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    Used/Craigslist advice for commuter bike

    Hi,

    Anyone know any trustworthy local shops in the Del Mar/SD area that sell used bikes at prices under or around $100? I've called a few places (Ye Olde I think was one of 'em) and the min was around $200-$250 for a used bike, which is kind of more than I want to spend for a decent usable used bike for daily commuting (that won't need significant fixes).

    I'm mainly looking for a solid (doesn't have to look pretty, in fact would prefer it not to), 90ies-era fully rigid/HT mtbs, preferably from Trek, Specialized (HardRocks are awesome), Schwinns, etc. as I'm not particularly fond of road bikes against the usual daily abuse, jumping curbs, etc.

    Otherwise, if CL is really the only reasonable option, anyone have tips/advice on what to particularly look for/avoid when checking out the listings? Especially any hidden stuff that may not be obvious first impression but may bite you in the ass down the line.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backdraft11
    sell used bikes at prices under or around $100? which is kind of more than I want to spend for a decent usable used bike for daily commuting (that won't need significant fixes).
    You contradict yourself. I would suggest to start saving more money. Good luck.

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    Specialized "rock Climber"

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1983434329.html $150 Scripps ranch

    Haro Impass $80 Escondido, looks exactly like what you want.

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/1982789015.html

    GT outpost $110 San Marcos

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/1983242271.html


    Looks like a ton of stuff on craigs list in your price range.
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    I'm not sure what dirtdrop is talking about. There are probably over 50 bikes on craigslist right now that would suit your needs, Backdraft11. In fact, I've purchased 4 bikes around $100 for friends and co-workers within the past year, because they were in the same situation (looking for a cheap commuter.) That being said, I don't know any shops that carry used bikes for $100.

    Questions for you:

    What size of bike do you need? If you don't know...how tall are you, what's your inseam, and what riding position do you prefer?

    What kind of riding will you be doing? Commuting via dirt? Why do you prefer a MTB over a road bike?


    Things to watch out for when buying a cheap, used commuter:

    - Rust. If the chain is orange or brown with rust, there's a chance that other areas have rust damage as well. Inspect the frame carefully and look for pitting, holes, etc.

    - Bearings. Make sure the wheels and crankset spin smooth without side-to-side play.

    - Cables/housing. While these things are usually pretty beat on $100 bikes, they may be a challenge to replace for someone without the right tools or knowledge. Unless you are comfortable replacing these items, make sure they aren't trashed, and you can actually shift and use your brakes.

    Things that may bite you in the ass down the line:

    - Stretched out chain, causing damage to chainrings and cassette. Look for wear on the chainrings and pulley. If the gear teeth are starting to look more pointy than square at the tip, there's a chance things are wearing out.

    - Frame damage (rust, cracks, etc.) Sometimes this is hard to spot until you thoroughly clean and inspect the bike.

    Cosmetic issues are the least of your concern. So are things like grips, tubes, or pedals, as these are all very inexpensive items ($10 or less each).


    Let me know if you want me to find a few bikes for you - feel free to PM me outside this thread.

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    Yeah that's why I asked, I looked around CL which has a reasonable amount of bikes within price range, but of course if theres possibility I'd buy/purchase at a LBS due to better reputation/etc. However if that's not possible at the price range than CL it is.

    I'm probably looking at a 18-20 inch bike, I have a 19-in GT Avalanche as for my main MTB use/abuse. I'd prefer MTB over even road bikes because I generally feel they can take better punishment and/or general wear-and-tear of everyday use. I try not to be an asshat biker by any means, but I would tend to say I ride on the slightly more aggressive side, more so than if I'm not on/close to a road. Also personally I just feel more comfortable/stable on a slightly bulkier bike, I would never feel confident about, say, jumping a curb on a skinny (altho possibly more from inexperience since I don't own/regularly use a road bike). Lastly, afaik, road bikes tend to be a few bills costlier than a typical used MTB.

    Thanks for the advice guys, I'll probably post some CL listings to get some second opinions.

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    yeah, road bikes are not designed to leave the ground, aka curb jumping.

    I was given an old Rock Hopper by a friend a number of years ago and put some Roadie Tires on it and it was fine for the smaller road rides i was doing with a buddy.
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    Hey I was wondering what you guys thought of these listings, I know there isn't much info aside from some pics but any advice would be welcome.

    Nishiki 15 speed mt bike $60 - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/1984039146.html

    Cannondale M400 $120 - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1985110439.html

    Diamondback $75 - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/bik/1977166662.html

    Giant Boulder $100 - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/1976770385.html

    Giant bike $45 - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1980960211.

    Thanks.

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    I like that Giant, DX and LX components.

    The Cannondale looks nice too.
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    The Cannondale is a good option if it's in good shape. Aluminum frame doesn't rust, and it looks to be comfortable geometry. Plus, the included rack is a bonus.

    Other than that, the Nishiki and the Giant Boulder are a toss-up. Pick the one in the best shape, as they're both pretty old bikes.

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