What sort of bike to get
July 16, 2012 10:06 AM Subscribe
Should I get an expensive new bike or a cheap used one? Any specific styles or models? Would the models the local bikes stores recommended be any good?
posted by aerotive to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I would use it for getting groceries, tooling around the local (paved) trails and parks, random errands, visiting people, etc. It's hilly where I live so I figure a single-gear bike is out...my budget is about $500, less is better. I biked a lot as a kid but nothing much over the past ~ 20 years...for sizing purposes, I'm 6ft 3, 220lb.
I went to three local bike shops and got these recommendations:
Electra Townie 7D, for $450
Cannondale Quick 5, for $450
Trek 7.2FX, for $550
Would these bikes have much resale value in six months or a year if I end up not using them much? With the Trek I could do a day's rental, and if I buy it they would apply it to the purchase price. The others just let you do a brief trail ride. They all say they will do adjustments for the first year.
I could also just buy a $50 used mountain bike and put a rack/basket on it, then trade up if I regularly use it.