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Old 08-13-07, 06:13 AM   #1
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should I buy a used Cannondale Street Bike with rust on the chain?

I'm thinking of buying a used cannondale street bike. It's a 2005 w/ Shimano Daore gears. has got a rusty chain and was outside in summers by the sea (covered?). I'm a little concerned about overall damage to the bike bc of the salt.
It looks good otherwise and I need something that can get me back and forth about 9 miles every day. Right now I'm on a totally reliable low cost Raleigh m-20 that I quite love. But I've got the bug and was thinking of upgrading.
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How much would you pay?
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Old 08-13-07, 07:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Moving this thread to General Cycling in hopes of getting more responses.
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Chains are cheap to replace. Before you buy the bike, see if you can take to the bike shop for a checkup. You want to make sure the derailleurs and brakes work. Also that the hubs and bottom bracket are well lubed and in good shape. The bike shop would be able to give you a better estimate than we could on the price of the bike.
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The damage from corrosion might be more trouble than it's worth. The frame is aluminum so it will be fine, but what about the components? You could ride it to a shop and see how much you'd have to put into it.

Maybe you should stick with your Raleigh and save up for something that's been taken care of a little better.
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If the seatpost isn't stuck, the bottom bracket spins freely, and the cables aren't seized buy it if it fits. If the cables need to be replaced, no big deal. If the BB needs to be replaced, you may want to reconsider. If the seatpost is stuck, forget it.
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A little rust on a chain isn't necessarily the end of the world. A strong rainstorm, plus failure to lube a chain afterwards, can result in a rather nasty looking chain. If the rust is causing the chain to bind, forget it. That means the bike was parked outside long term.
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Thanks. I've decided to skip it. Can't do a test run and the potential hassles just seem to glaring.
Appreciate the advice.
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