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Old 05-18-15, 08:33 PM
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Need Advice For Purchase

First off hello everyone! (I should probably post in the introductions forums first, but oh well)

I've been thinking of buying a bike for some casual riding and general commuting such as from my apartment to classes and work.

I plan on getting a used bike (because I can't really afford a new one) and have been browsing craigslist for options. The problem is I have no experience buying or looking at bikes, so I need some (or a lot of) help.

I narrowed it down to 6 bikes, but am not sure whether I'd be better off buying more of a fixer-upper or one that's more "move-in ready". I also have no idea how much any of the bikes I'm looking at are worth, or how decent they might be (beyond a quick google search), which is what I'm hoping somebody can help me with.

Here are the options:
Schwinn Varsity - $50

Panasonic Bicycle - $80

AMF Roadmaster's - $125

Takara Deluxe Sport - $125

Dawes Lightening Sport - $200
Dawes lightening sport road bike

NiShiki road bike - $200

My price range is pretty low (as you can probably see from my choices), but any help or suggestions provided would be greatly greatly appreciated!
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The Nishiki raises red flags with the serial number being 0000000.

I'd probably say the Dawes.
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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
The Nishiki raises red flags with the serial number being 0000000.

I'd probably say the Dawes.
You could get a brand new but bottom of the lines Dawes Lightening (with Stem shifters) delivered to your door including tax for $259 (see Save Up to 60% Off Shimano Road Bikes - Dawes Lightning Sport AL) Its available in a number of colors and sizes.

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Actually the Takara doesn't look too bad.
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Regardless of your budget, riding "to classes" should involve a cheap crappy unappealing bike and a good lock. That's not the application where you want a fine ride.

One rule of Craigslist is that with any great bargain, by the time you post it and discuss it online, it's already gone. Whereas if it's overpriced, it'll linger for months on there.

If you live somewhere flat as a pancake, or close, consider a single-speed for simplicity.

It's easier to get tires for more modern bikes. Speaking of which, good tires will run about $50 each, so stuff like tires or chains or cables or brake pads that need upgrading can bump the price up quite a bit.

Wait, isn't this the end of the semester? Aren't there 8,000 kids leaving a college campus right now trying to get rid of bikes?

A major item you didn't address is what size are those bikes, and what size do you need. That'll cull the list right down.
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