barefoot wrote:Wanted for a friend. His wife has asked me to help find him a cheap commuting bike, and asked for my recommendation of what sort of bike would suit and how much a cheap one costs.
Although he's had nicer bikes in the past (he used to race at country town club level, half a lifetime ago), he's very practical and thrifty, and not the kind of guy to turn his nose up and think that anything is below him. So I've advised that we can find him a solid practical commuter for ~$400-800, either new or second hand. Probably leaning toward the better bike second hand option. He snapped the frame of his old bike (a ~10 year old 105-spec alloy Trek) commuting a few years ago, and has been without a bike since... so they're a bit wary of flimsy lightweight race-spec bikes.
So, I'm looking for something solid and durable, preferably drop bar, preferably with rack and fender mounts (having such accessories already fitted would be a plus). A second hand cyclocross bike would be ideal, although they're still commanding a price premium over otherwise similar bikes with road calipers. Steel is real, alloy is fine, crabon is probably not where we really want to go.
Does anybody have, or know of, a suitable bike for sale?
j9 wrote:56-58cm sounds like someone atleast 6' tall
GWABR Bike, 23" (XL frames only) now reduced to $95
http://www.cyclingexpress.com/cycle/bik ... -bike.aspx
fattima wrote:Pick up a new Masi CX for that price.
fooch wrote:How about this: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=25943
barefoot wrote:A Boardman (especially a CX) would be ideal, but stretching the budget too much by the time it's delivered and outfitted.
A 48cm MBC flatbar is not going to fit a 6' ex-roadie.
Jamis... I'm quite fond of. One of these could be a very solid contender... although the spec is a little bit downmarket for the price, IMO (as a cheapskate bargain hunter).
Keep 'em coming...
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