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2/23/12 3:20 P

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Thanks for all the suggestions. My boyfriend got me a bike for my birthday and I wanted to delete this but can't figure out how.

Thanks again.

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1/12/12 5:17 P

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Hi M-

I'm a North East girl. We have an awsome bike shop on central ave NE called:
re-cycle. I bought a used -refirb'd bike for my (HUGE) 12 year old and he loves it.
We bought what would be a 5-700 dollar bike for about 180. ya cant get better than that.

I went to a shop that shall remain nameless and they laughed at my bike, said they haven't make this bike in 30 years. I advised them that while i am old enough to be your mother and my bike IS OLDER than you that I just wanted a tune up. they refused and said their bike shop was for 'real' cycle-i-s-t's. They said they'd gladly dispose of my bike. After they begrudgingly removed my folding side baskets ( which by the way cost about $95 if you look on line) I headed out the door with my head held high.

I am still the owner of a set of bike baskets... no bike yet just the baskets. But my imagination is thinking spring and hopes of a new bike.
So glad to see there are REAL people just like me.
good luck and happy shopping.

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1/11/12 10:06 A

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I agree with the idea that you could go to a bike shop to see whats out there and learn about what to look for in a bike, then buy used or clearance. You could buy an older bike and take it in to the fancy bike shop for a tuneup. They could make it run like new. Or I tend to think that for the amount of riding you will be doing, a department store bike may be all you would need. And you could bring along a friend who knows more about bikes before making your final decision.

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1/9/12 10:11 A

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Thanks!! I was actually considering this option too.



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1/8/12 12:34 A

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Another option is to go to a bike shop and figure out the type of bike that is right for you and then keep an eye out for it on craigslist.org and buy it used. If you aren't going to ride until the spring, you probably have enough time to find one that way. Good luck!
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1/6/12 6:01 P

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Thanks for the input!! I checked out that store online and it looked really expensive the cheapest I saw was almost $600. I have a hard time spending this when it is not an avid habit of mine and i don't know if I will even really enjoy it. I know there is Erik the bike shop around too.

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1/6/12 4:02 P

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I recommend going to a bike-only shop. You can get a cheaper cycle but will also get advice, knowledge, additional connections that are invaluable.

I'm pretty sure there is a new bike shop off Weaver Lake Road - the facade faces 94. I haven't had a chance to check it out - I'm a Freewheel of Eden Prairie chick - but it looked promising.

Also, check online for the cycle clubs. The names are escaping me now but there's at least one that does all levels of rides.

I only tool around in the dead of summer and slow to boot at that. My goal remains being further away from the back of the pack at the Minneapolis Du!

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1/5/12 1:13 P

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It's probably better to go to a dedicated bike shop rather than a department store. My experience is that most of the good bike shops carry a range of bikes that can fit into different budgets. Go in and let them know your budget up front, bike shop employees tend to be better informed and most (if not all) of them are avid bike riders themselves and can help you pick out a bike that would suit you best. Good luck!

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1/5/12 10:22 A

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Thanks!!

I just need to find where I can get a decent bike. I think if I rode the one I have now it would discourage me from riding.

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1/5/12 8:22 A

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With a team as large as ours, I'm sure you'll find someone to join you.
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1/4/12 4:42 P

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I am really hoping to start riding bike this spring. I have not really done this for about 14 or 15 years and then it was just tooling around town with friends. I want to purchase a new bike that I will be able to hopefully some day hit the trails with but don't want to buy anything to extravagant. Some people tell me to go to Target and others recommend expensive bike stores. Anyone have any suggestions?? I live in Maple Grove so the closer the better!! emoticon

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