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Newbie wanting a rig(14 posts)

Newbie wanting a rigpeterjh9
Mar 25, 2002 9:57 AM
Hi All,

I am a mountain biker who is unable to hit the trails on weekdays.
However, I still want to ride, so I hit the road after work.
I am not liking riding my MB on the road at all.
I would love to get a road bike, but I have hardley any disposable income to spend at all.

Any recommendations on a bike around $200 or so???

I do not race, or ride competitively. I basically want this road rig for excercise and training for MB'ing.

I already know to stay far far away from dept stores and bargain bulk stores.

I have a Giant MB, and like it.

Thank-you much in advance
hmmmm.SteveO
Mar 25, 2002 10:11 AM
cant get much for 200 bucks (even for spendthrifts like me).

your best bet would be to find a friend, or a dealer you can trust, to set you up with a used rig.

since your doing this purely for excercise, speed is irrelevent. why dont you take your 200 bucks, buy a set of MTB wheels and slick tires, and use your current bike on the road. You'll be getting a better workout for mbing.
Not a bad ideapeterjh9
Mar 25, 2002 11:11 AM
I would have to buy two wheelsets, 2 slicks, 2 tubes, and 2 Avid disk brake rotors.

Might not be a bad idea.

Thanks for the suggestion.

And thanks to all who responded.
Post a wtb ad in the RBR classifiedsSlipstream
Mar 25, 2002 10:21 AM
Specify what size you are looking for and how much you want to spend. Who knows, you might find someone who has a great used bike that he/she is not using and might just want to part with it.
and...SteveO
Mar 25, 2002 10:41 AM
state your geographic area... as its probably not worth someone shipping you a bike for 200.
re: Newbie wanting a rigbigskulls
Mar 25, 2002 10:31 AM
Could you deal with an old bike? I've been looking for cheap bikes too, and just stumbled across this today. Never ordered from them, but maybe someone else has....

www.cyclart.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=AVL
Cyclart.com is a restoration companyLone Gunman
Mar 25, 2002 10:43 AM
And he marks up his stuff substantially that comes into his possession. clubvelo.com is an online swap board and the classifieds here, or you could piece a bike together with a Chucks bikes $45 frame or Nashbar $150 frame...
$200 for a roadbike????HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (nm)Rusty McNasty
Mar 25, 2002 12:09 PM
re: Newbie wanting a rigKEN2
Mar 25, 2002 12:15 PM
Look at ebay, there is a range of used road bikes and prices and if you are patient you may hook up with something in your price range. You'll need to get properly sized for a road frame first at a shop, though.
re: Newbie wanting a rigMikeC
Mar 25, 2002 12:27 PM
Bike shops often have "consignment" sales at the beginning of the season. People take their old bikes there, and the shop sells them for them. Sometimes they do it in the name of a local club, and sometimes they convert the seller's proceeds into store credit.
I sold a 1980s Bianchi steel bike in very good condition for $120 at one of these events last year. The bike was an extremely ridable 14-speed, and I'm absolutely positive that it would have given you a better road ride than anything you could do to your MTB. At about 23 lb, I'm sure it was lighter, too. There were at least two or three other bikes there in the same size at that price range.
Find out if any of your local shops does anything like this (it will probably be under a tent), determine the correct size for yourself, take a knowledgable roadie along with you, and find yourself a bargain!
re: Newbie wanting a rigIcefrk13
Mar 25, 2002 12:51 PM
All else fails just buy a pair of slicks and swap tires. Start saving and when you have 500-600 go get somthing a little newer.
Used bikes on garage sales. (nm)tz
Mar 25, 2002 1:07 PM
INDEED. Spring is here, daffodils and dandelions are up, andscottfree
Mar 25, 2002 3:24 PM
200 million bikes with 20 miles or less on them are leaning up against card tables on the front lawns of America! Find one that fits and make an offer. Yard sales are the great unspoken resource for good cheap bikes (and retro spare parts)in this great & generous land!
Thanks Allpeterjh9
Mar 26, 2002 7:43 AM
Until I can save up some more dough or find a sweet deal, I am going to cruise the streets ona 20 year old 10-speed that has been in my garage.
Hey, its better than nothing hahaha