1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Newbie - Used bikes

    Hi there everyone. I'm new here and fairly new in this bike thing. I've had bikes before (those cheap store ones).
    I want to get more into this. I want to get my first -ok- mountain bike.

    I'll probably end up buying an used bike. I think I have better chance to get something fairly good that I can later start upgrading.

    I've been looking on Craigslist and there are a lot of different types and brands.

    So I'm here for advice. If looking for a used bike. Which brands should I keep an eye on?

    My budget is about $500.

    For example: I found this. Is that a good deal?

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...886994083.html

    Thanks everyone!

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    According to Bike Blue Book that bike should go for $247, although the owner said he upgraded the brakes; I personally don't think it's worth what he's asking, and pay no attention to "$800 Value". One thing about craiglist, and used in general is to give the bike a real good examination, looking for cracked frames and such. There are good deals to be had though.
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    Unfortunately, Bike BlueBook is just a terrible tool, things are so off on their site and selection it's just not even entertaining. They pulled the number out of their arse and called it fact. Sometime they would accidentally give you the right neighborhood but 95% is just poor algorithm. I think if you can get that for $400-450 it would be a good deal. Of course you can always wait, look around and pay less.

    Do you know what size bike you need?

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    Thanks!

    I was wondering how accurate bike blue book might be.

    I'm 5'8" so a frame in between 17-19?

    I also found a used 09 gr force 2.0 for $800. Any opinions on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Unfortunately, Bike BlueBook is just a terrible tool, things are so off on their site and selection it's just not even entertaining. They pulled the number out of their arse and called it fact. Sometime they would accidentally give you the right neighborhood but 95% is just poor algorithm.
    I did not know that, but will keep it in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmetzgermeister View Post
    Thanks!

    I was wondering how accurate bike blue book might be.

    I'm 5'8" so a frame in between 17-19?

    I also found a used 09 gr force 2.0 for $800. Any opinions on that?

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    What size is it? FIt is the most important thing.

    GT force is a good bike the iDrive is very good. The bike climb and descend well. $800 is not a bad price either. Of course, this is me saying without inspecting the bike and assumed that the bike is in good condition. Got pic and spec?

    Where do you plan to ride? Fullerton loop to start?

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    The size is 17 (medium)

    This is the bike. I contacted the seller and he said he's selling it for 800 not 1800.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...823348367.html

    I didn't know about the Fullerton loop but it seems good and I'm not too far from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I did not know that, but will keep it in mind.
    Yeah, BBB is just a joke. I spent 30sec on their site and I already know it's a fake. It seems like they calculate the retail price/model/year not actual sales like they claimed. Many of the collectable models are listed in the same price range as the flop models at the same retail price.

    For example a 93 Klein Adroit retail for $3650 according to BBB, and has the value of $889. The fork alone was sold on eBay for $3000, frame and fork at $5900, sold not listed a few years ago. Ask yourself, will you sell your superlite for $900, I know my BLTC worth more than $2049.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmetzgermeister View Post
    The size is 17 (medium)

    This is the bike. I contacted the seller and he said he's selling it for 800 not 1800.

    GT FORCE 2.0 MOUNTAIN BIKE

    I didn't know about the Fullerton loop but it seems good and I'm not too far from there.

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    Looks good, looks like you can have fun with it before the urge to upgrade kicks in.

    PM me when you get the bike and wants to know where to start riding.

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    Re: Newbie - Used bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Looks good, looks like you can have fun with it before the urge to upgrade kicks in.

    PM me when you get the bike and wants to know where to start riding.
    I'll keep on looking for something similar. If I don't find one I like more, I'll go for that one.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmetzgermeister View Post
    Thanks!

    I was wondering how accurate bike blue book might be.

    I'm 5'8" so a frame in between 17-19?

    I also found a used 09 gr force 2.0 for $800. Any opinions on that?

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    I would ago to some bike shops and sit on some of the bikes to check for fit. I am 5' 8" and riding a 17" but I am not comfortable. There is more to fit than just the height of the bike.

    When you go see the bike see if you can take it for a test ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    I would ago to some bike shops and sit on some of the bikes to check for fit. I am 5' 8" and riding a 17" but I am not comfortable. There is more to fit than just the height of the bike. When you go see the bike see if you can take it for a test ride.
    +1. Also, seat tube length can be misleading sometimes. I think top tube length would be a better way to size bikes, but what do I know.

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    -90% of what you see on craigslist is overpriced.
    - ebay is the best pricechecking tool we have. This lets you see a recent list of all bikes sold and unsold on ebay.
    heres' a $500 bikes on ebay
    Bicycles in Type:Mountain Bike | eBay
    here's $800 bikes on ebay
    Bicycles in Type:Mountain Bike | eBay


    -before you go to physically check out a bike on CL, ask the seller to send you a list of components. Make sure they match up to what the was sold with. Use this site to make sure the seller is not lying about the year of the frame (very common). You can see if the component list they list match with the components here. Take note if the seller swapped out lesser or better components
    BikePedia

    parts heirarchy here
    Is this a good deal for a First Bike?

    wikilist of different bikes and their parts
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...2LTlUdFE#gid=0
    Last edited by bob13bob; 07-08-2013 at 01:04 PM.

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