If you are thinking of buying your first adult bike, I always recommend finding something used for a few hundred bucks. So many people buy brand new expensive bikes and they sit because either the bike isn’t right for them or they decide they just aren’t that into riding.
Don’t waste your money. Find a used bike on Craig’s List, a local bike shop, or at the Seattle Goodwill’s Cyclist Sale!
WHAT: Goodwill’s third annual Cyclist SaleWHERE: Goodwill’s flagship store in Seattle, located at 1400 S. Lane St. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 OF INTEREST: · The Cyclist Sale is a perfect place to get good quality bikes at affordable prices. · This year’s sale will feature over 250 bikes to choose from for all ages. · In addition to mountain, road and hybrid bikes for adults, the sale will include vintage bikes and cruisers. · Folks looking for brand-names will not be disappointed: Schwinn, DiamondBack, Specialized, Bianchi, Giant, Trek, Raleigh, Kona, Forte, Gitane, Dyno, Mongoose, and more can all be found. · It’s not just bikes: the sale will have everything to round out the biking experience, including: jerseys, shorts, hats, shoes, seats, helmets, pedals, rims, tires, racks, frames, fenders, handlebars, water bottles, lights, reflectors, training wheels, pumps and more. · The net proceeds from shoppers’ purchases support Goodwill’s free job training and education programs that help people get jobs and become economically self-sufficient.
Seriously guys, used bikes are the way to go. Of course, don’t forget to have a shop check your used bike out before you ride.
I bought my ’83 Lotus road bike for around $200 and it’s continues to be in fine working order. It’s taken me a a full year of riding and commuting to really learn how I like to ride, where I like to ride, and what type of bike might best fit my needs. Only now am I considering purchasing new and building up a custom bike; in the meantime I’ve had a great time getting to know my Lotus and my bike style. We are even going to do STP together – you don’t need a brand new fancy pants bike to get started.
Gas prices suck. Save $$, have fun, and get a bike!