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Old 06-02-10, 07:20 PM
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need a new bike on a budget

My old nishiki Exploded, collar bones healed but my bikes totaled. Could I get a recommendation on a good road bike for 350 that's built for speed?
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Old 06-02-10, 07:34 PM
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Nothing new, that's for sure. You didn't say which model/year Nishiki you owned. If it was a early 70s or a low end 80s, replacement will be easy. If we're talking about a mid 80s upper level Nishiki, like a Prestige with a Tange 2 frame, replacing it will take a little work. SOooo what did you have?
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Old nishiki rally 10 speed from 78 with classy hi-ten, it wasn't that great but it's the bike that really got me into cycling. And for 350 I'd really like to upgrade because I only payed 80 for it and that came with an extra wheelset
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For $350, you should be able to buy a really nice 80s vintage bike like a Centurion Ironman or a Nishiki International with a Tange 1 frame. OR you should be able to buy a 5 or 5 year old entry level (Sora) brifter bike with a carbon fork and aluminum frame. $350 is not a bad amount of money for a nice used bike.
But no way are you going to get anything worth while in a new bike and that includes BD bikes. If you increase your budget to $500 and if you know how to work on bikes, you might be able to get an entry level BD bike with aluminum frame ( if you're lucky maybe steel,) 8 speed brifters and a carbon fork.
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Awww man Well I'm boned there i live in FL near the coast So any finds are normally rusted out and the few bikes get snagged fast because of the big triathlon That happens every year, which makes every Tom, dick and Harry feels the need to buy a bike for their new life goal of finshing a triathlon
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You're gonna have to get lucky on the used market. 350 would get you something nice around here.
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Awww man Well I'm boned there i live in FL near the coast So any finds are normally rusted out and the few bikes get snagged fast because of the big triathlon That happens every year, which makes every Tom, dick and Harry feels the need to buy a bike for their new life goal of finshing a triathlon
OK, GO to the C&V forum, look up a dude with the handle Miamijim. He's a very reputable flipper in Florida. For $350, I'm sure Jim can hook you up with a good bike. Because he knows his stuff he'll check out the bike and make sure it's all working properly with good tires, chain etc.
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My old nishiki Exploded, collar bones healed but my bikes totaled. Could I get a recommendation on a good road bike for 350 that's built for speed?
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You can save 50% by going direct and doing the assembly yourself.

Shimano 2200 STI, 24 Speed Road Bike Dawes Lightning 1000 $389
Lightweight Aluminum Frame, Shimano 2200 shifter/brake levers

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