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    Boulder SE advice quick!!

    Hey there! I am brand new at the bike thing and looking for a good starter bike for commuting, mid-light trails with the potenial option to really get down and dirty if I like this whole thing. I have been looking and comparing for waayyyy too long and have it narrowed down to a handful that I am interested in. I have an opportunity to jump on a 2010 Giant Boulder SE with tool kit and pump for $250. It is owned by a guy that bought it, broke his ankle and he says he's never even been on it. Time is of the essence since I don't want someone else to snag it before me. Am I fool if I don't take the plunge right now? Thanks

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    Meh.

    http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...ack)&Type=bike

    I don't know what your budget is, but I think it's better to skip bikes with freewheels, which is most of the ones with 7 cogs in the back.

    Did you ride any of the ones you've been looking at and comparing? Which was your favorite?
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    My budget range is $300-350 ish. I am all about snagging a good deal though and that's part of the reason I haven't pulled the trigger on anything so far. This seems like a pretty good deal, considering my price range...

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    Well it is a better bike than $200 will get you at Wallyworld but I am sure some would disagree.

    Probably OK for easier MTB trials/unkept bike paths not so much if you "get down and dirty"
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    have you looked on bikesdirect? i don't think you can get a much better bike for the money. giant's are a lot of bike for the money. maybe he'll take $200

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    I have the boulder okay bike been wanting more. good commuter crappy on real technical like very rooted courses. I would save money and get a better bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonhans
    My budget range is $300-350 ish. I am all about snagging a good deal though and that's part of the reason I haven't pulled the trigger on anything so far. This seems like a pretty good deal, considering my price range...
    A deal is only a deal if you buy something you actually want, and that actually does the thing you want it to do. $350 is a decent budget for a used bike. With some patience, you can probably get something like a Specialized Rockhopper, Giant xtc or Talon, whichever Cannondale hardtail, etc - there are a lot of trailworthy bikes that would have sold for twice that in the last five seasons or so. That's what'll stretch your dollar the most.
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    Talked down a little lower to $225. I've read nothing but good reviews for the most part for this beginner entry bike. Think I'll take the plunge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonhans
    Talked down a little lower to $225. I've read nothing but good reviews for the most part for this beginner entry bike. Think I'll take the plunge.
    Still to much IMHO. A second hand bike has no warranty or shop support. At some point all shops have sales that are 20% to 50% off. Me the most I would pay would be half price for the bike and the extras and only then if it is in as new condition. YMMV

    A small problem to get fixed at a shop might be $25 if you had brought the bike new the shop may have fixed it for free.
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    It's got a 7-speed freewheel. Axles are cheap parts, but replacing them is going to get old and a new rear wheel is a lot more expensive.
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