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The bike I want to get is this one
Does anyone own this or even a previous model of it and what are your experiences/thoughts in regards to upkeep and maintenance and use?
I have test ridden so many bikes looking for a nice girls one that's affordable on my budget and Jenny's for me.
I know that XDS are pretty much as entry level as you can go and most (shop) people consider them a joke. But obviously someone is buying them because I've seen loads around. Are they really that bad? If you own one or have ridden one for a prolonged time what do you think?
Things for me that are essential, more than 3 gears (but less than 8), chain guard, mudguards, rear rack, basket, step through frame and looks good. Under $650 would be nice. Shall last. Do not want it dead at the end of the first year. When you have all that in one bike there's only 2 options to choose from.
It will most likely be my main form of transport/commuting, but less than 10k per ride.
Sorry for all the rambling. Thank you.
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I used to sell the XDS in a store that I worked in and it's a great entry level bike, keep it inside if you can and give it a wipe every so often and the bike should be fine.
I never had anyone bring one back in a heap, shop guys think they're a joke because they're blokes and their looking a their sales figures for the month. Suggest you buy at the begining of the month when the hard sell isn't so hard like it is at the end. Best way to avoid the,
A bit harder to change a tyre than the usual bike and that's because of the rear rack, but you can learn to do it and you'll be fine or it'll cost you about $30.00 from a shop to do it for you. If you go to a good shop ask them if they're willing to show you how to change the tyre (it might be simpler than I remember or I might be thinking of a different model) and take notes.
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Pardon me chiming in without any experience of either bike, but that Schwinn definitely has the funk and now I kind of want one
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I must say that I liked the look of it - look into an Azzurri Urban 300 too - they sell them online through Cycling Express, but I believe there is a shop in Melbourne too. OOOOH! Perhaps not, it looks like it is a single speed.
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