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New to the site, seems like you've got a decent community on the go.
I was looking to get some advice on a bike, I've just got to Sydney and want to get more into my cycling but I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment so can't afford to throw money around.
From what I've been reading and my past experience I think I'm looking for a flat bar road bike (FBR?!) as I prefer the more relaxed position compared to low bars but I've only got about $400 to spend. I've had a look on BikeExchange and Gumtree and there seems to be a few makes that seem to keep popping up (Reid, Giant, Trek, Sturmey..) and don't know which are best and which are to be avoided. I saw in one forum post that everyone seems to think all the positive reviews surrounding the Reid bicycles are spam or am I mistaken?
Anyway, recommendations would be greatly appreciated, I'll be taking advice of the veterans here as people have pointed out '1 post members' cannot be trusted when giving advice.
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My only negative with Reid is they were flat out, and didn't bother asking about seat adjustments etc, something I had to do myself later. Not a huge deal, but I'd advise to go at a quieter time, like a weekday morning to get more service.
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Ross wrote: I'm a bit wary of second hand bikes...
Second hand bikes are an absolute bargain if you know what you are looking at and can perform any minor adjustments yourself. You can easily pick up road bikes for around $150 that are of the same level of quality as a $1500 bike. (though you often miss out on things like modern gear adjustors.) I used to enjoy trawling ebay for good second hand bikes. But now I have less free time so I don't do that.
However unless you love bargain hunting, fixing bikes yourself or don't have $400 then it is better to buy new.
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