All-City Nature Boy Singlespeed Cyclocross Bike Purple/White Evaluation

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    Which Is A Better Bike? I posted this a couple days back but the links were no good. Lets try again! haha.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MOTOBECANE-ALUMINUM-CYCLO-CROSS-CX-ROAD-BIKE-SHIMANO_W0QQitemZ150240579142QQihZ005QQcategoryZ98084QQcmdZViewItem

    Or…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-ALUMINUM-CARBON-ROAD-BIKE-SHIMANO-105_W0QQitemZ130218826547QQihZ003QQcategoryZ98084QQcmdZViewItem

    I’m looking for a bike to ride somewhat long distances. Something good enough for a 300 mile ride. I’m not a complete serious rider but do enjoy riding about every other night Thanks!

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      I’d pick the 2nd bike, the Grand Record. It appears to have better components and I would guess it’s the lighter weight bike. However, are you only 5 foot tall? Because if you’re more than an inch or 2 taller, that 2nd bike isn’t going work! It’s 48 cm–made for mini-riders, such as myself!

      The first bike, the Fantom CX, would probably make better sense for touring, especially as it comes in different sizes and already has front and rear braze-ons and eyelets for attaching fenders, racks, and panniers. Not crazy about that cro-moly fork–carbon’s lighter and more shock absorbing, and all those “alloy” components? Not even sure what that means, but my guess is it translates into an overall heavier bike that will offer a rougher ride and take more effort to ride than the Grand Record.

      Athough Motobecane isn’t especially popular with many “bike snobs”, I know a number of people who bought and ride them–and they’ve been well satisfied.

      OK, so it probably wouldn’t be my first choice for a 300 mile ride, but that’s only because I’m in that group of “snobs”. Really, for the type of riding you described, it should be more than sufficient, and I’ve been on long-distance rides with others on far lesser bikes, and they did just fine! Better than me, because I’m not an especially strong rider, for which I compensate for by riding a better bike. For what you’re getting with a Motobecane though, the price really can’t be beat!

      Enjoy your new bike.

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    Which Is A Better Bike? http://cgi.ebay.com/MOTOBECANE-ALUMINUM-CYCLO-CROSS-CX-ROAD-BIKE-SHIMANO_W0QQitemZ150240579142QQihZ005QQcategoryZ98084QQcmdZViewItem
    and how many gears is this one?
    or…
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370040433348&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

    I’m looking for a bike to ride somewhat long distances. Something good enough for a 300 mile ride. I’m not a complete serious rider but do enjoy riding about every other night Thanks!

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      The Grand Record is the better bike. It has a better component group eventhough both are 27 speeds.

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    Honda Cx 500 1981 Motor Cycle? I have a cx 500 woundering if the bike is worth fixing up to ride. Quite a strange looking bike but appeling enough to invest some time. do not have a lot of money tied up on bike seen a lot of pictures on them starting to grow on me.
    Bike is complete and runs needs a complete reconditioning polish ,paint ect .
    any feed back apreciated.
    Merry Christmas.

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      They make a very good starter bike to learn on ?

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    Which Bike Should I Get? 10 Points!? So I’m very active and exercise 6 times a week and want to include cycling into my exercise routines. I’m going to be cycling on the streets more than off road, and I want it to have several gears so that I can get a good work out on my legs. bikes I’m thinking about getting; (all 2013 GT) 2013 gtr series 4 MSRP $890 or 2013 gtr corsa 2.0 MSRP $940. or should I just wait a few months and save my money and get the 2013 GTR CX Elite MSRP $1450, or a 2013 GTR CX Sport MSRP $1100. I’m tight on money but I don’t want to buy a cheap bike and have to put more money into it to fix it, but I don’t want to buy a crazy expensive bike because I’m not and never will be a super serious competitive biker.

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      The 2 first bikes are road bikes, and the last 2 are cyclocross bikes. Don’t just look at the prices. You should be going to bike shops where you can see the bikes and have the differences explained to you. Very few people ever regret buying a better bike, but many do regret that they didn’t spend a bit more money at the outset. Upgrading to a better spec later on, even if it is possible always costs far more than the price difference. Look at this way: markup on individual parts at retail is about 3 times as much as markup on a complete bike. On top of that when you upgrade you buy parts twice, you bought those parts included in the original price of the bike and then again when you upgraded. Unless you know how to do installation yourself, you pay for that as well. Original parts are included in your original warranty, which includes errors in building the bike. Upgrade parts only have a warranty on the part itself, not the installation unless a dealer installs the part.

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    Can You Buy Derbi 50cc Sports Bike In The USA ?

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      Not really. at least not easy to find. used, they are available, however. try a nationwide search of craigslist, or just search in your area. i found these scattered about at this craigslist search site, but i don’t think its a complete listing. as said, they are obviously available, though

      http://www.allofcraigs.com/p/search-results.html?cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&newwindow=1&q=derbi&cx=partner-pub-9413604915893153%3Ao8xsd8d7h7s&sa.x=49&sa.y=20#1672

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