I know the newer ones are the cat's meow, but I have a chance to pick two complete bikes for $200. One is a singlespeed conversion that is very nicely done and comes with the original crank and derailuer and cassette. Second one is a complete one also, 18 speed. Both are hardtails and no front shocks. One is a nice darkish grey and the other is a darkish red. No signs of rust or bent frames. Both have a few scratches, but nothing that you wouldn't except from a 15ish year old bike. Tires look new, one had new tires put on it last year.
Both are garage kept and were ridden by guys in their late 30s, like me. Both owners have kept them due to they were their first bike and know have newer bikes. Both rode great and are realy for singletrack or runs to the five and dime.
So, how are they for my Clyde size? Since I'm going to be off the bike for the next month and a half (three days bike free and its killing me!) I was thinking these would be a great clean up project for me to keep me busy, even though both bikes are in great shape and no rust or other signs of damage. I might even turn one into an Xtracycle instead of buying the Mundo or UTE. One is going to be my front line bike, the red one, for sure. I might just leace the grey one set up as a single speed and hook the Young Prince's tag a long bike on it.
A co worker is going to buy my GT Nomad and its setup. I should ave enough from that sale to cover the bikes, LBS labor of a tune up and cable replacement, and even new city slicker tires.