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Old 05-05-13, 08:26 PM
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What do you think about this deal for a beater?

Hello all,

Besides shopping for a 'serious' bike these days, I've been giving thought as to getting 'a beater' (ppl keep telling me to do so)

Couple of days ago I've been offered this bike through fb- seller is asking $200 for it, the guy says it's a restored Monark:









Do you think I should go for it?

I'm concerned the bike only has a rear brake.. Which parts do you consider to be upgradable?
What sort of things would you say I should inspect the bike for (I've never bought a used bike before).. I'm thinking frame integrity and weight of the bike?


Thanks much for your opinions!

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Old 05-05-13, 09:00 PM
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It looks like a great toy.

Just my bias, but I'd want something with less eye appeal and more utility. Racks, real fenders, lights, more brakes, a wide range of gears and I'd want to pay less.

I like the frame, does it have 27" wheels? These days I'd go for 26" as they are much easier to get.
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Old 05-05-13, 09:07 PM
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That doesn't fit the description of a beater thats a bike to ride around when you want to look cool or whatever or something to add to your collection. Why the guy didn't pony up a few bucks for a new rear tire I don't understand ether. Oh if you want uyou can easily add a front brake thats no biggy. Its a neat bike if you want a beater watch the curbs for trash bikes. =)
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Is that a rocket launcher on the top tube?
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Old 05-05-13, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
I'd want something with less eye appeal and more utility.
You mean less theft-appeal? I was thinking even though the bike is eye-catching, it still looks pretty 'banged-up'.. Or vintage, if you prefer.
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Old 05-05-13, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
Is that a rocket launcher on the top tube?
The guy says it's to carry stuff on it..







A grenade, probably.
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Old 05-05-13, 09:31 PM
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There's no reason you need to spend $200 on a beater bike. Beater bikes may be more useful if they look terrible. You don't want to spend a lot on a beater, because you don't want to worry too much if it is stolen. 2
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^ I guess that would qualify as the dictionary definition of a beater.


I still thought it would be less prone to theft that a Carve or a roadie (the two options I'm considering for replacing my stolen Trek).
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Being a fixie will attract some attention.

Is where you live hilly or flat? That affects what you need gearwise. Do you intend to carry stuff.

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Never really understood that fixie thing.. Isn't shifting more attractive/practical?


Everywhere I usually ride around is flat. I carry stuff on a backpack (don't intend to have racks for now).
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Originally Posted by Stix Zadinia View Post
Couple of days ago I've been offered this bike through fb- seller is asking $200 for it, the guy says it's a restored Monark:



Thanks much for your opinions!
Hey, uh... Beetle Bailey called, he wants his bike back.
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Old 05-05-13, 10:50 PM
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So what is your definition of a beater? $200 for that bike you are paying for what it looks like its a neat bike no doubt. Its not in amazing mechanical condition based on the pictures. Also those fenders won't do much for you either in terms of function. Its a cool bike and if you want that bike go for it, but if you want something with more bang for your buck there are better options out there.
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Why take a nice restored classic and use it for a beater? That's like the hipsters who take nice old road bikes and strip them to make kewl fixies.

Get a X-mart bike or a cheap Schwinn/Diamondback from Performance.
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In my mind beater = 60$ maximum. But I'm a cheap bast**d

I paid 300$ (used) for my main daily commuter
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Old 05-06-13, 04:16 PM
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That's not a beater it's a parade bike. I would ride it but not as a beater.
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that bike wouldnt' be suitable on my commute.
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Old 05-06-13, 05:20 PM
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I'd get it, but others said it isn't really a beater. Also, if you have a lot of hills, you'd want gears. That said, it would bea cool bike to paddle to the corner pub on, which is what I'd use it for.
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Surely the pistol holster is worth the $200 I could use one of those on my inner city commutes, however it would make more sense on the top tube than on the fork...
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