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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-25-07, 09:03 PM   #1
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Ebay good or bad?

I was wondering what other people's opinions are about Ebay compared to an LBS.
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Old 02-25-07, 09:31 PM   #2
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the only issue is fitting, you are best going to the lbs so you can try the bikes out so you know what size fits best.
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Old 02-25-07, 09:33 PM   #3
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If you know what size bike you need, how a bike will fit you and all that stuff, I say it could be good. If you are a first time buyer, I say bad and you should stick with the LBS.
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Old 02-25-07, 10:32 PM   #4
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I have had great success mixing and matching parts from Ebay and my LBS. My Bro-in-law was able to save quite a bit of money over the LBS price on the new, high end SRAM road bike drivetrain parts. I've never bought a complete bike from ebay, though,

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Old 02-25-07, 11:44 PM   #5
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Return policy on ebay usually means you have to resell something yourself, plus there can be longer wait times (over a week) to get an item, but for the $avings, I usually find ebay worth it.
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Old 02-26-07, 12:11 PM   #6
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I picked up a used Lemond Alpe D'Huez off ebay. Just need to watch what you are getting and ask questions. I test rode several Lemond bikes so I knew the size I wanted. The bike I had my eye on was an older model with campy. It had 32 count spoke Mavic wheels - good for us heavier folks. The bike looked new in the pictures - no scratches. It was listed as ridden twice then hung in the garage for years. It was a 1998 and I bought last year. The bike arrived and was in bike store shape. I replaced the old tubes and tires, gave it a tuneup, and was riding a nice bike for $400 plus $50 shipping. A new Alpe D'Huez would have cost around $1,500.

If you know what you are looking for and know the quality of the manufacturer, eBay is great. Just be patient and wait for what you are looking for comes up and at a price you are willing to spend. I bought the bike in February - when few were looking to buy bikes - timing helps as well.
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I live in the great white north... a LBS does not really exist...I have bought everything from tandem cables to complete bikes and have always been happy to slap me silly happy. I have been able to get some fantastic deals but often its just good which is fine. Know what you are looking for know what it is worth take into account, shipping, duty and customs and any other costs involved. Dont be in a rush, be open to options and have fun ebay can be a hoot. Just do not out bid me! I have a biking family to outfit.
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Old 02-27-07, 09:33 AM   #8
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Ultegra cranks for $80? I'm in.

Buyer beware, of course... but the deals are there to be had if you can be patient.
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If you know what you are looking for it a great place to shop. I have found things there that simply the LBS either does not carry/cannot get/ or does not want to get for whatever reason. Would I buy a bike on line probably not, but helmets, clothing parts sure.
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I bought my spd and now my road pedals there and save considerable amounts of money. I also bought my road shoes. Brand new, but an older model the distributor wanted to get rid of. Save about $80 on the shoes and pedals combined.
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I've only bought parts on e-bay, but it has definitely worked well for that. So far I've bought new pedals (large discount over "regular" on-line or mail-order stores), an almost-new cycling computer (also a large discount), a team jersey (new), plus some vintage parts. E-bay is almost a necessity for vintage parts. I was able to find NOS (new old stock) 1980 Suntour downtube shifters that were correct for my bike, plus even a NOS handlebar bike bag that was an exact replica of the bag I got when I first bought my bike in 1980! It's amazing how many unused 25+ year old bike parts are still out there, often in the original packaging.
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Both my bikes were bought on ebay . They are used steel bikes from the 80's. One is a Fuji Roubaix and the other is a Centurion Ironman. I've got slightly less than 300 bux total invested for both bikes including shipping and both are in pretty good shape. I guess if u really wanna be up to date on the latest tech the LBS would be the way to go. But if u dont mind ridin some vintage steel, u might find a bargain on EBAY.
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Ebay bikes

Very good advise from reponses 1-13.
A most important caveat. Ebay is adictive.
I buy a frame then parts to go with it. End up with a few extra parts for which I buy another frame. Then I need a few more parts. I gotta sell a few bikes....
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Very good advise from reponses 1-13.
A most important caveat. Ebay is adictive.
I buy a frame then parts to go with it. End up with a few extra parts for which I buy another frame. Then I need a few more parts. I gotta sell a few bikes....
Hey, welcome to our little group, Well little is all relative in a clyde forum.
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