Just a tip, I've been coming across a lot of great (not good, but great) used bikes for the money.
I've found 4 '06/'07 Gary Fisher Tarpons in near new condition for around the $150. mark.
My guess is that because it's an entry level bike, entry level bikers give up on them quicker,
let them collect dust and then want to get rid of them even if they take a loss.
Heaven bless those wives that whine...
"You bought the damn thing, rode it twice, not it's in the way! Just get rid of it!" )
For $150., you can have a great bike.
It'll definately outlast any Department Store bike (even those costing twice as much).
I got one for my girlfriend and I ride it more than she does.
If it was just ridden recreationally and on light trails,
it should last for years easily with no major malfunctions.
Of course, it doesn't have to be a GF. I see a lot of Specialized Hardrocks too
(and I know how you Spec guys are notoriously passionate for your Hardrocks! And I respect that bigtime! ).
Anyway, it's better to have a great used bike (especially a hardly used 1-2 year old model) than a cheap "new" bike.
Just passing on some info that really turned out great for me.
Another tip, your best finds (generally speaking) will be on Craigslist and in either Urban Areas or Suburbs.
A gold find is someone who bought one to get back into shape, used it a couple of times and just wants to get rid of it.
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