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Old 05-07-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: I live south of San Antonio in a place called Atascosa.
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I have been looking at Bicycles. They cost anywhere from a hundred to a thousand and even more. what ever happened to my Schwinn stingray??
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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Like with everything else....those days are over, unfortunately. My ex wife had 2 bikes that costs over 4 grand each.....found that out during the divorce.

I remember the Stingray...you were THE man if you had one of those back then. Those things are worth a small fortune now if you can find one.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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Why do Bicycles cost a thousand dollars?
If you think that's bad, you should see how much the ones that massage your naughty parts cost.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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I have been looking at Bicycles. They cost anywhere from a hundred to a thousand and even more. what ever happened to my Schwinn stingray??
I'm totally with you man or woman; I'm not trying to buy a car these days!
I'm just ready for the mad max days, & no I'm not talking about majormadmax!

I'm off to test my skateboard skills though...
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Check Craig's List. We've bought several bikes that way. Let someone else take the hit on depreciation. I am shopping for a new road bike that will cost well over $1k. If you're in the market for a 7 year old Trek 2100 let me know!
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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How about Pawn Shops? I usually buy bikes in pawn shops. It's a hit and miss game. I go shopping in several of them. The owners know me and will call me if they get something in that I might be interested in getting.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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sophisticated bikes have a lot that go into them, including quality parts, labor, r&d etc. you're not shopping for a car but... you kind of are! if you want a toy, you can go to walmart and get a bike for less then a hundred bucks (i did!)... if you want a quality reliable bike, with good parts and service, you pay more for it. a good bike can be serviced and upgraded and preform amazing for generations if well cared for (like a car).

i would never pay a grand for a bike myself, either, but a_t is right, haunt craigs list; bikes tend to depreciate (like cars), and a used bike can be severely marked down.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Heck, the Cannondales I bought over 15 years ago were already over a grand apiece; these days a higher end mountain bike can easily run several thousand dollars!

You can get cheaper bikes, but they will be poorly built, heavy and the components will give out in no time. It's smarter to try and find older, used bikes that were made by the better manufacturers (Specialized, Giant, etc) than to buy a new Asian-made tank from Walmart or Target. Plus, they are usually poorly built by store employees who have no idea of how to properly assemble a bicycle!

Good luck!

Cheers! M2
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: NW side
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Everything costs what enough fools to keep the seller making profits will pay for it
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Bikes do not cost $1000. They only cost that much if you think you need to pay that much or plan to make cycling part of your lifestyle.

You can get a good high quality bike for around $300 at the Performance Bike store. I went with the cheapest China-made model and have not had any problems other than flats ('cuz I go off road).
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