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    Tourney 10 Speed

    Hey guys ..earlier I posted two vintage road bikes that I found on craiglists...however one was taken already and the other didn't fit well so I head down to my LBS and they had budget used vintage bikes and I found one that fit well for me..so he told me 150 but its negotiable so is this a good bike for commuting to college and for fun.. or is it too old and a red flag? (background info is that in a college student that wants a road bike without being too expensive cuz the chances of it being stolen is a bit high in my college so if it does happen I don't want a huge loss)
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    Is this a shop that sells new bikes and few used bikes or shop that sells only used bikes.

    Personally I say no. I would not let the person who pronounced this safe to sell put air in my tires. The front brake lever is canted at an awkard position and the safety lever may strike the handlebar preventing the brake from functioning correctly. The rear tire, atleast to me looks old and dry rotted, they could have used a few more zip ties on those derailleur cables.

    I don't know exactly what your cash flow is like but compared to that thing you would be better off buying a bike at walmart and then having a real bike shop tune it up.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

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    Its a d o g.

    Get knowledge, or get taken. Easy to spot something decent with some knowledge.

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    Personally, I wouldn't pay $150 for that bike, or even in that ballpark. For one thing, it's a department store bike, built with low quality components to meet a price point. It probably didn't cost $150 when it was brand new. Secondly, like Bianchigirll already mentioned, the brake levers are an indicator that this bike wasn't carefully serviced or inspected. Third, old bikes that haven't been maintained are going to need some mechanical TLC. This one happens to have a cottered crankset, which can be difficult to work on unless you've got a cotter press, access to replacement cotters, files, and some expertise.

    I think you've got the right idea about looking for a reliable used bike, but one that won't break your heart if it gets stolen. You can do a LOT better than this one, though.

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    thanks for the replies! Ill go to other LBS to check what they have to offer and may come to you guys for future references !

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    Where are you? If folks know that, you'll get a half dozen experts looking for bikes that are suitable....
    Thumpic....

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    STEP 1: Forget buying from a shop, particularly at that budget point. If you shop aggressively, you should be able to find 2X to 3X the bike for the same $$. I know I have on several occasions sold bikes through shops. Even after me paying them a hefty consignment charge, I end up ahead, as they charge a lot more. Unfortunately, I have not found a reliable shop to handle consignment, it I did, they would get half my bikes.

    STEP 2: Know your size and get knowledgeable. Private sellers often do not know much. In any financial transaction, the person with the most knowledge WINS. Be that person, and not the fish.

    I think Step 2 is a good life lesson that can serve you well in the years ahead, whether you are buying a car, a home, or whatever.

    I must admit on Step 1 I have occasionally bought from shops. But there are only two shops I will buy from (in a 100 mile radius of where I live). I tend to buy trade ins from them, all need a lot of work where the shop just wants the bike done. The problem with such projects is unless you have the time/tools/aptitude, projects don't work out.

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