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    Cycling Help

    Looking to get a road bike this year and to get into cycling. I've never done it before, I've been more into distance running, but looking to branch out my exercising a little bit. I know someone posted on here before a great place to get a hold of a cheap road bike.

    What should I look on spending to get a dependable, yet used bike? Any insight really would be helpful. TIA.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    see Kyle at Kyle's bikes
    1840 SW White Birch Circle
    Ankeny, IA 50023



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    I've known Kyle for a number of years. Great guy.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    What amount of money do you consider to be a cheap road bike?

    For used bicycles you won't find a better source than Craigslist. For $1,000 you should be able to find a decent used bicycle. I would recommend that if you are up to spending $1,000 or more that you make sure than the frame is carbon fiber.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    My first bike (Trek 1200) I got thru Bike World in Ames. Its a great place to check out the options and get a price idea, they aren't too pushy.
    I joined performancebike.com and bought a lot of stuff from them the first year and still do every now and then. If you get serious into biking and look into something like Ragbrai, you will be shocked at how much stuff you want to buy! It gets addictive.
    Just upgraded to a full carbon (Trek 5200) off of ebay, got a great price for it, I'm sure shopping in the winter helps. Also keep an eye out on craigslist, depending on what size you need (I'm tall), you might get a great deal there.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    Make a few trips to a couple different bike shops and talk with the folks in there. Find a shop you're comfortable with and buy from there.

    Kyle's Bikes and Rasmussen's Bike Shop would be my first two choices.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    Is $1,000 really going to be the cheapest I'll be able to find? Once again I am just looking for something that works. I couldn't care less what it looks like or how new it is.

    Also, I'm in Ames so I was thinking about what Skunk River Cycle had for used bikes.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    be careful if you buy off of ebay or craigslist. you could be buying a frame with a crack in it. If you do craigslist you can at least look it over first. If you are just starting out you might want to look in the 350-450 price range. That way you won't have so much money into it if you decide you don't like biking. If you want to move up later, you can probably get most of your money back out of it. You should be able to get a decent used bike for that kind of money.

    Stay away from those fancy wheels with only a dozen spokes. They are great when they are perfectly true, but they can really break easy, especially if you are over 150 pounds or so. I have seen a lot of these fail on RAGBRAI. They just can't take the beating. If you don't think you are going to be the next Lance Armstrong, they are just not worth it.

    Do some research on what components are entry level and what are the better ones. The really cheap components can take a lot of the fun out of riding. If you have a buddy to shop with you that knows a little about bike, that would help a lot.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    Yeah, Craigslist may be a tough starting spot for a noob. Tough to know what to buy and what to avoid.

    $400 is probably the bare minimum to spend. If you do just be prepared to spend more if you enjoy it.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Is $1,000 really going to be the cheapest I'll be able to find? Once again I am just looking for something that works. I couldn't care less what it looks like or how new it is.

    Also, I'm in Ames so I was thinking about what Skunk River Cycle had for used bikes.
    It depends on what you are going to do with the bike to determine what your price point will be.

    I climb a lot of mountain passes in Colorado and do a lot of touring so a $1,000 used bike would be my starting price point. In fact, I own both a road bike and a mountain bike.

    However if you aren't planning on doing much climbing and it isn't terribly important how long it takes to get from point A to point B you can purchase a very reliable used bike for considerably less than $1,000.


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    Re: Cycling Help

    I'm going to bump this one time to see if I get some more info. What should I be looking for on Craigslist? Do I need to get measured or something to know what size bike to get? I'm right at 6'0".


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    Re: Cycling Help

    I'd steer you towards Bike Country (in Ankeny). They consistantly have lower prices that anything in Cedar Rapids or the Ames Bike World.

    Also for introductory road bikes look at Fuji. They don't have the "name" markup a lot of brands: Trek, Cannondale, etc do.

    My buddy bought one 2 yrs ago (I've owned Treks) and he really likes it.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    There is a warehouse sale right now at Bike World down on 24th and Hickman.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    Quote Originally Posted by johnpkelly81 View Post
    There is a warehouse sale right now at Bike World down on 24th and Hickman.
    you can get good deals there but be sure you know what you're doing or find a buddy who does.

    sometimes the salesman sell their old bikes, you can usually get a good deal because they tend to be "pimped out" with rims and such.

    whatever you do, don't let anybody talk you into getting a "crossover" or "hybred" bike. They are heavy like a mountain bike but not as durable like a road bike ... basically the worst of both breeds.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    Going used as a complete newbie is tough because you really need a lot of guidance and most bike shops stock few or no used bikes. Skunk River should be a great place to start. There really isn't a lot of help that a message board can provide. You need to figure out a definitive budget and, more importantly, what size of bike you need first.

    My opinion is that you should plan on spending at least $1k unless you can find someone who knows what they are doing to help you buy a used bike. Anything less than that and the bike is going to be pretty junky and you will want to replace it pretty quickly if/when you get into the sport.



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    Re: Cycling Help

    Mercy me! I was really duped. Three years ago I bought one of those hybrids--a Giant Sedona and just love the bike. Now I will grant you that I am an old man, 60, and have no intention of riding over 20-30 miles at a time. I also have no desire to go off roading in rough terrrain. What I will say is that the bike gives me a very enjoyable way to get some exercise. So, if you see this old hooter rolling through downtown Ames or North Grand Mall on shopping trips wearing my back pack, please give me a wave and a smile. My knees thank me daily for giving up running.

    Nothing around would make me happier than to have a bike path running along the banks of the Skunk River from Carr Pool to Story City. That is the dream of many a nature photographer. I suspect that some of you serious runners would enjoy the scenery as well.



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