Hello, this is my first post and am also a newbie to biking. I was looking to purchase a road bike and came across this ad on my local craigslist. I would like to know if it is a good value but I am also aware that the ad provides little information. What questions should I ask the seller in order to have enough info for you guys to help me value this bike?
At the $100 price point, you can't be too choosy. I would head over before someone else does.
As far as what makes it worth more:
Frame: good paint, no dents, made out of a better material (cromoly) vs heavy gas pipe.
Crank: Cotterless alloy
Wheels: alloy rims
Overall condition: Ready to ride (or close). Are you ready and able to do any work on it? A good deal can become a bad deal if you have to pay a shop to rehab the bike (can often exceed the value of the finished bike).
Consumables: tires, cables, and so on are relatively cheap to replace. If they are in good shape, great, if not, not a deal breaker.