Hello Seasoned Veterans of Cycling,
I am buying a bike that will take me back and forth to school. I will be riding it about 3-4 miles a day and probably take it out for longer rides on the weekends. I found a 1970's Ross Eurotour 3 speed on Craigslist (link below) that looks pretty good to me, but I could not find any extensive information on Ross Eurotour bikes online. I would really appreciate any input on the quality of the brand and whether it will be worth $90.
The Eurotour was a model similar to Schwinn's Collegiate, at least in the 80's. The 3 speed Eurotours used 26 inch wheels, while the 10 speeds used the 27's. It would make a nce commuter bike for a ride of that distance, but I would say that $90 is quite a stretch for that bike. It's going to be heavy, and regardless if it is in excellent shape, I would only go up to $50, and that's being generous. I like Ross bikes, but it seems this one's overpriced at $90.
I agree that $90 is absolutely ridiculous-$50 is a fair price. Good solid USA made bike made in Ross' Pennsylvania factory. Steel frame, fork, rims, Shimano 3 speed etc. It will make a good commuter bike.
It is difficult to come up with a "fair" price for any bike. Folks often post here about finding a '69 Paramount at a garage sale for $10. Does that make the "fair" price of a Paramount $10?
I wanted a three speed bike a couple of years ago. I could not find a used three speed in good condition anywhere, at any price. At that time, Trek was selling a cruiser with a Nexus four speed for around $300. If I could have found an old 70's three speed that was in excellent running condition for $100, it would have saved me $200, compared with buying the new Trek.
But of course, if I had posted here to say I had paid $100 for an old three speed, folks would respond with posts about the "like new" three speeds they found in the trash, or bought at Goodwill for $5 or at Salvation Army for $10.
But, I'd still be thinking "I just saved $200 by buying the old three speed instead of a new four speed".
A Fuji Gran Tourer SE, a Ross Eurotour, and a Specialized Hardrock XC Disc.
Expensive, but if you really want it...
For average commuting, leisure rides, etc., the Eurotours are great. They have heavier steel components, so don't expect to ride fast for long periods of time with it, but they are easily able to be turned into a commuter bike that is better than some new commuter bikes today! Plus, the steel components, though heavy, will last a lifetime. The Shimano FF system will be great when you're stuck in stop-and-go traffic and need to shift through gears quickly.
Now about the price-$90 is too much. See if you can haggle it down to about $60. I bought my Eurotour at a Goodwill for $25 and have gotten every penny out of it since. Remember as well, that if you want to make it a commuter bike, you're going to have to pay to add lights, a bike rack, and perhaps a shopping basket. Those items add up very quickly, and you won't always be able to get a price break.
To sum it up, get it if you really want it-it will serve you well. But see if you can't bargain first!
Ok new question, and hurry if you know the answer, how feasible is it to add the missing shifter for this bike? I have an old thumb shifter from an 80's mtb, would that work? The seller says the rear derailleur is the kind that's in the hub??
If it's an SA hub back there, you'll need a SA trigger shifter not a thumb shifter, along with an SA shifter cable, fulcrum clip & sleeve, pulley and clamp, cable anchor and indicator spindle -- or a donor bike.
If it's a Shimano or kickback hub or something else, all bets are off.