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OfflineAdamist
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Bicycles... those that know, Speak!!
    #4213677 - 05/24/05 12:28 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I am soon to be without any form of gasoline-fueled transportation, and want to use the money from selling my vehicles to buy a nice bicycle.
I don't know much about them, but I do know that I don't want a cheap piece from Anal-Mart or some such.  :thumbdown:
I'm willing to spend up to $500, if it's worth the money, but I want something that's going to be good enough to ride 100 mile trips and whatnot... as well as inner-city navigation.

So, for those that are knowledgeable in this area... can you offer me some advice?
I'm sure there's plenty of bikers here @ the Shroomery...  :cool:

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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4213690 - 05/24/05 12:34 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The TREK 4500



NICE BIKE!! It's about 5 bills. Here's a brief review;

Trek's 4500 is great for campus commutes, errands, even singletrack adventures. The Alpha Aluminum frame feels light enough to float yet is built tough to hold its own in the durability department. Plus, the 4500's first-rate components include a RockShox Judy TT fork, Shimano drivetrain, Bontrager ACX tires and powerful linear-pull brakes.

If you're in/around the Seattle area, my uncle owns a bikeshop. He'll hook ya up! PM me if interested.

Sam


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Sammy]
    #4213695 - 05/24/05 12:36 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

That looks like the pimp-shit... but it's honestly worth $500?

btw, I'm about as far from Seattle as can be, in the U.S. :frown:


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4213726 - 05/24/05 12:45 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

To fully answer your question, you'll need to furnish a few preferences. Do you want a mountain bike like the one above?? A road bike like the one below... or a BMX/trick style bike??



Sam


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4213727 - 05/24/05 12:46 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

depends on what you want. if you just want a bike to get to point A to point B and no playing around in dirt or on the road. might as well get some cruiser with a big comfy seat. but if you want any road racing or mountain bike performance you will have to spend a lot more than 500 because the low end "good" bikes break everything because they have more working parts to break than a cruiser bike will.


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Sammy]
    #4213740 - 05/24/05 12:49 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

Sammy said:
To fully answer your question, you'll need to furnish a few preferences. Do you want a mountain bike like the one above?? A road bike like the one below... or a BMX/trick style bike??



Sam




Mainly I want something reliable and comfortable that's good for city riding.
It would be a nice side-factor if it would withstand medium off-road use...
but that's not my primary concern.


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: buckwheat]
    #4213755 - 05/24/05 12:53 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

This bike has got it all. Performance. Innovation. Quality. Style. Value. Whether it?s on the rhythm section of your local dirt jumps, grinding down a rail at your local skate park, or in front of a crowd at the X-Games, this bike has got it all. A Real mans bike.


















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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Irradiated_Feces]
    #4213790 - 05/24/05 01:03 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Damn that is off the chaiiiiin!


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4213812 - 05/24/05 01:08 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

All it needs is a bright orange flag for the back of the banana seat.  :thumbup:


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Irradiated_Feces]
    #4214820 - 05/24/05 05:39 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Yes! Yes! Yes!


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: AbstractHarmonix]
    #4215782 - 05/24/05 08:48 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

i have a Specialized Crossroads bike. cost me $350 and i take it everywhere. it's great on the road and on dirt paths. it's a hybrid so it'll comfortably take u anywhere - but not to extremes. Specialized makes awesome bikes so i really think they'd suit u well.


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4215805 - 05/24/05 08:55 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

get something like this


it's a womans bike, but they are smooth. You also dont have to worry about mashing your balls on the bar. I had one (in that shape/style but more basic) and it was the best bike i ever owned... on road, off road, it didnt matter, it was smooth. 1 speed but still very good.. i got it for free, and rode the shitt out of it.. make sure it has skinny tires, but nt like the really skinny tires.. this will get you best proformance on street, and little on dirt, but nothign extreem. also, the rack in the back is pimp when you got shit you need to carry... use a bungi cord to hold shit.

and the bike should have the splash guards... it sucks walking into a store with a strip of mud down your back...

note the handle bars and the shape of the bike... this will do you just right, and you could probably pick one up cheap at a yardsale, craigslist, or a bike shop (i wouldnt pay more than $100).


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Phychotron]
    #4215810 - 05/24/05 08:56 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

oh yea, basicaly, look for something that looks like a beach cruizer but less heavy duty (keep an eye on the handle bars, they give you a good clue as to how the thing will ride, and you dont want to be huntch down the whole time like on a mountain bike or street bike... you wanna cruiz and pedle....


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Phychotron]
    #4215824 - 05/24/05 08:59 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

you want something like this

... a coaster... trust me on this one...


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Phychotron]
    #4215846 - 05/24/05 09:05 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I do all mountain biking heavy duty down-hill stuff so I don't think I can help

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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Retired]
    #4216084 - 05/24/05 10:12 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)



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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4216193 - 05/24/05 10:39 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

If you're willing to spend a little more than 500, Novara and Cannondale make superb road bikes. There's one Cannondale (the big boy or something?) has a mountain bike frame with road bike specs, so you get the best of both worlds and so it can ride on dirt trails too, for example.


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Delyrium]
    #4216536 - 05/25/05 12:05 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

Delyrium said:
i have a Specialized Crossroads bike. cost me $350 and i take it everywhere. it's great on the road and on dirt paths. it's a hybrid so it'll comfortably take u anywhere - but not to extremes. Specialized makes awesome bikes so i really think they'd suit u well.




I'd second this, the Crossroads was the best bike I every owned, gave me many years of service and I still regret giving it away. Hybrids' larger wheels are much better for road riding than mountain bikes, but they still give a comfortable ride. I'd avoid aluminium frames unless you really need the lightness, they're less forgiving.


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Adamist]
    #4216568 - 05/25/05 12:15 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I want to get a real mountain bike, yes it needs to be atleast $300 dollars or it is too heavy, I have a wanna be mountain bike it is only 150 bucks..but it gets me around.
I want to get a real one, they are so light, after you ride on those things, you think twice about bicycles. I also want to try mountain biking some with a real one of course.. but when I can afford the helmet the camelback and all the equiptment included. I do smoke but what a way to get that shit out of your lungs, besides I ride my bike now..beats the hell out of spending all that damn money on gas...but don't get me wrong I like cars and other vehicles too..


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Re: Bicycles... those that know, Speak!! [Re: Skunk420]
    #4216724 - 05/25/05 01:09 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

cruiser all the way
screw gears and hand breaks
your a real biker if you can ride one everywhere.
i have hiked mine up mountains and then mountain biked it down through the forest
just be prepared to break your bike :wink:


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