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2014-04-21 9:16 PM

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Subject: Find a Bike .... problem
I am training for my first Tri experience but I am starting to worry about my bike situation. Where can a newbie get a inexpensive... no cheap bike to use? I have had zero luck finding a 2nd hand bike. What is the secret? where do I go?


2014-04-21 9:41 PM
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Craigslist. Especially if you live in a city. I found mine there from a guy about my height.
2014-04-21 10:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Find a Bike .... problem
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I am training for my first Tri experience but I am starting to worry about my bike situation. Where can a newbie get a inexpensive... no cheap bike to use? I have had zero luck finding a 2nd hand bike. What is the secret? where do I go?
seeing how you haven't had any luck with a second hand one why don't you try a department store? Because it's your first tri and you want cheap why not just buy something basic that will do you why you decide if you really like triathlons or not? It doesn't need to be fancy it just needs to work, especially if you are doing sprints or shorter distances.

I did my first year of tris on a bike I borrowed from a family member. It was maybe slightly too big but it gave me a year to save and get something reasonable once I decided I was going to keep doing tris and it also allowed me to do my research and get an end of year deal.
2014-04-22 6:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Find a Bike .... problem

Craigslist
Put ad in looking for a bike on Craigslist
Local newspaper
Some bike shops have used bikes or used bike sales-ask them where to find one
Contact local tri and bike race teams and ask
Ask friends
Garage sale
Where I live I know 2 places that sell used bikes usually unique places one is out of the guys house
Salvation army, goodwill ect
College towns have lots of used bikes
last place I'd look is ebay

Where have you been looking? Do you live in rural area or in/near a city?

 

 

2014-04-22 6:12 AM
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Rent? Can you train at a gym on a stationary bike and rent a nice road bike for race day? Be sure it fits you when you pick it up and be sure you understand the shifting system. But this might be a viable option if you're just not sure.

Whatever you do: Don't throw good money after bad and buy something very poorly suitable because you have a date on the calendar.
2014-04-22 7:09 AM
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I got mine off craigslist, found the right one, steal of a deal, but I had to drive over an hour out of the city to get it. But I probably could have parted the bike out for a profit if I was inclined.


2014-04-22 8:05 AM
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Define cheap.

Is the goal to get a road bike? For a modern road bike you are probably looking at $250-$400 used for what is an entry level bike. If you are willing to go older i.e. 80's or 90's down tube shifters era you can be looking at $100 - $400 but you sort of need to know what you are doing and be able to ID the good ones from the bad ones, the good ones that are cheap do not stay for sale very long before a collector get them. An inexpensive vintage bike is often going to require work to get road worthy.

If you are looking for less than $150. I would look for a rigid (something w/o and suspension) mountain bike from the late 90's. There are a lot of these that were purchased and never ridden. The key is getting a bike store brand. You are going to get decent enough components and indexed shifting. Because there is no suspension the weight is not going to be bad. Replace the knobby tires with slicks. You will be able to sell the for the same price you have paid for it. I saw a Trek 800 (I would say '97 or '98) for $75 in craigslist it looks like it has never been ridden.

Spending 5 minutes on my craigslist. I found this. I assume it could be purchased for $100 or less. The tires appear to be pretty narrow and would probably work on the road. This is going to be a better bike than a $100 or even $200 X-mart bike.
https://columbus.craigslist.org/bid/4422608009.html
2014-04-22 1:53 PM
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This time of the year, many colleges have auctions to get rid of all the unclaimed bikes that show up in various places. I remember going to one when I was in college and there must have been 200 bikes there. I bought a nice one for $75. I later sold it for $250.

Many police departments do the same thing.

I found mine on Ebay after searching for a long time. My first 2 tris were on borrowed bikes. :-)
2014-04-22 6:30 PM
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Echoing the Craiglist suggestion. I've gotten two bikes for WAY less than they would have costed new. Just make sure you ride the bike around and check everything thoroughly before you hand over the cash.
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