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Old 08-18-08, 04:07 PM
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completly new to biking

i have just recently started biking and right now im using my roommates terrible probably 65 dollar mountain bike from wal-mart. im wanting to buy a bike so i can start riding more but i have no idea what im looking for or anything like that, i just know that i dont have a whole lot of money. im looking for something probably under 400 dollars. any advice would be appreciated.
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howdy! welcome to BF. beware of the crazies.

don't poo-hoo this advice:

go to your LBS (local bike store) and ask them there. 400$ bikes are all about the same. they'll all be about the same caliber, and few will be ride-specific.

go for a HT bike, not a full suspension. <--- listen to that one.

what type of riding do you do? that's a question you gotta ask yourself when you walk into the LBS.

test ride a few bikes; see which one you find the most comfortable.
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The obvious thing to do is to find a good used bike. Distinguishing a good used bike from a bad used bike can be tricky, particularly if you're not really familiar with the details of bikes produced over the last 20 years or so. If you can find a bike with a good brand name (Trek, Giant, Specialized, Jamis, Kona) and leave enough in your budget to take it to an LBS for a solid tune-up, you might be able to do this. Bike fit is really important in this case, and that means more than just sitting on the bike and making sure you can reach the pedals.

Your other option is a new bike. The $400 price cap limits your options a lot, especially once you leave room in the budget for things like lock and helmet. Resist the temptation to go to a department store or sporting goods store. Go to your local bike shop and see what they have. You may find a good bargain on a 2008 bike as the 2009's come out. Ride a few bikes, and find one that feels good. Make sure they pay attention to fit.
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At that price point +50 it's pretty tough to beat a Dew, IMHO, if your looking for an all-round type bike.

Nothing too fancy, but well built and pretty efficient rider. If your looking pure road, used is probably your best bet.
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Kona Dew or Jamis Coda.
I prefer the Coda personally for the steel frame, but either is a good bike.
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