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    What Do You Think of My College Commuter?

    I ended up selling my CAAD9 for $750 before I headed off to college; I'm planning to buy a new bike for $200, as a commuter. So far I entered road bike on the West Massachusetts Craigslist. I am in the Amherst College area:

    http://westernmass.craigslist.org/se...=50&maxAsk=300

    I would definitely like brifters, and I've found bikes with these at the $200 price range:

    http://westernmass.craigslist.org/bik/4008420945.html

    ^ This is my favorite off the list. I'm 5' 8" with a 86 cm (33.85 inches) inseam.

    I figure I could haggle $50 off the price and use that to stick some fenders on the bike.

    What do you guys think? Any other bike catch your eye?

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    $150 wouldn't be bad for that.
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    The Trek looks great! Make sure you get a good U-Lock and use it everytime you park it!
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    That Trek would be listed for $300 around here. Get it before it's gone. That size should be OK for your inseam, at least standover-wise. You might find the reach a little long given your proportions. I'm 3" taller than you but my inseam is almost 2" shorter.

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    Honestly? It looks alright, but I think the seller means that it's 57cm, which would be too big. 52-54cm would fit you better.

    See if you can get them down to $250:
    http://westernmass.craigslist.org/bik/4001491734.html
    http://newhaven.craigslist.org/bik/4038434816.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    Honestly? It looks alright, but I think the seller means that it's 57cm, which would be too big. 52-54cm would fit you better.
    You don't know that at all. I'm 5'8" with a little shorter legs than the OP and ride 55-57cm bikes exclusively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    You don't know that at all. I'm 5'8" with a little shorter legs than the OP and ride 55-57cm bikes exclusively.

    FWIW, the Trek doesn't even look like a 57cm to me, more like a size smaller.

    Of course I don't. It was a suggestion..
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    My CAAD9 was a 58 cm frame; my Trek 1000 a 54 cm. The former fit well (maybe 1 cm shorter would've been better), the latter was a bit too short (a few cm too small).

    Perhaps 57 cm will fit perfectly, I'll go check it out. The seller agreed to $150.

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    Enjoy your time in the Pioneer Valley! I'm a proud Umass alum. Might want to consider a cross bike for your commuter because there are some great trails to ride around there too.

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