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Old 05-27-13, 11:29 AM   #1
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Bike purchases

Hey everyone,

So as much as I like biking I'm one of the unfortunate New York City residents who's expected to pay $250 for a 1960 rusted Schwinn. I broke my old bike and am looking for a new one, through Craigslist and BikesDirect, and came across this Fuji (http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/bik/3827089846.html). I've done some research on the bike and have found either very little information about the model or that it wasn't a particularly great one. With that being said I just want a bike, I happen to like this ones design and it's like-new condition couldn't hurt, that won't break the bank or me if it got stolen. Anyway, I was thinking of offering him $100 and going to get the bike ASAP, would that be reasonable?

Thanks everyone and enjoy your Memorial Day!
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Old 05-27-13, 11:40 AM   #2
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That's a big bike. How tall are you?

I don't know anything about comparative prices in your area but the owner can't do anything more than tell you "No,"
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I'm 6'0. Around a 33" inseam.
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I'm 6'0. Around a 33" inseam.
That's good. I'm guessing it's going to be about the right size.
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Thanks a lot Retro. I also found this bike (http://cnj.craigslist.org/bik/3828498181.html) but can't tell anything about the model. It's tough getting out to that part of Jersey but I definitely would if it is worth it. Anyone input on that one?
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I have a fuji with a frame that looks exactly like the one in the photo. It's a good bike, but it's probably gone.
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I have a fuji with a frame that looks exactly like the one in the photo. It's a good bike, but it's probably gone. the one I got was $75, and I literally saw the ad, called him, went to the atm, and arrived there within 2 hours.
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Yeah that would be unfortunate. I contacted him the first time he posted the bike but was away in college so I couldn't make a move on it. Desperately trying to find a way down there.
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Any input on this Univega? (http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/bik/3853652335.html) I was planning on offering $150, is that a lowball at all?
My number 1 purchase priority is a road bike (hopefully this will be it) and then I plan on volunteering at Recycle-a-Bicycle, get some good experience working with bikes.
Again, thank you for anyones feedback.
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Looks like a lower-end Univega. Uni made some decent bikes...but this ain't it. I'd keep looking. Regardless of the price, you're not going to get a lot of joy from such a low-end bike; and all the components are obsolete; so if anything needs replacing/fixing, you're going to have to hunt for vintage low-end parts. For $100 more, you should be able to get a pretty decent road bike which would be much better than this one.
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Thanks Solitary.
Should I be looking at newer bikes from like bikesdirect or are other older models still fair game? I don't compete or anything, I just enjoy cycling with friends all around NYC
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I think for your money, Astrein, you would get the best value with a higher quality vintage bike. Nothing wrong with BD bikes, but for two or three hundred bucks, you're likely to get a lot more with a vintage. Just try and find one that has 700c wheels, so you won't have to search for special and more expensive tires, etc.

Hint: Any time you see those "suicide levers" [The levers that come out of the side of the brake levers, for use when your hands are on the tops of the bars] it's usually a tell-tale sign that it's a low-end department store-type bike.

For a few hunnert bucks, you should be able to get something from the late 80's or early to mid 90's- which will make life a lot easier when/if parts and maintenance items are needed, as opposed to bikes from the 70's; which I think is what that Univega is. Good bikes from the 70's can be great too; you just need to know what you're getting into.
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Great, thanks. I was leaning more towards a vintage bike as well. How about something like this then
http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/3831629263.html or this http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/3847198777.html ?
I'm always so skeptical looking at older bikes because I'm never certain whether or not it's really worth pulling the trigger and purchasing

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that lotus and trek are both decent enough, the lotus being the better of the two.

as solitaryrider said the suicide levers are a good indicator of a low end bike, so are the stem shifters that you can see on that univega.
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Those are both decent choices! I think the Trek is way over-priced though, with those Suntour components.

If you can talk them down, fine; If not, just get one that fits you well, and get out and enjoy it- the $50 or $100 you might save won't matter much in the scheme of things vs. the time and enjoyment you'll have by having something decent to ride.

Personally, I think I'd go for the Lotus out of those two. If the Trek had better Shimano components, then I might go for it.
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I'll definitely look into that Lotus then, I've been watching the owner decrease the price from like $350 to $265.
Thanks a lot you two
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Inseam on pants is shorter than standover needs on a bike.

inside leg to ground is a better measurement, overall..
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