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Old 08-28-10, 01:09 PM   #1
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Good deal, I think.

I think I got a good deal today. I bought a Specialized Hard Rock for 25 dollars.
I know that the bike isn't hot, I met the owner at the bike repair and maintenance class that the LBS ran in March. She had mentioned in the class that she wanted to sell it. I didn't think that she was actually serious.

Today my wife and I were out doing the yard sale thing, we had stopped at a sale and this woman that was there recognized me from the class, I asked if she had sold her Hard Rock yet
She said that she hadn't, I asked if she was still interested in selling it, she said she was, then she said she wanted 25 dollars for it. I said "Sold."

Turns out the reason she wanted to sell it is because it is a mans frame. She actually kept the Huffy because it was a womans frame. I couldn't believe it.
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Old 08-28-10, 01:12 PM   #2
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Any ride-able named brand bike for $25 is a good deal. Throw some studded tires on that bike and use it for winter commuting, =)
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Old 08-28-10, 02:18 PM   #3
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Hard rocks are decent bikes. You got a smoking deal! Most wear good components on a good 4130 frame and make really decent commuters with the right tire selection. Try out a Specialized Hemisphere on the front and a Specialized Crossroad on the rear. Makes for a good mixed surface use bike that will do well on dry on and off road routes.
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Old 08-28-10, 03:38 PM   #4
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What, you got fleeced! I'll take it off your hands for $25.01. Hopefully you will learn your lesson next time something like that happens again.

Hope you understand my sarcasm and enjoy your new ride. Or seriously, I'll take it off your hands for $25.01.
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Old 08-28-10, 04:01 PM   #5
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I used a Hardrock as a utility bike for a bit. They're heavy, but they're solid and people seem to view them as straightforward. Good backup/guest bike.
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Sweet find! My fist commuter was an early 90's Hark Rock. Still to this day, that was my favorite commuter.
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I had a Specialized Hardrock way back when...perfectly adequate and affordable entry mountain bike. Great beater bike and for $25 you got something functional you can later sell for a decent profit. I figure it's probably worth $100-$125.

In general the steel rigid MTBs are a great buy. You can usually even get the real high end ones, things like stump jumpers made from DB Tange, for under $200.
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My Hardrock has been an everyday commuter for around 13 years, and it's bombproof. I've taken it on the Hilly Hundred (Bloomington Indiana), and rode a century on it once. Great all-around utility bike.
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