Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How to buy a bike and not be a bitch like IceCube

Fucking finally.
After two stolen bikes in 2008 I'm back with a bike just in time for Spring. Thought I'd put together a 3step guide on getting the most bike for your buck. Starting off know this, if you want a new bike plan on spending $400+ otherwise you can count on riding a piece of shit that will fall apart under you. That said reCYCLEd is the route to go. Used bike shopping takes knowledge of what you need and what to look for.

Know what type of bike you need. Road bike, mountain bike, hybrid?
Mountain bikes also make great city bikes if you plan on off roading or riding railroad tracks. Road bikes are light and efficient, they go fast but can only ride on the pavement. Hybrids are great for city riding, commuting, and light trail riding. They combine the upright, comfortable riding position of a mountain bike, and the efficiency of a road bike. A one-speed cruiser is a good option for quality, low-cost, and low-maintenace bike. Cruisers are great for running errands and getting around a college campus and being a general sissy like IceCube.

Know what size bike you need in the type of bike you want.
Measure your inseam. Multiply it by .65. This will give you a good estimate of you road bike size for bikes measured center to center. If you need a mountain bike subtract an additional 10cm and convert this measurement to inches to get your mountain bike frame size.

Determine whether the bike has been maintained well by its previous owner.
Inspect the paint for rust and carefully check for cracks or dimples in the frame. Test the bike's brakes and wheels before riding. Adjust the seat to your height and take the bike for a spin. Does the bike fit well? Does it handle properly? Note the shifting. Is it smooth? If not, the bike may need a minor adjustment or a major repair. Check the brakes. Do they stop quickly and smoothly?

Special thanks to the guys at A Nearly New Shop at 3826 N Broadway St for hooking up my Peugeot Roadbike last night. Oh and fuck IceCube.

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