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Old 06-03-02, 04:34 PM   #1
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is this a good deal??

I'm considering buying this bike. Does anyone have any opinions as to whether this is a good deal or not? Seems like it to me but, then again I don't know all that much.

"1999 terry Symmetry - 17.5". $500. For rider 5'2" to 5'4". 3200 miles, in great shape! Just tuned at the bike shop last week (new chain, gears adjusted, wheels trued, replaced front tire), when a new bike caught my eye Bright green with blue trim, Shimano RSX/105 components, triple crank, Shimano SPD clipless pedals, brand new Panaracer Technova II 24" front tire, Specialized Armadillo rear tire, 2 water bottle cages, Cateye Astrale computer w/cadence. Located in Northern Colorado, willing to include shipping in price."

Also, I'm pretty small (5'3"/120 lbs) do you think I could use this as a commuter bike/light touring (ie rear rack with panniers only or trailer) or should I look for a "real" touring bike?

Of course I'll see a dealer near me first and ride a symmetry of the same size or get fitted to see if this is the correct size for me.

Thanks for any feedback

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What's odd about this bike is that the front wheel is a 24" and the rear is a 27". You will have to carry 2 different sets of tubes for flats.

Usually, they keep the wheels the same size. I'm not sure what this does to overall handling of the bike.

It looks like it would be fine for your purposes although it doesn't look like it has pannier mounts on it.

$500 including shipping (shipping is around $30) so $470...maybe one of the more experienced tourist-types can help?
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The 650c front/700c rear configuration is common on smaller women-specific bikes. Terry is famous for these, and the Symmetry is their most popular model. I think the price is a little high for the age and mileage. I think Terry generally overprices their bikes anyway, perhaps because they're in a seller's market.

Echo the sentiment that it's foolhardy to buy a road bike without testing it. You can read about the current version at www.terrybicycles.com.

This is the current geometry, which I don't think has changed since 1999:

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Carrie,
Your better off buying a bike with the same size of tire/wheel and the price of $500.00 is to much
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I agree with orguasch. I think $500 for a used bike with those specs is a bit too much. I purchased my brand new road bike (fulll 105, custom steel, Open pros) for $800. Have you tried checking out Ebay for any WSD bikes (like Trek)?
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Thanks for the responses. I agree with you that $500 seems a bit high for a 4 yr old bike with such high mileage. Also, I also think that Terry seems to overprice their new models. I also was concerned about the 2 different tire sizes (especially the smaller one since it seems as if only 1 brand/type of tire is made in that size). At this point I'm leaning towards the fuji touring bike. I really like the bike and it's a good price. I've heard they make pretty small frames so, I'm hoping I can find one small enough for me.

Thanks again,

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ps-feel free to respond with any comments on the fuji touring--or just whatever you think I need to know.
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What bike did you purchase? I haven't seen any bikes in that price range w/ full 105 components.

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Im sorry, but I just had to make fun of that bike...Now come on, do you really want something that ugly? hahaha
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Bianchi Eros Donna-- Full Campagnolo, eyelets for panniers, women's design 46cm frame--the smallest possible size with 700c wheels. On sale for $799
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What bike did you purchase? I haven't seen any bikes in that price range w/ full 105 components.

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to anyone who's interested...

I did not end up buying this bike.. I too thought it to be a bit on the expensive side. Also, I wouldn't be able to test ride it so I thought it unwise. Instead I bought a new fuji touring bike. I love it thus far but haven't taken it out for a long ride yet.. Don't worry, I will soon!

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I did not end up buying this bike.. I too thought it to be a bit on the expensive side. Also, I wouldn't be able to test ride it so I thought it unwise. Instead I bought a new fuji touring bike. I love it thus far but haven't taken it out for a long ride yet.. Don't worry, I will soon!

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Thanks. I really like the new bike!

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So is $500 a good deal?

First off, if the bike has been well maintained 3,000 miles is virtually nothing. A well maintained bike with 105 components should hold together pretty well for 30,000 miles. And it sounds as if this bike has been well maintained.

Secondly, fit is the most important thing. And this bike is a pretty specific kind of situation for the small female. They are not that easy to get ahold of and Terry has a very good reputation.

You can check E Bay for comparables. Alternately, you can call a few bike shops. There are now blue book listings for the more popular models of bikes by year giving approx values just like cars and some bike shops have the book (our local shop did).

Wouldn't this bike new cost more than twice as much? The bike is not quite as good as new, but it certainly has a bunch of miles still in it. If you like it, I think you should give it serious consideration. Remember, getting a "good deal" is not a "good deal" if what you get is not really what you want. Your purpose here is to get a bike to ride not to make money on.
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