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Old 06-15-09, 02:25 PM
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back in the saddle - bike recommendations?

Hi there, I am in the market for a new bike and wanted to get some expert opinions. I have been looking at getting a bike for a couple weeks, but have not yet made purchase because I am not sure which type of bike I need.

My main goal for biking is to build some leg muscles and exercise. Most of my riding would be done on neighborhood street and hills. I am not looking for speed or comfort. I had an old mountain bike that I used to ride around and liked it so that is what I am used to.

A guy at a bike store told me I needed a fitness bike...

A friend of mine has a Schwinn from Academy that cost 200. Seems like a good bike.

Again, I am not riding any races or doing serious trail riding. Just want something that is good, but that will not fall apart. I would like to stay under 300

I know some of you guys probably have seats that cost 300, but that is all I can spend for what I am going to use it for.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-15-09, 02:43 PM
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Welcome!

The best advice I can offer is:

• Buy from a bike shop, not a department store. Better product and service after the sale are more than worth the price difference!

• Don't worry about brand names. A Trek is basically the same as a Specialized and a Fuji is nearly identical to a Raleigh. Instead, find a bike shop with friendly/helpful staff and buy from whatever brand(s) they sell.

• Save a little cash for the "bike accessories" you'll need to maintain the bike- An air pump, some chain lube, a helmet, etc.

• Make the guys at whatever shop sells you the bike show you how to patch a tube and change a tire if you don't already know how.

• Find someone or a few someones to ride with. Riding alone can be awesome but having folks with similar interest can really take the experience to the next level.

• Watch out for cars!
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Old 06-15-09, 02:58 PM
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thanks Ryan

I do plan on buying the next one from a shop. I bought one a week ago from Academy. Seemed good, but the chain always rubbed and it had a little trouble shifting. They did allow me to return in though
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Old 06-16-09, 08:39 AM
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hooksetter, I'm not an expert by any means but your thread caught my eye because I was recently in the same boat.....looking for a bike..... spent a month researching the kind of bike I would need to suit my own preferences, then a couple weeks actively shopping. Started off by heading to a bike shop. Left my credit card at home to resist the temptation to buy the first thing I rode. Once I knew what size frame I needed, started checking local Craig's List.

By talking to a seller from Craig's List, found out about these forums. Browsing these forums helped confirm what kind of bike I needed and the $$ I could expect to pay within the budget I set aside for this purchase.... Joined regional discussion for my area and located a local bike club --- Even better, discovering the bike club led me to the eventual purchase of my bike.

Having the benefit of testing brand new bikes, I was able to reasonably separate my wants from my needs; which prepared me for the bike I eventually found --- the sixth bike I tested. Outstanding thing about this purchase? Need and want were actually available at a price I could afford ---- for a bike I really, really LOVE!

Know what you need.
Take your time.
Test a lot of bikes.
Stick to your budget
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