Classic & Vintage - I need to make a quick decision!
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07-27-07, 11:01 AM
I'm hoping to get some answers fairly quickly. On CL i've got two bikes that are potentially there for my purchase. I am not sure which is the better deal. The first is a Cannondale SR500 that is in very good shape but has some miles on it. It is being sold at 185. The other bike is a barely used Bridgestone RB-2. The RB-2 owner was originally asking for 300 but is willing to take 240. Both have recently been tuned up. Which is the better deal? Thanks for the help.
07-27-07, 11:05 AM
Depends on what you want. They are both good bikes. The C'dale will be very stiff, good for a heavy guy. The B'stone will have that classic feel associated with lugged steel bikes. It is a very nice bike.
1. What components are on each bike?
2. Are they both the right frame size for you?
You won't go wrong either way. I love my Cannondale, and I love my Bridgestone. That said, I might lean toward the RB2, mostly for reasons of nostalgia.
07-27-07, 11:13 AM
I know that the Bridgestone has all Shimano Exage components which I believe are very similar to 105? The Cannondale has had a few components upgraded from stock. The owner was a little unclear but I am checking that one out tonight. As long as there isn't one that is clearly better than the other, I am comfortable with going with either. They both are the right size for me.
Make sure you check the condition of the consumable parts - tires, cogs, chain, brake pads, cables. Adding that potential cost may help swing you one way or the other.
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