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Cheap bikes?

Where can one find cheap bicycles? I'd love to participate in Critical Mass, and ride around for fun and utility. But I don't (yet) own a bike, and I am still in starving college student mode... I don't want to spend a load of dough.
Mmm... bikes.

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clear and meaningful title 30.Jun.2003 09:05

can be anonymous or made up

you could always go see the communists at the community cycling center on NE Alberta & 17th for refurbished bikes.

City bikes annex has some overpriced older bikes, they are at SE Ankeny & 7th.

Sellwood bikes has a few used bikes on their website  http://www.sellwoodcycle.com/consignment.html and in person.

your best bet is yard sales, craigslist.org, or bike shop flyers. i got a nice bike at a thrift store once also.

happy hunting

helmet and lights 30.Jun.2003 09:36

i know you're broke, but ...

in addition to the cycle, i don't think you can do without a helmet or lights. the front light is required by law, with a back reflector. safety wise, a back light that flashes is better. a helmet is not required by law, but it's a basic necessity for safety in my book. the stats on helmeted vs. helmetless cycle injuries speak volumes. yeah, it's a little more cash now, but it could save you a whole lot at some point in your cycling adventures!

enjoy yourself, and good luck.

another option 30.Jun.2003 10:10

fenders

check with community cycling center

 http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/

The best idea... 30.Jun.2003 10:14

ImmyJ

is to get out of the city to look for used bikes. Ask a friend to drive you two hours in any direction and then look for thrift stores. Case in point, I live over one in Gold Beach. They have at least twenty decent bikes on sale for $10 or less (they need a new paint job, but the mechanics are fine). Besides, you'll be spreading capital in rural economies.

the bins 30.Jun.2003 11:29

the bins

the bins!

I miss my Fooj 01.Jul.2003 04:12

Skwirl

My latest bike was marked down to $20 at Goodwill. It was a little rusty with flat tires, but perfectly tuned with new Shimano gears and derailleurs and a sturdy, but light, old Fuji frame. It needed new treads and new tubes from the get-go. Several months down the road, it's needed a some small component replacements here and there, but now it's almost perfect for me. Wah. My poor Fuji is still in the Portland Popo property warehouse. I'm gonna pick it up tomorrow, I swear.

My old bike was a shiny blue Magna mountain bike from Target. People were always complimenting me on its radiant paint job. Gah. The thing fell apart in just a couple summers, but it was still pretty. Department store bikes are bad karma and shock absorbers are cool looking but annoying. I did just fix it back up to (barely) ridable condition today, though, as a back-up bike. If you see a shiny Magna, Huffy or other department store bike at a thrift store, it could be still shiny because the pedals fell off before somebody got a chance to break it in.

If you don't already know your way around basic bike repair, it might not be a bad idea to learn. Having access to a good, complete bike tool set is pretty important. Things that have, at times, made my life easier: Hex keys, socket wrenches, third hand tool, wire cutters, duct tape, WD-40, screwdrivers, nylon quick ties, and probably some other stuff. Whenever I've tried to get by with the wrong tools, I've been really frustrated.

Recent events have convinced me to add a rear view mirror to my essential safety gear.

C.H.V.N.K. 01.Jul.2003 16:30

666

Make your own damn bike! Don't let someone else's ideas of design and physics (or even ridability) stop you from expressing your drvnkin rage at the enternal combustion psychosis. Parts are free from the bins and I'm sure that you can acquire the use of a welder from your loval C.H.V.N.K. factory.

Building your own bike...... 28.Aug.2003 00:51

SKiDmark aeeightysix@hotmail.com

The Goodwill Outlet Bins is the best place to get a cheap bike.If you are a bit more DIY,then take a look behind Citybikes annex, there is almost always a collection of free parts. Often times there are free parts outside of the 20th and Ankeny Citybikes as well. Velo Shop on NE MLK and Fremont has some fixer-uppers that are cheap and some reasonably priced used bikes as well. And hey CHUNKer, I'd like to get some long forks welded up, my fabrication your welding, how many PBR's will that cost?