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Old 07-28-16, 02:52 AM
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Help deciding first bike

Hey guys I am just now going to buy a bike primarily for commuting to work which is only like 5 miles from where I live but also to explore the town. Most my old bikes were heavy and seemed very inefficient when peddling compared to what I would prefer now. Anyways, I had a post on ****** about this as well and out of my local craigslist someone helped me find 4 possible bikes within my price range of -$300. I am looking for the one that's the best deal out of these so far I am leaning towards the Nishiki because it's the cheapest. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

1. https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5700758642.html

2. https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5683230215.html

3. https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5703442342.html

4. https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5703239205.html


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The Novara has rust issues at the bottom bracket so that should be struck from the list.

The Cyclo Pro is missing the front derailleur and the rest of the triple crankset, strike from the list.

I like the Miyata but the frame looks kind of beat. If I was looking for a road bike to ride, this is the one I would choose.

The Nishiki is well priced and if you want a mountain bike to ride on this would be a good choice. I think knobby tires for riding on the road are overkill and the will get old quick. At some point change the tires to something more orientated to the street.

Make sure the bike fits! Good luck.
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Go look at them and get one that Fits.
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1:Clean, basic, decent deal.
2:Looks cobbled together-fork looks too short for frame, probably handles poorly, overpriced-skip this one
3:Good deal, but are you looking for a commuter or a road bike? This bike has clipless pedals, too.
4:Older light-touring bike, overpriced by about $50, but looks decent. Still, do you want a road-type bike, or an upright bike?

BTW, the "rust issues" on the Novarro are nothing to worry about-but you might want to paint it.
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The first two are so similar that I would consider the one that fits and rides the best, if you have opportunity to ride them.

For the distance you are doing the hybrid bikes would be fine. The road bikes will do better over longer distance, but road conditions and surface come into play more.

Keep in mind that when buying vintage bikes you sometimes run into upkeep, maint., age issues that have to be fixed. Look to be sure your tubes, tires, pads, cables, bearings, have been serviced or replaced recently. It is really easy to go over worth on an old bike fixing things like that.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Go look at them and get one that Fits.
Fit affects your comfort, your performance and ultimately your enjoyment every single minute that you are on the bike. Nothing else even comes close in relative importance.

If you have to make a compromise, make it somewhere else.
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Keep in mind that when buying vintage bikes you sometimes run into upkeep, maint., age issues that have to be fixed. Look to be sure your tubes, tires, pads, cables, bearings, have been serviced or replaced recently. It is really easy to go over worth on an old bike fixing things like that.
To be fair, any cheaper bike on CL is likely to have these issues, and should be thoroughly looked over.

Five miles is not that far, the first two could easily do that, especially with a tire swap to a narrower, smoother commuter tire.

The last (Miyata), the only thing I'd say is that while I have a downtube shifter bike that I love, I don't consider it prime for riding in traffic. Don't mind moving my hand to the stem or barend to shift for a moment, but to me, reaching down while on a crowded road is just not so appealing.

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If you wait a week four of five more bike as good or better than these will show up. I feel the same as jefnvk---the Miyate looks the best but downtube shifters are tough in traffic---I speak from long experience.

Also, whatever you buy, you might want to consider making sure it has rack mounts. If you are jus pedaling to work gently on days when the weather is nice, no problem, but if you wear a knapsack it will soak your back in sweat on hot days, and on wet days you will probably want a change of shoes at least---and maybe lunch?

Also, you will absolutely want a patch kit--or more reasonably a couple spare tubes---a set of tire levers, and a mini-pump. If you get a flat you can throw in a new tube and be a little late---if you have to walk the rest of the way to work you will be more late, and will also have to walk home at night, pushing the bike.

If none of these is perfect---Fit is by far the most important thing, followed by mechanical soundness---then be patient. If you buy an unsuitable bike today and see the right bike tomorrow you will be kicking yourself through every uncomfortable mile.
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Y'all have great Craigslist bikes. The ones around here are mostly junk.
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