I absolutely LOVE my Randonee road bike, especially after upgrading a size and dialing in my Brooks Imperial. But for some inexplicable reason, I wanna second bike. I looked at a really ghey Felt "Royal Flush" 3 spd. cruiser yesterday, and woulda stuck a Brooks sprung saddle on it after repainting it's gaudy chrome yellow.... but he wouldn't budge on his price $275.
So late last night I found a Raleigh C400 Hybrid 21 spd in a size that might fit my 24" inseam. Though I find suspension nothing more than novel, and maybe too anemic for my 200+ lb's..... the bike with an asking price of $198 seems affordable.
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I am easily impressed by the "Raleigh" designer-name, and don't have a trained eye for 'cheap' (as in quality, or lack thereof).....
Can anybody offer me some feedback about this particular bike, before I rush out and make an impulse purchase of an Electra Hello Kitty cruiser instead?
REI accepted my original Randonee back as a straight-across trade for one size larger. My kinda well used ugly green & scratched original Randonee may be put out in their "garage sale" in a month or three..... and sold for a mere pittance.
If in fact it's gonna be a steal-of-a-deal, and if I can snatch it up before somebody else does, I will! I would have to buy a set-back seat post, I want to put a sprung Brooks on it, and then I wanna change out the handlebars to those of a wannabe hybrid. It'll cost me some money to change out the brake/shift levers (or maybe I can go ghetto and simply flip the drop-downs upside-down). Then I can use the tires to replace my worn out tires on the road bike, and put some fatter more comfortable tires on the designated around-town hybrid.