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Old 04-03-13, 09:49 AM   #26
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I went to Budget Bicycles today. They have a HUGE number of used bikes. Very impressive. But...
- Only about a dozen road bikes in my size.
- 10 were sub-par frames and/or groupsets for the price they were asking
- 2 or 3 were great bikes but way expensive
- IMO, all of their bikes are over priced.

For about $200 more than their used Sora and Tiagra bikes, I could get a new entry-level bike fitted with 105 or Rival.

The larger cities in Wisconsin are big bike areas, lots of enthusiasts as you probably know. Milwaukee in particular should be loaded with good used bikes. Check bike clubs, iBob and Craigslist in Milwaukee. Go to the iBob forum and tell them what you need.
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+1 on watching the Milwaukee CL site, plus watch Sheboygan and the Appleton/Fond du Lac sites. Also there is a shop near Riverwest area in Milwaukee called Truely Spoken (sp?) that posts some used bikes on CL and usually has some used ones in their shop for debatable prices.

What size are you looking for?

edit: something like this one maybe? http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3720544370.html
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Old 04-03-13, 07:08 PM   #28
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i don't know what the prices are but Ben's bikes, milwaukee bicycle, in milwaukee sells used bikes.
they sell everything priced high to to low, but there market is high line bikes. 6 months ago i was pricing out a new roubaix. while i was waiting for the salesman i looked at there used bikes. there were about 10 used roubaix's and tarmacs in like new condition.
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what size bike are you looking for?

i live between milwaukee and madison so i could send info to you.

here is one that has been for sale for a few weeks. part of the reason is the ad isn't accurate, wheel and sprocket doesn't sell specialized bikes.

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3702403619.html
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You could give Dan a call at Atkins bike shop in verona which is a bedroom community on the outskirts of Madtown. When I need an lbs he's the one I use. He may have something in house of have an idea as to where you may find what you need.
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The larger cities in Wisconsin are big bike areas, lots of enthusiasts as you probably know. Milwaukee in particular should be loaded with good used bikes. Check bike clubs, iBob and Craigslist in Milwaukee. Go to the iBob forum and tell them what you need.


Many thanks (again!) for the replies.

Frame size: I'm comfortable on a 54. A 55 or a 53 would be okay, and a 52 might fit.

Thanks for the info about Atkins in Verona, and Ben's in Milwaukee. Verona should be easy to get to. I'm flying home tomorrow, but will be back up here on Monday - so I'll swing by there after work on Monday.

And next week, I'm flying in to Madison via Milwaukee - so I'll make a plan to stop Ben's.

Some great info here - thanks again!
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Old 04-03-13, 07:32 PM   #29
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No bike shopping for me this weekend, though. I'm doing a 230 mile ride on Saturday and collapsing on the couch and feeling sorry for myself on Sunday...
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Ask if any one at/in the ride knows of a good bike that is for sale at a reasonable price, maybe?

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I've already asked them, Bill.

It's a small group of friends doing this ride together, and they already know that I'm looking for a bike.
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You might check some of the LBS's to see if they ever sell used bikes on consignment. I bought my wife's Trek that way. Practically new, and about a fourth the price of new.
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I've already asked them, Bill.

It's a small group of friends doing this ride together, and they already know that I'm looking for a bike.
Duncan,
I had a hunch you had, just a random, rambling thought for increased coverage for your search. It kind of bugs me that you are having such a hard time when what you are looking for is straight forward. I have come to feel too many people think every bike out there is "rare" or "special" even if it is an old gas pipe or beer can POS from Wallyworld. I'm keeping my eyes peeled and my ears opened for something, I hope you can find a decent bike for your business travels. Best of Luck in your search.

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You could always post up a CL ad asking for what you're looking for. Size, type, components.
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Well - the problem has been solved.

I went to the Trek store, and laid down too many $$ for a carbon Madone with full Ultegra. Will be able to start riding here in WI next Monday.

This isn't the kind of money I wanted to spend, and I'm not really a Trek fan, but the price was right,

This exercise has been an eye opener: In Spring (or all year round? Not sure...) used bikes sell for almost their new price!
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Well Duncan, I guess you will just have to learn to get by with a lowly Madone and "Just" an Ultegra group. Sounds like a grail bike to me and I'm not a big Trek guy either. Great choice, enjoy the ride.

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There is some great riding west of Madison between Verona and Dodgeville, see: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=Dodgeville

...and see: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/144862547
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Thanks - I'll study those.

I'm also thinking of doing some of the "Wednesday night bike rides" ( www.wnbr.org ) - though I don't yet know how fast or slow they are. I'm looking for B or B+ paced rides, with maybe a few A pacers after I get used to the new bike. (Training for the National 24-Hour Challenge race...)
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OP - you find anything yet?

http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3765799606.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3749882389.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3759997776.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3726794199.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3754564289.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3731272011.html
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