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    Help deciding on a bike

    I am not very experienced with biking but I am looking at a few used bikes to do some mountain biking and riding around on the streets. I have narrowed it down to two bikes a Cannondale which seems to be better but is missing a few parts and I am unsure how to replace them and how much it would cost. I am also looking at a specialized that seems to be in good shape. I am wondering what you think of the two bikes and how much it would cost to fix the Cannondale because I do not want to spend more than $200.

    Here are the links to the two bikes:

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/bik/1098431545.html

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/bik/1096836113.html

    I would also like to hear what you think of this bike but a 15" frame seemed to be too small because I'm 6' 3"

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/bik/1079696073.html

    Thanks

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    The C'dale has a chain on the bike, but according to him there is no chain, crankset or shifter cables and I'd assume no housing. I would assume the bb is square so you'd need a square tapered crank. Will cost <$100 for sure. However, square taper cranks are somewhat out of style so it might be harder to find. Haven't looked for one in a while, but I used to see them online in a few place for around $50 for decent one.
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    You're 6'3.... no way you'll fit on a 15" bike. You need at least a 21".
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    I'm thinking the Cannondale has the potential to be the better bike but you're going to have significantly more than $200.00 in it by the time you have a bike that you can ride.

    If your objective is just to ride without spending too much money the Specialized looks like the better deal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I'm thinking the Cannondale has the potential to be the better bike but you're going to have significantly more than $200.00 in it by the time you have a bike that you can ride.

    If your objective is just to ride without spending too much money the Specialized looks like the better deal to me.
    Assuming a square taper crank, I don't think he'd have to put too much in the bike. AE bike has this crank for about $40. Cables and housing would be another $20 to $25.

    I agree that the Cannondale has more potential. I think the Specialized is older than the 10 years advertized.
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    I agree the cannondale is the way to go . 40 or so for a crank & 20 for cable & housing and you be good to go.

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    The Cannondale is definitely a "fixer upper". Along with a crank, chain and cables, it will probably need a new cassette to function properly with a new chain. If you have little bike mechanical experience, I'd pass. However, the real deal-breaker is the 15" frame is WAAAAY too small for you. My 5'1" daughter rides a 15" frame.

    The Specialized is in far more ridable condition from the start but an 18" frame is still quite a bit too small for someone your height. I'm 5'9" and ride an 18" MTB frame and it's marginal for me.

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