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    Going to check out a road bike this afternoon

    Going to go look at this tonight.

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/894523281.html

    Any thoughts? Anything in particular that I should look for? I've never bought a used bike before, so I'd really appreciate any comments. I'm 5'5", 153.

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    Looks like a nice bike. Maybe a bit pricey, but I do not buy many used bikes.

    Important step 1.
    Make sure the bike fits comfortably, you have crotchular clearance over the top tube, the saddle can be adjusted to give you good leg extension (not all the way out or all the way into the frame)

    Important step 2.
    Make sure the bike is in good mechanical condition

    Look for obvious damage/dents/cracks in the frame and fork, or any place that looks like it may have been repaired

    Make sure the wheels are straight (pick the bike up and spin a wheel and check the gap between the rim and the brake pad)

    make sure the brearings are in decent shape (hold the frame with one hand and the top of the wheel with the other and pull the wheel back and forth to feel for rattling; take the wheels off and spin the axle and it should feel reasonably smooth - no grinding or excess friction)

    Make sure both shifters can both up-shift and down-shift and thet the bike shifts somewhat well during a test ride.


    IMHO, if the bike fits and has a decent frame and bearings, everything else is just details that can be worked out later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotls1 View Post
    Going to go look at this tonight.

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/894523281.html

    Any thoughts? Anything in particular that I should look for? I've never bought a used bike before, so I'd really appreciate any comments. I'm 5'5", 153.
    They are nice bikes and pretty well equipped with nice components. The only minus factor is the aluminum fork. It can get a little harsh if you are putting in serious miles during the course of the day. This can be reduced with good bar tape and nice padded cycling gloves though.

    It's kind of hard to tell in the pics, but it looks like it has that glorious Trek Purple Fade paint job. You will know when you get it in the sun. Personally, I think it rocks!

    It seems a bit over priced, but I'm not familiar with your used bike market. I'm assuming prices are a bit more expensive than mine based on your location.

    The bottom line is if it fits, if you like it, and it is in good shape. If it needs a total tuneup, you could be adding as much as $75 to $100 to your purchase price if you have a shop do it.

    I would take the asking price in cash and offer $400 to start, and go from there. I think memeber Jtgyk has the same bike (only bigger) so hopefully he will chime in. I know he likes his!

    Best of luck in the hunt, and if you get it post pics, especially if it is the Purple Fade paint!

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    Offer $300
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    Everything is RX100 and 105, but the shifters are RSX. I'd bet the bike is about a 92 or 93. I wanted one when I first started cycling. They sold for about $600. I thought it was too much back then.

    Like 10 wheels said, I'd offer 300. The RSX shifter look like the model I used to replace the DT shifters on my 95 Trek. I don't think they had brifters when this model was new. Somone has altered something somewhere along the line,I'd bet. Not that it's a bad thing. Back then the bikes were usaually all one group. If it's a mix, I think stuff was switched around. Especially since there are 3 levels involved. I have a friend that rode one back in 93'ish. He was happy with it.

    Plus the Matrix rims are the stock rims. My money says you'll need a new rear wheel real soon!
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    BTW, my wife is 5'4 and felt best on a size 51 cm bike (traditional geometry). Find a 48 to testride before you buy it, might be too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotls1 View Post
    Any thoughts? Anything in particular that I should look for? I've never bought a used bike before, so I'd really appreciate any comments. I'm 5'5", 153.
    I've got one of those in my garage! I want to say I purchased mine back in '94 but it might have been a couple of years earlier or later. Mine has a completely different set of components: 105 brake levers, Deore LX RD, a triple front derailleur... can't remember if it was 105 or Deore LX, and some sort of Shimano SIS bar-end shifter (which wasn't Dura-Ace compatible). List price was around $1100-1200. I think I paid $1000 out the door, which included some clothing and other accessories.

    Here are the BikePedia specs that seem to match my bike. Looks like the 2120 got RSX100 components starting in '95. And the list price went to $1230 from $1117. Sorry, Mr. Beanz, I don't think they ever sold for $600 new...

    The bike has carbon fiber main tubes bonded to aluminum lugs. The rear triangle is aluminum as is the fork. The ride is pretty harsh, which is the reason I stopped riding mine. Not nearly as bad as a full-on aluminum frame, but I start feeling beat-up after 20-25 miles. I ride a 56cm frame and am around 190lbs. I can feel that my 2120 isn't nearly as stiff as the Cervelo RS that replaced it. It's also a bit on the heavy side these days. My bike was around 22lbs with pedals and bottle cages. The RS is around 15-16lbs.. and feels like it weighs half as much as the 2120, especially when pedaling uphill.

    The first thing I'd check when looking at the bike is the condition of the carbon main tubes. In particular, I'd check for any signs of cracking or damage where the carbon tubes are bonded to the aluminum lugs. If these areas don't look pristine, walk away from the bike! If the bonds are good and the carbon undamaged, the bike is darn near bullet-proof. At least mine has been...

    From the pics, it appears the bike still has the stock seat. These weren't that great. I could barely deal with the stock seat when I was in my 20s, now that I'm 15 years older and 20 lbs heavier the stock seat is a non-starter. The harsh ride will send every little bump and pavement imperfections directly into your posterior. A saddle with a bit more cushioning than normal may be required to mitigate discomfort.

    After looking at the pics, I have to wonder if the quill stem is inserted properly. It seems like there's quite a bit of quill pulled out of the head tube. My 56cm 2120 had a fairly short quill, a fairly aggressive riding position, and very little adjustability in this area. I'd check the quill to make sure that you can't see the "minimum insertion mark" above the head tube. If you can, that's a real safety issue!

    Take a close look at the wheels. The ones that came with my 2120 weren't that good to begin with and didn't age well. I can't tell from the pictures if the bike you're looking at has the original hoops or not. If it does, I'd ask whether they've been re-built or what maintenance has been done. Or budget $200 for some cheap replacements. If the wheels are 700c, I'd also check for toe overlap problems. This was a bit of a problem on my 56cm frame. If the 48cm frame uses 700c wheels, rather than 650c, I'd be somewhat concerned...

    Finally, I'll agree with Mr. Beanz and 10 Wheels: the price seems a bit high. I live in the same area you do. If I were to put my 2120 on the market, I'd probably list it for $300 and be happy if I could get $250 for it.

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    Check the frame for cracks and delamination. Surface scratches are fine, but you don't want structural damage. If the bike's close to 15 years old, I'd probably offer around $200. There's a big difference between 2008 Shimano 105 and 105 from the early 1990's. Heck, there's a big difference in carbon fiber fabrication and frame design over the same time period so don't be surprised if it's not as light as you thought it would be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    I've got one of those in my garage! I want to say I purchased mine back in '94 $1117. Sorry, Mr. Beanz, I don't think they ever sold for $600 new...

    I did mention the model I saw was about a 92 or 93. If you look at the 93 model, suggested price is $999. Nobody pays MSR, usually a couple hundred less. Only goes back to 93 (on that site) but the components are much more similar to the OP's than the components you mention (Trek 2100). 93 is all 105 and RX 100 like the OP. I'd imagine the 92 was even less, if it existed. On sale, cold easily be $600'ish!

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...2100&Type=bike

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    Thanks everyone for all the input. I think I might just take a pass on this one as I stopped by my nearest LBS at lunch and 48cm seems like it's going to be too small. 50-52cm looks to be my range. My current bike is measured in inches, so I wasn't sure about what size I should look for in cm. I don't think it's going to be worth my time or the owner's for me to go out and look at it in person.

    I'm still looking for a road bike though, so I'll keep everything you all said in mind as I continue my search.

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    Did find this though,. Check out GHMike's comments.


    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=105280

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotls1 View Post
    Thanks everyone for all the input. I think I might just take a pass on this one as I stopped by my nearest LBS at lunch and 48cm seems like it's going to be too small. 50-52cm looks to be my range. My current bike is measured in inches, so I wasn't sure about what size I should look for in cm.

    I was right!....Like I said, my wife is 5'4 on a 51. We have a 54 that is just a little too long on the toptube for her. The 51 is just right!

    Glad you took the time to check the fit first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I did mention the model I saw was about a 92 or 93. If you look at the 93 model, suggested price is $999. Nobody pays MSR, usually a couple hundred less. Only goes back to 93 (on that site) but the components are much more similar to the OP's than the components you mention (Trek 2100). 93 is all 105 and RX 100 like the OP. I'd imagine the 92 was even less, if it existed. On sale, cold easily be $600'ish!
    I think you're confusing the Trek 2100 and the 2120. The 2100 was a double chainring bike, while the 2120 was always a triple. I believe the 2120 first appeared in 1994 and was one of the first triple chainring drop bar road bikes in the Trek line-up. At that time, I don't think Shimano had introduced a complete triple road gruppo, which is why my '94 version of the 2120 used a combination of road and MTB parts.

    Because of the "exotic" nature of a road triple at that time, prices were a bit higher than they were for the 2100 bikes. I think my '94 2120 retailed for $1100 and I bought it for around $900 which with tax and accessories ended up being $1050 or something like that out-the-door. Hard for me to believe that an "exotic" carbon fiber 2100 would have sold for $600, but I suppose it's possible... especially if you found one sitting around at the end of the model year!

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