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On a low budget? Check out these bikes

So do you love riding bikes but just not willing to buy one? Well the question is why? Is it the budget? If yes you are in the right place. Well what if I told you that you can get an equally awesome looking and high spec bike even at a lower cost?

Now how awesome is that, right? So before you give up on the idea of going for your early morning rides check out these bikes that you can buy for below $1000.

Pinarello Lungavita

Yes you are reading it right. You can get a Pinarello for that too as low as $950. Though it may not be the high speed racing bike you want but for a bike that’s low costing it is just amazing.

It is a single speed bike that allows you to opt for a free or static wheel/ hub alternative. The bike is built using 6061 T6 aluminum and I love the colour patterns this bike has to offer. Also the white rims add to the overall looks of the bike.

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Kona Zing

Though Kona has a wide range of trail and cyclocross bikes the Zing stands out and that is not only because of its low cost but also because of its really good specs. It is a perfect bike for first time riders and also for riders having trouble with climbing.

It’s specially designed crankset makes climbing really easy. Apart from that the cockpit is also bigger and it would just cost you about $900.

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Schwinn Coffee

Well the bike is as classy as the name is and what I really love about this bike is its retro look. Apart from that the bike is quite light and yet strong and the rack has enough room to ensure you get a comfortable ride.

The bike also has good looking brakes, pedals etc. and comes in all sorts of sizes and would cost you just about $450.

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Marin Ignacio

Well if you love retro bikes and have a slightly higher budget and are looking for something better than the Schwinn Coffee well then I am sure you will love the Marin Ignacio. Though this bike will cost you about $900 it is worth the price.

The bike comes with toe clips to ensure your feet remain rooted to the pedals ensuring a better ride. It also comes in really cool retro colors. It is a single speed bike and is solidly built.

 

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Novara Transfer

If you know about the Transfer Fusion well the Novara is actually very similar to it except that this one will cost you less. The Novara is priced around $650.

The bike comes with both headlights and taillights that are battery powered which makes it a perfect bike if you love riding at night. The bike is light, strongly built and can be bought in various different sizes.

 

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Sell Your Bike

Buying a second hand bike can be a great idea when you want to save cash or are new to cycling. You wouldn’t want to spend your money on a new bike when you cannot do justice to it completely. So, second-hand bikes are good for the starters.

But buying one can be one hell of a deal. You might want to know about the history of the bike you’re buying so that it doesn’t surprise you later on.

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Here are a few tips to make sure you buy a good bike with a bargain and not loss.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

You don’t want to lay your eyes upon a bike just because it’s a good deal. You need to be very clear what all you want in a bike.

If you want to plan road trips, look for a road bike, if you want to hit the trails then mountain bike is your catch. Otherwise, you should look for a hybrid if you want both features well working in your bike. Also, the most important thing is that the bike fits you. Buying a bike at a great deal and still not being able to make complete use of it is a waste.

You need to compare the bikes from different places such as online, newspapers, advertisements, etc. and make sure the owner has provided sufficient photographs of the bike before fixing a meeting. You can demand the seller to provide a size guide which can help you to conclude whether the bike will fit you or not. Unfortunately, every brand has a different size guide, so look for the size guide of the bike you want on its individual brand website.

KEEP AN EYE OUT

Avoid buying a stolen bike. If you’re getting a bike for a very cheap deal to be true, then it’s not right. Ask the seller for the bike history and the duration they’ve had it for. A responsible seller would keep the bike receipt as well. If not, then there is an ID number on the bike frame which you can check from Bike Register database. This will confirm the honesty of the seller.

Moreover, if you’re making a purchase online, use a service like PayPal which offers you protection if anything goes wrong.

CHECK THE DAMAGE

It’s better we accept the bitter truth that all sellers are not genuine. There are many who want to sell their products at the cost of risking others’ money and passing damaged bikes for their own good. So it’s better you keep your eyes open and consider the following things before buying a bike.

The frame: Check for any cracks especially near chain stays, seat posts, bottom brackets and forks.

Replaced parts: There is a possibility that the seller may replace some parts of the bike before selling it to improve its performance. In order to avoid this, compare every part of the bike to the original model.

The drivetrain: The chain, cassette and chain set shouldn’t be rusty. Also, if the cogs are worn down, they definitely will need a replacement.

The tires: Firstly, check if the wheels are travelling in a neat and straight line, and not swinging to and fro. A cheap set will. Also, look for slashes or cracks on the tires.

The cables: Check that the cables are not tattered or rusty and are in a proper working condition.

The seat post and handlebars:  Check if the seat post and handlebars are adjustable, either by undoing the bolts or not as you don’t want a bike you can’t ride comfortably.

MAKE SURE IT FITS

This is a very vital part of buying a bike. You have to be truthful with yourself. Even if the bike has amazing features, it is available at a great deal, etc. you shouldn’t fall for it if it doesn’t fit right as it’ll never give you the comfort while riding that you want.

Sit on the saddle with a foot on the pedal, you should have slight bend in the knee with no need to stretch more. Your hands should be resting comfortably on the handlebars keeping the same circumstances in mind.

Also, you should have an option to adjust the saddle later for farther extent in terms of height so preferably you should be somewhere in the middle.

IT’S TIME TO TEST THE RIDE

Once you’re satisfied with the condition of the bike, ask the seller if you can take the bike for a test ride of around 30 min.

Check the tire pressure before you go for a ride as a bike is not at its best with low tire pressure and risks a flat. Check if the brakes and gears are working efficiently and you’re good to go.