Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Bike A D V I C E please....
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04-15-11, 03:08 PM
Hi all. Interested in buying a low price but decent road bike. Found an ad on CL for a Cannondale Cad 3 for $450. Am i paying too much? Here's a pic. Much respect to any "helpful" advice...
04-15-11, 03:22 PM
Nice looking bike.
Moved your post from Introductions.
04-15-11, 03:54 PM
Opinions will vary about the wheels and shifters. I very much like the bar-end shifters and 36 spoke wheels, even though to most buyers, they would diminish the value; it looks like a durable rig. (Do you value performance or durability? Do you want to race, ride for fun, commute...?) If you list the components, people can get a better idea of the value. My gut says it's toward the high end of the fair price range (you could always try to talk him down). But, if it fits you, and it's in good shape, and it's set up the way you want, then it probably adds up to a square deal for you. Good luck.
Depends where you live. Around here, yes, that is too high. Cannondales at that price range will typically have STI, and not entry level either.
Note, I like barcons just fine, and they are very durable (more durable than STI). But I would be seeking a significant discount.
04-15-11, 04:50 PM
Some folks (me for one) find the ride on these aluminum bikes to be very harsh. I had an almost identical bike and I felt every teeny jolt from the fork. It was a flawlessly performing bike and extremely responsive; but it would absolutely beat me to death. If you are going to be a casual rider and have one bike; I'd pass and find a good classy vintage steel ride...$450 will easily do that....
04-16-11, 02:11 PM
something about this looks 'put together'. did CAAD frames really come with a threaded fork? when did Cdale stop using the cantilever drop?
My 97 has a threaded carbon wrapped fork like this one, but the bar ends are replacements as they came w/ 105 STI. The duel pivot brakes look like 105 same as on my bike. 300 maybe, but 250 more likely. Look for paint bubbles under the BB where the cable guides attach, as well as at the cable stops this is corrosion. If the PO used steel cable ends you will have corrosion here too.
My R800 has some issues and I got it for 150. New paint and it will be like new.
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