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Can anyone propose a good place to pick up a second-hand bike around Perth? My budget is pretty low and I'm only riding about 100-150 k's per week.
While we're on the subject, can anyone recommend what sort of bike I should be looking for? I'm 6'1, 120 kilos and I spend most of my time on the road. However, I do get some gravel time. I'm new to cycling this year and doing it mostly for fitness (started off 2009 at 131 kilos).
I've noticed in browsing the forums that WA has some fairly well-informed (seemingly) forumites and any push in the right direction will be very appreciated.
have heard good things about the quokka - have had a look myself & there's always a lot of bikes in there for sale.
i'd suggest going in to a bike shop, finding out what size bike you need & then scouring the quokka for one that fits.
p.s. at 100-150kms a week you'll be upgrading pretty soon if you get anything that's not the right fit for you - so choose carefully.
at those distances probably a roadie would be best - having said that if you're going off road then you could soon be spending a heap of money on repair so maybe a good mountain bike would be more appropriate.
i guess it would be a good idea to weigh up how important it is to go off road (ie it might be an optional part of your planned exercise route, or it might be unavoidable)
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Quokka classifieds or gumtree online would be good places to start,
I was in your position but lighter and started with a hybrid, that lasted 3 months before I got a carbon racer
If i were doing it again I would get a good quality steel racer(80's cromolly are cheap) and spend a bit getting it running perfectly and upgrading a few things like wheels, if you did later down the track decide to get a new bling bike this could do as a commute or wet weather bike or you could move the good bits on to a new bike
just my 2 spokes worth
Steel is the go, I have some frames available in your size: http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11776
I think I'd be going to see George (gclark8) if I were you. Buying used is problematic, and George knows his stuff (by all accounts).
I agree with Kalgrm, George is the wiz for second hand bikes. If he hasn't got one to suit, check out the suburbs with "bring out your dead" collections. You will be amazed what people throw away. We have been collecting bikes for a women's bike ed program (see topic Women on Wheels) and have picked up an amazing variety of shapes and sizes of bikes, some of which look like they're hardly used. I think some people don't realise you can repair flat tyres, you don't have to buy a brand new bike everytime you get a puncture.
I still can't post links (grrr!) but if you go to the local council websites you can find the dates for their verge collections and the BTA-bulletin dot blogspot dot com also has links to a number of the western suburbs council sites.
If you find a bike that needs a bit of TLC, take it to George or someone like him with a passion for recycling bikes. In my experience bike shops are generally just interested in selling you new bikes.
You can now - you have more than 9 posts.
+ 1 for the Quokka...online is great
WARNING - you will need a bike that fits. I've been there with a Giant OCRA Comp which was a ripper bike but after I ended up with stretched hamstrings...
Brought the next bike, an 08 Giant OCR 2 for $600 from the quokka as well. Have since had a fit from Rick at Churchill Cycles and am wrapt...goes like a dream (I do a 20km occasional commute from Freo)
Thank you everybody for your information. I'm off to the bike shop this weekend for a fit and to get better able to sprickin the lingidy.
George, after the frame what am I normally looking at to put a bike together? Is it something I can piece together and then replace bit by bit over time until I'm happy with what I have?
I'm sure I'll have another question or two before it's all through.
I grabbed a frame from George too - I probably spent around 10 hours fixing it up (regreasing all the bearings, removing rust etc) and had no prior experience doing any of this stuff, so it's not that hard. I did have a set of tools and a book about bike repair though
The actual frames vary a bit, mine was probably rideable straight away, but you're obviously better off with nice clean bearings etc
Usually full of overpriced junk, Cashies occasionally spits out something interesting - eg 80s CroMo.
Usual caveat about knowing what size you want applies. Still not as good as local bring-out-yer-rubbish (kicking myself for missing a Peugeot Mixte a while back - by the time I drove back it was gone, gone, gone)
Hi BNA members, I am looking for a second hand road bike or hybrid for a young student friend who's coming out from the UK to play a season's cricket in Perth and just needs a cheap / reasonable road bike to get him around Perth's suburbs & cycle ways during the week from when he first lands, without breaking the bank with anything that'll attract bike part thieves. He's 1.8m (6ft) with a 780mm leg length so thinking about a 21" (~54cm) frame with 170mm crank size may suit. Was wondering George if you might have anything that suits, have looked on Gumtree and Quokka & nothing immediately available. Will also try that shop in North Perth, as well as Council recycling. Thanks for your time, Jono
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