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    :deadhorse: Picking a bike for me.

    Hi folks,

    I am am 25, still in school, live about 3 miles away. I also have canal dirt roads near by. I live in phoenix arizona, it's pretty industrial, not many natural trails close by. That being said, I see some people going to local mountains, and either road biking around the mountains, or, on mountain bikes doing the bike trail at whatever mountain it is.

    Both look like fun. And I'll want to use my bike to ride to classes sometimes.

    I like the versatility of a mtb, but I like the lightweight speed of a road bike. Either way I'll be purchasing an old craigslist bike.

    Thanks for any insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Dunmire View Post
    H Either way I'll be purchasing an old craigslist bike.
    Well it sounds like your decision is made. I was all excited to offer new bike advice.

    You need to decide if being fast on the road or having fun on the trails is your priority. If it was me, at only 3 miles for a commute... I'd go full-on mountian bike, for more fun on the weekends. Just resign yourself to being a little slower on the roads.

    But if flying on the roads looks more fun to you, go full-on road bike. In the "old craigslist bike" category, finding something that will do both well is extremely unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Well it sounds like your decision is made. I was all excited to offer new bike advice.

    You need to decide if being fast on the road or having fun on the trails is your priority. If it was me, at only 3 miles for a commute... I'd go full-on mountian bike, for more fun on the weekends. Just resign yourself to being a little slower on the roads.

    But if flying on the roads looks more fun to you, go full-on road bike. In the "old craigslist bike" category, finding something that will do both well is extremely unlikely.
    Thank you! I agree, I'll get a hard tail and call it a day.
    How do I identify a non big box bike on craigslist. I've seen plenty of nice looking bikes sub 200 on CL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Dunmire View Post
    Thank you! I agree, I'll get a hard tail and call it a day.
    How do I identify a non big box bike on craigslist. I've seen plenty of nice looking bikes sub 200 on CL.
    I agree too. One good check of any bike you see for sale and are unfamiliar with is just to google the make/model (and year, if available) to see what the list price/MSRP was, or how much other ones are being offered for. This may also tell you what parts it came with and whether it has been upgraded/downgraded.

    Also make sure it fits, a "good deal" that is too big or too small is no good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Dunmire View Post
    Thank you! I agree, I'll get a hard tail and call it a day.
    How do I identify a non big box bike on craigslist. I've seen plenty of nice looking bikes sub 200 on CL.
    Department store bike -

    Mongoose Bike

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    Trek Wahoo 29er

    What kind of budget are you looking at, and what size?
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    this would get you around quick:
    CANNONDALE 12 SPEED "BLACK LIGHTNING" Made in the USA
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    this would get you around quick and onto some trails...plus it's pink:
    Specialized Crux 56cm Cross Bike
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    this would get you around REALLY quick:
    SCATTANTE CFR CARBON MONOCOQUE 58
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    quick and classy:
    NISHIKI MENS VINTAGE ROAD BIKE XL
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    Slow but sexy and will shred trails:
    2014 Specialized Crave SS 29er
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    Those were all posted this morning...PHX is a great place to buy a used bike on CL, just gotta wade through the junk.

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