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Old 07-21-10, 02:44 AM
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newbie searching for a bike :)

Hi! I'm looking for an old road bike, nothing fancy at all, but my real problem is finding the right size (im 5 feet tall!) and then im also on a budget (can handle around $180 but would like less!) ... but anyways ive been searching on craigslist and noticed some people that have their own little business and sell those type of bikes but havent had much luck. is summer not the best time to look if im looking for a deal? would fall/winter be any more promising? any other tips as to where i can look to find one? just curious

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Old 07-21-10, 02:58 AM
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What kind of riding you looking to do???
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Old 07-21-10, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by cutelittlekitty View Post
Hi! I'm looking for an old road bike, nothing fancy at all, but my real problem is finding the right size (im 5 feet tall!) and then im also on a budget (can handle around $180 but would like less!) ... but anyways ive been searching on craigslist and noticed some people that have their own little business and sell those type of bikes but havent had much luck. is summer not the best time to look if im looking for a deal? would fall/winter be any more promising? any other tips as to where i can look to find one? just curious

thanks!

my cousin is in the exact same situation...i just showed her some deals on CL, honestly with biking getting more and more popular, its going to be hard to find "a good deal" but sometimes you can get lucky

summer is THE best time to ride!
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Old 07-21-10, 03:17 AM
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Id mainly be using it to get around campus but i would also like to use it for moderate exercise on the streets and id really like to try some trails. i guess this is my starting bike and if i really get into it then id eventually step it up with a better bike
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Old 07-22-10, 05:20 PM
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I would suggest a hybrid style bike, which you should be able to find, but it might be outside your price range...

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Old 07-29-10, 10:03 AM
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I agree with extort and hybrid bike would be ideal for you. And I got a very nice hybrid Marin bike from Sports Chalet on sale and since you're looking on craigslist i'm sure you'll find a good deal. Of course it will be a little difficult finding the right size bike, I understand completely because I'm barely 5'2'' and it took me awhile to find a bike in my size. I bought a clearance bike that the shop was getting rid of for the new line...it will take awhile but have no fear, you will find one! Patience...my two-wheeled friend.

You can always find just a frame and work from there?
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there are several places you could go to buy older bikes. hbbikeshop.com is a great place run by a great guy with even better bikes. Check out the site and give him a call, you have to make an appointment before going but he is very flexible. He has his collection of bikes all on his website and has many bikes in the sub 50cm range. You can be very sure of the quality there.
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