Thanks to everyone's great replies!!!
Originally Posted by C_LOGAN
A 1990 Cecil Walker for $950?? It must be a very nice example to fetch that sort of price.... I passed up a Cecil for $80.00 because I did not want to spend too much... I did buy a Paconi for $15.00 and fixed it up a little (two bikes most likely made by the same person?)
What sort of components does it have?? Ask your friend why it is so expensive - I am no expert but they price sounds a bit high. Maybe it is a good buy for $900...? but it will have to be something quite special.
I would reccommend an older steel bike because - personal preference really, but they definately are most of the time more durable, easier to repair and a good solid ride.
For commuting I have an old Suntourer bike I bought for $25.00. It is made from 4130 Chromoly and it nice and strong. It has Araya 27 inch 1 1/4 tyres - because when I commute I like to go up and down gutters, on dirt and other places a normal road bike would not work very well. You have to consider that the thin road wheels do not last long when subjected to such treatment - so consider your route carefully.
Brilliant! Nice to get a price comparison. Apparently all original gear. 'camponi' I believe or something that sounds like that. My friend thought it would be $1200 and thinks I am getting a good deal.
I rode it and another bike last night.
Cecil $1050 (with clip in pedals and lights)
Nice ride. Very light. Did not feel very secure/comfortable. Mainly because I am not yet used to a racing bike. *first time that I had rode a racing bike
Gearset is continuous (not click in). No problem for me.
Gears are on bike frame not handlebar. Concern is that this may distract me from my ride and mean that I am more of a fixed gear rider. I guess it will just be an adjustment
Azzuri Uno: $1330 (with clip in pedals and lights)
Really nice ride too. A little heavier than the Cecil. Feels like it is maybe not as good a bike as the cecil but is tuned better and has better creature comforts. Eg. gears on handlebars. Click in gears. New paintjob etc.
I am thinking about it today. Am leaning towards the Cecil heavily. Nice design. Only issues.
1) Will it last? It looks to have a max of 1000 km of use. Will it deteriorate quickly now being used 5 times a week?
2) are the gears on the stem a problem? Think just an adjustment for me.
3) What is a fair price? $1000 seems a LOT for a 15 year old used bike.
*** Suggestions for a cheap bike to commute. Do not have much/any storage where I live. Probably just easy to have one bike. Replacability of cecil: would just get another bike. Whatever keeps me on the road!!!
Your thoughts and comments greatly appreciated!