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Old 11-28-16, 12:10 PM
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Hi from Miami. New here, need buying advice

Hi. New here, need buying advice :-)

Due to circumstances, had to temporarily move to North Miami Beach. Building does not allow to keep bikes in my apartment, only in bike parking in the building's public garage. Plus, Miami is famous for it's bike thieves :-)). So I need to buy an inexpensive bike. Comfort. I narrowed my choice down to three: Forge Vero ($250 total), Schwinn Trailway ($227, but will need a fatter seat, around $40 additional), both from Target at good discount now; and Windsor Dover 1 from Bikes direct ($250 total). From what I saw on utube video, Dover serms to be ok, but only comes with 26" wheels and grip-shift. Trailway comes with finger push shift, but rear wheel is not a quick release, and general quality did not impress me. Forge also has grip shift, 28" wheels, but available online only so I couldn't touch and feel it. The least expensive Comfort Giant is about $415 plus tax. Im looking at bikes with suspension fork and suspension seat post.

Any help appreciated

Thx!

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Old 11-28-16, 03:02 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums.
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Old 11-28-16, 03:08 PM
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I would look for a used bike on cragslist and would also skip the suspension, streets in Miami are in good shape.
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If you cannot bring your bike inside over night ... i wouldn't spend more than $50-$100 ... in fact, I would buy a few bikes in that range ... break them down and stuff them under your bed, take them out and build them up when the current one gets stolen.

Is the garage enclosed? When you say "public" does that mean non-residents also use it? Are bikes there just left out locked to racks? is there any sort of security?

How far do you plan to ride each day, and what gear do you plan to carry? Would this be a commuter bike or a pleasure ride? Are you thinking or a rack or a backpack? Will you need lights?

I certainly wouldn't buy a new bike if you are already convinced it will get stolen ... or, I would buy a $99 WalMart cruiser, paint it pink, throw some dirt onto the wet paint, and dare anyone to steal it.
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Old 11-28-16, 06:12 PM
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Welcome! I for one will not give you such gloomy advice. I must however second the recommendation for a used bike. I have found you can get much better bikes for much less money that way.

Put a little thought into locks and creative anti theft measures too.
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Old 11-29-16, 04:18 AM
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Great Forum. Wonderful. As a rider its good place. I appreciate.
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Old 11-29-16, 10:20 AM
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How can an apartment building not allow you to keep your bike in your apartment? I would be screwed. 4 bikes up in here.
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A bike that only comes with one frame size is a bike to stay away from. One-size-fits-all may work with some clothing but it sure as Hell doesn't work when it comes to getting a bike that fits. Both the Forge and Schwinn are in that category.

+1 to the suggestion that you get a used bike that fits properly and then spend whatever you save on a very secure lock or the bike is likely to disappear quickly. A "beater bike" that looks unattractive but functions OK is even better. After you move to a more secure location where you can store it inside is the time to look for a new bike.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
How can an apartment building not allow you to keep your bike in your apartment?
My thought exactly.

As long as it is inside and not visible (like on a balcony) it's none of their business...
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Here's what I would do:


Buy a really nice folding bike that can be bought with a suitcase. Keep the bike locked in the trunk of your car for convenient use and secure storage. When you need the full use of the car's trunk, bring the bike suitcase down to the car, put the bike in the case, and carry it up to your apartment. No one will know it's a bike case.


There are some great folding bikes on the market today that can rival the ride of a nice road bike. Not all fold to suitcase size, but some definitely do. Check the forum dedicated to fold-ups.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Welcome to Bike Forums.
It might be helpful to add your location to your profile. You may get tips/advice if any other BF members are familiar with your area.

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Thank you very much, it definitely worked :-)
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Old 12-04-16, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
If you cannot bring your bike inside over night ... i wouldn't spend more than $50-$100 ... in fact, I would buy a few bikes in that range ... break them down and stuff them under your bed, take them out and build them up when the current one gets stolen.

Is the garage enclosed? When you say "public" does that mean non-residents also use it? Are bikes there just left out locked to racks? is there any sort of security?

How far do you plan to ride each day, and what gear do you plan to carry? Would this be a commuter bike or a pleasure ride? Are you thinking or a rack or a backpack? Will you need lights?

I certainly wouldn't buy a new bike if you are already convinced it will get stolen ... or, I would buy a $99 WalMart cruiser, paint it pink, throw some dirt onto the wet paint, and dare anyone to steal it.
Thx! I think you ar correct. I just found out they have a bike room, which is crowded but there is a possibility to keep a bike in there, if Im lucky to find a spot. The garage belongs to the building. It is enclosed but there are areas with just mesh, office told me they've had bikes stolen from there...
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Old 12-04-16, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
How can an apartment building not allow you to keep your bike in your apartment? I would be screwed. 4 bikes up in here.
Exactly. Thats what I asked them. The answer was vague, but fines apparently aren't.
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Old 12-04-16, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ExpertTools View Post
Here's what I would do:


Buy a really nice folding bike that can be bought with a suitcase. Keep the bike locked in the trunk of your car for convenient use and secure storage. When you need the full use of the car's trunk, bring the bike suitcase down to the car, put the bike in the case, and carry it up to your apartment. No one will know it's a bike case.


There are some great folding bikes on the market today that can rival the ride of a nice road bike. Not all fold to suitcase size, but some definitely do. Check the forum dedicated to fold-ups.

Thx!

Will check 'em out
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Old 12-04-16, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
I would look for a used bike on cragslist and would also skip the suspension, streets in Miami are in good shape.

Thx

That is true. But I have bad back. Otherwuse I'd get a road bike not a comfort one...
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Old 12-04-16, 11:43 PM
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Suspension on a cheap bike is going to be garbage and springy like a pogo stick. That will not help your back, but a properly sized bike that is set up by a bike shop will.
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