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Folks, it has been 70F for a couple days, and I am already thinking of buying a bicycle. We've got plenty of trails around town.
Do bike owners have any suggestions on what to buy? Well, I wouldn't want to spend more than $300. And prefer a Mountain bike; hardtail, or even rigid would do.
 
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$300 won't go very far at a new bicycle shop, but I think you'll find plenty of great bikes in the classifieds. If I were you I'd check that out. If you could spend your $300 on something that was originally twice that cost or more, you'd have something much nicer to ride than if you just go spend it on something brand new. If you have any friends who are into biking they can teach you how to recognize good components vs. cheap ones, and everyone has their own suggestions on what manufacturers they think are best.
 
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Id suggest getting a cbr600. Its only like 28 times your budget, but youll be happy you got 1.
 
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Thanks for your advice. I somehow feel disinclined to go for a used bike, even though, like you say Peter, that can probably get me a nicer bike.
In all probability, I'll be buying a virgin bike ... I'll update you on what I got!

[This message has been edited by Nanhesru Ningyake (edited April 28, 2001).]
 
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here is the nice one
yeah !!!
 
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This looks really cool; atleast in the second & third pics. In the first pic, somehow the rods connecting to the wheel seem too flimsy. And can I do a wheelie with this
 
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I'm more of a roadie personally, but why not try something like this:
BikeFinder
You can price and compare bikes from most major manufacturers, and get the low down dirty specs. I love Cannondales, but I think Specialized will get you better components.
Have fun!
 
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Connie, thanks for that link. That's a really neat site, with tons of info.
I only wish the comparisons would also explain the differences in plain product quality terms. Like for instance, comparing the rear derailleur of a Giant Sedona SE and a Specialized Expedition Sport, it says the Giant has a SRAM ESP 3.0, whereas the Specialized has a Shimano Alivio. So unless I know something about these components, there's no way of telling which one's better.
I test rode a few bikes yesterday. I loved the Specialized Expedition Sport, it is so comfortable. Am also considering the Specialized Hardrock Sport FS, which is a more serious mountain bike. Have you heard anything about these bikes?
 
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I got my bike yesterday!
It's a Raleigh SC40. Really cool maroon-red color; very comfortable (part of the Sport Comfort series). Cost me $319.99. I have customized it to make it look like a real mountain bike. Now I'll be flying o'er the meadows, and the hills
Raleigh gives the best components for the buck. Very solid, reliable bikes. The English folk here should know!

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