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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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie88 View Post
    Do you think $300 is too much for a Trek 3700 with disc brakes and full light setup? It will be for my wife.
    I got a 2012 model for 500 otd from a trek dealer in dec of 2011.If i had had a chnace to get a used one for 300 i would have gone for it esp if it was under a year old.

    I have since added about 500 into it since may.Rockshox recon silver,carbon bars,new platform pedals,set of tires,But i do like the way it feels now and when i bought it money was short but i got lots of overtime and decided it was easier for me to add vs sell and buy another.

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    Are these holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Here's one for the cause. Cost me less than $400 to build it up. It's for sale right now minus the wheels, fork, seat post, saddle, chain, rd and pedals.


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    What do you guys think about the Airborne Skyhawk and upgrading the fork to a Rockshox Tora? The bike will be for my wife who is 5'7, so I am thinking the 16" frame.

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    Awesome thread, I guess it's time to start scouring CL since my LBS is pretty disappointing.

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    schwinn s40, sub $400

    Used is the way to go!

    My recent Craigslist find - A cherry-condition 1999 Schwinn s-40. $215.

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    bike now modded for street use - perfect for dropping off my water bill:



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    I got a Raleigh Eva 2.0 paid 350 almost a year ago. Its a sturdy steed and really got me into riding the trails but im ready for a bigger better beast!

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    Cant't post pics yet. But picked up a 2009 DiamondBack Response comp on CL for $300. Had about 3 hours of riding on it, Got me back into Biking after 10 years off....

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    Mongoose 1.0 VRS FS

    bought it at a pawn shop for 50 bucks...its used today as a spare mtn bike for buddies that wanna ride and dont have a bike yet......and the occasional downtown pub ride bike.

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    Brown Santa dropped off my newest SS project,a 2010 Origin 8 Scout 29. LOL,it's mostly complete (needs tires/tubes/cog/chain and 1 disc brake,but as I will be pulling these off another bike-only buying the chain and cog new-it makes it under the $400 limit. Cost was $100 + shipping),and got it from a good friend (thanks again Greg! ) on here.




    I'm flat broke,so it will be sometime next month before I get it together (I don't have the tools for parts of the job,and there's the cog/chain to buy ),I'll repost it later when it's done
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    jamis trail x2, got it for $200 used

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    2007 Haro Mary SS 29er. Bought this last month, completely stock with 0 miles. I think $240 was a great deal.
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    My 1990 Schwinn Crosscut is "Almost" a Mtn bike. $75 on CL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhaultrucker View Post
    I'll repost it later when it's done
    Not quite done yet,but I pulled some parts off the Bander and slapped em on the Scout. After I shot these,I swapped the Bander's bb7's on there as well...getting closer




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    Second post so no pictures, but I bought a K2 Zed 1.0 for $100 to get me back into cycling. The bike is stock except a MTB Pure V saddle.

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    Well go and post a few more times so's we can see's it
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    Excellent thread...glad I found the forum since Im definitely new.

    hope to post pics soon.

    picked up a 2009 GF HKEK from local CL for 400... looks pretty pristine... hoping to try it out this weekend.

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    Picked up this the other week for $320(my first MTB) Haro Flightline, all stock.

    ive only been on the trail with it a few times so far but i love it.
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    killer V 900 followed me home/

    under $200/ m900 shifters,ibis bars,ringle f.skewer-post-cage,carbon pulstar hubs,Araya rm400 rims,sugino cranks.C.L. where else!
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    Bought my mountain cycle rumble for 300 but upgraded / replaced parts (needed new cassete and AVID bb7s )

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    double post

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    brought it used with a few mods. my first real mountain bike ) i also got my rear wheel true today. but is there something wrong if the wheel is spinning when it about to come to a stop it rock back and forth (this is after trueing, less worse than before)

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    so i got the wheel trued but it still wobble, does that mean they shop didnt do a good job? it barely made a different.

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    I'm not really sure what you're talking about. What did they say about it when they gave it back to you? Sometimes wheels are too trashed to make true again.
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    they said the rim is trued, but from the perspective i look at, the tires still wobble. i thought if i get the rim true, the wheel (rim and tires) will move straight, that is not the case. i also replace my rear brake pads, does it take a few weeks for the pads to embedded in? it barely stop.

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