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    Just getting started, how about this bike?

    I'm 5'-11" and 255lbs. I've lost about 40 lbs so far by walking/jogging but doing that ever day starts to get painful so I want to mix in some cycling. I don't have much to spend right now and want to make sure that I enjoy it before making a huge commitment financially.

    With that said, I came across a 19.5" Trek 800 on craigslist. It looks like a few people ride these. I'd put a set of street tires on it since I don't plan on hitting any trails right now.

    Here is the link:
    http://columbia.craigslist.org/bik/860772092.html

    Is $100 a fair price for these? It has been listed for a couple of weeks and hasn't sold yet. He does have OBO after the price so what would be a reasonable offer? There was an older Trek 800 Antelope on there the other day for $50 but it was too big and is sold now.

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    Go look at it,. ride it.
    Offer $50.00
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    +1 on ride it and make an offer. Cash talks.

    Those 800's can actually be made into a pretty serious touring rig if you get ambitious, and making it a commuter is easy.

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    If I were you I'd do it. Bought a bike like this for my boy a few years back for 50 bucks, was well worth it! good luck. enjoy!!

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    That would be a dandy bike for you. As mentioned above go out and test ride it. 19.5 might be a tad on the big side for you but it really depends on your inseam. I'd say if your inseam is equal to or greater than 32in you should manage with no trouble, just watch the boys on a panic stop.

    Assuming the bike is in good shape and you like the way it feels (and it has to make you smile when you ride it) offer $50 for it but be willing to spend up to $80. Cash in hand helps. The ad did mention that the seller just put new index shifters on it, I bet he is selling the bike mainly to recoup those costs. Keep that in mind when making your offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Go look at it,. ride it.
    Offer $50.00
    +1 The asking price seems a little high to me. Since this questions comes up often I've tried to come up with some suggestions for the new rider/purchaser.

    1. Ride the bike and see how it feels. I bought a bike from CL for $20.00 when I was commuting between to homes so I didn't have to transport a bike back and forth. It felt comfortable and rode great.
    2. Spend as little as possible. Get a used bike.
    3. Get a MTB.
    4. Don't get caught up in components. As long as they feel smooth and function properly.
    5. Once you ride a 1,000 miles total you will have a feel for the type of riding you want to do and what feels good to you on a bike.

    By waiting to spend your money on a bike after riding the first 1,000 miles you will make a better decision. If you don't keep with cycling, your out your 20 - 50 dollars. You will have other expenses when you start such as gloves, shorts/bibs, etc. Items you can continue on your new bike. By waiting you will also have lost weight, gained fitness, and flexibility. All of these come into play on getting a bike that feels comfortable. What feels comfortable today may not after the first 1,000 miles.

    So get a cheap bike as soon as possible and ride, ride, and ride ("ride lots"). During the first 1,000 miles don't worry about interval training, hill training. or anything else. Slow steady miles until you have built this base. Some say you need to ride the first 1,000 miles each year this way.
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    Since it is about 30 minutes away I emailed him an offer. He replied saying that the would take $60 cash. Sounds pretty fair if it is in good shape. I'm going to go look at it.

    I have a 32 inch inseam as measured per one of the links on here. I'm hoping it isn't too big. This is the ideal amount to spend for now. If I enjoy it then I may look to upgrade once I lose a little more weight and get through the expense of the holidays. I'm pretty sure I'll stick with it because my little boy wants me to ride with him.

    Judging by the info at vintage trek it looks to be a 96. "Gloss black with reflex blue decals."

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    Good luck. The simplist test is to straddle the bike and make sure you have room between the top bar and you. The recommendation is 2 inches stand over height. This is standing flat footed on the ground. This has nothing to do with "fit", but you can adjust fit to the bike if the frame isn't too large. Fit has to do with how comfortable you are in a riding position. You can find basic info here or I can give you some guidelines to get started.

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    PS - How rude of me. Welcome to the herd as they say and keep us posted on how it goes.
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    $60.00 is a good price to take up riding. I rode my MTB for a few weeks and decided that I really loved riding enough to justify a dedicated road bike.
    Old enough to know better and old enough to forget that I do.

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    Thanks for all the info. I have been lurking for a while and am very impressed with this forum. This is a very helpful group of people.

    I'll update once I go take a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecockcountry View Post
    Since it is about 30 minutes away I emailed him an offer. He replied saying that the would take $60 cash. Sounds pretty fair if it is in good shape. I'm going to go look at it.

    I have a 32 inch inseam as measured per one of the links on here. I'm hoping it isn't too big. This is the ideal amount to spend for now. If I enjoy it then I may look to upgrade once I lose a little more weight and get through the expense of the holidays. I'm pretty sure I'll stick with it because my little boy wants me to ride with him.

    Judging by the info at vintage trek it looks to be a 96. "Gloss black with reflex blue decals."
    Welcome to bike riding. I started on a mountain bike. Lots of us did.
    You will have problems and questions. Take them one at time.
    Go slow.Speed doesn't mean much when you first start riding.
    Don't think about a Perfect Bike until you get real strong.
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    +1 Jump all over it quick. I have had two Trek 800s. Good for introduction into riding, and if you get the fever, no problem selling it for what you paid or more, and upgrading. I sold one of my Trek 800s for $120. So you got a really good deal going.

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    I just spoke with the guy and am heading out shortly to look at it. I asked him if it had any issues and he says the only thing wrong with it is one of the set of gears isn't shifing properly. It will go from 1-2, 2-3, but its hard to get any higher than that. He said he hasn't been able to "adjust" it properly.

    I don't really understand all of this yet. Is this something that a tune up at a bike shop would probably take care of? I figured I'd be having that done anyways to make sure the wheels and spokes are good to go.

    I've got a lot of reading on here to do now.

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    The Tune up is a good idea.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecockcountry View Post
    I just spoke with the guy and am heading out shortly to look at it. I asked him if it had any issues and he says the only thing wrong with it is one of the set of gears isn't shifing properly. It will go from 1-2, 2-3, but its hard to get any higher than that. He said he hasn't been able to "adjust" it properly.

    I don't really understand all of this yet. Is this something that a tune up at a bike shop would probably take care of? I figured I'd be having that done anyways to make sure the wheels and spokes are good to go.

    I've got a lot of reading on here to do now.
    Possibly bent teeth on the chain or a dirty chain? Both are fixable. Look at the cogs to make sure all the teeth are there.

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    Since it has new shifters what ever the problem is it will be a quick and easy fix. Most likely it's a cleanliness issue or an adjustment issue.

    Worse case scenario, you might need a new chain and or cassette. For a mountain bike those can be had fairly inexpensively.

    $60 is a steal, go for it if it fits.

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    I went ahead and got it. The bike is in great condition. A couple of little scratches here and there and a very small tear in the saddle. Rides very nice and fits well.

    I took it to my LBS already and dropped it off for a tune up. He took a look and said nothing was bent and the gears and chain were fine. It just needs some cleaning up and some adjustments. He also felt that it was a very good deal.

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    Those old mountion bikes are a blast. I rode one all last winter and sold it this spring. Slicks will make a huge differance on the pavement. Have fun

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    Can Miss B jump in?... OOOH Welcome and don't forget to buy a helmet..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecockcountry View Post
    Thanks for all the info. I have been lurking for a while and am very impressed with this forum. This is a very helpful group of people.

    I'll update once I go take a look.
    My story is similar you yours. In June I bought a "comfort bike" quite spontaneously. Rode it for a few weeks and just wasn't quite loving it. I was LOVING the riding, but wasn't warming all the way up to my new bike. Long story short, I saw an 18 yr old RockHopper Mountain bike on our craigs list and jumped on it. (fyi, I think you got a great deal, I paid more but don't care, I WANTED it!)

    All my riding is on our local bike paths for fitness. At this point I am affraid to "claim my lane" and ride the roads.

    I put a set of tires on it better suited for pavement, a new seat, some bar ends and have been loving it. I found my self on the high side of 245 lb. when I turned fifty a year ago, but have lost 15 lb since June.

    Warning, you will find all sorts of discomforts for a few week. With conditioning and adjusting one thing at a time with your seat and maybe bars, those discomforts will subside. By the way, go get a good pair of bike shorts.

    Even though I do love my RockHopper I can feel some kind of road bike looming in my future. Perhaps a "cross" style and a fixie at that! Anyway, here is my baby.

    Edited to ad this is my first bicycle riding since I was a teen 30 something years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knzn View Post
    My story is similar you yours. In June I bought a "comfort bike" quite spontaneously. Rode it for a few weeks and just wasn't quite loving it. I was LOVING the riding, but wasn't warming all the way up to my new bike. Long story short, I saw an 18 yr old RockHopper Mountain bike on our craigs list and jumped on it. (fyi, I think you got a great deal, I paid more but don't care, I WANTED it!)

    All my riding is on our local bike paths for fitness. At this point I am affraid to "claim my lane" and ride the roads.

    I put a set of tires on it better suited for pavement, a new seat, some bar ends and have been loving it. I found my self on the high side of 245 lb. when I turned fifty a year ago, but have lost 15 lb since June.

    Warning, you will find all sorts of discomforts for a few week. With conditioning and adjusting one thing at a time with your seat and maybe bars, those discomforts will subside. By the way, go get a good pair of bike shorts.

    Even though I do love my RockHopper I can feel some kind of road bike looming in my future. Perhaps a "cross" style and a fixie at that! Anyway, here is my baby.

    Edited to ad this is my first bicycle riding since I was a teen 30 something years ago.
    +1, what knzn said. First few rides are going to hurt in places you didn't know you had but stick with it.


    Nice rockhopper knzn, very sharp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    +1, what knzn said. First few rides are going to hurt in places you didn't know you had but stick with it.


    Nice rockhopper knzn, very sharp!
    Thanks, I'm kind of a proud papa.

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    I got it back from the LBS and everything is good to go. It just needed a few adjustments and didn't require any parts. The weather is terrible today though. I hope to take it out for my first real ride tomorrow afternoon.

    Hopefully it is true what they say about not forgetting how to ride a bike, lol. The owner of the LBS said he has seen a few people challenge that theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecockcountry View Post
    I got it back from the LBS and everything is good to go. It just needed a few adjustments and didn't require any parts. The weather is terrible today though. I hope to take it out for my first real ride tomorrow afternoon.

    Hopefully it is true what they say about not forgetting how to ride a bike, lol. The owner of the LBS said he has seen a few people challenge that theory.
    Congratulations and enjoy the new ride!

    And by the way - Welcome!

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