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Old 04-07-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Newark, NJ
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Thanks for all the replies.. i'm a little confused though by the differing opinions though lol.

I'll check out everything everyone said. I'm leaning towards giving citizenbikes a shot.

Also, I understand that if I got a bike under $100, it's not going to be perfect. If it's for under $100, i just need it to last me a few months to a year.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: NYC
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what kind of bike do you want?
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Newark, NJ
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One that I can ride around brooklyn.. or even into the city on occasion. Nothing special
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: NYC
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One that I can ride around brooklyn.. or even into the city on occasion. Nothing special
So, something inconspicuous, that you wouldn't care too much if it was stolen?

People sell bikes at the flea market in Williamsburg, and they also fix bikes there. I'd look there or roam around the area. Lots of people ride bikes in that neighborhood you might find someone selling something.

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Old 04-07-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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I never had a problem with any of my cheap bikes. It's different if you are into mountain biking or riding out of town a few hundred miles for a weekend trip. For a spin on pavement in the neighborhood or in the park, the cheap bikes seem to be fine as long as you get them tuned up every so often. You can buy/change whatever tires you want. I have a womens' bike I'd like to get rid of. It probably needs some oiling, a little tightening, and certainly needs air, but since I keep my bikes inside, this bike and the others never rusted. They look old fashioned, but they work.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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I bought my first bike in NYC for $70 from a thrift store in Bushwick and I rode it for a couple years. It was really heavy, rusty, had some mechanical issues and didn't handle very well. On the other hand, I never worried about anyone stealing it. I eventually upgraded to pretty nice used bike I got for $150 on Craigslist, I'm still riding four years later.

Moral of the story:

-The most important consideration when you're buying your first bike is that it goes when you pedal it. You don't really need anything nice.

-You can get deals on Craigslist if you wait around and jump on them when they show up.

-You get more bang for you buck buying used than new.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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I heard that they make bikes for riding around in Brooklyn.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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I haven't ridden a bike in 10 years

No problem, once you learned the technique you never forget.

A helmet is a must though.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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No problem, once you learned the technique you never forget.

A helmet is a must though.
Yes, I can't stress this issue more than anything else, and buy a good helmet, spend money on it to get one that fits well and feels comfortable. If you get a cheap helmet that you don't like, you are more inclined to not use it. I have a friend who wasn't wearing a helmet when she was hit and survived, but after coming out of her coma she could no longer taste anything and has partial brain damage. Another friend of mine was wearing her helmet when she was hit and that doctor informed her that if she wasn't wearing it she probably would of died in the accident.

So yes, buy and wear a helmet at all times when biking.
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