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Old 11-07-09, 02:26 PM   #1
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Could I get some help/opinions on these vintage Craigslist postings?

Commuters suggested I repost this here.

Looking at the 20 year old commuter thread got me really liking some bikes posted there. Also, it came to mind as a cheaper way to get a bike for my girlfriend to use. However, I admit I am not sure entirely what I'll be looking for, other than does it work, is it rusted etc. etc.

So here are some I favorite'd these for the both of us. Thoughts?

#1: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1452674207.html

#2: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1447030590.html

#3: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1446038208.html

#4: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1447122449.html

#5: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1452202349.html

#6: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1448842276.html

#7: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1454498922.html *She seems to like this one.
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fork looks bent on #1
#7 is overpriced

i'd say #3 & #6 are the most promising looking.
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Old 11-07-09, 02:48 PM   #3
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I would look at the Trek and the Fuji first.

Fit will be the most important requirement. You should try to determine a range of bikes that will fit.

The top tube length is very important to get correct. This, in combination with other factors determines the reach to the handlebars.

The stand-over height should be acceptable, you should be able to straddle the top tube with some clearance.

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Old 11-07-09, 02:52 PM   #4
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I agree on the firk but to me it seems they are a bit pricy but I do not know your market.

I have a question though, the bikes range in size from 58cm to 50cm who is the bike for you or your GF or to share?

OH if the trek is available and fits her get it
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I like #3 and #6, too. #7 is overpriced as is the #5 Fondi. Fork is bent on #1. The rest are deleted.
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Old 11-07-09, 03:00 PM   #6
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I sold a copy of bike #7 earlier this year for $175, in ready to ride, fully refurbished condition. That price is really high.

+1 You need to know what size to buy first, then shop.

I use this as a rough guide. Lots of sizing information on the web, not all of it agrees.

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Look for alloy wheels, crank, handlebars, seatpost and a price under $200.

If it's in ridable shape, you should be ok.

You should plan on regreasing the wheels and bottom bracket - that's a couple hours work and a dollar or two for some grease.
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fork looks bent on #1
#7 is overpriced

i'd say #3 & #6 are the most promising looking.
#1 has been on CL for sometime now.
#3 looks to be fairly tall.5'9" up may be a good fit.

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Old 11-07-09, 06:04 PM   #9
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Sorry for any confusion. The bikes that are obviously larger, were for me.

The 50cm range was for her.

I didn't make that very clear.
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The Portland market is so ridiculous compared to much of the USA. I just took a quick look at bikes for sale. WOW! Prices are 50% to 100% higher than around here.

I would be looking on ebay and getting a bike shipped to you, or if you have friends in a more realistic market, ask them to buy and hold a bike for you.
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Those prices are absurd. Go to Performance and get her a Scattante mixte for under $400 before you buy some used bike for the same price. Really, those prices are insane.
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Those prices are absurd. Go to Performance and get her a Scattante mixte for under $400 before you buy some used bike for the same price. Really, those prices are insane.
Isn't it ironic that people advocate for something then when it happens others(or the very same people) complain how costs have risen.
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For the record, I like my bikes cheap, and that's why I buy used.
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I'm fond of this Japanese Novara for the "his" bike : $280 asking price
New saddle and bar tape is all it looks like it needs.

Or maybe this nutty Schwinn for $300

This Nishiki for $400 is awfully tempting if you want something racier.

Vitus for $275. I seem to remember some Vitus frames being suspect, though. Might wanna research that.

All except the Vitus are about $100 (maybe only $50 for the Novara and Schwinn) more than they should be, IMO, you might be able to talk 'em down, though.

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If the little lady wants something sporty, here's a Cannondale for $350
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Mixte's not a bad idea for your SO.

Here's a Peugeot for $120. Shame about the hideous grips, brakes and saddle, but not a bad bike.


http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1451621359.html
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As for your original list, 3 and 6 seem the most promising, but

#3 is single speed, possibly fixed. Is that what you're looking for?
#6, well I'm not a big fan of how Aluminum Treks from that era rode, but you might find differently if you take it for a spin.
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I use this as a rough guide. Lots of sizing information on the web, not all of it agrees.

I've seen this chart way too many times, but really what that "fit" is all about is a "fit" that will not allow your crotch to hit the top tube so you got a bike that you can ride and take your feet off the pedals and put them on the ground without damage to your parts. Not much of a fit... more like "can I take this bike for a couple of spins without having my parts crushed when I stop"...
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How tall's your girlfriend ? Anyway the Fuji's way pricey but if it's mint, what have you to compare it to ? So if it's as nice as it seems, though high, it's not the worst deal. Sometimes paying a premium is just plain worth it. If the gal likes it, IF it fits.
Her liking it is key. You'd better make sure it fits ! Guys that are as tall as 5'6" could like that size, GUYS... GALS fit better on smaller bikes, depends on her dimensions and her preference in riding possition. Work's chart isn't bad, it points to a "fuller" size bike but a starting point it is.. for guys. Females "bend" higher, have shorter reach and typically hate too big o' bikes.

The fixie which I hadn't noticed is...well you take it from there. The first Pug. is cool.
The Italian bike requires further inspection. Too big for her, perhaps too small for you.
The Trek deal's weak, besides, it's too big for her.
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