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    Vintage Huffy Savannah - What can you tell me about it?

    Found a Vintage Woman's Huffy Savannah on Craigslist for $80. Owner says it's in "good condition". I'm a college student low on money and no car. Could use a nice bike to get me around and pretty reliable. Saw on other forums that Huffy's were bought for $20, would I be wrong for buying it at $80 ?

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    "would I be wrong for buying it at $80 ?"

    Yes

    20 seems about right, and that may be too high depending on the condition, I see some rust, so it is in need of work.
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    Thanks! What bike brand or type should I look for?

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    Those brakes would stop nothing, and the rims are likely steel (adding to the problem). I would pass at 5$, let alone 20$-- there's really nothing I can see to salvage on that bike.

    The price on old bikes has actually increased drastically since the advent of Craigslist. Prior to the turn of the century, I could find very nice road and mountain bikes for 5-50$, several a week, with minimal effort on my part. The Huffy you pictured would have gone to a scrapper then-- now it can pull in an unsuspecting buyer. DONT BE THAT BUYER, get yourself educated.

    And up your $$$ a bit; there's a sweet spot on CL where the really good stuff just sits. Around 200$ here.
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    If you post your location, we can look through your local craigslist and find some good options for you. Unlikely to find anything good for $80, but in my area you can often pick up an older rigid frame mountain bike for $100-150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatTheSlat View Post
    If you post your location, we can look through your local craigslist and find some good options for you. Unlikely to find anything good for $80, but in my area you can often pick up an older rigid frame mountain bike for $100-150.
    Whoa great! I'm in the SF/Bay Area. Thanks !

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    How tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelringing95 View Post
    Whoa great! I'm in the SF/Bay Area. Thanks !
    From what I've heard SF usually has way higher bike prices than pretty much anywhere else, but after a quick look at craigslist it seems there are a pretty good number of mountain bikes already set up with slick or semi-slick tires (which are what you will want for road-use) for $100-150.

    Depending on how tall you are...

    5'4-5'5ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/4340799661.html
    5'7ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4344090426.html
    5'9ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/4340781249.html
    6'+: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/4344015488.html
    Oddly enough all of those are Specialized, there's nothing particular about that brand those just happened to be the first few decent ones I saw.

    If you tell us how tall you are we can find some more for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelringing95 View Post
    Found a Vintage Woman's Huffy Savannah on Craigslist for $80. Owner says it's in "good condition". I'm a college student low on money and no car. Could use a nice bike to get me around and pretty reliable. Saw on other forums that Huffy's were bought for $20, would I be wrong for buying it at $80 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatTheSlat View Post
    From what I've heard SF usually has way higher bike prices than pretty much anywhere else, but after a quick look at craigslist it seems there are a pretty good number of mountain bikes already set up with slick or semi-slick tires (which are what you will want for road-use) for $100-150.

    Depending on how tall you are...

    5'4-5'5ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/4340799661.html
    5'7ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4344090426.html
    5'9ish: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/4340781249.html
    6'+: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/4344015488.html
    Oddly enough all of those are Specialized, there's nothing particular about that brand those just happened to be the first few decent ones I saw.

    If you tell us how tall you are we can find some more for you.
    I'm 5'4-5'5ish. I found this bike http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4339469807.html and have had contact with the seller, I know it's a little too big but he said it might fit if I adjust the handle bars & seat. Would that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelringing95 View Post
    I'm 5'4-5'5ish. I found this bike http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4339469807.html and have had contact with the seller, I know it's a little too big but he said it might fit if I adjust the handle bars & seat. Would that work?
    I'd definitely be concerned about the size, but you never know until you go and try it. If you're comfortable on it, I'd say that's a fair price for that bike in San Francisco.

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    I really think it will be to big. My wife is 5'7" and she is most comfortable on an 18" frame hybrid. 20" without a step-through frame will most likely have to high of a stand over height.

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    You will want to stay away from suspension forks. They are really, really crap. Others will back me up on this. Even if you want a hybrid, which is likely a good choice, find one with a regular fork. The large tires on a mountain bike or a hybrid will do far more for cusioning your ride then a heavy, pogostick suspension fork.
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    And thats way too much money for that bike. Did your budget go up?
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    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4343471498.html

    This is a cool bike. REALLY cool. If I was in the area I would own it. Now that being said it might scream "steal me" but it is cool
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    Man, I love that chrome Univega!

    Here's a decent 'goose that should fit you nicely. See if you can get that for $75-80

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/4344460200.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
    And thats way too much money for that bike. Did your budget go up?
    My budget is under 200, the owner of that bike said $160

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
    You will want to stay away from suspension forks. They are really, really crap. Others will back me up on this. Even if you want a hybrid, which is likely a good choice, find one with a regular fork. The large tires on a mountain bike or a hybrid will do far more for cusioning your ride then a heavy, pogostick suspension fork.
    Thanks I'm definitely going to take that into consideration! Now, I'm leaning more towards the hybrid bikes, could I change the tires on a mountain bike to get a better ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelringing95 View Post
    Thanks I'm definitely going to take that into consideration! Now, I'm leaning more towards the hybrid bikes, could I change the tires on a mountain bike to get a better ride?
    Yes. Street slicks provide a better ride on pavement than knobby tires. If you do this, figure the cost of new tires into your purchase. This is not a bad idea anyway. Figure 20-30$/ tire for decent ones.

    +1 on that chrome Univega hybrid.
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    The Univega's pretty dang cool. Find a Kryptonite lock on CL for about $20 and you're set!
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    Might be kinda a bummer to subject that Univega to the rigors of big city beater bike life, however.

    Also be prepared for no index shifting, surely also the case on the Savannah.
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