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    College Student Looking for a Bike

    Hello everyone!

    I am completely new to the bike scene and am in the market to buy a new bike. The school that I goto is located on a hill and it pretty much snows here for 5 months. I would really appreciate if you guys could help me make a decision!

    Please note that I understand that I should ride a bike first and buy it but there are NO stores within 25 miles of this place. From my research I have come down to the following three bikes :

    2010 GT Aggressor http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400308

    2010 GT Outpost
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1078729_-1___

    2010 GT Avalanche
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1078378_-1___

    Novara Portal BIke

    http://www.rei.com/product/788084

    Also since i will be riding this during the winter could you please suggest some attachments I should get? Like fenders?

    I will be using the bike for commute everyday and also trail biking often.

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    how much do you want to spend??

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    Around $400

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    Do yourself a favor, stay away from suspension at that pricepoint. Check out this thing.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/deadeye.htm

    And for winter riding, you want full coverage fenders, and lights front and rear. http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7029.html

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    Is there a reason why you guys suggested the above bikes?

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    How tall are you??

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    5'10" / 170 pounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droidbee
    Is there a reason why you guys suggested the above bikes?
    Better frame better parts if you ride alot like I do you will find you will go through parts. Also on ebay they have some nice 09 bikes I think you should take a M

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    Be warned salt and sand from the snow will kill your bike.

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    The most expensive parts of a bike are:

    Frame
    Fork
    Cranks
    Wheels

    At $400, there are going to be some corners cut. For example, a bike with gears and front suspension at that price is going to have crappy cranks. And if you ride at least a little, you will kill crappy cranks, and that becomes expensive, and now you have spent $600 instead of $400. Also, a cheap suspension fork is more expensive than a decent rigid fork, weighs a lot more, and doesn't necessarily perform that well.

    Although the deadeye is a rigid single speed, it has a quality parts spec that can keep you riding for a least several seasons and wont melt after the first winter. And while you are doing this riding, you can start thinking about what it is you like and don't like about the bike you have.

    Where are you going to school?

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    I goto Colgate in Upstate NY.

    Jpeters - I had never heard of Giant bikes but I will take a look thanks! Salt and sand are going to do damage to the tyres?

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    I would try to save just a little more cash if you could. Like fotu said the parts will go fast if you use it alot and your are 25 miles from the closest bike store. But that 2010 giant yukon at tree fort bikes is not bad for 450 I would go with that and tree fort is a great store. the parts are better than all of the others I looked at in your price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droidbee
    I goto Colgate in Upstate NY.

    Jpeters - I had never heard of Giant bikes but I will take a look thanks! Salt and sand are going to do damage to the tyres?
    Nope the gears bearings and chain

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    So you are saying http://www.treefortbikes.com/#navbar...22355527___823 is better than http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1078729_-1___ ?

    I am a complete newbie so I am just trying to understand whats better! How does the salt affect the gears and chain?

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    salt and sand will kill your drive train. And if you have suspension, it will kill that too. It makes everything rust faster.

    Again there are four main things to look for on a bike:

    Frame: its gotta fit you
    Fork: depends on what you want, suspension sucks at $400
    Cranks: name brand with good quality removable gears
    Wheels: double walled rims, disc compatability is a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droidbee
    So you are saying http://www.treefortbikes.com/#navbar...22355527___823 is better than http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1078729_-1___ ?

    I am a complete newbie so I am just trying to understand whats better! How does the salt affect the gears and chain?
    Well first the parts on the Giant are better than all of the others you mentioned and second tree fort price matches.
    The salt will eat all of the metal and take all of the oil off and it makes everything rust. I live in Germany and we got lots of snow this year and everyone rides bikes. My friends at the bike store told me the salt was destroying the bikes.

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    Read the list of parts specs on the websites. If it says "SR Suntour" for either the cranks or forks, it is bad.

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    Fotu did you look at the giant Yukon at tree fort not bas spec for 450 first bike
    http://www.treefortbikes.com/#navbar...22355527___823

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    I mean, the Yukon is fine. It will get you out there and fun will be had. It is nice that it has a fork, gears and disc brakes. But those cranks suck. There is always a trade off. Just offering another opinion, and what I would look for. But I am not an expert.

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    Yeah about as good as Deore or no ? I rode a set of Deore for like 4000 miles

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    That yukon is speced with lowest end sram. Deore is definitely a better crank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotu
    That yukon is speced with lowest end sram. Deore is definitely a better crank.
    Ah ok

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    Yeah, that Yukon looks like a nice first bike, and I wouldn't mind riding it as a beater. Giant is one of the largest bike manufacturers in the world (I wouldn't be surprised if that REI brand bike was made by giant).

    However... I didn't think Giant allowed their bikes to be sold online, and I don't see a way on the treefort page to actually buy it - the "add to cart" button is nowhere to be found.

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    Salt and sand will only kill a bike if you never take care of it. Even an entry level bike will last a long time if properly cared for. That means at minimum, cleaning it and lubing the chain periodically.

    And SR Suntour components are not "bad." They're not high end by any means, but at the $400 price point, you won't find much else. For many people, they are perfectly adequate.

    Pretty sure you can't buy that Giant off the web.

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