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Old 08-16-11, 03:48 AM
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beginner looking for new bicycle suggestions

(is this an appropriate sub-forum?)

i want to get a new bicycle. haven't ridden since i was a kiddie so i'm very much a beginner for now. before i go to the local bicycle shop to try out some bikes i want to have a good idea of what to look for.

basically i'll be riding it every day as a short commute (4km each way). it will be a leisurely commute - won't need to rush or transport anything. the route will be about 50% tarmac, 40% maintained lawn (like a soccer field), 10% thicker grass / pavement bumps etc.

budget is around $400/$500. i like the idea of the bike coming from the "alternate" range of a solid manufacturer like Kona or Trek, or any manufacturer that has a lot of champion riders using their bikes - if that's silly please tell me. bike must not be too technical - i'm thinking single gear. bike must be kinda lightweight. bike must be sturdy enough to handle the odd pothole or pavement climb or whatever. bike must be fun to ride.

any suggestions appreciated!
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Old 08-16-11, 04:05 AM
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https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm
I would recommend that. Cross brakes. Nice low gearing for grass/dirt. Fits good wide tires again for grass/dirt.

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Originally Posted by stryper
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm
I would recommend that. Cross brakes. Nice low gearing for grass/dirt. Fits good wide tires again for grass/dirt.
+1. This is also a great bike as well:

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../kilott_wt.htm

It has the ability to fit crazy wide tires and is sturdy enough for your daily commute.
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Originally Posted by stwopaat
budget is around $400/$500. i like the idea of the bike coming from the "alternate" range of a solid manufacturer like Kona or Trek, or any manufacturer that has a lot of champion riders using their bikes - if that's silly please tell me. bike must not be too technical - i'm thinking single gear. bike must be kinda lightweight. bike must be sturdy enough to handle the odd pothole or pavement climb or whatever. bike must be fun to ride.
Yes it is silly, especially since the single-speed offerings of many of the big manufacturers (what you'll see in a LBS) are just lame bandwagon attempts.

As mentioned, the Kilo WT sounds right up your alley.
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I'd go to LBS or go with a used model if you aren't sure what kind of sizing you want, rather than mail-order, especially if you haven't purchased a bike in a long time. A wrong size can mean back & knee pain, no fun.
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Kilo...... WT
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Originally Posted by jaytron
kilo...... wt
oh lord

THE AXIS OF THE UNIVERSE HAS SHIFTED
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find a local bike shop you like and let them take it from there
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