€ or so) where I am ... you just need to look around where you are (at the LBS perhaps)

edit: I should mention that the retail price is 429€ which includes the mandatory 19% sales tax. any reasonable LBS would take 350€ in cash (or maybe 400€ with a helmet). you MUST have something as decent as this for 400 USD in the US with 700C tires and a 24-speed Shimano drivetrain.



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it even has all of the threaded eyelets for mounting fenders
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