(Closed) NWR: What kind of bicycle do you have?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I bought a used women’s road bike for $300 off Craigslist when I was living in CA.  I need to get back to using it more often.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a full suspension mountain bike, which is probably way way more than you’d need! lol. and it was $2,000.

I had a basic Trek before and loved it, it lasted quite a while. Schwinn has brought back the vintage looking crusier bike recently. It’s pretty cute!

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1093737_-1_20000__400307

I would go to a local bike shop and look around and make sure you are fitted for a bike, it makes a huge difference!

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I use a mens mountain bike that I got from walmart for $100. Its got 21 speeds and does the job

Post # 6
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Newbee

I bought a vintage (1985) Trek 620 touring bike a few weeks ago.  It was $500 which may sound like a lot but new it would be at least $1500.  I had a 520 for many years that was stolen last fall.  My other bike is a Breezer Villager, more of a cruiser / commuter style.

The shop where I brought my bike for it’s tune-up sells used and vintage bikes only.  They had a lot of really nice bikes in the $200 – 400 range including some cruiser styles. 

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I have a Trek mountain bike that my parents bought me a few years ago from a local bike shop. I think it cost around $300 and the shop included a $40 helmet in that price (:

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@pinky44: “At Giant, we believe the only way to truly know the weight of any particular bike is to find out for yourself at your local retailer.”

WTF? Manufacturers can’t weigh the bikes with the different options or give a weight range? Like gravity is some new fangled technology or something.

I’m also going to be in the market for a bike (hopefully to commute with in CA after we move!). Can someone please explain to me what makes a $1500 bike $1500? Is it the alloy of the metal that is lighter that does it? Just wondering what could be 15 times better than a normal bike that you’d get at say, a sporting good store or Target.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@crayfish: Ha ha! What the eff does that mean? So wierd. 

And I think I spent around $400 for that bike. I can’t fathom paying $1500 for a bike unless I was using it constantly for a very specific purpose. 

I will say that spending more on a bike really does pay off in the quality department. This is the first bike I’ve had since I was young, and the first bike that wasn’t from like Walmart. You can really feel the quality of every component and it it built to last.

I do think it must have a lot to do with engineering, too. I’m assuming that if you’re using the bike for an active sport (road biking, off-road trails), you would want to spend the money on something that is really fitted for your needs. And I also think that good tires are really expensive, so that probably has something to do with it as well.

 

@Mrs.Firefly1: That’s pretty much how I would describe it. We have taken it on the beach, its been on a few trails, and I mostly use it on the road. It is definetly not anywhere near as fast as my SIL’s road bike (which is much lighter and has skinnier tires), and is harder to get uphill than my friends trail bike (which has you seated so you’re leaning forward), but I am always the most comfortable when we go riding. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a Hybrid, it’s a Giant Cypress that I got in 2005. I don’t thi they make them any more. I think it was about $350. My husband has a TREK 7100 i Think Hybrid. It’s quite nice also. Get fited and try them out at a bke shop. Most wil let you test drive.

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Hahaha, so funny to find this post. I randomly got a part time job at a bike store that only sells higher-end bikes, and though I’m deifnitely not a biking professional, this is what I’ve gathered in asking the other staff to explain to me why these bikes cost so much more.

I think the 3 most popular brands we sell are Cannondale, Specialized and Cervelo, and Cannondale seems to be the favorite for entry-level (at this store where there’s really no such thing as entry-level, at least) road bikes. Apparently they are just known for having the highest quality aluminum frame out there. It’s very light weight, as far as aluminum frames go. They also all have a carbon fork (which is supposed to provide better handling) and good components (shimano 105s seem to be a favorite for something that’s not super top of the line, but still offers smooth, precise shifting).

I’m still not sure whether it’s really worth the money, but I can say that I do see a lot of people who come into the store after buying a bike 6 or so months ago, looking to upgrade. I guess once people get into it and fall in love with the sport, they suddenly want to start racing and want something that handles better and is a little lighter weight.

That being said, I have a mountain bike that I ride around town on, and I’m fine with that for the time being. If you feel any glimmer of a desire to start racing, even if it won’t be any time soon, then I’d say a bigger investment might be worth it, just to prevent yourself form having to buy a second bike further down the line. But if you’re really just looking for a commuter bike, then I don’t think the expensive ones are necessary.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

A trek 4500 disc and a Kona Cindercone are the mountain bikes we use…I also have a mystery road bike that was at one point used in a Dasani promotion because that’s the only markings it has.  That bike sucks.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My bike is one of my oldest possessions. My parents bought me a trek hybrid when I was 11, I think it was around $300/$350 but this was in 1991.  It sat untouched in my parents shed for a number of years.  Last year, I went and picked it up, got it all fixed up and brought it to my place.  My father gave Fiance his trek hybrid as well (men’s version of the same bike, but at least 10 years newer) (Dad has a racing bike too.)  FI and I go riding all the time now.

I’ve riden other bikes but I prefer my old trek to anything else.

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