$150 will NOT buy you a new bicycle. Any new bike sold for under $150 is going to fall to pieces within 6 months and you'll spend more time untangling the chain than riding.
If you want a new bike you'll need at least $500, anything less is a mistake.
Do you know anyone on campus who knows how to fix up bicycles? Maybe there's a workshop in the college where you could go and ask for help buying a secondhand bike - I'm sure there are a few amateur bicycle mechanics on campus.
For $150 you can buy a very good quality older bicycle that might need some simple maintenance to put it back into perfect working order; very often all a bike needs is a new set of brake pads or a re-tightened chain.
Look for a bike that doesn't need new parts; if you have to buy new tyres, new inner tubes, new chain, new pads, new cables, new saddle, new bearings - you get the idea - you might as well buy a new bike.
Do you have any particular kind of bike in mind?
I'm a fan of hub gear bikes since I'm not concerned about speed but you might prefer derailleur gears - derailleur bikes are usually cheaper and there is a wider range to choose from.
Browse the internet for comfort bicycles, classic bicycles, town & country bicycles, cruisers and shoppers; something will catch your eye and then you can look for one pre-owned for a fraction of the price.
· 1 decade ago