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September 24th, 2005


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07:23 pm - Oh yeah, I bought a bike.
I had an old mountain bike, a GT Tequesta, but it kinda sucked for riding around town, which is pretty much all I do on a bike these days. Not to mention, it was from 1997 or so, where they hadn't yet come up with things like suspension...

So I popped it on craigslist for a whopping $200, and I got it right away. I was kind of surprised. I figure d a $500 bike from 1997 wouldn't be worth that much, but apparently it is.

So I walked down to Wheelworks, a rather large bicycle store right down the street, and walked out with their baseline model hybrid, a Trek 7000.


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From:ernunnos
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
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Thing about bike parts is that unless you're dealing in very high end gear, quality declines over time. The parts you'd get stock on a $500 bike 10 years ago are probably a lot more sturdy than the parts you'd get stock on a $500 bike today. Used bikes actually end up being a really good deal. As of four years ago when I got out of biking, people were buying up old bikes just to get reasonably-priced parts that wouldn't break in a month. There's still good stuff being made, but you can easily spend $1000-2000 to get it.
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From:jon3
Date:September 25th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
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I know what you mean. There was a definite difference in how smooth the shifting was on the old bike, versus what this bike feels like. That said, I'm not going to be hitting a street bike nearly as hard as a mountain bike.

While I was in there browsing around, I pawed over some of the newer mountain bikes, and an _entry level_ mountain bike (full susp, disc brakes) from a brand name manufacturer runs into the $1200 range. Most expensive bike I saw was about $5500. More than my damn Suzuki is worth.


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