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Old 04-14-16, 06:47 AM
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Need recommendation for a cruiser

Hi, I would like some recommendations for a good cruiser bike. I'm not sure if I really need gears because I'll just be pedaling on flat terrain (mainly the sidewalk... however, if gears will make it easier to ride for an hour then I wouldn't mind having them). The most I would really want to spend is $150. Am I able to get a good bike for that price? What do you recommend? Thanks
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Have you got any models in mind? I mean, other that the BSOs (bike-shaped objects) at Wal-Mart?
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At that price point, you're more than likely looking at Wal-Mart or used. Performance Bike occasionally has single speed cruisers sitting out front around $150. Only seem to have the women's online, but I know I've seen the men's too. Can't speak to their quality, but at least you know its got a better chance of being put together properly buying from them.

Americano One Women's Single-Speed City Bike

Lots of stuff can be had for that price in the used route, but its really hard to pick and choose what you want doing that.
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Old 04-14-16, 07:58 AM
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I have no models in mind (I'm clueless about bicycles). I had a Kent La Jolla (I believe that was the name of it... $99 black and orange single speed cruiser from Wal-Mart). The chain came off a lot which was frustrating. I just want a comfortable riding bike for an hour long ride around my neighborhood.
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You should be able to find a very nice cruiser on craigslist for $150 or less. Personally I would look for a late 80's/early 90's Schwinn beach cruiser with fenders and a single speed coaster brake. I picked this one up in a trade in 1992 and have been riding it regularly since with almost no maintenance. One of the best bikes I've ever had.
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$150 doesn't get you as much as it did 40 years ago , new, a wally world bike may be all you will find priced that Low.

Good luck with the used bIke search , in too rough a shape, to have it fixed up, a shop repair bill can get up to that $150 too.

My Local shop Buys and sells Used Bikes .. Mostly As Is.

New Sun and Felt..

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Old 04-14-16, 10:56 AM
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Any suggestions for places to buy a used bike? I know of Craigslist and I haven't had any luck in Salvation Army's.
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Originally Posted by morgothaod View Post
Hi, I would like some recommendations for a good cruiser bike.
Maybe ask the mods to move this thread to the cruiser forum:

Beach Cruisers
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BikesDirect has a model on sale for $169 (plus shipping.)
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Old 04-14-16, 11:18 AM
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Sorry, I thought a beach cruiser was different from a cruiser.
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Originally Posted by morgothaod View Post
Any suggestions for places to buy a used bike? I know of Craigslist and I haven't had any luck in Salvation Army's.
Knowing a general area you are in (or even just a state), someone may be able to give you some ideas.
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Old 04-14-16, 11:35 AM
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Don't let the bicycling enthusiasts' preference for LBS product that meets their needs for long distance touring, speed, hill climbing and/or epic commuting throw you off of looking at inexpensive one speed bikes sold by big box stores that may meet your less demanding requirements. One speed coaster bikes with balloon tires without suspension components are simple bikes, without delicate or complicated components and will seldom need any maintenance or tender loving care to provide years of service. The only change you may want to make is to the seat/saddle if the original is uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by morgothaod View Post
Any suggestions for places to buy a used bike? I know of Craigslist and I haven't had any luck in Salvation Army's.
In the order that I'd check:

Bike Co-ops
Craigslist
Thrift Shops
Secondhand Bike Stores
New Bike Stores, especially small independent shops near college campuses.
Pawn Shops
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Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
In the order that I'd check:

Bike Co-ops
Craigslist
Thrift Shops
Secondhand Bike Stores
New Bike Stores, especially small independent shops near college campuses.
Pawn Shops
Another source could be garage sales.
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Old 04-14-16, 03:52 PM
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St. Petersburg, FL is my area.
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St. Petersburg, FL is my area.
Get this one
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Old 04-14-16, 06:09 PM
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I sent him an email. I hope I'll be able to fit that bike in my car!
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Originally Posted by morgothaod View Post
I sent him an email. I hope I'll be able to fit that bike in my car!
Let us know if it works out. Probably a bit of a drive for you, but that's a pretty sweet looking ride for a buck and a quarter.
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Old 04-14-16, 07:06 PM
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Let us know if it works out. Probably a bit of a drive for you, but that's a pretty sweet looking ride for a buck and a quarter.
He still has the bike but he says that I have to view it tomorrow because he's a snowbird and will be leaving the state on Saturday. I googled the bike and saw it running for $330 on raleighusa.com. To be honest though, I'm a little uneasy about Craigslist (Especially going to someone's home). It is also a 60 mile drive.

I think I'm going to check out a bike shop that is near me that sells new and used bikes. It has received good reviews and people say they have good pricing. Plus the founder of the shop happens to bowl on my league, so maybe he'll give me a good deal. When I'm looking for a cruiser, what things do you think will give me the easiest ride (Not tire me out)?

I guess aluminum would be better than steel and a few gears would be better than a single speed? Anything else to look for? One bike that I really like is a NEXT Monterey Bay 3 speed cruiser. I rode one and I felt like I could pedal a long distance without tiring. Something similar to that would be great.
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Originally Posted by morgothaod View Post
He still has the bike but he says that I have to view it tomorrow because he's a snowbird and will be leaving the state on Saturday. I googled the bike and saw it running for $330 on raleighusa.com. To be honest though, I'm a little uneasy about Craigslist (Especially going to someone's home). It is also a 60 mile drive.
I have bought and sold dozens of things on craigslist and never had a problem. I have been in strangers' houses and had strangers in my house. Not sure I would be thrilled about driving 120 miles for a hundred dollar bike either, but there is nothing near you in your price range that I would buy for myself right now. Sorta how it goes buying used.

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...When I'm looking for a cruiser, what things do you think will give me the easiest ride (Not tire me out)?...
You want a low gear. Something that pedals easy when you are going slow. That's more important than the number of gears when you are riding in a flat area. Most single speed cruisers should be fine in this regard.

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...I guess aluminum would be better than steel and a few gears would be better than a single speed? Anything else to look for? One bike that I really like is a NEXT Monterey Bay 3 speed cruiser. I rode one and I felt like I could pedal a long distance without tiring. Something similar to that would be great.
Frame material is unimportant. I prefer a single speed cruiser with a coaster brake because they are virtually zero maintenance. The NEXT is a walmart bike. I'm sure it's fine. The quality will be a bit lower than the Raleigh, and a new one will probably be over your $150 budget
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I checked out the bike shop. They only had 2 fixer uppers in my price range. They were a bit rusty and I didn't buy a bike because I had no idea what they were going to look like after being fixed up. I guess my best bet is to buy a bike on Craigslist and then take it in for a tune up/maintenance if I have a problem down the road.
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Just go pick up that Raleigh. You'll easily spend the two hours looking for something else.
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Just go pick up that Raleigh. You'll easily spend the two hours looking for something else.
It's too late now. There's a co-op in my area that I'll check out.
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Buying used when you have a certain idea of what you want can be a pain, but have some patience. It took me about a month of searching to find what I originally wanted for my first bike purchase, but it all worked well for me in the end!

As to the Craigslist bit, I've done dozens of CL interactions, on both ends. One thing to keep in mind: while you may be nervous meeting up with someone, they probably have that same fear. You're going into a strangers house, to them they are inviting strangers in. It is also not unreasonable, and somewhat common, to ask to meet in a public location, and many police stations are starting to offer safe meeting places for such transactions.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Buying used when you have a certain idea of what you want can be a pain, but have some patience. It took me about a month of searching to find what I originally wanted for my first bike purchase, but it all worked well for me in the end!

As to the Craigslist bit, I've done dozens of CL interactions, on both ends. One thing to keep in mind: while you may be nervous meeting up with someone, they probably have that same fear. You're going into a strangers house, to them they are inviting strangers in. It is also not unreasonable, and somewhat common, to ask to meet in a public location, and many police stations are starting to offer safe meeting places for such transactions.
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