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I did this several years ago when my kids hit that age

I just went to a reputable local bike shop where I live (BikeSource here in Charlotte), talked to the salesperson about what I wanted, figured out the right size for me with him (very important obviously), rode a couple of different bikes around the parking lot, and walked out with basically the lowest-end model of a name brand (Specialized in my case). Something under $500; maybe even closer to $400, IIRC. It has suited me perfectly, both for riding around town and for getting out on trails and doing some actual mountain biking, though nothing too frequent or too hardcore.

I guess maybe I could have gotten a better used bike for the same or less money. Who knows? It honestly just seemed like more trouble than it was worth to educate myself and do the shopping. I suppose if I'd been in the store and the salesperson had said "for the same money, I can put you on this used bike over here that we've refurbished and that is way better," I might have considered it, but for my purposes, getting a decent bike new fit the bill. I'd be too worried a private seller was selling something that had a problem.
[Post edited by Starmut at 05/22/2020 1:29PM]

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Posted: 05/22/2020 at 1:29PM


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