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Jimmay

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Need help with choosing bike???
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:10:19 PM »
Hi, I am looking to purchase a bike to become more mustachian:) and my dilemma is should I get a decent bike or a beater?  Factors: I would be commuting 3 miles to the train station each way 3 days a week.  However when I am at the train station the bike is left outside in the elements and I am afraid if I get a quality bike it might rust.  What kind of bike do you folks think...or should I consider a foldup one?

Thanks so much!

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 01:34:15 PM »
I would start with whatever you can get for a great deal on craigslist.  I don't like the idea of a beater, that can be more trouble than savings, but go for something older but decent.  Being left outside isn't too terrible, just be sure to oil things more often.  Over time it will age a lot faster, but the function shouldn't be affected to a great extent.

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 02:26:08 PM »
Old 10 speed road bikes are magic, tend to work well, are easy to maintain, and are usually cheap.

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 06:51:23 PM »
I have an old Schwinn that I like. 

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 06:39:01 AM »
For a 3 mile commute, the style and age of bike aren't huge concerns.  It's a short enough trip that if something does go wrong, you can easily walk the rest of the way.  Look for a bike that seems to be functional (shifters and brakes work), comfortable, and fits you.

Remember to set aside a little cash for some commuting essentials too:
- lights (front and rear)
- full length fenders
- a rack

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 02:26:16 PM »
If you are just starting out and don't know much about bikes, an entry level mountain bike from a local bike shop is a good option. They seem to start around $300-$400 and the bike shop owners will help you find one that fits you. They will also answer and questions you have and will usually do adjustments for free for the lifetime of the bike.

Craigslist is much cheaper, but it's hard if you are at the "don't know what you don't know" level. Also, since we are only talking about a few hundred dollars for something that should last years and totally change how you view transportation going the new/used route isn't worth worrying about if it might keep you from making the leap.

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 07:15:51 PM »
I wrote a guide for mustachians looking to buy an inexpensive bike for general commuting purposes who don't know a lot about bikes:

http://biodieselhauling.blogspot.com/2012/01/buying-bikes-from-craigslist.html

It even has the official approval of Mr MM himself!  (He put the link in his post "what do you mean you don't have a bike"
It has become one of the top used bike buying guides on Google, but it was written specifically at the request of a another MMM reader.

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Re: Need help with choosing bike???
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 08:23:19 PM »
Old 10 speed road bikes are magic, tend to work well, are easy to maintain, and are usually cheap.

Agreed - my $25 craiglist 10 speed road bike has required a bit of fixin, but it wasn't too expensive, and it has been fun to learn a bit about bike maintenance. I feel a lot more prepared if something goes wrong while I'm commuting.