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Old 06-17-11, 12:11 AM
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Which one should I buy?

I think you guys get a lot of these posts, and I apologize for adding to it

I'm just a casual rider, I don't need anything special, just something that will last a few years. I'm looking at these 3 options - they're all priced about the same.




I'm about 5' 10" I'd say? No clue really. Somewhere around there What bike would you recommend? Right now I ride, maximum, about 50 miles a week. That might change if I get a bike that's easier to ride than a mountain bike

So, suggestions? 200-250 is basically my price limit.
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Old 06-17-11, 03:08 AM
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At that price, I would not buy a bike with front suspension (or any kind of suspension for that matter). Decent suspension can be nice, even for casual riding but it costs money. Non-decent suspension is heavy, not very good at its intended job, and basically just one more thing to break.
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421, what kind of mountain bike do you have now? The bikes you're looking at aren't very high quality. Upgrading your current bike might make more sense.

Another option is to search for a nice used bike on Craig's list.

Of the three under consideration, the Willy looks the slickest. The large (standover height = 29in) should fit you. It features a rigid fork which as Juha noted is generally preferred at this price point.

If you will be riding in hilly terrain though, you might prefer a front derailleur and at least two chainrings.

The Miramar got great reviews and would be a better choice if your riding includes off-road, uneven dirt paths, etc.

The Willy can probably handle unpaved, hardpacked, level bike trails, but would be out of it's element on anything rougher.
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I would highly recommend looking at used bikes locally and see if you can get a LBS level bike in your price range. Overall, I think you'd end up being happier with it in the long run. Trek, Specialized, Giant all make good bikes, among others.
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Someone stole my old bike, so I've been using one of my friend's extras. Upgrading a non-existent bike isn't an option

I think I will go to a bike shop and see what they have. I live in a small town, so Craigslist doesn't have a wide variety of bikes.

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