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Old 06-29-10, 10:58 AM   #1
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Bike for San Francisco for Newbie

I'm moving to San Francisco this August to attend SFSU, I won't be bringing a car so I'm hoping to use public transportation and bicycling as my main form of transportation.

I'm looking for a bike that would be easy to ride (including hills), light, and durable. I've only owned a mountain bike, and ridden on flat terrain. I'm really small: Female, 5'2", 95lbs. I want to be able to lift it onto those bus bike racks. Since I'm a student I'm on a tight budget, I'm looking for a bike of <$300 but am flexible if it's a good bike. Also willing to look into used bikes.
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S.F. has a bike coalition. that may be a helpful resource for you. Also the campus has a bike barn under the gym. That way there's less chance of theft. The other chance of theft is if you are going to use the bike for transportation off campus, like for shopping and running errands. You still need locks and for fall and winter, you'll need a headlight and blinkies in the back.

There's a number of bike shops near the campus and S.F. is indeed a bike town. At your height, it sounds like a 48 cm would fit you.
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Well, San Francisco has real hills, and touring bikes usually have really low hills. I don't know of any that are really light, and I'm not sure what you will be able to come up with at your price point.
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