Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Specialized expediton sport
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07-08-11, 03:49 PM
I posted in here a few weeks ago about wanting to buy a bike and my budget was $500. Well, my truck had other plans for that $500 and now my budget is about $100. I've been talking to a guy about a bike I found on craigslist, it's a 2001 specialized expedition sport. Does anyone have any experience with this bike, or specialized bikes in general, and is $100 a good deal. He's sent me a few pictures and the bike appears to be in good condition. Any information you can give me is appreciated. Thanks
07-08-11, 04:55 PM
I love Specialized as a company and I believe they make great bikes.
I had one of the original Expeditions (bought in 1992) for 20 years. It was a classic touring bike. The Sport was a cross between a touring and road bike. Steel frame if I remember, probably has some old Shimano drive shaft, 7 speed with a double? Not certain it came in a triple. A good friend of mine rode a Sport for about 6 years until he got a custom bike. For $100 you can't not go wrong. Just make sure its the right fit for you and if its possible to upgrade if necessary.
07-08-11, 06:54 PM
Which model is Expedition is it? The Elite is the really good one, with the Deore Rear Derailleur. I have a friend who has the bike and absolutely loves it - the same year - has had it since it was new and never had a problem with it. I have a couple of 90s Specialized bikes - rockhopper and a stumpjumper - they're nice bikes.
I have a 2004 Expedition Sport, which I rode happily and problem free for six years before relegating it to the cottage when I got a new in-town bike. I could have sold it, I guess, but I still like it a lot and it's nice to have on hand. The Expedition series we're talking about here is a comfort hybrid, not to be confused with the earlier touring bikes of the same name. If it's in decent shape, a 2001 would be well worth $100.
07-09-11, 10:18 PM
Thanks all for the replies. I'm happy to say that this bike is now mine. For a 10 year old hundred dollar bike it's in great shape. The guy said he bought it new in 2001, rode it for a while and just put it away. There isn't anything wrong with it, just a bit dusty. I just aired up the tires and rode it for about 4 miles today. I'll probably take it to a LBS and have them tune it up, but it rode just fine. I haven't been on a bike since someone stole mine in college about 10 years ago and it felt really good to get back on and ride.
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