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Old 01-01-17, 10:15 PM
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Need advice on bike to buy

Hello, I want advice on bike to buy.

I am looking for 26-inch mountain bike for pleasure riding / exercise in city. Do not want alloy/fiber. Prefer steel frame. Want disk brakes. 10-15 gears. No suspension or suspension on front with option to replace with rigid fork.

Wish to spend $200 - $400.

Please suggest a good bike and thanks!

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Old 01-01-17, 10:28 PM
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Welcome to the Forums .

At your price point, you'll be looking at used- older rigid MTBs.
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Old 01-02-17, 02:07 AM
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What area are you at?

I'd recommend the following:
1. Go to a bike store and figure out what size you are (test ride for sure).
2. Figure out what you can give up.
3. Go on craigslist
4. Bring bike to bike store and get it tuned up (if needed).

Personally, I'd recommend getting a good hardtail mountain bike or hybrid.
These will likely have cantilever brakes instead of disc brakes however.
A few good brands to look for: Trek, Specialized, Kona, Miyata, Bridgestone, Panasonic, Marin.
These companies never made crappy bikes.

I'm around SF, and spent $80 buying a Specialized Crosstrail from the 90's for a friend. It has slick tires, cantilever brakes, and rides like a dream.

Depending on your area, I'd expect to find a decent bike for less. Use the extra money for a good lock, maybe ergon grips, a bell, lights, a rack, and fenders (avoid skunk stripe).

Mostly, have fun!
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You won't get decent disc brakes at that price point

Something like this. Then a tuneup - bearings repacked, new cables, brake pads and street tires for maybe another $100-150 if you can't do any of the work yourself.

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/5885100992.html
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Old 01-02-17, 09:09 AM
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Thanks, what are your thoughts on this motobecane:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...8AlRoC3eXw_wcB

Half-off sale


SALE $329.95 (List $695)


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Old 01-02-17, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
You won't get decent disc brakes at that price point

Something like this. Then a tuneup - bearings repacked, new cables, brake pads and street tires for maybe another $100-150 if you can't do any of the work yourself.

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/5885100992.html
If a 930 is his size they are great bikes!
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Old 01-02-17, 10:35 AM
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+1 Craig's List & Trek.
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Old 01-02-17, 10:54 AM
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I agree, Craigslist is the way to go for a used mountain bike. You can look up a sizing diagram as well to get a general idea of what frame you need. Good luck! 😁
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Old 01-03-17, 07:52 PM
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hmmm, looks like the moderator never submitted my response to your kind suggestions. I eventually bought this:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...t_xii_yel_2100.

since it's half price and other forums bikers said was a good bike.

BTW, the suggestion about craiglist is a good one, but was unable to find what i was looking for or it had already been sold, in the future I'll consider that. Thanks for all your help!
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