Hey guys, great forum. Had a quick question, would be great if you could help me out. I'm looking to purchase a bike for myself, a beginner. I rode when I was younger (I'm now 21), looking to get back into it.
Is this a good deal? Can anyone tell me more about this type of bicycle? I googled it but could find very little.
You can get a reliable, bike-shop quality Giant for less than $300 right now. Avoid Xmart bikes. For a little more money, you should be getting a proper assembly, some free maintenance, and a bike that will last and hold its value, should you decide to sell it in the first year or so.
Giant, Trek, Felt, Specialized - they will all have some decent entry level bikes. But since Giant is the largest manufacturer, I've found that they seem to offer the best value. Any good bike shop should be able to help you assess your needs and find a bike within your budget.
I would buy any complete bike that functioned for 80 dollars. That's not enough money to get excited about. You'll always have a working bike and can get right back to saving for a better one without feeling you've blown a real nest egg. I would not spend 3-400 hundred on a low-end new machine when for a few hundred more you can get a much better bike. (600)
Get the cheap ride for little cash, work on it, learn on it, buy a better one later on when you have a better feel for what you really want and are able to spend real money.
And always save the early junker for skoots around town.
I think buying used is fine but a bike shop gives a new rider something John Q. Craig'sList can't and that is proper fit and proper purpose. I got my first real adult bike at a shop and bought a hybrid/commuter that I still ride and love nearly 20 years later.
I would suggest a nice reasonable bike with comfortable, upright sitting position. If it feels comfortable you will ride more. If it is uncomfortable and causes pain then you won't ride as much. I would avoid mountain bikes as they have a special purpose.
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