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Riley Casey
08-20-2012, 01:09 PM
I have only two bikes ( one being a near antique ) having learned the hard way that too much will soon be trimmed to not enough when one lives in a city. I need a third bike however. A bike that I can pay $100 for on Craigslist, that I can park at a metro stop for 24 hours if needs be or leave parked downtown well into the early hours of the morning. It needs to be a bike that is a good workhouse for commuting around town, with enough gearing to do the major hills but above all it has to be a bike that is of no interest to someone who just happens to be walking by with a set of four foot long bolt cutters. A search of Clist over the last few days has been a bit ... bewildering. Any suggestions for narrowing it down would be welcome.

Tim Kelley
08-20-2012, 01:14 PM
Phoenix Bikes sounds like it might fit the bill...

elcee
08-20-2012, 01:23 PM
I'm partial to old (steel) Trek mountain bikes with rigid forks - 820, 930, 950.

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/bik/3207047658.html

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/bik/3213373596.html

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/bid/3194337522.html

DismalScientist
08-20-2012, 01:43 PM
I find Craigslist pricing odd. There seems to be big discount for mountain bikes. Old ten speed prices don't seem to correlate with quality well. People seem to think they can get $250 for some crappy model with steel wheels, stem shifters and suicide levels. Yet, quality "ten speeds" don't go for much more.

I still have the Bianchi mountain bike available (and all the others) from this thread: http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2337-Wife-has-ordered-me-to-thin-out-the-collection

NicDiesel
08-20-2012, 02:35 PM
I've got a Trek 4300 that I leave locked up at the Pentagram City and Crystal City stops all the time. So far no problems but I do use the Kryptonie Fahgettaboudit Chain.

dasgeh
08-20-2012, 03:57 PM
I've got a Trek 4300 that I leave locked up at the Pentagram City and Crystal City stops all the time. So far no problems but I do use the Kryptonie Fahgettaboudit Chain.

I need to shop at the Pentagram City shops more often. :-)

Riley Casey
08-20-2012, 04:51 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm 6'3 and that it seems that most bikes are built for the vertically challenged.:rolleyes:

Amalitza
08-22-2012, 08:25 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm 6'3 and that it seems that most bikes are built for the vertically challenged.:rolleyes:

No, no they are not (I'm 5'1").

They are built for the boringly average. :p

(though I digress from the main point of your question. sorry. please return to your regularly scheduled bicycle purchase recommendations)

dbb
08-22-2012, 09:06 AM
Here is an earlier post about Phoenix and bikes for taller riders.

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2737-Used-bikes-for-tall-people-(6-2-and-over)&highlight=phoenix

Arlingtonrider
09-07-2012, 04:40 AM
Phoenix Bikes comes to DC for you!

I just saw that Phoenix is having a used bike sale event in DC tomorrow (Sept.8) at the Big Bear Cafe, 1700 First Street NW, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See their website at www.phoenixbikes.org for more info and a phone number.

The ad on their website says that they're bringing road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, hybrids and single speeds.

rcannon100
09-07-2012, 10:27 AM
There is a guy at the Arlington courthouse farmers market that sells used bikes I think its is on Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month is a flee market on the parking garage over 66, near Washington & Lee. Sometimes there are bikes there. Velocity Bikes in Del Ray, Alexandria. Yard sales.

PotomacCyclist
09-08-2012, 07:56 AM
The guys at the outdoor market in Courthouse now have a permanent used bike shop at Washington Blvd. and Pershing Drive. There have been a couple stories about it, on ARLnow and The WashCycle. The sign simply reads "Bicycles" but I think there's an actual name for the store.

EDIT- The name is simply The Old Bike Shop.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Old-Bike-Shop/358068734263449