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Buying Cheap Bikes

Discount Bikes: Tips for Buying Cheap Bikes

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Buying Cheap Bikes

Cycling is fun, healthy and eco-friendly. It’s also one of the cheapest ways to travel. With so many places to buy second-hand bikes, it can now be even cheaper. Here’s ten excellent sources for second hand (or free) bikes.

SECOND HAND BIKES:

1. Ebay
A vast selection of used and reduced-cost bikes. It’s always worth checking for bargains. But beware of high packaging costs. There are also no guarantees about the bike’s condition. Often sellers will expect collection – so be sure to check the location of the bike before you buy.

2. Gumtree
Another great online marketplace. The condition of the bikes varies greatly and the really great deals go fast. Look how long an item has been listed – if it’s been a while, you might try offering less than the advertised price.

3. Local paper
Scour the back-ends of local papers and scrutinize community noticeboards. They often feature advertisements for used and second hand bikes.

4. Going Going Bike
A fantastic resource for road bikes, mountain bikes and Bromptons. They also guarantee to buy your Brompton if you wish to sell it. Unsure of what you want? Try their handy bike match tool.

5. Police auctions
There are great bargains at police auctions, including assets such as bikes, vehicles, jewellery and electronics. Most of these have been seized or found by police who are unable to identify their rightful owners. With starting prices as low as £1 it may be worth popping your head in the door. Try Bumblebee Auctions for online auctions.

6. Bike charities
The UK has many fantastic bike charities that put recycled and second hand bikes to creative and socially-empowering uses. They don’t just accept old bikes – you can buy refurbished bikes from them too.

Bike Back in Bristol is run by Life Cycle, and takes unwanted bikes to Bristol Prison where prisoners help to repair and refit them with the help of experienced mechanics. Read about upcoming Bike Back sales on their website.

Scotland’s The Bike Station is another inspiring social-cycling initiative. Volunteers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth work with schools and youth groups to increase cycling confidence, bike awareness and pass on training skills. You can buy fully refurbished bikes from any of the stations. Or, find out about their fix your own bike sessions. More at 10 tips for buying cheap bikes

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The Best Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike Sale: The Best Mountain Bikes

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The Best Mountain Bike

‘Tis the season to be tempted by a whole new model year of mountain bikes, and we’ve got some good news. Dialing in your own personal style of off-roading has never been easier — once you wade through the overwhelming amount of options, that is. There’s a different bike for just about every type of trail and rider, and even some that claim to do it all. You need a bike best suited to the kind of riding you enjoy, but that also won’t keep you from the occasional change of pace (or any surprises the trails throw at you).

Most bang for your buck mountain bike: Looking for a lightweight, durable and fast-rolling bike that leaves some dough in your bank account? The Scott Scale Comp 29er is a custom butted 6061 aluminum frame outfitted with Shimano brakes and drivetrain, and it touts the same geometry as a higher-end carbon race bike. For just under a grand, you can’t go wrong with this set up.

Sweetest mountain bike for single track: Combine a single speed belt drive with a titanium frame and you won’t make the noise of a rocker — even an unplugged one. Instead, you’ll fly through single track with the stealth and speed that comes from one of the most advanced drivetrains (the Gates CenterTrack) ever to hit the trail. If you want to hear the sweet sound of a chain banging against titanium and gears moving up and down the cassette, not to worry: the engineers at Spot have completely re-imagined how a vertical slider-style dropout should come together. The Rocker SS allows you to run both belt-driven and chain-driven single-speed configurations, and if you get tired of pushing a single gear, you also have the option to add a derailleur.

Best marathoner mountain bike: Ample travel in a lightweight package makes this bike perfect for long-distance racing, while CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) technology enables you to switch between three suspension setups from the handlebar based on conditions. In addition to a stunning frame, the Occam OMS 29 has some sweet design features, like the “Cable Downtube Highway”, which routes all cables through the main pivot point and limits movement as the suspension compresses, creating less cable rub. There’s also good news if just looking at this beauty is making your wallet hurt: the Occam comes in a number of different models for all budgets.

Hottest enduro mountain bike: This lightweight all-mountain ride is perfect for enduro racing. Point the 165mm of rear wheel travel downhill and let the custom Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock and Fox 34 TALAS CTD factory fork with Kashima stanchions do their thing. As they say, “all good downhills come must come to a end”, and during an enduro event you must eventually go back up. Simply adjust the seat height on the fly using the Specialized Command Post BlackLite right from the bars and start your spin back up to the next peak. Repeat. More at The Best Mountain Bikes for Every Rider

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Buying a Road Bike

Road Bicycles for Sale: A Guide to Road Bikes

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Buying a Road Bike

You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new road bike. Today, manufacturers offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points. And component companies make an exceptional array of top-notch wheels, brakes and shifting systems that operate like never before. For example, it’s possible to get 20-speed drivetrains that shift blink quick, and wheelsets so light that pedaling is effortless. In fact, there are so many attractive choices today, that if you just walked into our store, you might be overwhelmed.

Don’t be. Having a lot of choices is a wonderful thing because it drastically increases the likelihood you’ll find the perfect bike — as long as you know a little about what’s available.

To help, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide for finding the ideal road rig. We explain the decisions you need to make and offer advice on everything from frame materials and wheels to gearing and component choices. To start, though, you need to do some self analysis (therapist not required).

Answer These Questions
Before visiting our showroom, define yourself a bit. Consider how you’ll use the new bike once you get it, as well as where you’ll pedal once you’ve had the machine for a while. And ask yourself a few questions to figure out what model’s right. Are you:

A new cyclist?
Into improving fitness (medium to long rides)?
Interested in touring?
Training for an event?
Getting into road racing or triathlon?
Thinking of commuting to work/around town?
Analyze Yourself
Also, consider how many miles you might log per week, or year. And think about your tendencies in purchasing other things. For example, do you demand the highest quality, or are you more apt to look for reasonable quality and lower cost? Do you dig trick, high-tech gadgets or are you satisfied with simpler designs? Additionally, it helps to know about how much you want to spend because that’s a quick way to focus the selection process on the appropriate models.

Answering these questions will ensure that you get the best bicycle. We’ll be able to show you models with the right features for your needs, interests and budget. And you’ll soon be sailing down the pavement with a big grin on your face. There are lots of fascinating variables in choosing a modern road bike. The rest of this article explains these choices so you’ll have an easier time selecting your dream machine.

Frame And Fork Materials
Although over the years there have been such interesting designs as bamboo (still available!) and plastic frames, current road bikes are made of one or blends of these four materials: steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber (carbon). More at BUYER’S GUIDE TO ROAD BICYCLES

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