Best Bicycle for $200?

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  1. 7on macrumors 601

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    I'm looking for a decent cruiser for around $200. Today's my 23rd b-day and my parents gave me $200 for a bike. Mainly it'll be for riding to the park and riding to work. I really like the Cruiser handlebars which is why I want this particular type.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    both schwinn and giant have bikes that are only slightly above $200, and i really like the latter brand as i have one of their road bikes, and its great.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I would buy a Giant before I buy another Schwinn. Schwinn is no longer made the way they used to be made and it shows. I owned one before I moved into a Specialized.
     
  4. methodmano macrumors member

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    I really like Trek bikes. I think they have something around $200 too.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i haven't been on a schwinn in a long time so you may very well be right, but i can say that giant is a good brand at least. :)
     
  6. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    Oh my. Just got back from the local bike shop and I do like the Giants. :D

    I have a 2008 catalog that I'm browsing through now. Now the only question is do I stick with my Cruiser plan or go for something else? I really love the Simple Single. With my last bike I really hated gear changing. However... it'd be nice on hills.

    decisions decisions
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it all depends on the type of riding that you plan on doing and type of road/terrain you're going to be on.

    i have the Giant OCR3 from '07. its a great road bike, but i plan on picking up the Bowery this spring for some fixed gear fun.
     
  8. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I guess I should mention I DO live in Kansas :eek: Not necessarily known for hills.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the cruiser would work just fine. the Simple Single is still classified as a cruiser, and looks comfy too!
     
  10. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    Trek bikes do indeed rule! (Just check out my profile picture) Sadly, the cheapest mountain bike is in the $300-350 range. But if you buy one, it will last you a long time.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2008/mountain_hardtail/3_series/3700/

    Good luck and tell us what you decided on.
     
  11. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    I bought a Giant a few years ago and it has been a great bike for the price. I totally recommend.
     
  12. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe this will influence your decision:

    Trek is an American company (many of the bikes are built in Waterloo, Wisconsin)

    while

    Giant is a Taiwanese company and none are built in the great U.S.A.

    If it is a toss up, I'd support the American manufacturer and join the Trek family. :)
     
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i don't see the point in this really? hes not even looking for a mountain bike, but a cruiser, of which trek isn't all that known for. they do make pretty decent mountain bikes, i agree.
     
  14. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    Most definitely! They had one at the bike shop I went to. It took most of my will power to not buy it right then. Since it is about $50 more than my budget I will have to wait for my tax refund before I have the at hand cash. But it is a nice machine.

    There's only one hill between work and my apt, and it's only downhill in the morning so I think I could get to work on time.
     
  15. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I have a schwinn that was like $650 and it has gear shifting issues. I believe the shifting instruments are shimano but don't quote me on that? It's probably 4 years old with very very low miles.... I haven't ridden it in a while.
     
  16. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    Don't get a cruiser, get a mountain bike dude.
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    depending on how steep it is, you should be just fine. the gear ratio looks pretty easy to handle on it. i'll have my gf take a look at the specs when she has a chance she knows components better than i do, but from what i can see it looks pretty good.

    if you want more opinions i'd say ask over at bikeforums.net, very knowledgeable people there.
     
  18. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    Went with the Giant Simple Single. $280 after taxes. Still thinking about adding fenders...
     

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  19. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    very nice. i like the simple look to it. classy.

    about fenders: you can find all sorts out there, a rear is a must if it rains by you so you don't end up with a streak down your back :p if you need help looking for some just let me know. hope you enjoy it!
     
  20. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, AND I get a free 1 month tune up and a free 1 year tuneup. Within the first month any accessory installation is free so i think I'll decide in that time. :D
     
  21. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    I haven't been able to take it out yet (other than the inital test drive at the bike shop) since it's been so cold (yesterday there were scattered t-storms and today it's 32F outside). Hopefully this afternoon will be warmer, so I can use it for some shopping errands.
     
  22. Bootsie macrumors 6502a

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    I hope your children never find this post, you need to be believable when you tell them that you had to walk uphill both ways, barefoot, in the snow. :D
     
  23. 7on thread starter macrumors 601

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    and without shoes I might add :p
     

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