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    Bike for college campus?

    Hey all,

    I'm new to this site and I recently started mountain biking last year. Being in college, I had to leave my newer mountain bike back home (2013 Giant Revel 1) because I did not want it to get stolen or vandalized. Right now, I have been riding around campus on my older 1995 Giant Iguana. It's not really in the best of shape and I frequently have to do repairs on it. I started looking in to newer hybrid bikes online but I'm not really sure what to get. I'm looking for a bike that would be great for riding around campus, roads, and occasionally go on light trails when the time comes. Any advice? Keep in mind I am a poor college student, but I will pay for a quality bike.

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    I'd drop the money into getting the iguana 100% myself. $200 later you'd have a nice ride that won't turn too many heads.

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    I ride to campus on a $1300 freeride bike so I can make proper use of ledges and stair sets, but any time I have to lock it up for class, I get a bit antsy thinking that somehow it will get stolen. If I could get a $100 beater, I would do it just so I didn't have to worry as much.

    Chances are, you will act the same way if you buy a new bike to get to class with. If you do buy a new bike, get a damn good U-lock for it.

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    Turn the Giant into a single speed ,a whole less to go wrong.

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    I was definitely considering getting my iguana 100%. Whether or not I buy a new bike, I most likely will fix it up either way. I like riding trails on a rigid frame sometimes so I might fix it and solely use it as another mountain bike. If I was to get a third bike are there any suggestions as to what I should get?

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    Take the Revel and keep it inside your room. Fix up the Iguana and use it for the campus beater.

    Both my kids have had to do it this way (actually two bikes inside and one campus beater kept outside), whether squished into a small dorm, or later in off-campus housing. It can be done if you're creative :~)

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    I would probably put some slicks, fenders, and a rack on the Iguana as well as tune it up just enough to function and use that for around school. Put the new bike $$ towards something more fun than a damn hybrid.
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    I always kept my bike in my dorm, but that was a 20" BMX. My college had a property building where they sold all old furniture and recovered/ surrendered bikes from previous semesters. Normally they were cheap big box bikes, but for $40 its a ride that wont likely disappear.

    In your case I'd spend some money and fix the Iquana, as another suggested go SS with it. It's easier to maintain and looks cool too! All the cool kids are doing it.
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    when I was in school, bikes were not allowed in the dorm room. I laughed at that rule and kept my bike in my dorm anyways. it barely fit in my closet.

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    Bike for college campus?

    I like the single speed ideas a lot. And I do live off campus so I guess I could squeeze in my Revel. You've all convinced me I think. I'll just make the iguana 100% and probably make it a single speed. I'll put the extra money towards a road bike down the road. Thanks everyone!

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    Another vote for getting the Iguana up to 100%. You'll be far less heartbroken (and your wallet won't cry) if that gets stolen rather than your baby. Like others have said, going SS on it would way cut down on maintenance issues, or if you still want gears, ditch the front derailer and go on to a 1x drivetrain. Look around town for a bicycle co-op or troll craigslist and ebay if you want some cheap parts. My campus has an repair/storage room for bikes, as do many others; hunt around for one of those if you can. Next year, see if you can get your main bike with you, and keep that in your dorm room.
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    yeah my vote would be to ditch the front derailleur. Or lock up a nicer bike with 3 different style locks? lol you would have to ride with about 20 lbs of locks lol

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    You want to go all out super easy low maintenance? Go fixed gear, yank the brakes, and just ride that on campus.
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    It has been a while since I was in college but I do remember having a wheel stolen. The person next to me only locked up their front wheel. The thief ended up with a bike, I was only out a front wheel. I would consider getting rid of quick release items. You could try these for the wheels. Halo Hex Key Skewers > Components > Wheel Goods > Quick Releases | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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