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Old 05-23-13, 12:01 PM   #1
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Did I get a good deal on this bike ?

Here is my first Road bike , what do you guys think I pay only $206 + shipping $70

Raleigh Cadent Two Zero Road Bike




http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...model=Cadent+2

"Used Raleigh Road Bike, done a couple of Century Rides on this!! Not an elite bike but a decent road bike that is very responsive, shifts, rides and brakes nicely... Could make a good commuter bike too. I have an after market low end back rack that attaches to the seat post if interested..Nice Bike-no longer ride like I used to, but making some room, in excellent shape mechanically, got some scuff marks and scratches here and there, main tube, forks as for more pictures if concerned with scratches or scuffing, no functional or mechanical impacts."


the seller did not know what kind of material is the frame and fork , but seeing the pictures it looks like aluminium with carbon fork ? i am not sure .

what do you guys think? just for commuting

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Old 05-23-13, 12:15 PM   #2
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You did great. Under $300 for a relatively recent bike with brifters is a good deal. Older bikes with downtube shifters often sell in the $200 range.
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Old 05-23-13, 12:20 PM   #4
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Do i need to buy something else for this bike ? or i am good the way it is ? also what is the material of the frame and fork ? is Raleigh a good brand ?


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It seems like you're going to need Look clipless shoes or swap out the pedals for some platforms. The frame is aluminum and the fork is carbon.
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Old 05-23-13, 12:53 PM   #6
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Ride the bike and have fum. Get some miles under your belt before you start buying upgrades. You could consider some decent biking clothes, gloves, helmet, shorts etc. but I would hold off on things for the bike.
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Old 05-23-13, 12:58 PM   #7
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I just wont the auction , I will let you know next week
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If it's an eBay buy,then make sure you give it a thorough going-over when it arrives. I've done awesome on eBay buys,and I've gotten hosed. Biggest issue for me has been bikes getting messed up in shipping;if the box is in any way messed up when it arrives,take good pictures before opening,document any issues,and make sure you make a claim as soon as possible. Take a good look at the ends of the fork,check the wheels carefully,and check that the rear derailleur hanger is straight and didn't take a hit.
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It's a good deal if everything works. The pedals look older than the bike and I'd swap them for something more commuter friendly.
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Not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet. But you did buy the correct size for you right? That is a large frame bike, so you should be about 5'9" - 6'1" to ride it.
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i am 5 11 and the frame is a 54
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i am 5 11 and the frame is a 54
you may have gotten a good price but the bike may just be too small for you, in which case you overspent by $276...
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i am 5 11 and the frame is a 54
What's your pant inseam? I would ask your cycling inseam but I'm guessing you don't know?
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you may have gotten a good price but the bike may just be too small for you, in which case you overspent by $276...
It has a sloping top tube, so that 54 is not a good metric. The effective seat tube length is 55.5cm which is about right for his height (see diagram on seat tube in the 2nd picture). For the price, there are good quality parts there. 105 RD, Tiagra shifters, carbon fork and seatpost, gatorskin tires without too much wear.... It won't take a rack or fenders, so it's not an all-weather bike, but it's not bad for riding with a backpack on dry days.
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It won't take a rack or fenders, so it's not an all-weather bike, but it's not bad for riding with a backpack on dry days.
Sure it will. SKS,Crud Catcher,and Portland Design Works all make full fenders that will fit. Axiom and others make racks that go from either the brake bolt or seatpost collar to the skewer. Not as easy as a cross or touring bike,but def doable.
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now throw another $150 at it getting tuned and trued and you're good to go for at least a year!

hmmm I'm 5'11 3/4" barefoot and I ride a 58 ...
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I just got the bike , I try to put it together and i fail , so I took it to the bike shop , around $100 to get it ready , so $270 + 100 = $370

also I have to replace the pedals , i dont want anything fancy , will this work ?


http://www.walmart.com/ip/M-Wave-Ste...traps/19582799

i dont own any special shoes and I dont want either

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Yes,any pedals with a 9/16" shaft will work. Remember,the left pedal is reverse threaded.
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You did very well. Nice score!

Pedal removal always unscrews towards the rear (mechanic facing the side of bike).

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I just got the bike , I try to put it together and i fail , so I took it to the bike shop , around $100 to get it ready , so $270 + 100 = $370

also I have to replace the pedals , i dont want anything fancy , will this work ?


http://www.walmart.com/ip/M-Wave-Ste...traps/19582799

i dont own any special shoes and I dont want either
I hate caged pedals. Go with platform then.
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I hate caged pedals. Go with platform then.

what are platform ? just the regulars that you find in any bike ?
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what are platform ? just the regulars that you find in any bike ?
Yup.

Pick a good one though. The aluminum MTB ones are good.
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you may have gotten a good price but the bike may just be too small for you, in which case you overspent by $276...
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Sell this bicycle for $450 and then buy one that fits.
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I did some research before i got the bike, and for a 5 11 guy like me , 54cm frame is what people recommended








Cadent 2.0
Frame: Atomic 13 Aluminum
w/replaceable hanger
Fork: Raleigh Custom Carbon/
Alloy Steer, 50mm offset
Shifter: Shimano Tiagra 9spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Cranks: Truvativ Touro 30/42/52t
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Power Spline
Gear: SRAM PG-950 9spd (12-26t)
Rims: Alex DC-19 w/Ground Sidewall
Brakes: Tektro Dual Pivot



Size
49cm
Small
52cm
SM/MD
54cm
MD/LG
56cm
Large
59cm
XLarge
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I just got the bike , I try to put it together and i fail , so I took it to the bike shop , around $100 to get it ready , so $270 + 100 = $370

also I have to replace the pedals , i dont want anything fancy , will this work ?


http://www.walmart.com/ip/M-Wave-Ste...traps/19582799

i dont own any special shoes and I dont want either
That link is not for the pedals. It's for the toe clips and straps to put on the pedals.

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