Hey guys. I'm really interested in getting into cycling. I'm interested in purchasing a vintage road bicycle for neighborhood rides, park rides, and quick commutes.
I'm a male, about 5'11, and I've looking for a cheap vintage road bike (no more than $200) that would be good for a beginner. I've been in the search for about a week and a half now.
I found these bikes on Craigslist and wanted to know what some of you more experienced riders, builders, and traders thought:
Description: Great vintage road road bike for a great price! Come pick this bike today, it wont last long, Summer is HERE!!! Frame measures 56cm. Bike has fully working 12 gears, new handle bar tape and good tires. Bike has a solid light frame and is very sturdy when riding through potholes. I am asking $199 and willing to negotiate on price for serious buyers, no trade and no low ball offers.
This one is selling for around $190.00 -- is this a good deal? It's about in my price range, but I'm not sure if I can find a better deal out there. The strange part about the ad, though, is that there is no mention of the maker of the bike!
Lastly, is there anything that you recommend that I look into before making a purchase?