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Old 04-19-16, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by deex View Post
Check Craigslist in your area. You may have lots of used options. Since it is a hybrid/mtb that you are looking for perfect fit is not essential.

Good luck.
I must say I disagree with this big time. No matter the type of bike you are looking at, a correct fit is of prime importance.
Perfect is not a word I would use, but correct is. A correct fit will help reduce any needless injuries, and will allow you to ride more comfortably (even in a upright position) and assist you in using your energy and efforts much more effectively.
Reading the OP's questions and assumptions, I would venture to say that the OP does not have the knowledge or experience to be able to correctly size a bike off line or craigslist and I would definitely suggest the bike shop route.
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Old 04-19-16, 11:49 AM
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Old 04-19-16, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
I must say I disagree with this big time. No matter the type of bike you are looking at, a correct fit is of prime importance.
Perfect is not a word I would use, but correct is. A correct fit will help reduce any needless injuries, and will allow you to ride more comfortably (even in a upright position) and assist you in using your energy and efforts much more effectively.
Reading the OP's questions and assumptions, I would venture to say that the OP does not have the knowledge or experience to be able to correctly size a bike off line or craigslist and I would definitely suggest the bike shop route.

I am looking at the OP's original post. If he is looking for a $150 bike, I am sure he is not going to pay $300+ for a professional fit. If he is looking at a basic bike, it comes down to Small-Medium-Large and seat adjustment. You have to agree that he is not looking to spend a of money, and to begin with I am not sure he is going to ride a long distance.

He can surely go look at a second hand bike, sit on it, and test it for feel. If it feels good to him, then it is a good bike for him. Once he rides and gets serious, then he can spend more. you and me know that he is not going to get not even a used bike for $150 at any LBS. I know I have never professionally fitted any of my MTB bikes past the frame size and they are all comfortable for my riding. The two MTB's that I have are different frame sizes, different stem size, etc, and besides adjusting the seat height, they fit well and are comfortable for the use that they are intended for.
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Old 04-19-16, 12:26 PM
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I went back to the bike shop with my $300 budget. I had 2 bikes to choose from. One was a big bike (I'm short) and the other was a Trek (I didn't get the model) but it wasn't ready to ride. I could have had it tuned up in an hour but I wasn't sure if that was the bike for me. I really need to test ride a bike to see if I like it. I checked out 2 thrift stores and they had no bikes. I also checked out a bike store that sold new Raleigh bikes (Alyssa, Cadent, Detour, Retroglide, and more). One of the cruisers was within my budget and one of the other bikes was $350. Perhaps I should have bought the $80 French bike from the co-op and took it to the bike store for a tune up? I'll keep looking but I hope to have wheels by the end of the month.

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Old 04-19-16, 08:05 PM
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I like the price of this bike... Vintage cruiser
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