Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Oley, PA
Bikes: Flat bar road bike, trail bike and MTB
I got a used 2005 Trek 1000 on eBay last year. Don't really know how many miles were on it, but the stock tyres were already changed for Specialized All Condition, 23mm. I am 250 pounds and have had no problems in 880 miles except for brakes. The stock pads were very poor gripping. I've read the same thing from others regards the stock pads. I changed to KoolStop pads which solved the problem for me.
Now I bought a second set of the same Alex 450 wheels, used, on ebay. They have not been trouble free. Broke 4 spokes so far on rear wheel. Spokes very low tension, and probably wheels were used many 1000s of miles and spokes stressed out. Would think this would not be a problem with new bike. $500 sounds good to me, maybe you can get LBS to throw in gloves or helmet, bottle cage?
BierHaus Bertolette Road Bike, built 2007
BierHaus SRT Trail Bike, built 2010
Fuji Mt. Pro - 2007