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Old 04-06-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Newark, NJ
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I haven't ridden a bike in 10 years but since I'm living in Brooklyn, it seems like a logical buy.

Only problem is that I'm on a budget and it seems bikes are expensive. I'm too wary of craigslist and amazon doesn't to help as much as I thought it would.

Are there any bike stores that sell affordable bikes even if they're second-hand?

I would like to spend under $100 or for a folding bike, i'd go up to $200
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: War World!
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If you're going to ride your bike in this city, invest in a good bike. This city (as in ALL the boroughs) have all sorts of terrain and it'll be useful if you get a good bike that can endure all sorts of terrain, hills and all that. If you were in a very flat city, like say Miami or Chicago, I would say you'll be good with a regular bike. In this city, invest in a decent bike that will last you long.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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I believe the police department auctions off some of the bikes they steal. $100 isn't going to get you much of a bike from a retailer; it would have to be a private sale or auction.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Craigslist maybe, but any bike under $100 is probably going to be junk or have major internal rust issues.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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toys r us, they have good bikes for under 100.

bay parkway at belt parkway, a huge toys r us
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Have you checked Frank's in Manhattan? Frank's Bike Shop

For a folding bicycle, around $200, I'd look at Citizen, though I think the Tokyo works better for those of smaller stature as it's a 16". The Miami is a 20" and MSRP is $199. Folding Bikes by Citizen Bike
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Go to K-Mart (Astor Place)...I got an 18 speed Huffy buit like a tank a couple years ago for $68.

I'm sure they have several modes under $100.

(Folding is a high premium though.)
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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Default $100 - $200 bike in NYC: You can't be serious!?

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Originally Posted by c.phillips View Post
I haven't ridden a bike in 10 years but since I'm living in Brooklyn, it seems like a logical buy.

Only problem is that I'm on a budget and it seems bikes are expensive. I'm too wary of craigslist and amazon doesn't to help as much as I thought it would.

Are there any bike stores that sell affordable bikes even if they're second-hand?

I would like to spend under $100 or for a folding bike, i'd go up to $200
Unless you like to ride in schoolyards, playgrounds, or take an occasional spin in the park, bicycles, in the price range that you suggested, "won't cut the mustard" in NYC. As the saying goes, "you get what you pay for," and cheap will get you nothing but cheap in this city.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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Originally Posted by c.phillips View Post
I haven't ridden a bike in 10 years but since I'm living in Brooklyn, it seems like a logical buy.

Only problem is that I'm on a budget and it seems bikes are expensive. I'm too wary of craigslist and amazon doesn't to help as much as I thought it would.

Are there any bike stores that sell affordable bikes even if they're second-hand?

I would like to spend under $100 or for a folding bike, i'd go up to $200
cheapest new folding bike I could find was $102:

Kent Mini 8 Folding Bike

will look some more.

edit: here's a new one for $80:

http://www.opentip.com/Custom-Orders...p-2973875.html

edit edit: found the same bike for $65 here:

http://www.idbarn.com/index.php?acti...emID=542955969

edit edit edit:

found a european folding bike in this video claiming to be 55 euro = $71 USD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfo3idAvqjI

this is the website: www.radmeile.de

not sure how to order. it's in german. you'd have to use google translate to view the site in english.

edit edit edit edit:

here is a folding bike on ebay with a buy it now of $80:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ADVENTURE-FO...#ht_725wt_1141

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Old 04-07-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Go the Craigslist way. Youll get more bang for your buck this way than you were to buy it at bike shop. Btw, all the bikes listed for $100 at shop are heavy and crappy ones.
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