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  1. #1
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    Jul 2013

    Need advice choosing a bike

    I'm trying to buy a used bike, I've read several arguments for and against new/used bikes, but I really don't have the budget for a good, new bike right now

    My budget is 250~
    I'm considering these bikes as of now
    Men's Mountain Bike GIANT
    Nishiki Mountain Bike
    Trek 830 Mountian Trek XC, 20", tall mountian bike
    20in TREK MT BIKE 21 SPEED

    I've done a little research and these are the bikes that for the most part meet my hazy requirements
    I'm going to be commuting and riding just about everywhere, mostly on paved roads, occasionally hitting trails, I'm located in the bay area
    I don't think I have hardtail/full suspension preference
    I'm 19, weigh 140ish at 5'11
    I have pretty long legs

    I'm shopping mostly through craigslist, I stopped at one bike shop in Watsonville but I could tell they were more interested in selling me a bike than actually helping me

    I'm open to suggestions and sources :O

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    Nov 2012
    Back in the 1980s, Gary Fisher bikes were extremely popular, and out of those bikes listed, I would choose the Fisher. The size 19.5 will fit you very well. Classic Gary Fishers are very cool to own. I wish I could buy one, but finding a nice used one is very hard.
    After looking the bike ad over, the bike looks in fair condition. There seem to be some scratches on the fork. The bike has no front suspension, but for riding on the road most of the time that is fine. The Gary Fisher is what you should buy.

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