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Old 12-30-12, 11:07 PM   #1
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Novice cyclist needs info on used Cervelo

I'm new to cycling. I'm scouring craigslist for a bike to start riding on the road. Now, I'm a good researcher, and know that a Cervelo is not really what I'm looking for. However, I found a listing for one at a ridiculously low price. I spoke with the current owner, and am convinced he doesn't know the difference. It's not a complete bike, but close, and he only wants 100 for what is there. He claims the frame is in mint condition, although he spells it "meant." I'm planning to see the bike tomorrow, but as I'm so inexperienced, don't trust myself to look for all the right things.
I don't know the model, but I'm in the market for a bike I can do some fully loaded touring with, and don't think anything cervelo makes is designed for that. I thought, maybe I can sell this frame and other parts (one Rolf Vector wheel included) or trade them for something more suited for me.
However I have read that many people don't buy frames such as these without warranty. What are my chances of reselling the frame for at least 200-300?

I'm reaching out for second opinions on whether this is too good to pass up, or too good to be true.

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Old 12-30-12, 11:33 PM   #2
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Pictures don't work.

Ridiculous low price + doesn't know what he has + missing parts (a wheel?) + can't spell = stolen. Usually.
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Old 12-31-12, 03:00 AM   #3
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I wonder how he "acquired" it without knowing what it was.

In any case, is it your size?
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Lets see:

New to cycling.
Do you even know what size you need?
Not really what you're looking for.
Incomplete bike.
Unknowledgable seller.

Nope, I don't see any red flags. Go for it.
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Lets see:

New to cycling.
Do you even know what size you need?
Not really what you're looking for.
Incomplete bike.
Unknowledgable seller.

Nope, I don't see any red flags. Go for it.
Thanks for the sarcasm, that's especially helpful!
Over the internet, you appear to be as much a moron as you obviously think I am.


To others - yes it is exactly my size, but did you read my post? I'm interested in reselling the bike, not riding it...I'm not sure how to be more clear about my question, which none of you even attempted to answer. Thanks for not much!
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Don't Begin Your Bicycling With A Shady Deal

Whether you believe in Karma, Original Sin, or "what-goes-around...", you'd be better served by passing on thie bike and dealing only with reputable folks. I wouldn't start off trying to make a buck from a shady (likely stolen) bike like the one that you've described.

Save your money, research touring frames (like a 1980s steel tourer, or a steel solid fork MTB) that you can use for its intended purpose. There are SO many good vintage tourers that you should be able to find one in 60 days.

Good luck.

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10 wheels - thats the one.

to you other former posters, I guess I gave you a ticket to jump to conclusions by saying that I'm a novice, but just because I'm new to biking doesn't mean I'm new to critical thinking.

OBVIOUSLY the circumstances describe a less than ideal purchase. All I was looking for is a second opinion about whether for $100, this would be an investment of any worth.

Posting 20,000 times on one website doesn't make you the all-knowing, and shouldn't make you feel like it's' appropriate to write with such contempt. Anyone who actually cared about the sport of cycling would be graciously welcoming to newcomers. People like retro grouch aren't on this forum to help anyone, only to feel better about themselves.
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Whether you believe in Karma, Original Sin, or "what-goes-around...", you'd be better served by passing on thie bike and dealing only with reputable folks. I wouldn't start off trying to make a buck from a shady (likely stolen) bike like the one that you've described.

Save your money, research touring frames (like a 1980s steel tourer, or a steel solid fork MTB) that you can use for its intended purpose. There are SO many good vintage tourers that you should be able to find one in 60 days.

Good luck.

Phil G.
Thanks Phil! That's the direction I'm leaning on this one and I really appreciate your input.
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