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Old 02-23-08, 04:56 PM   #1
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Trying to buy a road bike, is this a good deal?

For $450 I'm being offered a Connondale bought new in 2000 and had a lot of upgrades. Here are the details.

- Mavic Open 4CD clincher rims (Mavic MA3M hub up
front & Shimano Ultegra 8-speed hub on the rear);
- Campy Record Seatpost;
- Serfas ATWD Saddle;
- Shimano 105 brakeset with aero levers;
- Shimano Ultegra front derailleur;
- Shimano Dura-Ace rear derailleur;
- Forte Kevlar Bomb-Proof 700x28C tires;
- Shimano Dura-Ace downtube shifters;
- Shimano Dura-Ace crankset (53 x 39);
- Cannondale CODA (SPD-compatible) pedals;
- 2000 Cannondale 63cm CAD3 Aluminum frame and fork;
- Deda bar tape;
- Cinelli quill stem;
- Dura-Ace headset.

Is there some questions I should ask before I make a decision? I'm new so I have no idea what I should be lookin for.
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Old 02-23-08, 05:33 PM   #2
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The first thing you need to to do is make sure the bike fits you. a 63 cm is not a popular size.

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Old 02-23-08, 06:07 PM   #3
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Assuming it's not worn out, the price sounds right. But have you sat on the bike yet? Pedaled it around the block? Do you have an idea as to what size you need? Do a search on "bike fitting"; the first few sites should give good info. The calculators are nice to try out, but don't take the stated measurements as being etched in granite--they should be used to determine what is ballpark for you.
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Old 02-23-08, 11:57 PM   #4
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"Shimano Dura-Ace downtube shifters;"

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Old 02-24-08, 10:03 PM   #5
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I think the downtube shifters make it a lot older than 2000 (nearer 1990).
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