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New or used bike(6 posts)

New or used bikeingLatour
Dec 3, 2003 11:51 AM
Is it better do buy used or new when you have around 2000-3000$ for a bike?
me.....african
Dec 3, 2003 12:02 PM
I would buy new.
If you can, build your own!shrEd
Dec 3, 2003 12:46 PM
I had $2000-2500 to spend last summer and I ended up building my own bike and it's really worth it if you can...You learn a lot about your bike and get to spec it out exactly like you want it...

Good Luck,
Ed
I take a different approach.Fez
Dec 3, 2003 1:19 PM
Building a high-end bike from scratch can be fun, but it can get real expensive if you are buying the parts separately.

Its usually cheaper to get the complete bike, if possible. I just try to buy a complete bike with top-end components and wheelset and hopefully all I have to replace is the stem and saddle.
re: New or used bikeMShaw
Dec 3, 2003 5:24 PM
Yes. It can be better either way.

If you're a cheap, mechanically minded, SOB like me, you could put together 2+ bikes for that $2-3000.

If you're not, or you need it in a hurry, then new is better.

With the invention of ebay, the ads on this site, etc. you can find almost anything your little heart desires for pennies on the dollar.

Mike
Personally, I buy used.bimini
Dec 4, 2003 6:31 AM
I do all my own bike repairs so if there is a problem on the used bike (there always are) I just get the parts and repair it.

Look for a good frame and fork first with the parts group you are after. Assume you will have to replace some of the wear items. Also, rarely does the bike have the wheel set you want, so consider the wheels on the bike the training set and then buy a good set of new or used wheels.

If you are not the do it yourself type. Buy, new. There are some great bikes in that price range you can get new. A good LBS or etailer allows you to substitute the parts and upgrades you want.