DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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If you are looking to trade up, I would keep looking.
At that price point, I think you would be better off with a vintage higher quality MTB. MTBs are a really good value IMHO. For about the price of a bottom of the barrel Walmart bike, you should be able to find a 15 to 20 year old rigid frame MTB from makers like Trek, Specialized, Univega, etc. I bought my last MTB keeper for $40, needed some work, but it is a really nice bike (1989 Univega Alpina Pro). And I usually can find used MTB parts CHEAP. Last wheels I picked up were $2.50 each.
My Alpina Pro is about 10 pounds lighter than the Raleigh you linked to, with much better components.
Really hard to find a decent road bike for $45. Unless you look every day, do the garage sale circuit, and get lucky, not very likely.
Last edited by wrk101; 01-25-11 at 09:05 PM.