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Old 07-22-09, 07:44 PM   #1
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Bike buying question

I'm trying to decide between two used road bikes:
1. 1977 Raleigh Grand Prix (Serial Number WD7000035).

2. ~2007 GMC Yukon XL Road.

I found both of these through Craigslist, both selling at $150. I went and test-road each one day, and- at first glance- both seem to ride equally well. Both bikes are in good condition...the Raleigh has been very well maintained, and the GMC Yukon as barely been rode at all.

I'm looking for a durable, reliable road bike that will last me 10+ years and not require much upkeep beyond the basic maintenance. I'm not into any competitive racing (or extremely long rides), just something that will get me to and from campus. I live in a quite hilly area, about 2-3 miles away from campus.

I know the basics of bikes, but not much beyond that. I'm pretty inexperience when it comes to tweeking and adjusting bikes as well.

I have to decide which bike to go with very soon. Any opinions you could offer would be great!
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Old 07-22-09, 07:58 PM   #2
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Here's some info about each bike:
1. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...rand-prix.html

2. http://www.amazon.com/GMC-Yukon-Road...7984846&sr=8-2

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-22-09, 09:16 PM   #3
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Well, you found one bike on Sheldon Brown's page, the other on Amazon. That should be clue #1.

Secondly, I wouldn't buy a bike with an auto manufacturer name stuck on it. Whether it be Hummer, Jeep, GMC, etc. I am sure there may be exceptions to this rule, but this probably isn't one of them.
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Old 07-23-09, 06:13 AM   #4
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I'm looking for a durable, reliable road bike that will last me 10+ years and not require much upkeep beyond the basic maintenance.
The GMC is a piece of crap!!
The Raleigh is a much better bike but is older. With proper care and replacing worn out components as needed it may last 10 years.
Sounds like you should keep looking.
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The GMC is a piece of crap!!
The Raleigh is a much better bike but is older. With proper care and replacing worn out components as needed it may last 10 years.
I agree with Ron. The GMC is nothing you want to put money into. The Raleigh could go either way.
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Old 07-23-09, 12:23 PM   #6
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+1 on avoiding the GMC. In the $150 range, you should be able to find a decent road bike that's newer and a little lighter than the Raleigh. Or at least a model higher up in the Raleigh line for that time period.
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