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Old 04-23-19, 10:05 PM
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Hey guys! I havenít owned a bike in probably 10 years but I would like to get back into it. Picking the proper bike seems like a daunting task so Iím asking for advice! Iíd like to ride mainly on paved roads, possibly some
gravel and Iíd also like to put a toddler seat for my 3 year old on the back of my bike. What budget friendly options do suggest? I was hoping to keep it $400 or less for the bike but Iím finding thatís to very low end budget possibly??
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Old 04-24-19, 12:51 PM
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The first requirement for a bike is one that fits. My first bike about 8 or so years ago was from a consignment shop and cost $65. This was a great bargain because it was in fine condition. Sad to say it was way too big and as I began to do longer rides the poor fit became painfully obvious. So I would recommend doing whatever you can to determine the right size. After size, wider tires than the typical road bike would be better for gravel. Probably a width of 35 mm (say 1 1/2 inches). Then mounting points for the child seat. This is quite a bit of information to track down so don't be in a hurry.
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Old 04-24-19, 02:22 PM
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As long as you don't mind used, 400 could get you a decent hybrid. A new bike at that pricepoint usually isnt super reliable. Check out the local bike co-op or LBS for old consignments. There is always CL, but you'll want someone who know what they're doing to look at it.
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$400 is pretty low but ok MSRP for a name brand bike in a bike store, that's for recreational and not daily use. If you try to take a bike like that and ride it ten miles a day every day or 100 miles every weekend it will quickly show limits! On sale, or by mail order you can do a little better. For example this bike is $500 MSRP but last year's model is on sale $350 https://www.raleighusa.com/detour-2-step-thru-r141

For a kid seat you want to find a bike that has rack mounts. Most in this price range will, some more expensive ones do not. A step through frame is really good along with a kid seat so you don't have to do a karate kick to get your foot over the bike. Smaller frame sizes sometimes have trouble routing the upper rack stays around the brake but it can be done, if you need help you can ask at the bike shop.

Topeak and Copilot (Blackburn) both make baby seats that attach to an included standard rack so when you pop the seat off the rack can be used for other things. I used the Copilot and have been recommending it because it worked well for me, the Topeak version works with their other latching rack stuff and that seems cool too.
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The time is coming for lots of people to sell bikes - kids go off to college, addicts upgrade, etc. You can find fantastic bargains. A bike I loved a long time ago was an old Raleigh ten speed, it costs me 10 dollars. I changed tires, tweaked it and had a fun bike for well under 100 dollars.

The proper bike is one you enjoy - forget whatever other people say.
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