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Old 03-03-12, 05:05 PM   #1
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Worth trading?

I bought a 2011 Trek 7.2FX in December for $385 brand new because it was a black friday discount. I love the bike, but it's starting to feel a little slow, and the components on the lower end. I decided to put it on craigslist and I got two cash offers for $475.

On top of that, I found this 2011 Giant Rapid 3 24-speed for sale. I offered $475 and the guy accepted. All I need to do is finalize both sales and it is mine. My question is, would trading my 7.2 for the rapid be a good idea? It also comes with a lock, computer and a pump.

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Old 03-03-12, 05:36 PM   #2
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Clearly you want a different bike. It will cost you nothing but the transaction costs (which are mostly time that you have already spent in the negotiations).

Or, as I would say, "new toy, new toy!"
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Old 03-03-12, 05:45 PM   #3
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Clearly you want a different bike. It will cost you nothing but the transaction costs (which are mostly time that you have already spent in the negotiations).

Or, as I would say, "new toy, new toy!"
Can I use running shoes with caged pedals, or do I need to buy cycling shoes?
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Old 03-03-12, 06:16 PM   #4
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The Rapid doesn't seem like a huge upgrade over the FX, but I guess it's a little nicer and it is always fun to have a new bike. The Rapid has a bit sportier geometry, so it'll probably be fun to ride. The pedals will work with any kind of shoe, and you can probably remove them it you don't like them.
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8 speed hybrid for an 8 speed hybrid. If you want a new bike go for it, but don't expect it to be faster.
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You purchased the Trek from a reputable LBS. That means that your Trek is under full warranty from both Trek and hopefully your reputable Trek dealership, as well. This means, that if your Trek should suddenly experience a crack at a weld point of a tube or stay, you'd be able to return your bike back to the Trek dealership, for either replacement or repair.

You won't have that luxury when you buy your used Giant from a private seller on Craigslist.

* I always discourage people from buying used aluminum bicycles from strangers, because you have no idea if that bike has been abused or not. History makes a difference with used aluminum. It doesn't with any other frame material, due to its shorter fatigue life.

Do you know exactly how used that aluminum framed bicycle really is ?

It wouldn't be too swift too lose your warranty over some whimsical notion.

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The Rapid is basically the Defy with a flat bar instead of drops. It comes with 700x28s, and you'd be lucky if you managed to wedge 32s on it, but not 32s with fenders. The Rapid also has a road triple, so it will have a bit more at the top end.

I say if the Rapid fits and you don't notice any glaring frame issues, make the deal.
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If it'll make you happy, then it's a good idea
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If you want a flat bar road bike get the giant, but You aren't really upgrading in quality and as others have said you are giving up the support of the new Trek compared to the used Giant although if you had some sort of frame issue they might still warranty it. I would take the offers for the Trek though because thats a pretty good chunk of money to look for something different. You pick up a few bonus items in the swap if you do that though. There is my 2 cents. =)
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If you want a flat bar road bike get the giant, but You aren't really upgrading in quality and as others have said you are giving up the support of the new Trek compared to the used Giant although if you had some sort of frame issue they might still warranty it. I would take the offers for the Trek though because thats a pretty good chunk of money to look for something different. You pick up a few bonus items in the swap if you do that though. There is my 2 cents. =)
Owners of used bikes get absolutely no consideration from manufacturer's warranty. That's with respect to frame or components.
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How does the Trek fit versus the Giant?
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Can I use running shoes with caged pedals, or do I need to buy cycling shoes?
I would get a double sided big platform ala MTB Downhill/BMX pedal to use with running shoes,
if that is what you prefer to wear.

you will want a Smooth, harder sole on your shoes
if you wish to use a pedal with Toe Clips.
so you can slide the shoe in the strap loop.

Nowadays the specialty bike shoe marketplace is dominated
by the step on, klick in type shoe/pedal combo..

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As far as the frame goes, it must be in good shape because the bike looks brand new and the owner claims to only ride it a few times a month. As far as fit, well, it fits perfect, just like my Trek. If I had the money I would sell my FX and buy a Giant Defy, but I don't have an extra $600. And unfortunately, there are hardly any decent road bikes for sale on craigslist right now.
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As far as the frame goes, it must be in good shape because the bike looks brand new and the owner claims to only ride it a few times a month. As far as fit, well, it fits perfect, just like my Trek. If I had the money I would sell my FX and buy a Giant Defy, but I don't have an extra $600. And unfortunately, there are hardly any decent road bikes for sale on craigslist right now.
Checkout Bikesdirect.com...
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Checkout Bikesdirect.com...
http://bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/liberty_2.htm

Carbon fibre fork, Tiagra/sora components. Are gravity bikes any good? They looks like it, but I've never heard of them before.
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Carbon fibre fork, Tiagra/sora components. Are gravity bikes any good? They looks like it, but I've never heard of them before.
All of these bikes are of high quality. Bikesdirect.com has a great reputation for selling excellent bikes.
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I have been very happy with all the bikes I have purchsed that were from Bikesdirect.com. They are great for people wanting a lot of bang for the buck. I would recommend them highly if you are willing to buy something online and they have a lot to choose from.
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I have been very happy with all the bikes I have purchsed that were from Bikesdirect.com. They are great for people wanting a lot of bang for the buck. I would recommend them highly if you are willing to buy something online and they have a lot to choose from.
as long as you are willing to build it yourself and are willing to accept the lack of support from your local bike store (unless you want to pay for it unlike the free tuneups you'd get with a bike you'd bought there).
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