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    Kestrel 500 sci a good deal?

    I am back into cycling and have only 100miles on my specialized roubaix.

    That said, winter is here and I have been searching for a rainy day bike. Saw an ad for a kestrel 500sci for $800. Here is the ad with a pic.

    "Kestrel 500 SCi Tri Bike, has both training wheels and HED Jet racing wheels, Shimano 600, clip in pedals"


    If I go look at it and it fits, would it be a good deal?

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    My initial reaction would've been YES anyway but just having seen just the frame go for 435 on e-bay after 18 bids... think about it. Kestrels had lost creds., a few of the newer models are out there discounted, talk of them here too.
    As I've posted lately, I know the brand fairly well; friends with 'em, tested a dif. model, read they won races & have had a following...etc. Fast and Sturdy.
    Also consider this : look at those wheels, how much are THEY worth ?
    Some (many perhaps) might disagree but that bike would be a welcome change and a hellofalotta fun to ride. My old friend a Triathelete had that one. Rider WT. N/Prob.

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    TT/Triathlon bikes, from what I've heard/read are fairly difficult to navigate when compared to a standard road bike. You're probably limited to narrow (700x25 or smaller) tires and may have no clearance (or mounting points) for fenders. Honestly, I can't think of a bike that would be worse in the rain...

    You'd be better off to buy a cheap, used mountain bike, touring/commute bike, or a cyclocross bike. Fenders are a "must", in my opinion, and disc brakes are at the top of the "nice to have" list. My rain bikes are a mountain bike w/disc brakes, commuter tires, and full fenders, plus a touring bike with a cyclocross fork, front disc brake, commuter tires, and full fenders.

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    Now that I re-read you and read what sstorkel wrote... Depends on what you meen by a "rainy day bike ".. figuratively or literally I should say.

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    thanks sstorkel for your opinion. I have a kona blast mtb with disc brake sitting down in the basement.

    How should I convert it for street use? Would I need new tires or whole wheels? What about fenders that fit? I have searched but couldn't find anything. I would be open to ordering this stuff over the net and doing it myself but where to get it all?

    I like the mtb but I think the shop sold me too large of a frame size and I have to lean too far forward when i'm on it. Maybe a shorter stem? I tried that route before but wasn't impressed with what the shop had on hand for stems. I don't even know what to order for this either so its kinda frustrating.

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    800 for the complete bike PLUS wheels? Kestrels are awesome, despite what their discount is. A bike is worth what you ride it to be worth. The fact that it comes with racing wheels gives you the stock wheels to ride in rain and train on. This gives you a walk in to a complete package/solution for training and racing. To me, as long as it is in the condition you are expecting, and it is sized right it is a no brainer.
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    $800 for that bike with the Hed Jet wheels????? Are you kidding? Those HED wheels cost $1200+ new. Of course they look to be a few years old but man, I'd be all over that in a second. The heck with fenders, they're over rated anyways.
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    Worth it yes. Worth it as a bad weather/rain bike no. If it was in my area and a 58 my bank account would be scared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XYZsniper View Post
    How should I convert it for street use? Would I need new tires or whole wheels? What about fenders that fit? I have searched but couldn't find anything. I would be open to ordering this stuff over the net and doing it myself but where to get it all?
    I would look for a tire around 26"x1.5" in size; most rims should be able to handle this tire size. I like to see a few grooves on my rain tires, though everyone says they don't actually do anything. On my MTB, I went with Planet Bike Cascadia ATB fenders. If your bike has disc brakes, expect to have to do some creative bending to get the fender struts to clear the brake caliper.

    I like the mtb but I think the shop sold me too large of a frame size and I have to lean too far forward when i'm on it. Maybe a shorter stem? I tried that route before but wasn't impressed with what the shop had on hand for stems. I don't even know what to order for this either so its kinda frustrating.
    I'm a big fan of the Specialized Comp Set stem. Light-weight, shim adjustable for angle, rock solid, and sells for around $45. Only problem is, you need a 31.8mm handlebar. A stem may or may not be the answer to your fit problems, however. If you're using a flat handlebar, a riser bar might help, for instance. If you're not sure what you need, it might make sense to contact a professional bike fitter.

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