I think this is the first time I've posted, so forgive me if this thread should be in a different forum. I'm including a good bit of detail below; hopefully it's not too much and someone is willing to read through.
I've been talking with a guy about buying is old, currently unused (and according to him not much used) Kona Major Jake. He wants $600 for it in the ad, with a couple of extras included. Bike looks good, I need something to commute on (where I live the roads beat the hell out of my current road bike, and I'm all of a sudden doing 130mi/week just for work commutes, + more everywhere else since I don't own a car). And I'm new to the idea of seriously training, so I figure it could double as a "for now" training bike. Friends of mine who run a bike repair and build shop out of their house were first enthusiastic and then told me the Bike Blue Book puts the 2001 at around $360, and that they'd build me a beater commuter from a Dawes Lightening frame they have for $250.
So with all that said, this is some of the relevant info from the emails and attached are pictures of all three bikes and accessories (Kona, Schwinn cruiser, Dawes frame, etc).
Is this worth it at all? Is it worth it if I can bring him down to $500? Or am I better off with the rebuilt Dawes for $250 and saving my money for a brand new training bike?
Thanks in advance for taking the time!
Here's the ad:
After I had to decline a week and a half ago (surprise vet bill), he followed up to let me know he still had it:This is the bike that won the cyclocross worlds. New sells for $1400.
Rugged construction for any race conditions. Knobby tires for mud terrain.
Paddle shifters, Very streamlined.
Just been hanging in the garage for last few years, In good condition.
58 cm size.
Comes with speedometer, bag and rack on back.
More info:Still have the bike if you can make it over the bridge. Will throw in a Schwinn beach type cruiser (rust on chrome) if you want it. Kona Major Jake has no rust or problems, and 58cm is perfect size for 5'10".
I believe its a 2001 or 2002. I have probably ridden it 40-50 x in that time span. So, just hanging in the shed all that time.
Attached pic of the beach cruiser.Here are some photos of the Kona andthe extra gear. All Tiagra components. Cateye speedometer and 2 sets front and rear Cateye lights.