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Offline Satypos

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Pre-owned bikes
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:01:43 PM »
I am looking for a 1st MTB for my son. I don't want a big box POS, but don't want to spend $350 either. Flying Fish sized him at a 12-14" frame. Not much on craigslist. Where are the best places around to find a nice pre-owned entry level bike?

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Re: Pre-owned bikes
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 11:00:36 PM »
Look around here.  Keep an eye on Craigslist, the good ones go fast.  One will pop up; be ready to pounce.  Don't get too hung up on components; you'll end up swapping them out most likely anyway at some point.  Good frame and wheels - the rest is up to your wallet each time you stop by the LBS.  ;-)

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 04:38:43 PM »
Garry, thanks. I was wondering if people post here. I didn't see anything preventing it in the community rules, but I didn't see any listings either.

There don't seem to be many XS 26" bikes out there, but tons of 24"s. I'll keep looking.

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2013, 10:44:07 PM »
Check the For Sale section.  Some times pawn shops get a quality bike frame in.  It might need some work, but if you get a good frame and the wheels aren't bad then it's just swapping out parts.  Craigslist does have a few choices.  Might have to be a little flexible on price as like I said - the good ones go fast.

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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 11:58:31 PM »
Thanks. I didn't see For Sale. And yeah, I'm noticing the lack of good deals. The nice ones seem tobe almost the same as buying new, and without knowing the components, I'm just guessing. Do any of the LBS take adult trades?

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2013, 05:13:53 PM »
This should help:

http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/en/bicycle-tips/know-your-bicycle/sram-mtb-component-hierarchy

http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/en/bicycle-tips/know-your-bicycle/shimano-mtb-component-hierarchy

There again, don't get to hung up on the component as they are all good.  And if it is something your kid will outgrow soon let him get used to riding in the woods and save the better components and bike for the next step up.  Not saying get him a heavy department store bike, just realize a good frame goes a long way.  I still ride my 1997 hardtail at Croom now and again outfitted with LX.  Love it for less technical trails and urban assaults.

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2013, 07:52:04 PM »
Those are great links...they should be pinned somewhere for newbies like me

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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2013, 09:04:47 AM »
I ended up finding a like-new 15" Jamis X Series. It is entry-level but he loves it. Standover height is very close, but he can manage it well on flat, and we'll take to the trails slowly. We just went to Upper Tampa Bay Park yesterday to get the feel of it and he loved riding off road. I think I have a riding partner! I'm thinking about doing the beginner course next Sunday.

Thanks for the help guys!

 

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