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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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New or used bike?

I haven't ridden a bike in years. I really want to start again but I am not sure if I should get a new one from a sporting goods store or get a used one in decent shape. I am not going to spend a lot of money because for what I'm going to be using it..not worth it. I do need something that can take some abuse tho..thats for sure.The ones in bike stores are awesome but definately over my budget. My budget is no more than $300. What do you guys think? I saw this one on Craigslist for $300. Any advise, comments?

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its a bit of a crapshoot either way. I don't know whats out there new for 300, and used bikes can be tough if you're unfamiliar. If it were me I'd look for a single speed rigid (no suspension) or hardtail (front suspension only) mountain bike. Gears and suspension add complexity, likelihood of failure, and cost. Look for used but you could find a deal on something new if you stick to bikes with minimal components. I'd avoid that craigslist bike for the reasons above.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a Nishiki hardtail last night at Dick's Sporting Good for $280. If it last me for about 4 or 5 seasons, I'll be ok.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 05:47 PM
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I started with a specialized hardrock. It was heavy but it never broke and I got the itch bad. Try and find a more current model that is used vs the bike you posted. If you aren't going to be riding singletrack then you can just get a hybrid that will be much nicer/newer.
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If a season is like a week long, you should be fine. After you get used to that Nishiki, check into fitting it up with a XX1 group. That would be badass. I guarantee you will be the only one with that setup. Power meter couldn't hurt either.

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