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    I just put one of my cars on Craigslist...

    ... in a want-to-trade ad for a road bike

    I like the car, but a road bike would see more use from me. My wife and I are considering moving as well (still in the area) and we'd probably need to ditch a car when we move.
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    What kind of bike are you looking for? What car is it?

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    I need a newish road bike, like a gently used Trek 1500 or something.

    The car's a '95 Ford Escort that needs a little work, but it's driveable.
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    Ha! I just realized my Jamis Aurora (touring) has the same gearing as the 1500 triple.

    No wonder people say the Aurora's gearing is ridiculous for a touring bike.


    You should be able to get a decent craigslist deal on a road bike, since a lot of them turn up for half price, barely ridden (what would used buyers do without people who buy fancy bikes, ride them once, then decide the sport "isn't for them?" )

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    That's how I got my main commuter bike. 8 year old bike that had about a mile on the pavement before being hung upside down in the rafters. I basically stole it from the guy on craigslist. Now I probably have close to 1000 miles on it.
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    You could try selling the car on Craigslist as well and use the money to buy a bike. I put my S-10 on there and 2 days later I guy came and handed me a big wad of cash! Then I took a bunch of the cash to the LBS and bought an Xtracycle! I'm still a couple grand ahead on that deal!

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    Yah, I'm not above selling then saving the cash to go towards a bike. The problem is that the bikes I'd really like will probably cost more than I'd get out of selling my car. I'm kind of banking on the fact that there are a lot of OCPs around here, then there are the people who see the OCPs and think they want to join them, and splurge on a bike that they never, ever use. I'm hoping that one might see the opportunity to snag a car for their teenager while getting rid of a garage-corralled bike that they will probably never ride.
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    Someone says they want to trade me a "Ironman" that supposedly cost about $1,200 new, which he bought a few years ago.

    He isn't into bikes, he thought he'd buy a nice bike to get in shape, but ended up hating it.

    Doing a bit of research, the only thing I could see that would fit his specs would be like a 2004-05 Canondale Ironman Triathlon bike.

    If it is indeed, should I go for it? It looks like those have the funky bar-end shifters. I can pick up some cheap drop bars at the trek store, and probably make the bar ends and brakes work on that. OR maybe save up for a set of brifters. Looks like they're all 105/Ultegra so that should work fine.

    Thoughts? How hard would It be for me to "road-ize" a tri bike? It's obviously a big trade UP for my old car's value so I wouldn't want to let that slip by. Would I be better off seeing if someone wants to trade that for a 'cross bike instead of trying to convert it?
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    Ha, i saw your black escort on craigslist before this post.
    I'm attached to my bike though. Saved one dollar on gas today by riding it to my parents house for easter dinner. Seven miles there and back and my little truck gets about 20mpg and gas is $2.66 a gallon here. At three bucks a gallon it would not take to long to pay for the bike.

    Would it not be a little harder to keep you head up in traffic on a tri bike due to the geometry. Would a tri bike carry the little bit of extra weight that you might want commute with. I would think about coming up with a winter bike to throw in your collection. I can remember how irritated i was when the streets where coverd in ice. Helpless is the word. It was worth it to me to spend 50 bucks on some studded tires just to keep my two wheeled freedom for those few days the roads had Ice on them.

    Good luck with the trade up.

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    I already have a winter bike (Diamondback Sorrento SE) and a fair-weather hybrid (Diamondback Outlook). The Sorrento completely kicked Winter's butt. The Outlook is a great commuter but I'm looking for something a little faster for really nice days, recreational rides, and the like.

    Honestly, if I land a good enough bike with this trade, it will likely not see much use for commuting. Maybe the one day per week that I commute AND go on a group ride, I'll use it. Otherwise, it'll be my recreational bike.

    If I end up with a heavier duty bike like a Redline Conquest or Jamis Aurora, that might end up being a commuter.
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    Well, after looking at the pics he sent me, I read too much into what he said.

    It's actually a Centurion Dave Scott Ironman. That makes it a Vintage 12 speed. It looks to be in good shape, and has 105 components all around. I'm not totally sure if it's a worthy trade for my car, but it would be a nice bike to have, if it's in as good a shape as it looks. I don't think the Centurion brand has been around for a long time. It would be fitting though, as my only other bikes are also W.S.I. (they owned Centurion and DiamondBack).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfo
    Then I took a bunch of the cash to the LBS and bought an Xtracycle! I'm still a couple grand ahead on that deal!
    Try selling the Xtracycle and buying back the truck, then see where you are.

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    This is going to be harder than I thought.

    So far, I've gotten offers of:
    One recumbent and one upright stationary exercise bicycle
    A brand new (the guy would buy it for me) Schwinn Prelude
    Several "ten speed" style bikes from the late 70s through early 90s, including the 12-speed Ironman mentioned above
    A few (owner-described) "really nice" mountain bikes that they happen to know nothing about.
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    That's cool that there are offers, but it is going to be tough to sort through them! Some of them might be eliminated if they're not the right size...

    It would be the ultimate if you could drive the car over to make the trade, and ride the bike home!
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    I really think you're going to end up having to sell the car for $$ and buy a bike that you want. I admire you for trying to have a cashless transaction, though.
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    I guess it's more a philosophical thing -- trading a car for a bike. I'll probably end up buying a used bike from my LBS when all's said and done... unless I can try to save up a bit more for a new bike.

    Localcycling.com wants to do a story on my quest to trade a car for a bike. I really don't care if it's cashless or not. If I get rid of my car and spend the earnings on a bike, I'll have accomplished my goal.
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    Do the story. You might get better results with more people reading about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S
    Ha! I just realized my Jamis Aurora (touring) has the same gearing as the 1500 triple.

    No wonder people say the Aurora's gearing is ridiculous for a touring bike.


    You should be able to get a decent craigslist deal on a road bike, since a lot of them turn up for half price, barely ridden (what would used buyers do without people who buy fancy bikes, ride them once, then decide the sport "isn't for them?" )
    Actually only the chainring gearing is the same.

    Cassette for Aurora = 11-32
    Cassette for 1500 = 12-25

    I love my 1500 but it's not a hill-climber
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    My girlfriend wants to sell her car too. I already spent $100 on a nice used bike for her, so when we get the money from the car, I think we'll spend another $100 on a good bike for me. Which will leave over $1000 from the sale of the car to spend on, um, rent and stuff.
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    I went used bike hunting at a branch of my LBS I hadn't been to before.

    They have a bright orange (AWESOME COLOR!) Trek 1000. It's an '06 that a guy bought right before xmas. It has about 50 miles on it. I can't even tell that it's been ridden except for a little bit of road grime on the tight spaces of the brake caliper. He sold it back to them a few weeks ago, a road bike wasn't his style. What's awesome:

    1) If I get it, he'll give my their typical "new bike" lifetime warranty. Absolutely free labor, tune-ups, etc for the life of the bike, and pay for parts only on repairs. They'll even patch a flat for free (but why?)

    2) When I said that his asking price was "almost what I want for my car" he perked up. I didn't tell him I was looking to trade, but he asked me if I'd bring the car up to look at it. He'd trade me straight up if he likes my car. He's actually a licensed car dealer and has done a lot of work on cars prior to getting into the bike biz. He's the general manager of this particular store; his father owns the whole business (3 locally-owned stores)

    So it looks like a bike shop manager is interested in trading with me! His asking price for the 1000 is $525 which sounds like a good deal since I basically get a new bike in my size (52cm) with all the new bike perks. Talking to the manager at the other branch that I usually go to, though, it sounds like for $700 or so, I could have a brand new Trek 1200 (same bike, better components) from him.

    50 miles though, not too bad. There's an '06 Cake 3 at my usual LBS that probably has 200 test ride miles on it. If I can sell the car for cash and sell some other crap on Craigslist, I'll probably go for the new 1200.

    The quest continues!
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    he he he, told you to talk to Nick

    I also think we should meet down at Acme before they close some evening and see what Sarah would do for you.....just a thought....
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    I went to Acme tonight too. Nothing that I want in my size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timobkc
    Actually only the chainring gearing is the same.

    Cassette for Aurora = 11-32
    Cassette for 1500 = 12-25

    I love my 1500 but it's not a hill-climber
    Yeah, I, uh, figured that out later...

    The Aurora has mountain bike rear derailler to deal with the 11-32 too. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I posted that.

    But the Aurora is still on the high side if you're the type who likes to sit in the middle ring while on tour. Apparently other touring bikes have this problem too, though it's late and I might be wrong if I gave examples off the top of my head.

    But we digress...

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