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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2015, 01:44:46 PM »
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Don't know too much about now... but I remember when I was looking in to it for the price I wanted I went to Costco bc of the return p....

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #31 on: June 18, 2015, 01:46:56 PM »
Don't know too much about now... but I remember when I was looking in to it for the price I wanted I went to Costco bc of the return p....
What did you buy?

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #32 on: June 18, 2015, 01:53:18 PM »
What did you buy?
Don't really remember. Sorry

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2015, 03:16:34 PM »
Hi, can anyone recommend a hybrid road bike in the $400 - 500 range?

I've been riding a GT traffic for 4 years and been satisfied with it, though I'm not very into bikes and don't know that much about them.
 
How into maintaining and repairing your own are you? When I bought mine, I did so based on the recommendations of my local bike shop as they assembled it and gave me service for the year, even though I may have saved $40 by buying the same bike online. If that service is valuable to you, find a local bike shop and try out what they have. 

ETA: assembling a bike may be easy enough, but they aligned the wheels and did other things I don't even know about that I would never have done on my own. They may also switch out different parts of the bike for others you prefer for the same price.
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2015, 03:31:46 PM »
I've been riding a GT traffic for 4 years and been satisfied with it, though I'm not very into bikes and don't know that much about them.
 
How into maintaining and repairing your own are you? When I bought mine, I did so based on the recommendations of my local bike shop as they assembled it and gave me service for the year, even though I may have saved $40 by buying the same bike online. If that service is valuable to you, find a local bike shop and try out what they have. 

ETA: assembling a bike may be easy enough, but they aligned the wheels and did other things I don't even know about that I would never have done on my own. They may also switch out different parts of the bike for others you prefer for the same price.
Thanks.
I do plan on going to a store, for the reasons you stated, but the question is which bike to buy.......
Should I get the Raleigh cadent, GT tachyon, canneball quick, Trek, Fuji, or the Jamis coda etc...
Any advice would be appreciated.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2015, 03:41:04 PM by srf60 »

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2015, 09:55:27 PM »
I perfer disposable bikes. I pay garbage and then run over curbs, take them on awesome trails, crash into cars ext. Don't want to worry about my bike when I tie it to a pole in times square.
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2015, 11:09:42 PM »
I perfer disposable bikes. I pay garbage and then run over curbs, take them on awesome trails, crash into cars ext. Don't want to worry about my bike when I tie it to a pole in times square.
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2015, 11:30:24 PM »
please don't drive near me, TIA
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2015, 09:11:33 PM »
I have no clue how or why specific bikes are better than others, so I'm gonna have to trust you guys. I'm thinking about doing bike4chai this year and I need a bike.
1) what price range will a good bike for that be. (Mind me, I'm a galitziana, so keep it in my budget)
2) being that I'm going to shell out a nice amout for this, where can I learn how bike specifications effect the cost a experience of cycling.
3) where to buy? (and any ways to manipulate a deal?)
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #39 on: December 13, 2015, 06:46:41 PM »
I have no clue how or why specific bikes are better than others, so I'm gonna have to trust you guys. I'm thinking about doing bike4chai this year and I need a bike.
1) what price range will a good bike for that be. (Mind me, I'm a galitziana, so keep it in my budget)
2) being that I'm going to shell out a nice amout for this, where can I learn how bike specifications effect the cost a experience of cycling.
3) where to buy? (and any ways to manipulate a deal?)
1)with everything (peddles, bottle holders, lights, clothing, etc) you are looking at about $2000 starting. You may be able to get a few hundred less but it's worth spending and getting what you need. It makes a huge difference. Then there are some hints that make a difference but not necessary like a good GPS, quality tires, etc. That stuff could run you another thousand or more.
2) a good bike so with measure you and make sure you are sized properly. They will also give you your and advice on what to do to make the experience better (how to sit on the saddle, shift gears properly, etc). Lastly, YouTube had great videos.
3)depends where exactly you live. I've bought in the past from south shore (woodmere), Oceanside cycle,  and Roy's in sheaphead bay. Roy is definitely the best and even though it is a little inconvenient for me since I live in 5towns, I still keep buying from them. Their selection is huge, and they have the best mechanics.  South shore is the worse. Terrible service, and if you don't know what your doing they will try to do you off.
As far as price, most places have very similar pricing (list price) for bikes. Many accessories could be bought online to save a few $$. You could also save a little at  Roy's if they happen to have a last years model that they are trying to clean out or a custom bike that the buyer backed out of. The one area that you could negotiate is the service warranty. Standard is 1 year (except at Oceanside cycle that gives lifetime tuneups and labor for free) but I've negotiated with Roy's a 2nd year.
Feel free to ask anymore questions.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #40 on: December 14, 2015, 05:40:36 AM »
3)depends where exactly you live. I've bought in the past from south shore (woodmere), Oceanside cycle,  and Roy's in sheaphead bay. Roy is definitely the best and even though it is a little inconvenient for me since I live in 5towns, I still keep buying from them. Their selection is huge, and they have the best mechanics.

+1 Roy's has the best prices.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2015, 02:33:00 PM »
1)with everything (peddles, bottle holders, lights, clothing, etc) you are looking at about $2000 starting. You may be able to get a few hundred less but it's worth spending and getting what you need. It makes a huge difference. Then there are some hints that make a difference but not necessary like a good GPS, quality tires, etc. That stuff could run you another thousand or more.
2) a good bike so with measure you and make sure you are sized properly. They will also give you your and advice on what to do to make the experience better (how to sit on the saddle, shift gears properly, etc). Lastly, YouTube had great videos.
3)depends where exactly you live. I've bought in the past from south shore (woodmere), Oceanside cycle,  and Roy's in sheaphead bay. Roy is definitely the best and even though it is a little inconvenient for me since I live in 5towns, I still keep buying from them. Their selection is huge, and they have the best mechanics.  South shore is the worse. Terrible service, and if you don't know what your doing they will try to do you off.
As far as price, most places have very similar pricing (list price) for bikes. Many accessories could be bought online to save a few $$. You could also save a little at  Roy's if they happen to have a last years model that they are trying to clean out or a custom bike that the buyer backed out of. The one area that you could negotiate is the service warranty. Standard is 1 year (except at Oceanside cycle that gives lifetime tuneups and labor for free) but I've negotiated with Roy's a 2nd year.
Feel free to ask anymore questions.
I see bikes starting online for around $200. I understand that those are a lot heavier (almost 30 pounds), why are they so much cheaper than the high quality bikes (80-90%!) And what is thier detriment? Would you say I can buy one of these to train and rent a real one for the actual ride?
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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2015, 06:31:50 PM »
I see bikes starting online for around $200. I understand that those are a lot heavier (almost 30 pounds), why are they so much cheaper than the high quality bikes (80-90%!) And what is thier detriment? Would you say I can buy one of these to train and rent a real one for the actual ride?

I think if you want to do Bike4Chai you should at least have a carbon bike.  The $200 bike is going to be a lot heavier and have really cheap components.  Do they even have road tires?  I would imagine you're going to have to spend a lot more than that.  Maybe you can get something second hand.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2015, 07:05:52 PM »
Components is very important. Get a cheap bike with cheap components and you'll have to get constant tuneups (even during rides) which adds to the price. Furthermore, most cheap bike have components that can't be replaced.
As mentioned, weight is very important. For several years I had a hybrid bike. I figured that being that I lived and bike around NYC (bumpy roads, potholes) a hybrid made more sense. But then, I started doing real long rides and I realized I was literally the ONLY biker with such a bike. So one time when my wife was away, i decided to surprise her and got myself a road bike. It took a bit to get used to (uses different muscles) but what a difference it made.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2015, 07:18:01 PM »
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