Knocking off the rust
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes: LeMond Tourmalet, Specialized Tarmac
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Used Bike FYI's
After 30 years of running and some nagging knee pain, I'm thinking of switching to biking. Have made the rounds of the LBS' and (after recovering from sticker shock) was considering going with a used bike to start with. If the knees don't hurt and everything goes okay, then I would be in a position to know more of what to look for in a new bike.
Was wondering what I should keep in mind as I shop the Craig's list, classifieds, etc. Any components to stay away from? Are some brands known to be more durable than others? Would appreciate any advice and suggestions. My thinking was if I'm going to spend $700 ~ $800 (kind of the new bike entry level price from what I've seen), I'd rather ride a 2 year old higher end bike for the same money.
Also, for someone 5'9" and 31" inseam, based on some searching around here it looks like something around a 55 to 56cm frame size would be in the ballpark? Since I'm just getting into this I'm not sure I'll know what a correct fit feels like, so I need some kind of a reference for the right size range.
TIA for any & all help.