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Old 07-31-12, 08:41 PM
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Bike for college

I am going to college in a few weeks and would like to have a bike. The main thing is I don't want to spend a lot of money. The only thing I have right now is a BMX bike from middle school. I will not be riding long distances, would this be all right?
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Old 07-31-12, 08:46 PM
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Any bike that won't make you cry when it gets stolen will be good.
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Old 07-31-12, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Any bike that won't make you cry when it gets stolen will be good.
Welcome To Bike Forums, Bcabsher!

1) What's your budget?

2) Do you have any hills?

3) How long is your commute?

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Old 07-31-12, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Any bike that won't make you cry when it gets stolen will be good.
+1 on a bike you won't mourn over if it gets stolen. Speaking from experience.
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Your bike will be fine as long as the campus is not too big or you don't live too far away. That's because BMX bikes aren't made for long distances.

If you find yourself riding your bike a lot, a different type of bike may be more efficient. But generally, bikes in college are chosen on being cheap and functional transportation, as well as being easily disposed of after graduation. If the bike will be your primary source of transportation, you might want fenders for after it rains, otherwise you'll get water & mud up your back before class.

Register the bike with the campus police if it is required, find out the cycling laws as it relates to lights, reflectors and helmets, and get a good U-lock.
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Sorry about the title spelling, just noticed that. I don't really have budget, I just want to spend as little as possible. I will be living on campus and bringing a car, And I will probably get a job literally across the street from the campus, so a half mile commute at the most. There are some hills, but nothing huge. I wouldn't miss my current bike if it were stolen, I just want to have one to get to farther away classes and it would be easier than walking or driving to work. I guess its between getting a used bike, a new one at walmart, or just riding the BMX bike around. Even though I usually don't care about things like this, I am a little concerned about getting made fun of for riding a BMX bike that I got in middle school haha.
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Originally Posted by bcabsher View Post
Sorry about the title spelling, just noticed that. I don't really have budget, I just want to spend as little as possible. I will be living on campus and bringing a car, And I will probably get a job literally across the street from the campus, so a half mile commute at the most. There are some hills, but nothing huge. I wouldn't miss my current bike if it were stolen, I just want to have one to get to farther away classes and it would be easier than walking or driving to work. I guess its between getting a used bike, a new one at walmart, or just riding the BMX bike around. Even though I usually don't care about things like this, I am a little concerned about getting made fun of for riding a BMX bike that I got in middle school haha.
Exactly! A BMX at this point wouldn't be a very strong girl magnet. It also could lower your potential position on the social totem pole of a fraternity. However, a cheap single speed would have zero effect upon either of them. I say leave the BMX at home and go for the Nashbar Argyle or the SE Lager.

The Nashbar Argyle ~ $200
www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_537009_-1__202614

The Nashbar SE Lager ~ $275
www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_543181_-1__202614

Google The Mongoose Sinsure ...

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Originally Posted by bcabsher View Post
Sorry about the title spelling, just noticed that. I don't really have budget, I just want to spend as little as possible. I will be living on campus and bringing a car, And I will probably get a job literally across the street from the campus, so a half mile commute at the most. There are some hills, but nothing huge. I wouldn't miss my current bike if it were stolen, I just want to have one to get to farther away classes and it would be easier than walking or driving to work. I guess its between getting a used bike, a new one at walmart, or just riding the BMX bike around. Even though I usually don't care about things like this, I am a little concerned about getting made fun of for riding a BMX bike that I got in middle school haha.
1. Figure how much you can afford to spend. With luck, you won't have to blow the entire wad on the bike.
2. You hope to get a job across the street, but you'll be competing with virtually every other incoming Freshman as well as the upper Classmen that already had those jobs and are returning to them after the break.
3. Take your BMX- it's already paid for and you'll shed no tears if it gets lifted. You can always buy a more appropriate rig after you've settled in and have a better understanding of your needs.
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Old 08-02-12, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I could spend $500 if I needed too, I just want to keep it as cheap as possible. I work at a chain grocery store, and have already talked to the manager of the store near my campus, so I probably will be able to transfer to the store across the road. I'm leaning towards taking my BMX bike, since I will have my car, and see how it works socially, haha. I'll check out that Mongoose bike at Walmart though, and I'm going to a bike store in town to look.
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Originally Posted by yellowsirocco View Post
craigslist.
I was thinking he should investigate turning the general problem into a personal solution.

Check to see if the school sells off unclaimed bikes. I know decades ago UCSB had both a bike theft problem and scores of unclaimed bikes. Often schools that even do not have a theft problem have abandonded bikes as student leave and abandon the beater they used while at school.
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Old 08-02-12, 11:52 AM
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A school sponsored bike co-op (many have them) might be a good place to look. Usually they're cleaned up and ready to go. Maybe a bit more than craigslist, but you'll get something that works.
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craigslist.
Or Ebay. Select only auctions near your zip code so you can pick it up and avoid shipping costs.
I got 2 very nice hybrids for $30 each that way.
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When I first went to school, fixed gear/ single speed bikes weren't readily available. Given my $300 budget I found a bottom end mountain bike wasn't the right move, but a BMX cruiser sure was. I had so much fun tearing around campus, hopping curbs and just hooning around, I never regretted my choice for a second.

If I were to do it today, I'd get a fixed/ss bike so I could sit down and pedal, but other than that, I'd keep it simple, especially if you're not always going to be able to park the bike in a covered area.
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Pawn shops actually have their bikes wayy overpriced. I went out on a little "field-trip" to several pawn shops in the area, and I was shocked to see beaten Walmart bikes priced above their original Walmart price...
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