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Time for a replacement :(

Old 12-26-13, 11:09 AM
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Time for a replacement :(

My bike baby was just recently stolen. PICTURE For those that canít see the image, itís a shiny green LeMond Alpe D'Huez. Iíve filed police reports, contacted local bike and pawn shops, and even put up fliers. Itís been almost 3 weeks, and no new info. I hate to say it, but I think my Emerald City is gone forever.

Now I have the task of getting a new road bike. While I loved the LeMond, I donít want to get the same bike again. Iím not that kind of guy. One thing that was great about the LeMond was that it was durable, and good on those bad city roads. It could take a pothole and keep on truckiní.

Any recommendations of a comparable bike that I could probably buy used? Iím looking at a <$500 starting point, since Iím still in college, and can trick out the wheels and fix it up later. This is just to get me back on the road for the time being.

I will appreciate any feedback!
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Old 12-26-13, 12:07 PM
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That's a shame. Looks like you did everything you could to keep it from being a target of theft.

Good luck on your search. There should be many used bikes on CraigsList in your price range.
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Sorry to hear about the loss. Your Lemond looked ultra attractive compared to the typical college bikes. Get a cheap beater!
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Is your college in a busy city? Search in the craigslist bike section, 52cm, 52 cm, 52, small, per your respective frame size of course. Also, a beater hybrid is a good idea, I occasionally forget to lock my silver trek 7.2 2008 when I rush to class and no one has stolen it yet (knock on wood )
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I'm sorry to read about the theft. That LeMond looked like a very cool bike. One thing in your favor is that with the carbon craze, there are a lot of good deals on used steel bikes. In addition to what svtmike suggested (CraigsList), perhaps you can find some deals on Ebay, at bike shops that accept trade ins, or (not to rub salt in the wound, really) perhaps at a police auction?
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Sorry for your loss. My advice will be to get a bike you like around 400 and then to buy a kryptonite with theft insurance. Once you graduate you can get whatever you like and keep the old one as a winter/casual/n+1 bike.

If you're not doing a lot of climbs, you can consider a fixie as well.
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Man, that just really sucks. I hope you find her again, or get one you like soon!!!
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i know exactly what that feels like, getting your ride stolen. pretty awful, indeed.

CL is probably your best bet for finding a sleeper bike. looks like poo, rides like a dream. that's probably the best thing to do, for now. but, you don't have to go to extremes. there are plenty of older quality bikes out there that won't be on a thief's radar.

if you're still going to upgrade components afterwards, upgrade your security, too. always use a u-lock, never a cable lock. it's like al dente pasta to a properly equipped bike thief. granted, no lock guarantees absolute security, but a good u-lock is going to slow a thief down and cause them to look for a better opportunity. if upgrading your wheels, definitely pop the front off, whenever the opportunity allows, and lock it to the bike with the u-lock. this can be difficult under certain conditions, but a thief will do more damage to the bike, probably, making it a low percentage grab.

see if you can go without too many add-ons, the aero bars, etc. a thief will take stuff off of your bike. if you like to stretch out, you can slam your bars the rest of the way and that'll get you some stretch, too.
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