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Which bike is a better deal?

Old 10-04-11, 05:25 PM
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Which bike is a better deal?

I currently have a Trek mountain bike; I would like to get an entry level road bike, and I've been searching online to order one. I found two relatively inexpensive Schwinn bikes on Amazon. They seem to have different features: one looks like the traditional road bike, while the other (called a 'courier bike') has a slightly different handlebar set up.

I should point out I'm going for increased speed and distance, but realistically if I need to sacrifice one for the other, I'd go for speed (though I'm sure at this price range, there won't be huge differences)

Both bikes got overall high reviews, with a few complaints on small details.

I'm new to the road bike world, any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

Here are the links:
Schwinn Mens Prelude BBWhite
Schwinn Mens Courier Bicycle
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Both bikes come with kickstands which is sweet. What kind of riding will you be doing? What is the terrain in your area? What is your budget for a quality bike?
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You really can't compare those bikes. One is a single-speed and the other is a 14-speed. Do you want to be able to shift gears or not?
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Before you spend that on a new Prelude, check your local CL for a few days. I see them for less than half the new price on CL on a regular basis and generally barely ridden.
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None of the above.
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Both bikes come with kickstands which is sweet.
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Yea I'm going to have to go with NOTA as well. Do you have a budget? I would also suggest CL.
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@joe_5700: mostly flat terrain (bike path), with the exception of a few hills getting on/off the bike path. Inexpensive is the key word here , I'm cool with the prices on these bikes but not too much more.

@haaseg: I know the commuter bike has the option to convert it so it has gears. I've never ridden a single speed and I'll be honest, I don't know the benefits of having one.

@punkncat: I've been watching CL for a couple weeks now, it's been pretty stagnant. I saw one bike in particular that I liked but it turned out to be too big. Other offers have been way too high for my liking ($800, $1200,...)
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Originally Posted by joe_5700
Both bikes come with kickstands which is sweet. What kind of riding will you be doing? What is the terrain in your area? What is your budget for a quality bike?
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