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    2 used bike options?

    OK, still haven't made a bike purchase. <sigh> Wasn't planning on new, but haven't found the "love it!" element yet. Just found these on Craigslist:

    -a Trek 7100 for $250 (said to be 2 years old, "never ridden" in excellent condition). I have a friend with this bike so I tried it last night. Smooth ride with the suspension fork, my bum actually hurt from the softer stock seat (weird!). 7sp, grip shifting.

    -a Trek 7.3fx for $450 that is said to be about 5 years old and lightly used, with some extras ("rear rack, speedometer, more"). Not thrilled about the gold color, at least from the picture provided. Can't figure out what year from Bikepedia, either. Looks like a WSD, but not sure because I can't find a match.

    -could still consider a new Specialized Vita and others I've been looking at in the $400-$550 range new. The thing is, I've been dragging my heels because I'm not totally smitten with any of them. The thought of spending $250 on a bike I'm not thrilled with is better than $500 on a bike I'm not thrilled with....

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    I just did a search on ebay and I think you can do much much better than those for your money. In saying that, my taste is most probably much different to yours. I found a cannondale badboy (made in the USA model) currently at $385 but it's "L" size. Are you looking for "pretty" or "rugged" ?

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    450 for a 7.3fx @ 5 years old is too much to pay. Unless somebody too immaculate care of it, some of those parts are pretty much guaranteed to have significant wear by that point. The inevitable tune up/cable replacements which occur more frequently with age will soon obviate any savings. With a little luck you could find a last-model year 7.2 @ that price, new - and it would probably spec out to having better components.

    My wife's step-through 7100 only cost us $100, and it was only one year old. It was a second bike for her though so we had a couple weeks to hunt Craigslist looking for a good deal.

    I'm told the aluminum on new bikes isn't meant to age as well as the old steel frames - to depreciate the value of a bike by only 25% after five years is absurd. Not at all unheard of on CL, but absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    I just did a search on ebay and I think you can do much much better than those for your money. In saying that, my taste is most probably much different to yours. I found a cannondale badboy (made in the USA model) currently at $385 but it's "L" size. Are you looking for "pretty" or "rugged" ?
    WOW thats a good deal on a bad boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    I found a cannondale badboy (made in the USA model) currently at $385 but it's "L" size. Are you looking for "pretty" or "rugged" ?
    Mmmm.... that is a good looking bike!! I like the look and the description, definitely. Although I'm sure that's too big for me (5'6" usually in the range of 17.5-19" or 52-54cm frames, depending on the brand). Buying off ebay (and even used off CL) scares me a bit because I feel like I don't know enough if something needs to be fixed or whatever. Do you feel buying off ebay is a good option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky velocist View Post
    450 for a 7.3fx @ 5 years old is too much to pay. Unless somebody too immaculate care of it, some of those parts are pretty much guaranteed to have significant wear by that point. The inevitable tune up/cable replacements which occur more frequently with age will soon obviate any savings. <snip> I'm told the aluminum on new bikes isn't meant to age as well as the old steel frames - to depreciate the value of a bike by only 25% after five years is absurd. Not at all unheard of on CL, but absurd.
    Well now... this is all very depressing! lol But I really appreciate your thoughts on this and the specific examples you provided.

    I've been watching CL pretty much daily for the past 6-8 weeks. I thought if I patiently waited it would be no problem. These are some of the better options that have come up. Maybe it's the area? Part of the problem is also the sizing -- a few have come up that would be better deals, but they're a little too big for me. I totally don't mind a "men's" bike, and actually like the look much better than a "step-thru" design. But finding WSD or smaller men's frames that still accommodate my legs is no easy task.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysterious Lady View Post
    ... Although I'm sure that's too big for me (5'6" usually in the range of 17.5-19" or 52-54cm frames, depending on the brand). ...
    Just for your info...I'm 172cm and ride an "M" size BBoy. The size is perfect for me. I couldn't go bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysterious Lady View Post
    Well now... this is all very depressing! lol But I really appreciate your thoughts on this and the specific examples you provided.

    I've been watching CL pretty much daily for the past 6-8 weeks. I thought if I patiently waited it would be no problem. These are some of the better options that have come up. Maybe it's the area? Part of the problem is also the sizing -- a few have come up that would be better deals, but they're a little too big for me. I totally don't mind a "men's" bike, and actually like the look much better than a "step-thru" design. But finding WSD or smaller men's frames that still accommodate my legs is no easy task.
    Sorry, I don't mean to be depressing - I can't ride today & my mood is off.

    If you spent the cost of the 7.3 on a new 7.1 or something you'd still have a lighter bike than the 7100 option you were looking at. The market is still wide open at the price range you mentioned. Be happy.

    I used to check CL a few times a week myself. You have to be very, very careful on there. Sucker prices and/or stolen bikes are every bit as common as the other nefarious markets CL has gotten itself in hot water over. You can find good deals, but you should really be mentally prepared to walk away from any potential sales you respond to. Rusted bolts on frames which went for a fraction of the asking price 20 years ago & children's sized tires with full-sized inner tubes folded over themselves are two specific problems I've had to help friends with after CL purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky velocist View Post
    Sorry, I don't mean to be depressing - I can't ride today & my mood is off.

    If you spent the cost of the 7.3 on a new 7.1 or something you'd still have a lighter bike than the 7100 option you were looking at. The market is still wide open at the price range you mentioned. Be happy.
    Don't worry, you're not really depressing me; I'm just teasing you. It's just that I want to LOVE what I buy, and this has been such a saga. Maybe I'm expecting too much from my test rides of new bikes. Obviously anything I buy that I've been looking at would be a huge upgrade for me at this point.

    But I appreciate your honestly with some of the CL problems you've had. That was actually a fear of mine... the potential for problems, coupled with my inexperience, could mean a costly and time-consuming resolution of a used purchase.

    Maybe I'll start a new thread to seek input on some of my new options.... <sigh>
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