Hi, everyone. New to the forum. I had my bike stolen in SF last week and am looking to replace it. I came across this CL posting for a pristine 310. Not sure of the exact year. Seller is asking $450 for it. Judging by the pics, it's gotta be near mint with some new parts (tires, tubing, cables, housing).
In my area, that's a $150-$200 bike, even in pristine condition. SF is obviously a hotter market, but $200 seems like a steep markup to me. You have to decide what a fair SF markup is. It's not a bad bike, but it's lower mid-range in the model lineup. Judging by the ad, I doubt the seller will negotiate down much, but it's worth a try. It does look like it was fully refurbished, which is worth a $100+ at a bike shop, so factor that in. Of course, only you can be the judge on how well the job was done. Ask if all the bearings (headset, hubs, and bottom bracket) were regreased and the bearing balls replaced with new ones. I can tell you the tires are basement bargain Cheng Shin or similar. Looks like the quick release is open on the front brake. Properly adjusted, it should be closed and not rub on the rim when the wheels is spun.
By the way, I'd say the height range for that frame should be 5'10" to 6'0", but a lot depends on your specific body dimensions.
Last edited by JunkYardBike; 07-10-11 at 07:24 PM.
UPDATE: I went and looked at the 310 last night. The guy was super cool and refurbs bikes as a hobby. He did an amazing job with this one. Looks like it had never been ridden. In the end, I didn't pull the trigger. It was a bit too shiny and flawless for my tasted. Plus, that bike is screaming to get stolen in SF.
With regard to the SF market, it's so outrageous right now, especially for any nice looking vintage bike. I'm heading out to look at a Centurion Lemans 12 in good cosmetic condition priced at $325.
Looks like the 615 is still available. I'd go for it. I agree with Bill, this one is fairly priced, looks to be in great condition and may need minor tuning and greasing.
The wheels are nice too, I like that model of Mavic.
With prices that high in your market... I would consider ebay or buying a bike from a Bike Forum member and paying for shipping you might be able to get a better deal that way. But you will have to know what you want and be able to ask the right questions to determin if the bike is in good shape and the right one for you.