Hello. I'm looking at getting into biking. I love the sport. Got a 700c denali from wal mart, started riding it, and love the sport. So much, that I want to get away from the car completely. The problem is, that bike is way too tiny for me. I believe its a 50 cm, but I'm 6 1, so I need something a bit bigger. My neighbor works on bikes, all day long, left and right, and I've learned a bit from him. I know I want a light bike, I know I want good parts, and I know I don't want to have to get another bike again. There are three bikes I've found on craigslist, and I don't know enough to make an informed decision, so I'm hoping you guys could help. I'd ask my neighbor, but he just keeps trying to sell me his bikes, and they are all over $1000.
The three I found are:
I like the idea of the steel and carbon frame on the lemond. From what I've read and been told, it offers pretty much the most comfortable ride, which is very important to me.
Are the bikes "worth" the price they are asking?
The lemond is from 2002, but it has Dura Ace components. What does that compare to, in terms of quality to something a bit more recent? I've seen it, everything on it, except maybe the chain and the front derailer should be Dura Ace. It has some scratches on a shifter, and the paint is rubbed on the top tube. The others, I haven't seen yet.
What should I look for when looking at the bikes, to see if I like them? I'm obviously not going to be able to take them on a 20 mile commute before buying, so I don't know.