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  #1247299 26-Feb-2015 19:57
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Basically you get what you ppay for, if its for kids then maybe ok but won't last. You can't use off raod and most will say they are recommended off road.

It all depends what you want to do, TM is fine I've bought a few bikes off there but research first. Basically you get those that upgrade to the new beauts every couple of years so if you know what you are doing you can pick up a bargain, I have.


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  #1247411 26-Feb-2015 22:49
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If you do buy one, get it put together by a pro bike mechanic at a bike shop.
But be prepared for them to cringe at the very thought. They're used to working on bikes where the gears don't always graunch, where the bottom bracket bearings aren't overly tight out of the box, the wheels spin true, and, well, the bikes are manufactured well.
The price you pay getting a mechanic to face the bottom bracket shell / adjust bearings, working on the gears etc... will make it roughly the same price as an entry level bike on sale at your local bike store.

 
 
 
 


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  #1248172 28-Feb-2015 06:59
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Depends how much you use it and how pedantic you are. If you buy a cheap bike be prepared to replace just about any part involved with the braking and drivetrain. Sometimes it's worth it if the frame is decent - you'll save money over buying a 'good' bike. I futzed about with a cheap bike and kept spending money on it because of niggles - doubled the price and eventually gave up. Bought a nice one with front and rear discs, internal hub and belt drive and haven't looked back. Cost a bit though.

Depending on where you live, you could buy a single speed frame (cheap, light) and get them to rebuild the rear wheel with a three speed shimano internal hub - same range as an 8 speed but just less steps. Will be cheap and reliable (vs just cheap)



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  #1248358 28-Feb-2015 12:12
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With the considerations of particular brands to buy and also a bike that is already constructed. It seems TM is a better bet. Of course I have to wait for a suitable bike to be available in our area. Unless someone knows of a reasonable price "bike transport' Getting it picked up and sent by any of the carriers like PBT would cost and arm and a couple of legs. There s a nice niche business for someone moving bikes around the countryside




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  #1248386 28-Feb-2015 12:35
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cycle it home?




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  #1248439 28-Feb-2015 13:31
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I agree with all the "you get what you pay for" comments, but it does depend what you want - and what your local Warehouse offers.

I went through this exercise recently for my daughter. Went to the bike barns etc and found that the average price (with 50% discount - yeah right) was around $350. When I looked at the (shimano) componentry in the bikes, the identical thing was $90 at the Warehouse.
After talking to a staff member, it turns out that our local Warehouse branch employees a professional bike mechanic twice a week.
So we paid the $20 to get it perfectly assembled, and had absolutely no issues with it.
The employee also said to hold onto the receipt and at 11 months, bring it back to them and they'll do a full service by the mechanic at no extra charge.

With that level of service, it made the choice very simple.

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  #1248451 28-Feb-2015 14:05
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gnfb: With the considerations of particular brands to buy and also a bike that is already constructed. It seems TM is a better bet. Of course I have to wait for a suitable bike to be available in our area. Unless someone knows of a reasonable price "bike transport' Getting it picked up and sent by any of the carriers like PBT would cost and arm and a couple of legs. There s a nice niche business for someone moving bikes around the countryside



this type of bike on  Trademe is well pricd and a decent brand with disc brakes, good for commuting and also ok for trail riding.




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  #1248458 28-Feb-2015 14:13
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A friend bough a mountain bike from TWH and loved it until I pointed out the warning sticker on it that said it isn't designed to be used off road! That's right up there with the shower shelf we bought that went rusty and swelled up after one week.

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If you just want a muck-about ride-mostly-on-the-road bike then a bike from The Warehouse is probably fine.

If you actually want to do offroad stuff, pay for the real deal. The 'do not use off road' labels are hardly a new thing!




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jeffnz:
gnfb: With the considerations of particular brands to buy and also a bike that is already constructed. It seems TM is a better bet. Of course I have to wait for a suitable bike to be available in our area. Unless someone knows of a reasonable price "bike transport' Getting it picked up and sent by any of the carriers like PBT would cost and arm and a couple of legs. There s a nice niche business for someone moving bikes around the countryside



this type of bike on  Trademe is well pricd and a decent brand with disc brakes, good for commuting and also ok for trail riding.



Thanks for pointing that out. I just have to wait for the right one to come up in an area near here.




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The conclusion of the exciting series "Graham Buys a Bike!" has concluded. I bought a $60 GT Outpost Mountain bike. Only ridden by a little old lady to go to sunday school. You may now commence the:
 "$60 !! they saw you coming!"
"Not a GT Outpost oh my no!"
"You kids never listen!"


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  #1251999 6-Mar-2015 04:00
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Good spend




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  #1252074 6-Mar-2015 09:01
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Totally a better spend than buying from TWH. Good for you going s/h - not have you only probably got a better bike than you would have from TWH, but at $60 it was cheaper and won't owe you a thing.

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