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Old 06-13-14, 03:34 PM
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Help me find a bike ($100) - Please

Hello,

I will start off with the fact that I know pretty much nothing at all about bikes. There are two things I do know, how to ride one, and the fact that I need to buy one.
I am pretty poor though, so my budget is $100. I need a bike for use every few days, mostly city riding. I live within two miles of pretty much any store you could ever need so I want
to save some money and start biking to places when possible, very very casually.

So I am hoping to get some help to find a bike off of craigslist for my area (Las Vegas). I have seen others get help like this so I figured i'd give it a shot because without it im pretty lost.
I know my budget is too tiny to get anything worth anything, but again, Just need something for casual riding within two miles every once in a while.

Thank you.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bia/
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Old 06-13-14, 05:40 PM
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Welcome to the Forums.

While I'm sure that there are those that would be more than happy to assist you in your search, you've left out one key tidbit that makes their job nigh on impossible- what size of bike do you need? Or if you are unsure of that, then how tall are you?
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Old 06-13-14, 05:47 PM
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I totally forgot to put that. I am 6'0, male, about 190 pounds. Again, I know very little about bikes. I was hoping someone would want to help but always realized peoples time is important and understand I may not get it.

Which if that turns out to be the case, is fine. Ill just end up getting something after googling a bit I suppose.
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Old 06-13-14, 05:54 PM
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On your CL, I've seen a few prospects. Stick with steel frames! Test ride it! If you can ride it without difficulty, buy it!

With your budget, you've just gotta get out and ride those bikes.

If someone is selling a bike for a posted $150, then show up with your $100 and see if they'll go for it!

Meanwhile, join a bicycle co-op and see if you can locate a bicycle frame that they'll help you build upon...
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Old 06-13-14, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by theunknown View Post
Hello,

I will start off with the fact that I know pretty much nothing at all about bikes. There are two things I do know, how to ride one, and the fact that I need to buy one.
I am pretty poor though, so my budget is $100. I need a bike for use every few days, mostly city riding. I live within two miles of pretty much any store you could ever need so I want
to save some money and start biking to places when possible, very very casually.

So I am hoping to get some help to find a bike off of craigslist for my area (Las Vegas). I have seen others get help like this so I figured i'd give it a shot because without it im pretty lost.
I know my budget is too tiny to get anything worth anything, but again, Just need something for casual riding within two miles every once in a while.

Thank you.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bia/
Gut instinct - I don't know the Las Vegas market so may be off the mark here but some thoughts for what they are worth.

If your budget is $100 you'll probably be restricted to what's available rather than what you might like. So it's probably worth shifting your focus from what you might get for the money, to learning to spot something that will serve you well from something that got bodged and crashed and the owner just wants to find some gullible schmuck to take it off his hands.

If you're only looking to ride it a couple of miles every few days you're not going to have major issues with comfort as long as it's vaguely the right size. My mountain bike is a size smaller than I'd ideally be on (I made that choice because the "right" size had the top tube too high), my wife's bike is a size smaller and it's obviously set up for her, but for a short distance I can still ride her bike. A couple of miles would be fine, I just wouldn't want to be trying to set distance records on it or anything.

Since your budget is pretty small I'd suggest taking whatever steps are necessary to learn to spot a bent or damaged frame, trashed wheels etc. Things like chains are consumable so although you'd hope to not have to change it too soon you shouldn't expect them to last forever. If you have to change the chain within a few months that's one of those things. If you have to change the handlebars or the fork that's a bigger thing.
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Old 06-13-14, 09:00 PM
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Even if they wouldn't accept $100 he could offer to make up the difference by mowing the yard or something else that needs doing.
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Old 06-13-14, 10:19 PM
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Even if they wouldn't accept $100 he could offer to make up the difference by mowing the yard or something else that needs doing.
Awesome idea. I'm debating selling my cheap mtb or keeping it for rain or times I don't want to pull my new hybrid out of the car (where it's likely to live) to ride to the store or something. If I sell it and someone's short some $ I'd def let them mow my lawn to make up for it, hate mowing, esp since wife got a big dog. (not sure a lot of people in LV have grass to mow though, don't they do rocks or something for a yard a lot?)

OP, some people here might not like my idea but it worked great for me, day after christmas 2013 I wanted to get a bike around your budget after not riding since I was 15, mainly wanted to ride around with kids who just got new bikes and thought just maybe I may go ride myself for fitness and fun, I was right I did do just that, a lot. I didn't want a walmart bike, so I got half a step up from one, a clearance last-year model diamondback mountain bike from dick's for $150 If I sell it will probably go for $75 so I'm sure you can find a good one like mine or better for around that $. If you're using it to go to stores within 2 miles and not for fun I'd guess a cheap mtb would do you just fine, forever. Even if you decide one day to ride for fun, a cheap mtb will keep you happy for a while/let you know if you're really in to it before you decide to spend more like I did on something easier/faster. (I have a hybrid now as of wednesday and you may get real lucky and see a working one of them or a road bike for cheap on CL) Cheaper mountain bikes are something all kinds of marketing people have decided for a long time now: that's what normal people want "rough and tough image! this'll go great in the back of your 4wd on 33s!" so they're low priced (or maybe the enthusiast/niche/"real" bikes are artificially overpriced, I do understand my new bike has better components, and probably a slightly better engineered frame than my DB, but nowhere near $450 more worth of)


Just stay away from the walmart/target/academy brands. Wife's wmart mongoose/brother's academy something or other are both way crappy compared to my DB and cost the same new.

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Old 06-13-14, 10:50 PM
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I would check out what this guy has

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/4475965895.html

maybe these

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/4518690113.html

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/4514493833.html

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/4515957828.html
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Old 06-13-14, 10:59 PM
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I just got an old Peugeot similar to the one in the first CL ad. Great bike!


Those Diamondbacks are good too, especially if you can find one w/ the cro-moly frame and fork.

Good luck w/ your search....
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Old 06-14-14, 10:42 AM
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Spin the wheels and make sure they are round. Non-round wheels can be an expensive fix.

Don't be afraid to shop if you can. And check out estate sales and tell all your friends that you are looking for a bike. My main bike now was a freebie from a friend of my then wife. When I got it, all I had to do was add things like fenders, lights and a cheap rack. Estate sales are good because everything is for sale, not just the stuff that people don't want anymore.
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Believe it or not, you can find a decent bike in Las Vegas for less than $100 but it sure would help if you had enough knowledge about bikes to be able to weed out the endless crap that shows up at second hand stores, at garage sales, and worst of all on CL. If you can see the bike up close and in person you would be able to tell right away if it will fit you. They show up in places like Goodwill, Savers, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army. The quality bikes sell as soon as they are put out according to the guy at the Salvation Army As-Is Store in North Las Vegas. Garage sales are the next best place to look.

Here's a few hints that may help. You need a fairly large frame. If you stand over the frame on a regular diamond frame bike and there are inches between you and the frame it is too small. You should be nearly touching the frame. Look for a bike that has quick release on both front and rear wheels. Anything with nuts holding the wheels on is junk. Avoid any bike with front or rear suspension. Most $100 used bikes with suspension are obese and the suspensions don't really work. They just make it a lot heavier. Pick up the bike. It shouldn't feel like you just picked up a set of barbells. I wouldn't buy anything that weighs more than 30 pounds. You can weigh a bike by using a bathroom scale. Weigh yourself, and then repeat while holding the bike steady. The difference is the weight of the bike within a pound. If you are mechanically inclined, then an older bike that may need tires, lubricating the moving parts, and making adjustments will be the perfect choice. You can learn how to do these things online if you don't already know how. It is nice to have a few basic bike tools but not absolutely necessary. I bought several such bikes in Las Vegas for between $7 and $30 to be refurbished for kids in a Scout Troop. The only parts needed were tires ($12-$15 each online) and brake pads. It takes some sweat equity to get them in perfect running shape but not anything near $100. There are no bike co-ops in Las Vegas, so forget that route.
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Old 06-14-14, 01:36 PM
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Go to Wal-mart, try the bicycles on the floor, see what you like?
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Great idea. Go to WalMart and buy a $100 bicycle shaped object. Don't forget the sales tax so it really is a $92 bike. Then again, you can always find these BSOs in the second hand stores for $20 - $40 and pay no sales tax if it a true charity. For every decent bike that shows up at Goodwill there are probably a hundred crap bikes that started out their life in WalMart, Target, KMart and the like. For $100, I can guarantee it will be heavy and have the lowest possible cost components.
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