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Old 10-29-11, 09:39 PM   #1
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Looking for a bike-is this a good deal?

I've been thinking about buying a bike and getting into riding and I found this site this afternoon. I am an Athena, 240# and 5'6", and want to find something that will take my weight. I will be riding mostly on paved trails and streets.

On Craigslist I found a 2008 Marin San Rafael with 13.5"/34 cm frame. I haven't contacted the seller yet because I want to know if that size frame is even remotely close to what I need. According to the seller it has only been ridden 6-7 times and has been in storage for the last three years. I know--caveat emptor! They are asking $135 OBO. Is that a fair price?

I found a Marin Bikes website with 2008 models but this bike looks a little different. It's supposed to be a women's bicycle but the cross bar looks a little higher than the women's model and a little lower than the men's model. Maybe it's just the angle of the picture. Here's a photo:

Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 10-29-11, 09:58 PM   #2
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Looks like the man's model.

http://www.marinbikes.com/2008_html/...?serialnum=202


That doesn't mean much if you like it.

Go ride it and offer $100 if you like it.
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I agree w/ 10 wheels, test ride it and get
it if it feels good. That price is a bargain
in my area
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I agree on trying it to see how you like it.

I question the sizing information. Bikepedia has the smallest San Rafael for 2008 at a 15 inch frame. http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...fael&Type=bike

Not necessarily bad news because I thought a 13.5 inch frame would be too small for someone 5'6". The cross bar on the men's bike may look lower because it is a smaller frame bike than in other pictures.
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agree with goldfinch, if it's 13.5 it's probably too small for you. mens or womens, doesn't really matter if it's comfy to you. keep that in mind as you search.
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Thanks all!

Thank you everyone for your responses. I guess it's kind of irrelevant now as the seller won't respond to my emails and there was no other contact method in the ad.

Goldfinch, I also questioned the sizing info as I found the same discrepancy when I looked at the Bikepedia site. That was one of the things I was asking the seller about in my email.

Oh well, I'll just keep searching!
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