Help Me Choose a Bicycle

Hi

I’m very much a noob and overwhelmed when looking at finding a bicycle. I would love some recommendations

  • family of wife and I and my little 2 year old so need 2 bikes
  • must fit a child bike seat
  • spend up to $150 each (new or second hand if it means it will last longer)
  • only traveling relatively short distances, weekend trip to the park, around the area

Thank you heaps

Comments

  • +3 votes

    I find the more expensive bike, just makes it easier to ride. If your fit enough, and don't mind having to push a bit harder, then cheap bike should be fine.
    For safety, be very careful, check that bike is assembled correctly. I have heard that often parts of bike are put on back to front etc, it was a proper bike shop that sells servicing and very expensive bikes that emphasized this to me, but sounded about right, and have read about it online.
    If you get a kmart bike, who knows who has set it up and put it together. So I guess just check everything is tightened up properly and nothing is on the wrong way .

    Im sure someone with more bike servicing skills than myself can explain more what to do and check to make sure its together right ?

    If you have an Anaconda store somewhere around you, I have seen some half price sales on bikes there that look very good. They are starting bike servicing there also when I talked to staff there a while back, so I would expect they are properly assembled by someone who knows what they're doing.

    For cheapest, I think repco do bikes for $50 on sale.

    For second hand, you can use google to search values on bikes, to see if it is a good deal on gumtree etc. For $100 I picked up a 'commuter' hybrid bike (half mountain bike, half road bike kind of) that was worth like $800 new, and had been ridden once, just sitting in garage and wanted to get rid of it.

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      Thanks, any brands/models you recommend?

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        I think anaconda have their 'own brand' not called anaconda brand, but made by anaconda on contract I think. Not quite sure though. If you ask them in store or give them a call, they might be able to give you an idea how often they go on half price sale.
        Was such a great deal for decent bike, I almost couldn't resist and almost bought 1 even tho didnt need it lol.

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          I think the anaconda bikes are ‘fluid’ branded. Be careful with anaconda. Their RRP is optimistic at best and a rip off at worst. The RRP is inflated to a point where a bike shop branded bike would be better value.. At their usual sale prices thy aren’t bad value for money though. They hope you will see a big difference between the RRP and ale price and think you have a fantastic bargain.

  • +2 votes

    as stupid sexy Flanders says

    commuter hybrid. or mountain bike (not an "extreme" mountain bike- just a basic model")

    you want something with more of an upright sitting position for yourself.

    grab the kids seat second hand from facebook marketplace or gumtree or ebay or garage sale.( i scored 2 for $20 each at a garage sale when my kids were small enough for them)

    nearly all bikes have the mounting points for kids seats

    AND - go for second hand . It is amazing what you can pick up for cheap. a few years ago I wanted to buy a road bike. I won an auction on ebay for a barely used road bike 3 years old -had been near $1000 brand new. the bike has Shimano 105 groupset, etc. scored it for $134. The number of people who buy bikes because "this year I will get in to shape" and just don't do it., and then the bike sits there. and eventually they just say "stuff it" and sell their regretful decision for peanuts.

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      Thanks heaps, any brands or models i should be aiming for?

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        Any of the major bike brands, not what you find at Kmart. So giant, specialised, Merida, Trek, Scott, Avanti to name a few. Avoid jhuffy, cyclops, southern star, diamond back (unless it is quite old).

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    Definitely second hand if you can find one in your price range. Many people spend good $$$ and never ride them or barely use them. Cheap bikes from k-mart etc often are very heavy and brakes are hopeless after a couple of rides. Try Giant, Merida, Cell bikes.

  • +1 vote

    This may sound silly, but if you have a council hard rubbish collection day coming up. Usually heaps of bikes out there. They may just need a bit of clean up and a new tube. If you don't mind tinkering, grab a few and swap parts over.

    Just be careful not to go overboard or you just end up with a garage full of junk unitl the next hard rubbish collection.

    Otherwise second hand on eBay/gumtree I scored a 2 year old bike worth about 2,300 for 900. In pretty much brand new condition. The best thing is the seller was happy to get something for it and I was happy for the bargain. Win-win all round

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    Another vote for second hand. You can get great value off gumtree etc.

    The only time you should buy from Kmart etc. is if you can fully rebuild a bike yourself and it doesn’t come with suspension of any sort.

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