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Old 07-27-20, 08:22 PM
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New To Cycling: What To Buy

I am just getting started in cycling. I am wanting to get into better shape and a healthier life and feel cycling will be fun and challenging. I would like some advice on what to look at buying. I have seen some bikes online for thousands of dollars... was hoping to stay between 250-500 dollars. Any suggestions or tips. Mainly would be riding around towns and neighborhoods with average hills.

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Old 07-27-20, 08:56 PM
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Welcome to the fun and fitness of cycling! And welcome to the Bike Forum!

The best advice I can offer is go to a local bike shop, tell the sales staff what you want and how much money you have in the budget and proceed to buy a bicycle.
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Old 07-27-20, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Mcgbm21 View Post
I am just getting started in cycling. I am wanting to get into better shape and a healthier life and feel cycling will be fun and challenging. I would like some advice on what to look at buying. I have seen some bikes online for thousands of dollars... was hoping to stay between 250-500 dollars. Any suggestions or tips. Mainly would be riding around towns and neighborhoods with average hills.
The price of the bike is just one part of the budget. You have things like a helmet, shoes, clothing, basic tools, a pump and the list goes on.

Save your money for quality because in the long run it is cheaper and a reliable bike is something you can ride often and safely. Repairs can be costly so going too cheap makes no financial sense at all.

Used bikes often make the most sense as a first bike because many are rarely even used and sell for 50 cents on the dollar or less, generally.

So many people buy bikes and they just sit.
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Old 07-27-20, 09:58 PM
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Right now the supply of new bikes in your price range is best described as being dismal. Ditto for the supply of used bikes at reasonable prices. So many people stuck at home have decided to take up cycling that there is a nationwide shortage. If you do go the route of buying a used bike see if you can find someone who knows the difference between a decent bike and a piece of junk to help you. I used to cruise around the neighborhood looking at garage sales (very few these days) and while I would find a fair number of little-used bikes, most of them were from mass merchandisers (Walmart, Target, etc.) and not worth more than a glance.
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You need to find someone close by that knows bikes and pay them $50 to find you a bike on craigslist. Tell them exactly how you want to use the bike. They have to go look it over with you as well
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maybe that costs $100 I don't know
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I am just getting started in cycling. I am wanting to get into better shape and a healthier life and feel cycling will be fun and challenging. I would like some advice
Honestly, rent a bike for a weekend and see what you think. Normally Iíd say go to a bike shop and pick out an entry bike, but that option probably isnít available. You need to find out if riding a bike is more than feeling like it will be fun.

If you do really like it, then you can get serious about finding a good used bike, or decide how much you are willing to spend, and how long youíll wait, at a bike shop. If you hate it or it doesnít meet your hopes and dreams, pass on it or buy a cheap Walmart/Target beach cruiser and ride when you feel like it.

John
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Old 07-29-20, 03:25 AM
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Biking everywhere is awesome, you won't regret it!
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May depend on your weight. You can get away with <$500 bike if you're lightweight.

And if you're getting a cheap bike, make a full overhaul and re-lube if necessary. If you can't find someone to overhaul your bike, find someone who can.

Cheap bikes are fine if you're light and after an overhaul. The worst part I've ever encountered in a cheap bike is the pedals. This is universally true regardless of the bike's brand. If the pedal of the bike in the picture looks like its made entirely of black plastic material, make a separate order for a pedal when you order the bike. If getting a flat pedal, make sure it is legit and has ball bearings inside it.
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