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Cheap bike for begginer?(4 posts)

Cheap bike for begginer?nhl856
Aug 2, 2003 8:42 PM
I have been wanting to try road for a while, not only cuz it looks like fun but I really could lose some weight and I figure this is the best way, anyway, I am looking for a very cheap road bike, no more then like 500 bucks. Does not have to be carbon or anything like that, but a half way decent spec that will last me a good amount of miles. I would prefer used, I figure I will get more bike for the money used, any help would be great!! I'm 5'5" by the way
re: Cheap bike for begginer?tmotz
Aug 2, 2003 9:19 PM
For used check the classifieds here or check E-bay.Did you notice the IBEX bicycle is having a August Bike Sale.Their ad is at the top of this website's homepage.I don't know anything about them but their prices are in your ballpark.
re: Cheap bike for begginer?Walter
Aug 3, 2003 4:21 AM
The Ibex is a possibility. Used is a good choice as you can get "more" bike. If this is your first roadbike purchase I'd recommend buying used only if you can actually ride the bike first. Both Motobecane and KHS have entry line bikes in your price range.

I'd imagine that others will chime in and tell you to avoid those and double your budget. That's just ignorance talking. The 3 brands mentioned, and now that I think of it you can add Iron Horse to the mix, are all as good if not better than bikes that were considered to be quality bikes in the 1980s. People back then rode centuries, did tours, did their early races and just had fun on those bikes by the thousands. Find one at a dealer make sure it fits and have fun.
Be careful!Spoke Wrench
Aug 3, 2003 5:13 AM
I can't overstate how important I think it is to get the size close to right. Before you even start looking for a bicycle, you need to figure out what size you need. It's like buying shoes. I think there are several sites, like Colorado Cyclist, which have fit guides. Be careful to measure yourself exactly as they describe.

The biggest problem with buying a used bike is that there is usually only one. All too often, people get wrapped up in what a good deal it is because it has Ultegra components for a low price and buy a bike that's two sizes too big. Don't let yourself fall into that trap.