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Old 07-30-16, 09:23 AM
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Help! Have several used bikes to look at today..

..and will give you a link with pictures of them. I found a bike-shop nearby that has several. I don't know if any are even affordable for me yet, but thought I would put this out there in case anyone can advise me on some questions to ask, brand-names you prefer (already got a recommend if I can find a Hardrock), and anything else to look for.

I think the man is reputable, been there awhile, and I know he is selling the shop as well. Anyway, I'll put the pictures/link up, and realize you can't tell much from a photo. I'm the gal, btw, that has bought a Walmart bike to just get me by, get me back into riding. But the more time I spend on here, the more I want to try for at least a used, decent cycle I do have a saddle I think that will be good, so I'll be using that, not the seats on the used bike. I really would like a hybrid, and don't know if any of these are or not, yet. But I plan to just ride rural bike-lanes to practice road-touring, and then some easy dirt trails around the area. No heavy-duty mountain biking, it's not my thing.

Again, suggestions are always welcome. My dream-goal is to ride from Crescent City to Astoria. Big dream, but love the coast, and there are the neatest towns all the way denise

So here is the link and any feedback is appreciated:

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You might also post on the vintage appraisals thread. Some of those bikes are a bit older, and the regulars there are very adept at spotting good deals. For the kind of riding you're talking about, you might look at road touring bikes (relaxed geometry, a bit sturdier than race bikes, drop handlebars, and rack/fender compatible). The drop bar handlebars give you a lot more hand positions than a typical hybrid flat bar setup, which can help keep you from getting numb hands on longer rides. And the touring road bikes usually take the 28-32 mm tires you'll probably want to run.

The 4th one (in the first ad) looks promising as the kind of bike I'm talking about, though the handlebar stem looks to be set way too high, and the frame might be a bit big for you (how tall are you?). I can't tell what brand or level of components it has, so no idea if it's a good bike. It's an older bike with bar-end shifters, which would probably be easier for you than down-tube shifters, such as numbers 8 and 12.

And, as you'll hear again and again, fit is all important. Better to get a lesser bike that fits you than a great bike that is too big or too small.

Brands can be useful, but many brands make a big range of low end to high end. The components are at least as important as the frame, in terms of functionality and cost. You'll want decent quality components that will give you years of service. It's really hard to tell what components most of these bikes have, since the photos are taken from the non-drive side of the bikes.
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What feedback are you seeking? Pricing, model, style, size? The adds don't have prices.
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How tall are you ? In the first link, the 3rd (Hardrock) and 7th (Trek) bikes are hybrids. Avoid the mtn bikes with suspension. A non-suspension mtn bike would be ok too.... you could replace the fat knobby tires with skinnier slick tires.

I would expect them to cost about $75 - $100 used.

You can also shop Ebay, and limit to a radius from your zip code, and see if there are local sellers in your area.
I got lucky that way and found 2 nice hybrids about 10 miles from my house.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
How tall are you ? In the first link, the 3rd (Hardrock) and 7th (Trek) bikes are hybrids. Avoid the mtn bikes with suspension. A non-suspension mtn bike would be ok too.... you could replace the fat knobby tires with skinnier slick tires.

I would expect them to cost about $75 - $100 used.

You can also shop Ebay, and limit to a radius from your zip code, and see if there are local sellers in your area.
I got lucky that way and found 2 nice hybrids about 10 miles from my house.
I just talked to the guy in Brookings, and he has some used in my price range. He sounds very knowledgeable, and I'll be going up there. I'm trying to get the app for bikeforums.net so I can keep in touch while looking, take photos etc. But I think I feel comfy trusting him. He knows my budget, and I literally cannot go over it so I'll see what I can find. Then get some opinions. I knew the pics wouldn't be of huge help, but at least I have "those" pics to refer to when talking to you guys about anything I see that would be a good fit for me. ttys, denise
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Hi, abbynormal, love the region where you are, have done extensive touring up and down the West Coast. Based on the info in your OP, my advise would be to just go and test ride bikes that look interesting to you and are comfortable to ride. Something that feels sturdy and not "twitchy". It's not likely that any of those bikes are going to be so overpriced as to be a rip off, after all, I'm sure they want quick sales. I would also advise in my opinion to avoid any of those goofy looking frames with springy suspension contraptions added on that only add moving parts, weight and maintenance but are attractive to teenagers. Many happy days of riding. FB
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Photo #6 in the lower of the 2 adds is a recumbent with understeering. Not sure of the brand. Maybe someone else that rides recumbents may be able to tell you what it is and what would be a good price.

However, not sure if you want to go that route especially for your first recumbent.

You could try it out even if just for the experience!

Looking at it some more.....it may be too big/long.

Good luck anyway.
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Old 07-30-16, 11:49 AM
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oops, got my posts mixed up, sorry guys, James V., I am not going recumbent at this point, but someday, I think they would be perfect. And maybe sooner than I think thanks much James, tty all soon, headed out now to look denise PS I might try his recumbent, that would be fun!!
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Hi, abbynormal, love the region where you are, have done extensive touring up and down the West Coast. Based on the info in your OP, my advise would be to just go and test ride bikes that look interesting to you and are comfortable to ride. Something that feels sturdy and not "twitchy". It's not likely that any of those bikes are going to be so overpriced as to be a rip off, after all, I'm sure they want quick sales. I would also advise in my opinion to avoid any of those goofy looking frames with springy suspension contraptions added on that only add moving parts, weight and maintenance but are attractive to teenagers. Many happy days of riding. FB
Totally agree, I'm headed out now to go visit the shop in Brookings, thank you much james!! I'll keep you posted here on what I "might" fine

Yes, we have a beautiful coastline, and what I like best is the weather at my age. I love moderate, and plan on riding all seasons ttys, denise
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They all look pretty good to me. Tell the guy he doesn't know how to photograph a bike.
One photo of each bike, all shot from the wrong side.
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If you are trying to get away from "dime store" bikes, don't even consider #1, #6, #10. The rest, well, they are all different types and sizes, kinda like asking about cars, then posting a Yugo, a Hummer, a pickup, and a camry; there is no common thread, other than they are all bikes, and they are all for sale. Figure out what you WANT before you decide to buy. Then find one that FITS. If your only previous purchase was a wally-world bike, then I doubt you've done this in the past.

A good deal on a bike that you don't fit or won't ride is not a good deal.
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Most importantly is "fitting" the correct bike frame size for YOU. How tall are you and what is your inseam?
A seller can have the most wonderful bike, at the best deal, but if it is not in the proper frame size you might as well throw your money away.
Just make sure you know the frame size that fits you best, then....go shopping.

Good Luck!
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I liked the black stumpjumper (11) and the white peugeot mixte (8). Downtube shifters are quite easy to get used to, you'll just shift less at first.
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I just talked to the guy in Brookings, and he has some used in my price range. He sounds very knowledgeable, and I'll be going up there. I'm trying to get the app for bikeforums.net so I can keep in touch while looking, take photos etc. But I think I feel comfy trusting him. He knows my budget, and I literally cannot go over it so I'll see what I can find. Then get some opinions. I knew the pics wouldn't be of huge help, but at least I have "those" pics to refer to when talking to you guys about anything I see that would be a good fit for me. ttys, denise
I don't use the BF "app" on my phone, just the regular full site, same as on my laptop.
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Sounds like your long term goal is to ride in a touring mode. That dream ride is Astoria Oregon and that's quite a way from Crescent City CA. Maybe 400 miles.


The ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco on highway 1 is like 300 miles.
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Downtube shifters are such a pain you won't shift much. In situations where you'd really like to shift, you also will really want to brake and steer. And until you master the art, you will miss so many shifts (and use such colorful vocabulary) you will wonder why you bothered with the outmoded tech.

Once you master the art, you will simply shift less, and not at some crucial junctures ... like stopping, or climbing.

But ... you will still be able to enjoy other aspects of riding.
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I don't use the BF "app" on my phone, just the regular full site, same as on my laptop.
Ok hb, I saw there wasn't one, an app, so I wouldn't use one that much anyway. Someday when I actually do a tour, yeehaw, it would be nice to stay in contact with the forum That will be some time though denise
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Not sure at all, but I heard the "Specialized Hardrock" was a good bike. I went up to Brookings, and this guy is more of a collector, than actually having a shop. I'm not quite sure, but he has some extremely expensive bikes and the one that I "pulled out of the hat" was a Hardrock that he would sell me for 150 bucks. He says the going price would be 300ish.

It's really been ridden, and I don't know how old it is. But I took a lot of pictures of it. I rode it and it felt nice, but so do a lot of bikes. Anyway, I am just stupid about all this, so all I really have is pictures, and the bike fits me, or visa versa.

I feel it could be a chance to get a higher end bike, for less, since it is used. Feedback VERY welcome. I'll put the like to the "album" of shots in my photobucket, Denise
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Ok hb, I saw there wasn't one, an app, so I wouldn't use one that much anyway. Someday when I actually do a tour, yeehaw, it would be nice to stay in contact with the forum That will be some time though denise
I'm on my phone now. It's just a bit trickier doing copy-paste and other things that are easier with a mouse.

The Hardrock looks like a decent solid bike. May have been $300 new, but I wouldn't pay over $100 for that one. Sounds like he's "rounding up" quite a bit.

But, different areas have different supply & demand, so maybe it's a fair price.
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so here is the link and any feedback is appreciated:

bike collection for sale

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Bikes from Brookings/Harbor Bike shop
drive-side picture, drive side picture, my kingdom for a drive side picture!
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I'm on my phone now. It's just a bit trickier doing copy-paste and other things that are easier with a mouse.

The Hardrock looks like a decent solid bike. May have been $300 new, but I wouldn't pay over $100 for that one. Sounds like he's "rounding up" quite a bit.

But, different areas have different supply & demand, so maybe it's a fair price.
Ok, I thought it looked beat-up, but I know cosmetics aren't everything. Thanks for your input. If the majority say that, then I will keep looking
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drive-side picture, drive side picture, my kingdom for a drive side picture!
I thought I posted the link in this thread, and then I also posted the pics I took Let me check, the drive side is with the name showing right? Those are on the my photobucket, but let me see what's up. I just got home, again

Aren't these ok Degan??

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Geez, no way am I buyin that one for 150, check out this link from Ebay, same bike if I'm not mistaken.

Specialized Hardrock Bicycle Vintage 1980'S | eBay
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Geez, no way am I buyin that one for 150, check out this link from Ebay, same bike if I'm not mistaken.

Specialized Hardrock Bicycle Vintage 1980'S | eBay

Good eye! That other one did look a little "used". I was going to say tires looked rough/worn, so there is $$ that would have to go "on top" of the purchase price.

I saw in the pics the seat was adjusted all the way down....is that from you test riding it? What was the frame size?

This one is on the east coast, just for comparison, listed at $150, with rear rack and new tires and looks taken care of.
15" Specialized Hardrock Mountain Bike - 21spd

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Ok, I'm not buying used, totally changed my mind. I'm going to keep walking for exercise, and save my money until I have enough for a decent purchase.

Thanks everyone for trying to help me. It's just too hard buying "used" on my own and knowing nothing about bikes. So I'll wait. I can save up a good chuck in 2 months for something that is going to be from a real bikeshop, and get a good warranty etc.

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