questionschallenge: an inexpensive mountain bike.

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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCategory_10053_10052_200516_-1_200274_200281 I found this site through an old deal which is expired. None of these are brands that we use as fleet bikes at work so I can't speak for them, except that I loved my Schwinn road bike.

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Can we have a budget on this one?

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Does it need to be new? If you are willing to look at used bikes you can do very well for very little money. Not sure where you live but Chicago has a great service called the Recyclery whee they rebuild bikes and sell them. I am betting other cities have such services. Also Craigslist is a very good source.

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@catbertthegreat: Under $350, and it doesn't have to be new, although that would be preferable.

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http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/c-outside-rv/p-RVXDF2602.html

Now I'm not what you would call a "Bicycle Specialist" but this might meet your specifications and it just looks neato.

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@meatmins24: Interesting. Any relation to someone else we've recently met here on Deals?

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What type of riding will you be doing with the bike? I wouldn't want to do any serious riding with the 40 lb bike that @meatmins24 suggested.

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Have you checked your local bike shops? Be honest with them about your budget, they can give you much better deals than you might expect. My bike was tucked away in the back because it came in with a scratch (they repaired it and I've done much worse to it since). Many local shops will offer free annual tune-ups. The best part is that you can test ride your bike before purchasing it.

I love Big Shark in the Loop if you visit St. Louis. Here's a link to Texas Bike Shops: http://www.bicycleshops.us/regional/tx.htm

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@shrdlu: Hah I was wondering the same thing. But that one isn't quite as much of a loose cannon as the other.

@thefenst: glindagw is right check local shops. a lot of times they have bikes that have been sitting there that were ordered and never picked up. Considering you work for woot I am sure you are can negotiate, it is kind of like buying a car, they want to get rid of the bike so they will deal.

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@glindagw: Nothing too serious. I doubt I will take it on trails and such. Mainly wanted to ride around town.

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@thefenst: I would definitely purchase a hybrid instead of a mountain bike for your riding purposes. It sounds like you're not going to hit single track with this. A hybrid will handle any gravel trails that you want to hit on the weekend and have the comfort & features for riding in town. You'll also save some money (you don't need a frame that will take the same beating that a mountain bike would get).

Check out the Giant brand. Almost all bike frames are made by two manufacturers. Giant is one of them. You can save money by buying the Giant brand instead of one that has been made by Giant. With that said, I still stand by my original recommendation to check out your local shop.

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@glindagw: Thanks for the suggestions. I actually used to have a Giant Boulder SE but it got stolen. :(

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@thefenst: I believe a co worker of yours posted that yesterday as a deal. you should check. ;-P

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@thefenst: Please, please, please go look at bikes before you buy something!

Are you looking for a 26" wheel, not frame?

Schwinn was bought at a bankruptcy sale by Pacific Cycle in 2001. They produce low end bikes like the one that you are looking at for large retail stores like Walmart. They also produce a higher end line for specialty stores. The bike that you're looking at probably weighs 10 lbs more than a similar bike in a slightly higher price range. The parts and components will be cheaper. The difference between that and your Giant will be noticeable. The Schwinn could end up being more trouble than it's worth (you'll quickly spend $ replacing components).

I've just posted a couple of deals from Performance that you might like.
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/0d248a97-26a4-46b8-9446-185bca9fc398/fuji-nevada-5-0-mountain-bike-40-off

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/e84ffd5b-0c21-4d4f-91b9-e69daee9dfbc/2009-gt-vantara-comfort-hybrid-bike-38-off