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Old 07-26-19, 05:40 AM
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Need a new bike

It's been a few years since I regularly rode my mountain bike. A driver's license and a dirt bike will do that to you. My wife and i want to stay in shape and we though biking would be a good was at to do it. A little more enjoyable than a workout machine. Wr have plenty of gravel roads, public trails, both paved and dirt. Would eventually like to take ourselves north for some different scenery. We live in Michigan. My last bike was. A Pacific Tucson I bought with money from cutting grass in 8th grade. Cost me $84 new. Needless to say it doesn't shift right and the rims apparently like to bend. We are both looking to get a better bike without breaking the bank. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-26-19, 02:37 PM
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Questions like that are less hopeless to answer if you state a defined sum instead of a very vague reference like ”not breaking the bank”.
The bike industry today is very uniform. Comparable money buys you comparable bikes, regardless of brand. One might have better wheels, another better brakes, a 3rd has better shifters. While things like this might make you prefer one above the other, it’s rarely enough to make one universally agreeable better.
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Old 07-26-19, 03:08 PM
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I'd say what we are doing wouldn't require over $500. I know they go way beyond that price but it's not like ours would be beat on. We would just like to avoid some of the issues with department store bikes if possible.
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Old 07-26-19, 04:30 PM
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Visit a few bike shops and demo a few bikes to know what size and what style of bike you want to get. Then look at craigslist/etc to find a used but good/great shape bike for a much better value than buying new. Don't buy a used dept store throwaway bike. A 10 year old trek/c-dale/giant/etc with lx/xt/sora/tiagra/105/ultegra/etc that's been hanging in someones garage and has less than 1000 miles will be just fine and you'll get much more bike for your dollar.

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Ride it often.
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Old 07-26-19, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Money D View Post
Visit a few bike shops and demo a few bikes to know what size and what style of bike you want to get. Then look at craigslist/etc to find a used but good/great shape bike for a much better value than buying new. Don't buy a used dept store throwaway bike. A 10 year old trek/c-dale/giant/etc with lx/xt/sora/tiagra/105/ultegra/etc that's been hanging in someones garage and has less than 1000 miles will be just fine and you'll get much more bike for your dollar.

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Ride it often.
I used to ride all the time. Enjoyed it thoroughly just not when it broke all the time. My buddy had a GT aggressor or something like that he liked I think they were like $300 new. Didnt know about the quality of those.
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Old 07-26-19, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Money D View Post
Visit a few bike shops and demo a few bikes to know what size and what style of bike you want to get. Then look at craigslist/etc to find a used but good/great shape bike for a much better value than buying new. Don't buy a used dept store throwaway bike. A 10 year old trek/c-dale/giant/etc with lx/xt/sora/tiagra/105/ultegra/etc that's been hanging in someones garage and has less than 1000 miles will be just fine and you'll get much more bike for your dollar.

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Ride it often.
I have no "new" bikes. Only bikes that are new to me! I've enjoyed the process of fixing them to my standards, but a cheap bike from craigslist that's 10 years old might still eventually cost you another $80-$150 for little fixes and wear items like tires, cables and housing, chains, grease, and tape or grips, especially if you're paying someone else to do it. It's a wonderful gateway to the sport/hobby. Another option might be a bike co-op, where they've taken (usually less desirable) bikes and done all of that, and you pay for the bike to help support their charity (they're usually training people and might be giving bikes to the disadvantaged). Be honest about the type of riding you want to do, and go for it. New bikes cost a bit, but you'll usually have the LBS support for issues that might crop up.
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Old 07-27-19, 07:57 AM
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Wr have plenty of gravel roads, public trails, both paved and dirt. Would eventually like to take ourselves north for some different scenery. We live in Michigan.
For gravel roads and trails I favor a bike with wide tires and no suspension. Here's an example from Kona that I happen to like:

https://www.konaworld.com/dew.cfm

Those 47 mm wide tires on the Kona Dew will soak up a lot of rough pavement if you run them at lowish pressures. Going without suspensions means you don't lose energy to a bobbing front end. I run a Priority bicycle with rigid fork and the same tires on local singletrack.

The best thing is to visit some shops and get a feel for what's out there. Suspension is an option that you might prefer. I really do favor wide tires on gravel though. They are good for stability and bump absorption. Just MHO.
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If your budget for a new bike is $500 for two bikes, you are not going to find much worth riding, especially if you intend to ride them for years to come. Bike prices have risen enough that $500 is still in the entry level category for a new bike. Better than department store bikes but still with the lowest end components for a company like Shimano. The good news is that you can get a bike that fits if the store is competent. It's a lot harder to find a used bike that is the correct size, especially if you are at either end of the height scale.


There certainly are some bargains out there in used bikes but you really need to be able to identify which component groups are decent. There are lists online like these for Shimano road and mountain bike component groups https://www.choosemybicycle.com/en/w...nent-hierarchy and Ride on the Edge: BIKE GROUPSET HIERARCHY. Try to find something with mid-level components or better and also lightweight. A heavy bike is a dead giveaway for being cheap. The last thing is make sure the frame size is right for you. You can get an idea which frame size you need by visiting a bike shop and finding out which size road or MTB frame is right for you. Be sure to ask if they have any used bikes in stock. You might just be lucky and they have one available.
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Old 08-05-19, 04:09 PM
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A couple of 80's rigids with neon colors, and invest the rest of the 500 in to parts and some comedic t shirts. Or that is what I would do.
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