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Buying a (used/hoopty) bicycle

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by shoreman1782, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Bay Area
    Thanks for the recs and the tangential info, guys.

    As far as calling it a hoopty, I had some folks scrathing their heads on Ask Andy awhile back when I referred to a mediocre, but very wearable JosABank sportcoat as a "beater." In re-applying these terms to jackets and bikes, I am either showing off my mastery of idiosyncratic slang and demonstrating the fluidity of language and usage, or I am just making people scratch their heads.

    or maybe they have dandruff. HOOPTY-DOO!
  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Pennsylvania Ave/Connecticut Ave
    I'm toying with the idea of buying a bike. I can get most places I want by walking/public transportation, and I have a car, but I wouldn't mind having an alternate form of transportation handy.

    I am not in the market for high end, here. This is for riding around the neighborhood/to bars/to shows/maybe occasionally to work (about 5 miles, accessible on residential streets, for the most part), not for putting on a postal service uni and clipping in. Also, bikes get stolen around here pretty regularly, so flashy and new is not good. On the other hand, it's pretty hilly around here, so some functionality would be nice.

    Any recommendations? I've flipped through craigslist for a few days, assessing what's out there. Seems like, in the <$200 range, there's a lot of older road bikes and a few 90s model mountain bikes.

    What do you guys ride?

    Similar position as Shoreman was a while ago. What should I be looking out for and asking about when looking at possible purchases of a vintage or used bike? Here is what I've found for $60 not too far from me.



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    $60 seat needs replacing and shifter/gear issues so possible candidate to convert to single speed.

    Thanks and sorry for the dead thread revival. I saw no reason to create a new one.
  3. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Ha! I bought a bike a couple weeks ago. I can be very deliberate about such things; it only took me 3 YEARS from posting about buying a bike until actual purchase. Ridiculous.

    This is what I did. J, make sure you factor in the cost of fixing/tuning up--the bike I got for cheap needed new tires and a new frt wheel, plus a general tuneup (running me about $175 all in all). If you're not kind of a gear head, it can be tought to know what on a bike will need replacing, even when you see it in person.

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