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This has gone a few hours with no answer so will give it a try. Consider spend too much. There is the purchase cost and cost of maintenance. Low end bikes commonly refereed to as BSO (bicycle shaped objects) don't last long and are expensive to service. With a BSO you get custom (as in bad can't replace) components. Many bike shops will not even work ...


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I would suggest first deciding what kind of bike you'd like. Road vs. Mountain vs. Hybrid. Road - more aggressive positioning (lean more forward) for aerodynamic benefits. Thinner tires. Mountain - more upright, sturdy/heavy. Wider tires for offroad Hybrid/Cross - something in between. Usually road type bike with clearance for slightly wider tires. In ...


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I basically agree with @RoboKaren's answer, but wanted to add a couple of things that would take up too much space for a comment. For starters, you say that the chain mashed up the derailleur. So the derailleur was actually the "victim" of the problem, not necessarily the cause. So while you might need to replace the derailleur, that is likely not the only ...


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If your bicycle is a BSO (bicycle shaped object sold at discount mass retailers), then likely no. You'd spend $100+ labor on the derailleur and a new chain, but then the next week the brakes would fail, the handlebar would come off, or the frame would crack. BSOs are money pits. Furthermore, it's unlikely you could just replace the derailleur, you'd have to ...



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