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Old 05-30-07, 01:25 AM
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Poor college kid with a question..

Hey everyone, I am in college and am looking to buy a new bike, well (2) hopefully, i would like to get a road and mtn. bike, both at once. The dilema is i, being in college, am poor. Being new i don't know about trusting ebay or craigslist. I was just wondering if LBS do payment plans or any ideas you may have. I figure that i am going to drop quite a bit of money and that is ok, but i would like to start to ride now, rather than wait til i have saved enough. Anyone on a tight budget please give some advice. I have a job and go to school, so getting another, unfortunatly is out of the question....what would you do...

thanks, greg
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Old 05-30-07, 02:35 AM
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You're on the right money there already - for a tight budget the best bang for your buck is 2nd hand.

For all-round riding and versatility you're best off with an MTB. Unless you're a roadie type, then get a roadie. You know what's best for you.

Check out craigslist or ebay. You should find something pretty good for a decent price. Personally, I will have no truck with ebay, and I prefer to *always* see before I buy. But in any case I highly recommend the hidden gems that lurk in the 2nd hand market - especially in Garage Queen America.

Oh, and if you're going to school be sure to get a good lock, and don't be all about the bling bling with the bike - the more craptacular it looks the less unwanted attention it will receive.
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Old 05-30-07, 02:55 AM
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Well, you could get a hybrid, but it will only be ok at mtb and road use. Your best bet would be to get a mtb and get some "slick" tires for it. That's what I did. Changing tires isn't a fun activity, but it's relatively quick and easy. Since you're in college I'm sure that you don't have as much free space as you'd like, so two bikes would hit you there as well.

What's your budget? You can get decent entry level bikes in the $300-$400 range (that's what I did - went for a Trek 4300), but you can get even better for a little bit more, or substantially better if you get a used bike.

Don't forget to factor in a few bucks for accessories also. If your budget is less than $300, then you're going to have to look exclusively at used bikes.
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Old 05-30-07, 03:47 AM
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If you look around hard enough, you should be able to pick up an 80s or 90s road bike for less than $200. If via local Craigslist, then you can inspect the bike before handing over the cash.
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Old 05-30-07, 07:40 AM
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Take a bicycle maintenance course. It will pay for itself.
Get a job in a local bicycle shop.
Join a local bicycle club.

Once you have done any of the above buying a junker and getting it going will be both fun and profitable. Then there are the chicks, think about the bicycle grease monkey groupies. Why I remember my first 1910 Columbia, oh I am revealing my age.
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Old 05-30-07, 07:59 AM
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Also, let the LBS know what you're looking for - thier customers HAVE used bikes!!
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Yard Sales!!!
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Old 05-30-07, 11:32 AM
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Thanx everyone for your advice and I think that yard sales will be what i chaeck out first.
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Old 05-30-07, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by gerg10
Thanx everyone for your advice and I think that yard sales will be what i chaeck out first.
Go to upscale neighborhoods. You will be suprised how a lot of "well to do" folks get sold a high-end bike which they almost never use. Then they let it go for next to nothing at their yard sales.
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"Up-scale neighborhoods" good thought, thank you.
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