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    Road Bike-worth it/safe?

    Hey guys, I've been lurking around these forums for a while before actually registering. Now I have, and could use some advice.

    I'm on the hunt for a road bike, but having a hard time finding one in my budget in my college town. I found a Panasonic dx-2000 on CL, but it has a dent in the down tube. I haven't seen it in person yet, so I can't exactly tell how bad it is , but here's a picture:
    http://i52.tinypic.com/2s7c9iw.jpg

    I think I can get the bike for $20-25 but I'm not sure if it's worth it with an ugly dent. I'm not in love with the idea, but it's so cheap.
    So my questions are:
    is it fixable? worth it? safe?

    I don't know much about road bikes, so Thanks for any input.

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    Is it steel? Aluminum? If it's aluminum, stay away; but I can't see aluminum denting before it outright shatters. Well, it will bend... but usually the force needed to do that kind of damage pushes the frame to breaking. That's a LOT of force.

    Steel is easily fixed, but the metal does fatigue from deformation.
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    If it's road ready, $20-25 bike is welcomed in my house.

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    If you weigh 120 lbs, you can get away with a lot more than if you weigh 300 lbs, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    If you weigh 120 lbs, you can get away with a lot more than if you weigh 300 lbs, too.
    ^^^ Advice to give your daughter.
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    In the right lane gerv's Avatar
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    Looks like an 80s bike with a nice nick at the "i".You could probably buy it for $25 and keep it for parts. Then find a similar frame that would take those parts. Just about any Japanese road frame from that era would work.

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