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Old 06-03-12, 09:00 AM   #1
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New Commuter looking for bike recommendation

I am new to cycling and trying to find a reliable bike for riding to work (about 10 miles each way). I am glad to have found your forum and been reading a lot of posts this week. My route has some 2 major hills and a good amount of traffic. Live in Atlanta and there are a lot of recreational riders but have not seen many commuters at all. Luckily my new job has got me close enough to want to try to park the car.

I am short, 5' 6" so finding a used bike that fits is challenging. I was thinking about buying new but also been perusing craigslist and came across this post. Does this look like a good deal? If I was going to buy new also any recommendations?

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/3045860918.html

Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-03-12, 12:13 PM   #2
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Welcome To Bike Forums, McCrary!

Yes! That bike looks just great!

If it fits, grab it!

Take $300, but offer $200 like you'll never see another buck ever again! Use your creative skills!

Good Luck!

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Take someone with you who really knows about bikes. Have them inspect the bike, both before and after your 20 minute test ride. There should be absolutely no rust or weld issues.

If buying new, the best bike deal on the planet right now, is the Fuji Absolute 2.0, currently being offered by performancebike.com.

The Fuji Absolute 2.0 ~ $600
www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1118664_-1_400316_400316

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Old 06-04-12, 09:44 AM   #3
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That is a great deal. Go get it before someone else does.
I like my Trek 520 so much, I want another one.
That size is hard to find too.
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Old 06-04-12, 01:25 PM   #4
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I second the great deal! It makes me wish I was in the market for a bike. It will hold resale value for a little bit, until the lugged-steel-frame-fad dies. If you hang on to it for a while, it'll also upgrade nicely.

I also second taking someone with you to look at it, if you can. Things that will be hard/costly to fix are any frame issue (cracks, rust, bends) and wheels (rim damage/cracks/significant wear, significant bearing damage). Replacing drivetrain parts will take some hunting, but won't be impossible or expensive. It may be challenging to do through a shop, a Co-op or DIY will be much easier/cheaper.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-04-12, 02:20 PM   #5
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I third (or fourth, or whatever) the "great deal--go get it" advice.

If I got one like it (but much much bigger) for commuting I'd make two modification immediately; indexed shifters and thumbie mounts.
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Another good small Atlanta option is this one:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/3056518616.html

I can't read the tubing stickers in the pics, but that's a touring-geometry bike with Shimano 600 Arabesque components.
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Old 06-04-12, 02:35 PM   #7
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Price is a little high and bike is 28 years old, so outdated, but if it fits and is in good shape, it would work.
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Price is a little high and bike is 28 years old, so outdated, but if it fits and is in good shape, it would work.
Shop around for a lugged steel touring bike... Prices are nuts. Add to that the fact that vintage Treks gave a huge following and the frame is in a small (read: desirable/uncommon) size. It's a pretty good price if it is in as good of condition as it looks.
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Shop around for a lugged steel touring bike... Prices are nuts. Add to that the fact that vintage Treks gave a huge following and the frame is in a small (read: desirable/uncommon) size. It's a pretty good price if it is in as good of condition as it looks.
I'll take your word as to the market value of the bike, but to me, an old, used bike is not worth a lot. The frame may still be good, but the components are outdated. Technology has come a long way since 1984.
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I'll take your word as to the market value of the bike, but to me, an old, used bike is not worth a lot. The frame may still be good, but the components are outdated. Technology has come a long way since 1984.
How true, Alan!

Question is, are we spiraling upwards or downwards?
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I have called a couple of times and sent email but he is not returning calls. Listing is still posted though. Still looking for a good commuting option.
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You should have a lot of options in ATL. Look at some LBS that sell used or maybe a co-op. If you are new to cycling don't over spend. Just get something that fits and you would enjoy riding. I personally like the mid to late 90's mountain bikes without the suspension. Put some slicks on there and just enjoy.
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If your commute doesn't involve any serious hills or inclines to speak of, just get a brand new single speed, for possibly even less than $300.
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28 year old bike for $300? No thx.
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That Trek would make a great commuter. As mentioned already, I would attempt to get the price closer to the $200 mark if possible.

One nice thing this bike has is that it's already set up with fenders and a rack. You can add those to most bikes, but factor in the price of those additional components and a couple hours of futzing around with things to get them installed and now this Trek is looking like a better value.
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I had this bike (well not the exact same bike) and it served me well from 1980 until the late 90's. It was such a stable ride, I could pedal for blocks sitting upright, enjoying the scenery, no hands. I could even do wide lean turns no hands. I bought it for a ride from Great Smokey National Park down to Wilmington, NC at the water's edge. I sold it in 1998 after literally thousands of miles for $300. By then the frame and fork were about the only original parts. I would definitely buy this bike again. I wish I had never sold it but I was making another cross country move for the military and the time had come.
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Well it sounds like a great bike but the seller will not respond. Guess he moved already or it was sold and he didn't remove the ad. I will look into used bikes at LBS and a co-op. I do have lots of hills in my commute so a fixed would be a challenge for sure. I looked at my LBS within walking distance and they showed me Specialized Sirrus Sport and then I test rode a Trek 7.4fx. A little more than what I want to spend but it sure did ride smooth and was comfortable.
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Not sure what your budget is, but check out the Kona Dew if possible. I normally would point out the Giant Escape City as a ready to go rig, but the Dew has slightly wider tires to help soak up the bumps for what are surely some crappy roads and a 11-34 cassette to help climbing the hills.
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