Bicycle choices: Don't skimp

posted by Jeff | Thursday, July 16, 2009, 2:57 PM | comments: 1

Beth is debating if it's worth it to buy a "good" bike or a Wal-Mart bike. I can tell you with absolute certainty that getting the better one is worth it.

Here's the thing about cheap bikes: They're disposable. They don't last, they're not as rigid, they're extremely heavy and have cheap parts (and crappy seats). My Trek was something like $600, but it's going to last me 20 years as long as I clean it and get it overhauled every couple thousand miles. If you buy a decent aluminum bike, and they can be had for under $500, from a reputable bike shop, you'll get a ton out of it.

The Bianchi I got in high school, 1989, is still completely useful. I outgrew it only because it was heavier steel (typical back then), and I wanted 700c wheels.


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Beth, July 16, 2009, 8:50 PM #

Thanks for the info. I want a Trek Hybrid, but I'm having a hard time with the price. It's a lot to pay, but I think it will be worth it. I at least want to be fitted for a bike.


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