Author Topic: Diamondback Trail bicycle as a commuter bike -- any thoughts?  (Read 1680 times)

lhamo

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Bad news:  My bike got stolen a few weeks ago when I left it at the subway station overnight.  Major downer, especially considering the reason I left it was that I had to work late wrapping up monthly finances and didn't get home until nearly midnight that night, so it was too late to take the subway and I took a cab home, intending to pick the bike up the next day.  It was gone by the time I got back.  I am tempted to bill the replacement bike to the office...

Good news:  I finally got around to asking on a local message board if anyone has a bike they are trying to unload.  Got an offer for a Diamondback for around $65, which is cheaper than my last one (paid about $100 for a nearly new Giant).  From the picture they sent, it looks like a "Trail" model.  Can't figure out how to add pictures.  Not sure how old it is.  Was purchased/brought over from the US.  Teenager has outgrown it.  Looks quite new, which is actually not the best -- I'd kind of rather have an old beater, less tempting to thieves. 

Any thoughts on Diamondbacks in general and the Trail model in particular?  I did search the archives and saw a few mentions, mostly generally positive.

I'll be riding this about 7km daily, to and from the subway station (3.5km each way), for the next few weeks, and possibly up to 10-15 km daily to the office after that -- searching for new office space and one major objective is to find something within biking distance of my apartment. 

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Re: Diamondback Trail bicycle as a commuter bike -- any thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 10:14:03 AM »
Sounds like a winner to me. Your trip each way is so short, and your price point is really low, as long as its in good repair you should be fine. If you think the appearance of your bike would attract thieves you could google how to make a new bike look old. It mostly involves making your bike look like crap without ruining the functionality.

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Re: Diamondback Trail bicycle as a commuter bike -- any thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 10:36:52 AM »
Agreed, doesn't have to be a nice bike for that short of a trip, as long as it works correctly, and gets you from point A to point B.

lhamo

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Re: Diamondback Trail bicycle as a commuter bike -- any thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 03:35:51 PM »
Thanks!  My only other concern is that it might be a bit too big for me, but if it is I can give it to my DH.

One nice thing about China is the plethora of cheap used bikes to choose from.  I was kind of hoping I could find my old one and buy it back from whoever stole it :).  But this is a good alternative.