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Old 10-15-2008, 10:53 AM
i_kaasin i_kaasin is offline
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Default What bike to buy?

Hi, I just moved to Portland and realized quickly that I need a bike. However, I know very little about bikes. I just started researching and I have decided that I need a hybrid or a commuter bike. My budget is $350-450 and I don't mind getting a used bike. One of the bike shops I went to yesterday suggested that I buy a Trek 7.2 FX. Do any of you have any experience with this bike? I don't need a super fancy bike, I will probably use it 2-4 hours a week for getting around and exercising.
If any of you have any advise or suggestions please let me know!

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:53 PM
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I've seen some really good prices on new Giant commuters. At Gresham Bicycle they had them at $350.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:11 PM
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A first bike should be off craigslist. Then you can sell it for the same you bought it for, after you figure out what you really want.
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:54 PM
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Default Try before you buy

You might think about renting a bike for a day or so to get a better feel for what you like and what you need. Fat Tire Farm and several other shops offer rentals.

I know their stock is low at the moment, but the Community Cycling Center on Alberta might be a good place to start. They have a lot of experience starting people out on bikes.

See you on the road!
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:38 AM
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Thank you for your replies! Renting a bike, I like that idea.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:03 AM
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Default community cycling center stocked up again

Just an update, the CCC has a nice selection of used bikes built up again. There's a very nice looking old 531 steel Trek that caught my eye. Maybe a 520 or 620? Very sweet classic steel ride. It's stylishly built up with upright bars.
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