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Very first bicycle with a limited budget?

Old 05-09-14, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
No, but it's usually more efficient, which is better in the long run.
I hope "long run" has nothing to do with longevity!
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Old 05-09-14, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
If I found a good vintage bike at a great price, and I knew what it was, and I knew enough about the hardware that I could tell if parts were original, cobbled together, worn or pristine, or decent aftermarket, and I was a good mechanic on old stuff and had the specialized tools to work on it, then I'd be all over that deal.

If with a limited budget I just needed a decent bike for transportation that I could get on and ride, that wouldn't have problems and wouldn't need much spent for fixing it up, I'd go to an online source. Bikes direct, Nashbar, Bike Island, even Amazon. Reserve $50 or so for the helmet, patch kit etc.
I'm a fan of used rigid MTBs for commuting, but I tend to agree given the OP's situation. I would set aside another $50 or so to have somebody who knows what they are doing go over the bike and tighten/loosen as needed. An overtightened headset, like came in the co-op last week on a new Raleigh, can easily turn into an unexpected expense. Unfortunate, but $50 is little more than a pair of low-end tires that you may need for that used bike.
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Old 05-12-14, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by huizar View Post
+1 on that centurion, but I am a bit biased. Looks like it's in great shape though.
+2 on the Centurion; also biased.

Component wear can be an issue, but then again I think my 25-year-old components work better than some new bikes I've test-ridden.
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Old 05-12-14, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Zhaan View Post
+2 on the Centurion; also biased.

Component wear can be an issue, but then again I think my 25-year-old components work better than some new bikes I've test-ridden.
The old married couple effect...

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