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Surfin’ USA

Only Camden can make falling look cool.

November 13, 2012 - 1:40 pm

PopPop - Hang ten, Buddy!

November 13, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Amanda - That is awesome!

November 13, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Becki D. - Wow!! Awesome snapshot, Mama!

November 13, 2012 - 11:31 pm

Lyn Slattery - So cool! Chévere, as they’d say in Spanish. Looks like he’s doing it on purpose. He really is a neat kid, isn’t he?

November 15, 2012 - 3:29 pm

kristen - love it!

September 25, 2014 - 3:46 am

medicineformen.net - Get the newest one you can: Bikes have improved a lot in the last five years and new bikes don’t usually have old bike problems: rust, excessive wear, breakage.Stick with quality brand names (Trek, Cannondale, Specialized) and stay away from department store brands (Huffy, Magna, etc).Components tell the story: Nobody puts good stuff on a crappy bike. Ask what components it has, especially the cranks and rear derailleur. Fortunately it’s almost a monopoly out there and except for upper end stuff, Shimano dominates the quality field. Shimano 105 (and 600), Ultegra and Dura Ace are on good bikes, Shimano Tiagra, Sora and Altus are on medium to low quality. Tourney and below is crap. SRAM is usually good quality too. Most Suntour stuff is fair/poor these days but older, Suntour Superbe is as good as Dura Ace. Anything Campagnolo is great.Ask about the wheels. If they can tell you what they are, they’re probably good. If they say they’re the ones that came with the bike you don’t have anyway of knowing (unless you know the particular bike). When you go see the bike, spin the wheels and feel for any vibration: bad wheel bearings are common on older bikes. The good news is they are easy to repair and bad bearings knock the price way down on an otherwise good bike. Wheels are often out of true. Again the good news is that truing wheels is pretty easy (and cheap) and truly unfixable wheels are rare (and usually pretty obvious). Simply being out of round can cut the price dramatically. Plus better wheels are almost always a worthwhile upgrade in any case.Spin the crank the same way: take the chain off and spin it for vibration. A bad bottom bracket is also easy (but not quite so cheap) to fix, especially if you can replace it with a modern sealed unit. You also have a real opportunity for dramatic salesmanship with a rough bottom bracket.There are lots of other tricks so your best bet is to find a bike crazy friend to help. There’s not a one out there who doesn’t love buying bikes.

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