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I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to work (<2 miles), do groceries (~2-3 miles), go to school (~8 miles). Would this be a good bike for that? (one of the cheapest bikes on bikesdirect.com)

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One downside is that it's a single speed. Depending on how hilly your area is you might want to opt for a bike with some gears. Especially if you are hauling groceries as well. –  Kibbee Sep 9 '12 at 2:02
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Here is a thread on test-riding a bike, and here is one on checking out a used bike. –  Daniel R Hicks Sep 9 '12 at 2:17
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Here is another thread on buying a used bike. –  Daniel R Hicks Sep 9 '12 at 2:20
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This really isn't an appropriate question for this S.E. forum. From the FAQ: "only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page." –  WTHarper Sep 9 '12 at 3:22
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shopping recommendations are off topic anyway, as they are never in any way constructive and wont help future visitors. –  Baarn Sep 9 '12 at 12:22
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While the comments on your question are good, i'll answer anyway.

Short answer: Yes for your specific needs this is a fitting bike. Longer. Yes, If you have some hills, the 3 speed oxford model may help.

Buying a used bike off craigslist for someone with little bike knowledge is probably not a great idea. a $50 - 100 bike in my area is generally pretty old. beat up and not worth the savings.

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Yup, looking back this isn't a very helpful question but thanks for the answer anyway. –  Alex Sep 12 '12 at 2:01
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