On Sun, 15 Jun 1997 17:40:52 -0400, "Peter A. Forkes"
>OK, it's a vague question, but I can go into Sear and see bikes for $99,
>then I can go to the local cycle shop and see them for $500.
>I'm looking for a bike that I will ride occassionally, so the $99 price
>tag is more to more inclination, however, I don't want to buy garbage.
>So, what should I look for in a bike?
>Any help is appreciated.
Others have mentioned many of the major differences between the two.
Brakes on the $99 bike barely work when new, and get worse with age.
Fat tires require cantilever brakes to work well, and chrome rims are
slippery. When combined...
Service and assembly: I used to assemble Sears bikes when I worked
there in high school. No clue what I was doing. Bikes also require a
re-adjustment after around 30 days. Fat chance at Sears, assuming the
part time high school kid got it right the first time..
Quality of parts, weight : Too many things to fit in a summary.
An option that I haven't seen mentioned in the responses so far, is
buying a good used bike. Road bikes are unpopular, so you can usually
get very good deals on them used. A few shops take trade-ins or
consignments, or the shop personnel may have their own ex-bikes for
sale. Employees often get extreme discounts from the maker. Some pay
10% under dealer cost, or similar, and they are the first to know of
closeouts and other deals. It's common for them to get a new bike
every year. I've seen lots of good road bikes in the 100-150 range,
and some cheaper. Think of it as a choice between a brand new Yugo,
or a used, low miles Honda.
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