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Old 07-10-18, 08:59 AM
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To the OP: most bikes in that range are going to be fairly similar. Find something with a Tourney drivetrain at minimum, if you can jump up into a Sora or Claris, all the better. Living in an area without bike shops will hamper your ability to check out the used market. IF you are set on ordering from online, a place like Bikes Direct (or their scratch and dent site Bike Island) or Nashbar will get you a bit of a bump in quality from the Amazon offerings. Agree with others, on avoiding a suspension fork if possible at that price point. You can find something with a bit wider tires, that will add just as much comfort. I'd look at something like this: Save up to 60% off new Flat Bar Hybrid Bikes - Gravity Swift 21 | Save up to 60% off new Bicycles Online

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Giant tends to offer the best value for the money. As far as the bikes I own, my family and I own bikes by these brands. Trek, Kona, Salsa, Jamis, Bianchi, Peugeot (vintage), and Gitane (vintage). No one of these brands is better than another.
To an extent. Something like a vintage French manufacturer, while in many cases a fine bike, should not be recommended to someone like the OP, unless he is willing to deal with a lot more maintenance and parts compatibility issues than he needs to. Having owned even a halfway-modern Peugeot, I know bike shops don't have many of the tools necessary for it.

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Stick with a good quality steel frame (not hi-ten steel) ideally with a carbon fork (for a smoother ride and some weight reduction) but a steel fork is fine too or if you must go aluminum find the bike with a carbon fork and make sure you have lots of tire clearance (wider tires usually equal more comfort, less flats and more fun). Avoid Shimano Tourney and Altus for sure ideally I would avoid Claris and Acera if you want dependability. For brakes hydraulic disc brakes offer better stopping power and modulation and brands like Shimano, Magura, TRP, offer some excellent brakes but Tektro isn't bad for hydraulic. Mechanical discs can be decent if you stick with TRP Spyre/Spyke or Avid BB7s usually any non-TRP stuff or stuff below BB7s just isn't that great. Avoid suspension seatposts unless you get an aftermarket one from Sirrus Cycles (Kinekt) or Cane Creek (Thudbuster). Also good to avoid any suspension forks unless you are riding truly off road on really rough stuff like a mountain bike trail, it is another thing to go wrong and the nicer forks are generally quite expensive and have more travel then one would want on more paved or gravelly adventures. Also find cranks that use bolted on chainrings rather than riveted (because when you need to replace a chainring you won't have to replace the entire crankset).

If you absolutely cannot go above your low budget then consider a single speed, the fewer parts mean you can get a tiny bit higher quality and have something more reliable (or at least fewer parts to go wrong)
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The reason I say what I say is so people buy bikes they want to ride not just focus on price. A cheap bike that you don't ride is not a cheap bike and a more expensive bike that you ride a lot can be quite a good deal because you are getting more out of it and hopefully having to put less into it.
And you still haven't grasped the concept that not everyone has unlimited, or in many cases even modest, funds to devote to cycling. I do see people on Wal-Mart bikes, all the time, likewise as has been pointed out to you you only see the ones with issues. No, I am not going to pretend they are anything quality, but to counter your point, a cheap bike you are out riding is better than an expensive bike you can't afford and don't buy. It would be one thing if you were mentioning something like many of the other posters, if he finds an extra $60-80, he could get into an entry level Giant or Trek, but you are offering suggestion of hydraulic brake systems that don't appear until much higher priced bikes (even on your hated BD, they start around $700), and seatposts that are half his entire budget. Not to mention, by trashing on lower level components, you are even taking your own LBS offerings out of the mix. Avoiding Altus and Claris and Acera is just straight up snobbery, and if Tourney can do a couple hundred miles through Iceland on my buddy's bike, I'm certainly not going to diss it. There is exactly zero wrong with a bike with V-brakes, one doesn't need discs for the type of riding he is suggesting.
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It was not my intention to specifically recommend a vintage French bike. The reason why we have not one, but two vintage French bikes is just luck. My wife has owned her Peugeot since high school, and the Gitane was just a find. My then 15 year old son needed a bike and this bike was on sale at a lbs in ready to ride condition, and, because the bike was a bit of a Frankenbike (non matching wheels, mismatched components, a modern Shimano derailleur instead of vintage Campy or Huret, etc) it wasn't really the sort of thing a collector would pay a premium for. And it was November, which is a slow time for bike shops here so I negotiated what I think was a fair deal. Almost two years later and it hasn't needed anything at all.

second, I understand the impulse of bike mavens to recommend mid priced level components, but agree that even Altus, or Claris level stuff these days is usually pretty good. Even Tourney isn't bad, but I would say go up at least to Altus level. As for Claris, that is better than Sora was just 10 or 12 years ago.

So so that said, it doesn't do OP any good to recommend he triple his budget, but I stick by my recommendation that if he wants to buy new, bump the budget up by $80 or $100 so he can at least avoid big box crap (my apologies if you work for a big box store, but it is true that most big box store bikes are crap).
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
To the OP: most bikes in that range are going to be fairly similar. Find something with a Tourney drivetrain at minimum, if you can jump up into a Sora or Claris, all the better. Living in an area without bike shops will hamper your ability to check out the used market. IF you are set on ordering from online, a place like Bikes Direct (or their scratch and dent site Bike Island) or Nashbar will get you a bit of a bump in quality from the Amazon offerings. Agree with others, on avoiding a suspension fork if possible at that price point. You can find something with a bit wider tires, that will add just as much comfort. I'd look at something like this: Save up to 60% off new Flat Bar Hybrid Bikes - Gravity Swift 21 | Save up to 60% off new Bicycles Online



To an extent. Something like a vintage French manufacturer, while in many cases a fine bike, should not be recommended to someone like the OP, unless he is willing to deal with a lot more maintenance and parts compatibility issues than he needs to. Having owned even a halfway-modern Peugeot, I know bike shops don't have many of the tools necessary for it.





And you still haven't grasped the concept that not everyone has unlimited, or in many cases even modest, funds to devote to cycling. I do see people on Wal-Mart bikes, all the time, likewise as has been pointed out to you you only see the ones with issues. No, I am not going to pretend they are anything quality, but to counter your point, a cheap bike you are out riding is better than an expensive bike you can't afford and don't buy. It would be one thing if you were mentioning something like many of the other posters, if he finds an extra $60-80, he could get into an entry level Giant or Trek, but you are offering suggestion of hydraulic brake systems that don't appear until much higher priced bikes (even on your hated BD, they start around $700), and seatposts that are half his entire budget. Not to mention, by trashing on lower level components, you are even taking your own LBS offerings out of the mix. Avoiding Altus and Claris and Acera is just straight up snobbery, and if Tourney can do a couple hundred miles through Iceland on my buddy's bike, I'm certainly not going to diss it. There is exactly zero wrong with a bike with V-brakes, one doesn't need discs for the type of riding he is suggesting.
Absolutely! I have a hybrid bike purchased from a department store 20 years ago with a tourney drivetrain. Since I bought it, I got a Schwinn World Voyageur that I use most often for my daily commute, but I still have my old dept store bike as a backup and to use for towing my daughter on her tag-along since it's got very low gearing. I still ride it a couple times a week. I've never had to change a part on it. I'm sure it could use a new freewheel and chain by now, and maybe a new crankset, but I'll worry about that when it starts skipping. And then, when it finally needs it, I can get a new crankset, freewheel, and chain all for around $50. For light riding on a budget, I don't see what's wrong with a cheap bike.

To the OP, I have 26x1.9 tires on my hybrid bike and it lowish pressure, they provide a nice soft ride.
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Old 07-10-18, 11:26 AM
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So, a search of CL and Facebook Marketplace came up with zero results for anyone the bikes mentioned in my area. The closet bike I could find was this one that 260 miles from me. https://killeen.craigslist.org/bik/d...638549948.html But it is a little large for me I think. How good of ad deal is this and do you think it is work the drive to go get it?
Not sure of the geography, but what about giving this a shot?

https://lubbock.craigslist.org/bik/d...632619395.html

It's priced a bit high, but "or best offer".

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Old 07-10-18, 11:31 AM
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It was not my intention to specifically recommend a vintage French bike. The reason why we have not one, but two vintage French bikes is just luck. My wife has owned her Peugeot since high school, and the Gitane was just a find.
Yeah, didn't mean to imply that, I probably could have worded that a bit better. Just didn't want them to see that list, stumble on an old French bike ad, and pick it up not knowing the difference

The reason I get so touchy about advice like VB gives is that I was that guy a few years ago, when I got back into cycling. I was looking for a $500 budget, and realistically could have been talked into the $7-800 range. The couple LBS I went to told me nothing less than $1500 105 equipped bikes would make me happy, or used still north of four digits, and I gave up looking because I figured it wasn't worth buying anything lesser if they said it would be bad. If it wasn't for teaching myself to rebuild my old Scott MTB and riding that around, then eventually finding the C&V section here, I probably would have given up on cycling because of said advice.

Personally, I'd agree with the others who said it would be better if possible to scrape up a bit more money and get to the $400 price point, and I'd even suggest getting into the 8 speed range (to get rid of freewheels), but if someone doing what the OP mentioned has a hard budget, you can get something adequate.

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Old 07-10-18, 11:43 AM
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If you're going cheap and new, I have heard pretty good things about this:

https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...oad-bike-nb-fb
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Not sure of the geography, but what about giving this a shot?

https://lubbock.craigslist.org/bik/d...632619395.html

It's priced a bit high, but "or best offer".
Is this good bike for me? I am actually headed to Lubbock tonight to visit my elderly mom. I can take a look at it tomorrow as the guy chose to use a stock photo instead of a real one of his bike. I am very cautious about CL listing as most of them are scams.
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Is this good bike for me? I am actually headed to Lubbock tonight to visit my elderly mom. I can take a look at it tomorrow as the guy chose to use a stock photo instead of a real one of his bike. I am very cautious about CL listing as most of them are scams.
I'd take a look for sure. It says 'or best offer' so I'd probably offer $250-\275 if it's in really nice shape. If it's a beater Id skip it.

By the way, a bike like that Sirrus is gonna be a lot less comfy than the Schwinn Fremont I recommended. Bear that in mind, the Sirrus will be a more responsive, quicker bike. But you may not find a bike like that comfortable in the long run. Just something to think about.
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I'd take a look for sure. It says 'or best offer' so I'd probably offer $250-\275 if it's in really nice shape. If it's a beater Id skip it.

By the way, a bike like that Sirrus is gonna be a lot less comfy than the Schwinn Fremont I recommended. Bear that in mind, the Sirrus will be a more responsive, quicker bike. But you may not find a bike like that comfortable in the long run. Just something to think about.
It looks like a nice bike, but I am currently not doing business with Dick's for political reasons.
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It looks like a nice bike, but I am currently not doing business with Dick's for political reasons.
Okey Doke.
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Is this good bike for me? I am actually headed to Lubbock tonight to visit my elderly mom. I can take a look at it tomorrow as the guy chose to use a stock photo instead of a real one of his bike. I am very cautious about CL listing as most of them are scams.
it's a good option to consider, especially since you are right in lubbock.

as for CL being mostly scams...yeah that's unfortunate you think so. No even close to accurate in my local area or greater region of the country. Chicago, MPL, KC, Omaha, Des Moines...legit posting all over the place as I've bought bikes from every town's listing and sell often locally.
no harm in looking.
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as for CL being mostly scams...yeah that's unfortunate you think so. No even close to accurate in my local area or greater region of the country. Chicago, MPL, KC, Omaha, Des Moines...legit posting all over the place as I've bought bikes from every town's listing and sell often locally.
no harm in looking.
I agree. I've done dozens of CL transactions over the years and havent been scammed yet. CL is mostly normal people trying to buy or sell something, there are of course a few bad apples in the bunch, but it's certainly not the majority.
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As stated above- be patient and look at used bikes. Many bikes are purchased with great intentions and end up sitting in a garage.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
as for CL being mostly scams...yeah that's unfortunate you think so. No even close to accurate in my local area or greater region of the country. Chicago, MPL, KC, Omaha, Des Moines...legit posting all over the place as I've bought bikes from every town's listing and sell often locally.
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I agree. I've done dozens of CL transactions over the years and havent been scammed yet. CL is mostly normal people trying to buy or sell something, there are of course a few bad apples in the bunch, but it's certainly not the majority.
Eh, I've come across quite a few scams, including one bike that had "such high interest" I needed to apply to see if I was the right buyer I do get quite a few more scam attempts on the selling side, though.

That said, more often than scams, are the bikes that simply are not honestly represented. They can be a big time suck, if you aren't into such buying modes.
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I did not mean to imply that all bike ads on CL were scams. I was speaking in general, not specifically about bikes. I have run into scammers all over CL. I responded to an ad about a puppy. Scam! Looking for a truck. Scam! So on and so forth. Scamming has become so bad that I have to use an anonymous burner phone number to list my stuff anymore, because the last time I used my real number the scammer used it to to track me down and contact me through my company private email address. Every time I list anything, I get offers nine scam offers for every legitimate person wanting to buy my stuff. Maybe it as not as bad up north, but in Texas, it is so bad most people won't use CL anymore and prefer to sell things through Facebook Garage Sale group. I still use CL, but extremely cautiously.
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Not sure if Norco bikes are sold in the States, but I have an Norco Indie I use as a general purpose commuter/errander with fenders and rack for work and shopping.

Disc brakes, reliable drive train. I ride through winter with it and I am still quite pleased with the purchase though not with the black paint. I'll be giving it a 70s Polaroid-style yellow or VW Beetle blue/green paint work maybe next spring.

I think it was around $US350 for it. That being said I imagine you can find second hand hybrid bicycles only a few years old all over the place. That's what I would do if I were in the market.
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Is this good bike for me? I am actually headed to Lubbock tonight to visit my elderly mom. I can take a look at it tomorrow as the guy chose to use a stock photo instead of a real one of his bike. I am very cautious about CL listing as most of them are scams.
I don't think you have to worry about being scammed if you do just a little bit of research.. I checked that listing, then BlueBook'ed it.. he's about $100 high..
"$250 is the best I can do."
If he won't move, walk back to your car.
If he stops you, but won't take your offer, "let me see if I have any more money in the car" and grab a couple $20's out of the cupholder.
Tell him that's all you got.
If he refuses it, walk away.
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$300 is a bad price point for a new bike. You should be able to find a much better value for that money in the used market. Or if you prefer new, consider upping your budget to $400, and you will have more quality options. FWIW, unless you are going with something from before the 2000s, I would stay away from Schwinn, Diamondback, or other brands that sell at Target, Wal Mart or Amazon.
These ^^

That is, if you're serious about getting into cycling? This is the minimum entry level price point for a decent bike.
Stick with brands sold at bike shops and you should be fine. Of the major brands, Giant tends to offer the best value for the money.
I would add Cannondale (which are a very close competitor to Giant in selection), then Trek and Specialized (the Big 4) for safety. At least until you really know your bikes.
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Sorry for not getting back to you guys. The main hard drive on my computer died and I have been dealing with that. Lost a lot of data. Just means I have to spend money on that and have less for a bike. This is not my year.

I called they guy about the bike in Lubbock, but he had already sold it. There were no others for sale that I could find. For those that have asked where I live; I live in Abilene, TX. Probably the worst place on earth for bikes. Thanks for the help.
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Just keep saving. Maybe for Christmas or your birthday? That's what I did, and was finally able to order the exact bike I wanted and with all the accessories to boot. Yeah, don't forget to include the cost of those accessories. You too will get there.
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yes, look longer, save more. then come to Boston! we have tons of used bikes! of course, what you spend on air fare you could just stay home & buy an expensive bike ... hang in there. how about flea markets & yard sales. might get lucky
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Repair the Schwinn if you luv'ed it so much!

Trailway appears to have entry level components. Those parts are cheap online. I bet you can have a like-new bike for less than $200.

Wheelset- $100
Bottom bracket- $10
Chain-$10
Tire-$40
Brake pads-$10

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Repair the Schwinn if you luv'ed it so much!

Trailway appears to have entry level components. Those parts are cheap online. I bet you can have a like-new bike for less than $200.

Wheelset- $100
Bottom bracket- $10
Chain-$10
Tire-$40
Brake pads-$10

Yeah that is looking like it might be my only route, but It will need everything but the frame. Wheels, tires, tubes, gear changers, seat, derailleur, chain. Plus I will have to buy the special tools needed to do it. I upgraded the bike a lot. It had Kevlar tires, tube protectors, shimano bottom bracket, derailleur and gear changers. My son road the tires off it before he bought his Giant and then just left out in the dust and the rain for the last year. It was a very smooth bike when I had it. I used to do a 13 mile circuit on it several times a week and a 30 mile circuit once a month, before I gave it to him. I hope to build back up to that once I get a good bike. My job has had me on the road all the time for the last three years and I have really gone down hill and gained about 25 pounds. I need to start riding again soon.
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Originally Posted by jungleexplorer View Post
My son road the tires off it before he bought his Giant and then just left out in the dust and the rain for the last year. & My job has had me on the road all the time for the last three years and I have really gone down hill and gained about 25 pounds. I need to start riding again soon.
that stinks & you deserve not to have to do that. do you even have time to fix it up, or for that matter time to ride a bike?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
that stinks & you deserve not to have to do that. do you even have time to fix it up, or for that matter time to ride a bike?
Honestly, I probably don't. But if I have a bike, there is a better chance I will get at least some riding in, which is better then nothing. I would love to get on schedule, but that is not going to happen anytime soon. Life is crazy at the moment, holding down several jobs and taking care of my elderly mother who lives 150 miles away that I have to go check on once a week or more. But I feel I really need to make a sincere effort to keep myself in shape. I have always had goof fitness and was built like an Olympic athlete in my younger days. After being crushed by a 2000lb metal beam trying to save my co-workers lives in 1990, I spent 4 year in aback brace, but after doing a lot of targeted muscle building and physical therapy, I was able to free myself from that brace. The in 1996 I got a super infection in my leg and was given a 5% chance of survival or have my leg amputated. I had a long talk with God and decided that if He wanted to take me, I was willing to go, so I kept my leg. It was rough, but evidently, God was not done with me. I spent 6 months with tubes to implanted into my heart keeping me alive, but I made it. I fought back to regain some healthy, and after a year of walking therapy, I could walk again, even though I did lose part of my foot.

I don't have much of my former health left, so I have to preserve what I have. I will buy a walmart special if I have to, but I have to get back in shape.
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