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Old 07-21-16, 08:15 PM   #1
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Is this road bike worth it?

Trying keep myself from over paying on Craigslist.
338 lbs, UberClyde shorty. I checked sizing charts, saw that 54cm looks like the average rating for 5' 8", though with my inseam, I think I might have to tippy toe over the top tube (not an issue for me). Does anyone else have a similar issue and solution?

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Top Tube Length 54.6 - 55 Cm
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Seat Tube Range CT 46.9 - 47.4 Cm
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BB Saddle Position 57.6 - 59.6 Cm
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I was looking to build up a mountain bike frame with road slicks to start off with (other forum threads). However, a few senior forum members have suggested jumping straight into the road bike since that is my end goal. Experienced advice is always good advice in my book! My budget is $300, but I can go a little higher. I am reluctant to spend more, but I suppose you get what you pay for when it comes to road bikes?

Trek 1200 $450
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/5669796792.html

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BicycleBlueBook - $183 - $188 (like new)
2005 Trek 1200 - New and Used Bike Value

I asked the buyer if they were willing to negotiate, and was told to make an offer. I'm not sure what to ask for...
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The Time to make an Offer is when you go see the bike in person
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Seems like a Fair Price to me.
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if it fits you with minor changes to stem and seat post, than go for it. Bike looks pretty darn new as far as use goes. It will last a very long time
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I don't like for someone to start trying to negotiate the price before they've even put forth the effort to come look at what I have for sale (vehicle wise). If it's something that's not going to be paid for in advance and shipped the time to talk money is face to face. And it's much easier to turn down an offer over the phone or in an email than it is when the money is in front, nothing says I'm serious about buying more than $100 bills.

If you have any reservations about the bike being too big I would say pass on it.
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I'm way too old to ride a bike (78 next month), but I don't want to quit yet. I love it.
But I need a lighter bike. My old Trek weighed 31 lbs! (I was depressed for a couple of weeks after I found out that.) I have about 5 or 6 more yrs (at most, if I'm lucky and.... God is merciful)

I saw this ad close to where I live.
https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bik/5669229823.html

It looks good, but I am exactly 6' tall (unless you count a loss of a couple of cms due to age). Would this fit me? Is this a good bike? The price fits my budget. Should I pursue it or not? I think it weighs about 23 lbs.
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I'm way too old to ride a bike (78 next month), but I don't want to quit yet. I love it.
But I need a lighter bike. My old Trek weighed 31 lbs! (I was depressed for a couple of weeks after I found out that.) I have about 5 or 6 more yrs (at most, if I'm lucky and.... God is merciful)

I saw this ad close to where I live.
https://roanoke.craigslist.org/bik/5669229823.html

It looks good, but I am exactly 6' tall (unless you count a loss of a couple of cms due to age). Would this fit me? Is this a good bike? The price fits my budget. Should I pursue it or not? I think it weighs about 23 lbs.
You Need a 34 " Inseam to fit that bike.

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I do. (I wear 34-34 pants). so maybe! Yes? No?
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With the strange setup it's believable that it hasn't been ridden much, but don't your links show that he wants over twice what it's worth?

Scraped up shifter makes me think it's been sliding on the road once so I'd check it over for other marks as well.
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Trying keep myself from over paying on Craigslist.
338 lbs, UberClyde shorty. I checked sizing charts, saw that 54cm looks like the average rating for 5' 8", though with my inseam, I think I might have to tippy toe over the top tube (not an issue for me). Does anyone else have a similar issue and solution?
I think the bigger problem, other than the bike being over-priced, will be the race-oriented geometry. If you not young and flexible, you probably want to look for a bike with "endurance" geometry. Among other things, that generally means that the head tube is longer. You can tell at a glance that this is a race bike, because the top tube and down tube attach to the head tube at almost the same point.

At this point, my recommendation would be that you stop posting and go look at some actual bikes in person. Walk into a local bike shop or two, tell them you've got a $1000-1200 budget, and then test-ride a bike or three to get a feel for what types of bikes are available and what size you need. You'll probably want to try an endurance-geometry road bike and a flat-bar hybrid. You'll likely end up riding aluminum frames, but you might want to test-ride a carbon-fiber frame just to see if you feel any difference.
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Bicycle Blue Book is not a reliable source for bike values and doesn't represent 3rd party transactions on craigslist. I've ranted in C&V appraisals about it so I need not repeat myself.

The Trek 1200 with 105 group would fetch $350-$400 pretty easily, except during sweltering and humid Houston summer days.

I think given your length x girth, a road bike like the 1200 would take a long while to enjoy for lengthy rides, both due to geometry and narrow tires. Give a TREK FX a try for a few months or years, save some $$$, and ride more than you would on the 1200 initially. Below is a fair deal.

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/5695605939.html
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I think the bigger problem, other than the bike being over-priced, will be the race-oriented geometry. If you not young and flexible, you probably want to look for a bike with "endurance" geometry. Among other things, that generally means that the head tube is longer. You can tell at a glance that this is a race bike, because the top tube and down tube attach to the head tube at almost the same point.
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I think given your length x girth, a road bike like the 1200 would take a long while to enjoy for lengthy rides, both due to geometry and narrow tires. Give a TREK FX a try for a few months or years, save some $$$, and ride more than you would on the 1200 initially.
What weight did both of you start out at when you were first riding? I think I understand the message here, stick with an upright bike where the top tube and down tube do not intersect at the same point but a little off from each other??
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What weight did both of you start out at when you were first riding? I think I understand the message here, stick with an upright bike where the top tube and down tube do not intersect at the same point but a little off from each other??
I'm an inch taller, but I ride 56-58cm road bikes. It's my preference so that the saddle and handlebars are at roughly the same height. In your case, with the 1200, the need to bend forward to reach the low bars would likely create a lot of hand pressure from your weight, making rides longer than 30-60 minutes uncomfortable.
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I agree with a previous poster. Go to a bicycle in person and have a look at it. Either a bike shop or private ad. I'd say a load of bike shops do secondhand. If not get cycling a certain bike and if you like it have a look online where you can buy it cheaper or secondhand. You don't want to put money into an online bike buy unless you really know what you're doing. Frame sizes are all over the place these days. I don't mean that in a bad way just that you need to know the geometry and stuff. Research will get you so far but you really need to try a few bikes and see which one you like the best. You have a certain amount of leeway with seat posts and stems if it doesn't fit exactly. Are you any closer to getting one? Do you find it daunting going into a bike shop looking for help? I know I do. I feel like a spare part going into a bike shop.
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Fred knows what he's talking about... as it stands it looks like the top cockpit setup may be a little long for the current rider (saddle angled down too much and far forward)...

it may or may not fit you... you can't know until you throw a leg over it.... going by frame size alone is difficult as it only gives you one size specification (seat tube length) and even that varies on how it's measured from company to company

I personally ride a 25.5" trek... I'm a number of inches taller than you though with long legs for my height, add a large gut and inflexibility makes fitting a bike even more fun... you can raise and shorten the stem to a degree, also modern type bars can shorten the reach a good bit more both to the flat, hoods, and drops.
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I found a clean, like new, 2015 version (small frame) for $300 on craigslist:
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...ds-sport/65232

Love it! ... and my 10 y/o little girl loves riding with daddy around the neighborhood.
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