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Old 03-06-12, 02:37 AM
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Newbie needs advice!

Hi everyone! I'm a newbie with road bikes (and bikes in general), but I'd like to get one to commute to/from school (~8 miles). After snooping around the internet and speaking with a few friends, I found this: <http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/mirage_pro_xii.htm>, which to me seems like a moderately good deal. What do you think? Can I get a better deal elsewhere? Am I better off buying parts and getting a local store to assemble it for me? Any opinion, feedback, etc is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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If you mean this bike here:

www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/mirage_pro_xii.htm

Bikesdirect.com is sold out of every size but two, 47 cm and 52cm. If you're unlucky enough to fit one of those two sizes, then you'll be unlucky enough to order that far down on the low end of road bikes.

Thumbs down on that buy, son!!!

Just get a nice commuter hybrid and save yourself a hundred bucks to boot!

www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/cafe_latte_x.htm

You're welcome!

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Old 03-06-12, 03:21 AM
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I agree with Slim; that bike has pretty low end components. I think you can find better bikes on BD for $500. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../liberty_2.htm has Tiagra/Sory components. Is your budget $500? A complete bike will be much cheaper than buying parts.


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I'd try to scrape together another $100 and get this one: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../liberty_x.htm
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Craigslist for a college beater.
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Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post
I'd try to scrape together another $100 and get this one: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../liberty_x.htm
That's a nice one, but I have to agree with Pendergast, if you're in college and this is your budget range, it's hard to beat a good deal on Craigslist, as long as you know what you're looking at.
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Hey Eat, what kind of commute are you doing? Do you just need transportation or are you going to be hauling books and stuff? Through rain and snow? Bad roads? Start/stop traffic?

If so, you may want something like Slim suggested that you can put beefy tires and or a rack or fenders on.
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Go to REI: The price benefit of a big box store and the LBS benefit of a knowledgeable mechanic staff. Plus the bikes are very nice and the customer service is outstanding.

Also you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee, a free post-buy tuneup, and a 10% annual rebate if you're a member.
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I think the OP should look for a reputable reseller in her/his area, $500 can buy alot of used bike. I also think a Hybrid or MTB would make a better campus bike. the flat or slightly raised bars make it easier to control everything while juggling a parcel in on hand
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