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    Getting Into Road Biking

    I am looking to get into road biking, and I am looking for an entry level bike. I am looking at several different bikes. To start: Schwinn Caliente for $80, Univega Safari for $70, Murry Spectra for $70, or Schwinn World Sport for $70. These are few i am going to look at. I will attach links to bikes.

    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2490760441.html -- Schwinn World Sport
    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2477729444.html -- Univega Safari
    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2474230159.html -- Schwinn Caliente
    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2477687610.html -- Murry Spectra

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    If it were me, I would check out the World Sport and the Safari in person, then choose the best. Both are on the bottom end of their respective company's lineup. So in addition to anything obvious, verify that the wheels are at least alloy rim and quick release. Check for any cracking in the tires. Check for quality of the finish (dings, dents, rust), and for any sign of crash or collisions.
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    Roadbiker, how tall are you? Both of the bikes that still have active links look to be in the order of 54 cm, or so. Good for somebody about 5' 8" or thereabouts.

    Are you taller? If so, I might have better options for you. I'm looking to unload a few bikes and if you are at least 5'11", I can probably get you a much better bike for not too much money.

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    Go figure, the two decent bikes are gone, and the two dogs are still available. Educate yourself on how to spot something decent, and then pounce. Good deals do not last long enough for a "Hey is this a good deal?" answer. And there are a lot of people trolling through this site. So by posting a bike that is currently for sale on C/L opens you up to being scooped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
    Roadbiker, how tall are you? Both of the bikes that still have active links look to be in the order of 54 cm, or so. Good for somebody about 5' 8" or thereabouts.

    Are you taller? If so, I might have better options for you. I'm looking to unload a few bikes and if you are at least 5'11", I can probably get you a much better bike for not too much money.
    Thanks for posting, I am 5'9 and would definitely be interested in the bikes you have for sale. What are the bikes if you don't mind me inquiring about them? Thanks, look forward to possibly working out a deal!

    Robert

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    I would PM you, but I believe you need more posts before you can PM.

    Most of my bikes are possibly too tall for you. They are all 58cm minimum. Too bad I didn't know a month ago as I sold two choice bikes, both 56 cm.

    Anyways, I have to decide what I'm selling and what I'm keeping. I have a Schwinn Letour, 1974 vintage, that is in incredible condition. You can find the post on St. Louis Craigslist. Look up Letour, it is the opaque blue one with the long write-up.

    I have to decide among the others. I have a Carlton Criterium, 58 cm, and it is an awesome bike. You can see photos of an identical-looking Carlton by looking up Carlton Criterium here on the forum. Mine is the same mint green. Beautiful.

    After that, I'm not too sure what I'm selling. I'll think about it.

    You say you want to do road biking but have posted here on C&V. Does that mean you'd prefer an older bike, or just that you think an older bike would be an affordable way to dive in and try it?

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    Affordable way to get into road biking, and going to be moving to go to law school in Chicago. So, I will need a bike to also save on parking etc. Feel free to send me an email at Jetstorm14@aol.com. The weekend of July 31st KC has a bike swap meet, ideas? Possible good deals to be had maybe? How would you rate a Schwinn Caliente for $80, buyer still has for sale? or a Spalding Road Bike for $150? Looking for something that can be upgraded along way.

    Robert
    Last edited by roadbiker26; 07-19-11 at 12:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadbiker26 View Post
    Affordable way to get into road biking, and going to be moving to go to law school in Chicago. So, I will need a bike to also save on parking etc. Feel free to send me an email at Jetstorm14@aol.com. The weekend of July 31st KC has a bike swap meet, ideas? Possible good deals to be had maybe? How would you rate a Schwinn Caliente for $80, buyer still has for sale? or a Spalding Road Bike for $150? Looking for something that can be upgraded along way.

    Robert
    You need to educate yourself first, then buy. Spend a little time on google, and you will be an expert. Spaulding and Caliente are both poor choices for what you describe. It all starts with the frame. Low quality frames are not worth upgrading financially. Market value for a decent vintage bike starts around the $200 mark. Chicago will be more expensive.

    If your budget isn't that high, then you either need to scoop a good bike, or lower your desires. Scooping means acting fast, really fast. There are pretty much always educated buyers out there ready to pounce on the good deals.

    Lowering your target can mean going for one of the nicer rigid frame MTBs instead. They make good campus bikes, are relatively cheap.

    I would much rather ride my 1989 Univega MTB, than an old Caliente.

    +1 To the comments below. Vintage MTBs are very versatile, can handle racks, fenders, a multitude of tires, etc.



    Everything starts with knowing your size. The best deals have really crappy ads, so you have to be able to spot quality and size on your own.

    Happy hunting!
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    If this is going to be your main means of transportation I would look at something other than a road bike. Early '90s hybrids and mountain bikes with slicks can be had cheaper than a road bike and will be more versatile. You will probably want to put racks and baskets on it for books and shopping and most already have the eyelets for attaching them.

    Something like these;

    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2473323606.html
    http://springfield.craigslist.org/bik/2500472435.html

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    ++++++ I am a big fan of older mountain bikes for commuting, college use, etc. You can get a very solid, reliable bike that will endure all seasons for very little cash and it won't be as big a target for theft as a vintage road bike. You can mount racks on most and they are super strong. The examples that Kobe attached are good ones to look at.

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