Hi folks. I've got a question about a particular road bike listed on craigs list. I'll post the link here:
The description is not completely accurate. I have seen the bike in person and I can definitely say that the frame is in pretty nice condition. The paint looks fairly new. There are some small areas of rust on the plate that joins the bottom tubes of the rear triangle behind the bottom bracket housing. There is a minor scuff on the mid-section of the top tube. There is also rust on the brakes themselves. Not sure if any of this is surface rust or not. Besides that, the bike rides fairly nicely. The chain definitely needs to be cleaned and re-lubed, and the front brake makes a singing noise when it's used.
Here are the specs of the components that I know about:
SunTour Stem & Shifters
Tektro Brake Levers
Sugino Alloy Crank (I think it's the Mighty Tour crank..)
Shimano SIS Front Derailleur
Shimano Acera X Rear Derailleur
Rear Rim is a Weinmann 519 Rim (I don't know what the front rim is..)
GeaX Laczem Tires
Serial number: R8202 (I couldn't see the rest of the number)
The guy is asking for $225.00, but I'm going to see if he will take $150.00
What do you all think? Is this road bike worth my trouble? I'm looking for something recreational and fairly decent. The bike weighs 26 lbs. Please share your insights.
On a side note: The guy explained to me that when he got the bike, it was just a fork and frame. He further explained that the brake levers and cables are new. The tires are also new.