Ends at 10PM PT. Sport.woot! has the Schwinn Katana Road Bike with a 54cm Frame for $200 + $5 shipping = $205 shipped. Versatile bike features an ultra-light aluminum frame, 14-speed Shimano drivetrain, Tru-Vativ IsoFlow alloy cranks, alloy wheels, and paired spokes.

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    frankl45 Ben's cred: 199
    Posted 9:02 am PDT 07/7/12

    54 cm = 21.3 in

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    cvbn Ben's cred: 119
    Posted 9:45 am PDT 07/7/12

    54cm frame size is appropriate for riders 5'6" to 5'9

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    CasperImproved Ben's cred: 206
    Posted 10:09 am PDT 07/7/12

    According to Schwinn, a road bike between 52 ~ 54cm fits people between 5'4" ~ 5'7".

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    chrisnielsen82 Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 10:19 am PDT 07/7/12

    Is this a good one?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3646
    Posted 10:25 am PDT 07/7/12

    ^ Good value @ $205, but the sky is the limit if you want to hear everyone's idea of what a "good" bike is. Maybe consider it an entry level bike that'll give you less headaches than the $90 special at walmart, and how can you go wrong with one named after swords and motorcycles?

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    CasperImproved Ben's cred: 206
    Posted 10:48 am PDT 07/7/12

    #4 - I've had three Schwinn bikes since the 70's starting with my loved Schwinn Continental. I would consider them at the top of the list for the lower price range in both quality and customer service. If I wanted a low end road bike (commuting or other light use), I consider this a good deal.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 44
    Posted 1:05 pm PDT 07/7/12

    no info on how heavy this bike is?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3646
    Posted 1:15 pm PDT 07/7/12

    ^ 22 lbs per Amazon discussion topics, http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Katana-Road-Bike-Frame/forum/Fx2QOLU2XDSJ9JD

    ... though the following mini-review/infomercial claims 24 lbs for the 54cm frame version, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xloriz_schwinn-katana-road-bike-review_sport


    Amazon reviews & more pics, http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Katana-Road-Bike/dp/B000GZT6PO


    Youtube unboxing vid, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRW-s7LOQTQ

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    EchoTony Ben's cred: 57
    Posted 8:01 pm PDT 07/7/12

    meh, doesn't seem worth it. Put a few more bucks in and get something from a bike shop. If you want to go cheap, checkout Nashbar or look around bikesdirect.com.. Junk groupos will not be worth it. Cheap fixed gears make sense, as you aren't buying components. Here, you are buying relatively poor quality shifters, derailleurs, etc. You can get so much more at nearly the same cost if you shop it.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 44
    Posted 9:07 pm PDT 07/7/12

    great info dave. thanks.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3646
    Posted 8:25 am PDT 07/8/12

    EchoTony wrote:
    meh, doesn't seem worth it. Put a few more bucks in and get something from a bike shop. If you want to go cheap, checkout Nashbar or look around bikesdirect.com.. Junk groupos will not be worth it. Cheap fixed gears make sense, as you aren't buying components. Here, you are buying relatively poor quality shifters, derailleurs, etc. You can get so much more at nearly the same cost if you shop it.


    actually, no. At a bike shop the same thing would cost at least 50% more or for any significant upgrade the same is true. You may want to spend that to get something better but let's not pretend it's only a couple dollars increase, the "few bucks" is usually a large % price increase... which may be worth it if you already know exactly what you want.

    However those who aren't mechanically inclined may appreciate the local shop doing the (minor) assembly (though it isn't much to assemble, pretty straightforward) and adjustment, and readjustment. Many bike shops throw in a year of free adjustment service for a bike bought there. Basically all they'll be doing is compensating for the shifter and brake cables stretching a little when new.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 44
    Posted 9:34 am PDT 07/8/12

    is there a price cutoff range for weight correlate to price with bike part quality being constant. i am thinking 22lb - 24lb isn't bad.

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    carguydc Ben's cred: 106
    Posted 7:19 am PDT 07/9/12

    I have a bicycle question for you guys. I damaged my knee playing tennis a couple weeks ago and I'm having surgery this Thursday. (meniscus and cartilage repair) The doc mentioned lots of bike riding in my rehab future. What would be a decent bike in say the $2-300 range for regular road riding during my rehab. I figure that would be more enjoyable than a stationary bike.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3646
    Posted 7:55 am PDT 07/9/12

    ^ I'd go with a hybrid or comfort bike rather than a road bike unless you're trying to ride as fast per dollar as possible. Maybe something like the following but until you nail down the type of bike you want, going to a bike shop to try a few seating positions and geometries might help.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gt/gt_traffi4htm

    If you're only going to ride during rehab you might get more value out of a used bike off craigslist or eBay, etc.

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    carguydc Ben's cred: 106
    Posted 7:02 am PDT 07/10/12

    Thanks dave.

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