Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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I'm looking for a budget bike to go riding with my kid on public bike paths around the northern suburbs of Perth. This is just weekends so its easy riding for a few kilometers 2 to 4 times a month. Budget is around $250. I've checked out a few online and would like to get some advice on them.
1. Diamondback Bronco $160 from BigW:
http://www.bigw.com.au/sports-leisure/b ... ntain-bike
2. Malvern Star Hurricane 0 $250 from Bike Force:
http://bikeforcewoodvale.com.au/bicycle ... /102150812
3. Reid X126 $280 (includes free bottle w cage, pump, front & rear blinkers) from Reid Cycles:
http://www.reidcycles.com.au/bicycles/m ... -bike.html
As I've read some comments that department store bikes should be avoided if possible, should I pony up the extra cash for the Malvern Star or Reid given I'm only doing very light recreational riding? If yes, which would be better?
If you are handy with spanners why not go for a second hand bike, that will help stop the dept store bikes from being made in the first place.
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Any particular reason you're hesitant on Reid bikes? And why the City 2 instead of the X126? I don't need the extra rack and mud flaps plus the X126 is about 3 kg lighter.
I'm handy with the spanner but may not be handy enough to spot any issues with second hand bikes. Its been a long time since I messed with brakes and derailleurs etc, something like 30 years since I've touched a bike - as in self maintenance.
Hence I thought I'll go to a LBS so they can make sure everything is good to go.
At least options 2 & 3 present a better chance of the bikes being assembled & set up properly and safely, if you'd not mechanically inclined yourself. Beware of the false economies of Big W, KMart et al.
After all is said and done; a lot more is usually said than done.
I too am inclined towards option 3 - Reid 126 - as it should be set up properly at the LBS when I purchase it.
I could get my own hands dirty with the Diamondback on an initial service (like what ldrcycles did with his BigW Repco):
Perhaps swap out a few parts like crankset, derailleurs etc to try and bring it up the spec with option 2 & 3. But that will probably bring the price point on par with the 2 dearer options, plus a whole heap of labour thrown in as well.
Might be better off getting it done right the first time by an expert.
$20 gets you the guards and racks that help keep the spray off your components, away from your son following and a trunk bag that stops you having to use a backpack. You can't buy them separately for less.
Your bike paths won't need 26", the 700c will roll better.
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