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Recommend a Bike for Me to BUY

Joffrey

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MY criteria: $150 budget, should fit a 5' 8" male, most interested in road bike frame with straight bars, solid construction (hence vintage I guess), bike will be used for tooling around, 3mile commute to work and mayve occasional 10mile or so biking on roads and light trails.

Find me a bike! I'll buy it I promise! Go!!
 

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Gotta go used to make that work.
 

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Jeff, just browse craigslist and give a couple a try. Keep in mind that whatever you buy could probably use a shop tuneup, maybe new tires/new chain, at least, so factor that into your cost analysis.
 

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Oddly enough, my neighbor had a bike out for garbage pickup this morning that prob would've fit you (picked up by now). Suggest you hit up some garage sales.
 

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Originally Posted by shoreman1782
Jeff, just browse craigslist and give a couple a try. Keep in mind that whatever you buy could probably use a shop tuneup, maybe new tires/new chain, at least, so factor that into your cost analysis.

Plus I'd need a lock and a helmet. I do check craigslist but I hate not knowing what's a good buy (apart from brand names like Specialized and Nishiki).

Do it for me!

I should add the bike should be within 30 miles of DC.
 

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Originally Posted by edmorel
try Toys R Us.

Well if someone grew up on toy r us bikes they are not gonna have a realistic idea on how much a bike is.

To this day most people don't seem to realize a really nice road bikes is 5 grand. You want to get the bike Lance uses it's 10 grand. You want the best colnago made it's 20 grand.
 

Mark from Plano

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nvm
 

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Originally Posted by turboman808
To this day most people don't seem to realize a really nice road bikes is 5 grand. You want to get the bike Lance uses it's 10 grand. You want the best colnago made it's 20 grand.

Very true as "upgrade" fever can run rampant, at least for me. For my last weightweenie project, I spent thousands on carbon fiber and titanium bits to get every last gram out.
 

Mark from Plano

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Originally Posted by Jodum5
MY criteria: $150 budget, should fit a 5' 8" male, most interested in road bike frame with straight bars, solid construction (hence vintage I guess), bike will be used for tooling around, 3mile commute to work and mayve occasional 10mile or so biking on roads and light trails.

Find me a bike! I'll buy it I promise! Go!!


http://easternshore.craigslist.org/bik/1831159240.html
 

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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
http://easternshore.craigslist.org/bik/1831159240.html

HAHA I should have read better. I saw the word vintage and skipped the rest I am afraid to admit.


Even worse I just bought 2 of these bikes this year so I could introduce my fiance to riding. Worse still, I rode mine to work and it's right behind me.



I'm 5'8 and have a 17.5. You can see in the picture that bike is the same size so he is good to go.
 

Mark from Plano

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Originally Posted by turboman808
HAHA I should have read better. I saw the word vintage and skipped the rest I am afraid to admit.


Even worse I just bought 2 of these bikes this year so I could introduce my fiance to riding. Worse still, I rode mine to work and it's right behind me.



I'm 5'8 and have a 17.5. You can see in the picture that bike is the same size so he is good to go.


I have the 7.2FX. I'm not much of a rider, but wanted something for tooling around and getting some exercise. I bought mine new though (on sale) and it was around $500 or so. I'm 6'0" so mine's a bigger frame. Still, for what I use mine for it's a good bike.
 

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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
I have the 7.2FX. I'm not much of a rider, but wanted something for tooling around and getting some exercise. I bought mine new though (on sale) and it was around $500 or so. I'm 6'0" so mine's a bigger frame. Still, for what I use mine for it's a good bike.


Yeah 7.2 as well. I think I paid $1100 for the pair. Glad I didn't spend anymore because it turns out my girl doesn't like riding as much as I do.

I had this fantasy that she was gonna love it and I was gonna buy her a 5k race bike and we would ride hundreds of miles every weekend. It was only a fantasy.
 

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