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Old 03-04-09, 03:27 AM   #1
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Should I buy one of these?

I regularly commute to work on a mountain bike and I've been considering getting a simple, minimal maintenance back up bike. I'd appreciate your comments/advice on the following bikes for sale at the moment. An absolute bargain or a false economy?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...Category=33503

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-04-09, 05:37 AM   #2
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I guess if you live on flat ground and never ride in the rain it might work. To each their own.

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Old 03-04-09, 07:22 AM   #3
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Nice looking old school bike. I see eyelets front and rear so mounting fenders/rack shouldn't be pretty much straight forward. Maintenance should be almost non-existant: Air the tyres up and occasionally lube the chain.
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Old 03-04-09, 07:29 AM   #4
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If you're in the London area, why not go and take a look.... They do have a store front.
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Love the look, the style. 15kg for a stripped bike sounds heavy. I wouldn't consider it without being able to ride it, even though the price seems good.
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A new SS in that price range is rare. A SS that heavy is also rare. I'd say it depends on what your price range is. An extra hundred bucks (or quid) will only get you a lighter version of the same thing.
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Old 03-04-09, 12:14 PM   #7
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Sqrt0...nice signature. Thank you for helping.
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A back up bike is always a good idea. I have the luxury of having a back up bike (cyclo-crosser) but rely more on having a back up wheel set. I'm pretty anal about things being wonky on my commuting bike. Any little thing usually gets sorted out at lunch time or when I get home. There are times when you don't want to do maintenance in the morning and grabbing you back up bike is easier. I say go for it and keep it on the cheap. I second finding a bike that will handle racks.
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Old 03-04-09, 03:34 PM   #9
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I like it. If it fits, get it.
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a little effeminate
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