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Old 10-31-13, 09:37 PM   #26
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This I don't understand. If a person looked at the bike they would see it looks like its never been used. For $40 less you save the hassle of ordering and waiting a week for the bike and the hassle of having to assemble it and get it tuned up which is a minimum of $50 as well. Seems like a good deal to me.
And some people are able to do their own work and put the bike together and then tune it. I mean, when I was about 12, my parents bought me a department store bike and made me assemble the thing myself. It was a crap bike, weighed a ton, but I managed to put it together myself. The box even had a diagram inside on how to assemble the bike.

The shifters didn't work well at all, but I could still ride it around.
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Old 10-31-13, 10:25 PM   #27
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Wait, Trek Portland is made in USA?
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Old 10-31-13, 10:57 PM   #28
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Aint no way no how, chances are that MB has a suspension fork? I wouldn't pay that much for it used.
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Old 11-01-13, 05:17 PM   #29
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Wait, Trek Portland is made in USA? I just bought one, but no idea where it's made.
The first two years(burnt orange color) were USA made,and said so on the chainstays. The later models were made in Taiwan and had lower spec components.

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The first two years(burnt orange color) were USA made,and said so on the chainstays. The later models were made in Taiwan and had lower spec components.

Gotcha. Mine says black aluminum or something on the chainstay so I guess it is not made in USA. I wanted to take off that marking, but it's not a sticker... I still have a full Shimano 105 drivetrain (including the brifters) and Avid BB7s though, which looks to be the same spec as the American made ones according to Bikepedia.
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Old 11-03-13, 07:07 AM   #31
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This I don't understand. If a person looked at the bike they would see it looks like its never been used. For $40 less you save the hassle of ordering and waiting a week for the bike and the hassle of having to assemble it and get it tuned up which is a minimum of $50 as well. Seems like a good deal to me.
No $40 off is nothing in my book for a bike I can buy new for $369.95. I never pay more then 1/2 the price of new for a used bike in like new condition. Think about it, if I buy a new bike I get a new warranty, life time frame and one year on the components. Also if I buy from a LBS I also get a free tune up and there are some shops that give one full year of free adjustments. That comes to $100 around here. If I buy your used bike I get nothing.
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Maybe, he is going to give the new owner a lifetime frame warrantee, and free lifetime adjustments.......

Yep, you give up a lot when buying used - only you can decide if the price difference makes it worth while.

I agree, I would never pay more than half price for a used bike, even if it just rolled out the door. I've had warrantee issues, and it sure was nice to roll it in for the free repair.
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If you buy a used bike from me,you can bring it by my farmer's market bike clinic(or the one on the other side of the city) from May-Nov for free tune-ups,for however many years we do it.

I had a lot of folks give me genuine grief about what I was asking for my Mu SL when I sold it because it was almost the price when it was new. I told them they could find one in much worse condition for less,or they could go to Tern and get a new version that weighed almost a pound more and cost twice as much. Took me 8 months to sell that bike,but I got my asking price,which by the way is what they were going for on eBay.

Sometimes used bikes are higher spec than the current models. A couple year old bike with only a few miles can be a better bike than a new one.
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The later models were made in Taiwan and had lower spec components.
something has to give to keep the price reasonable for the Customer .
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Old 11-04-13, 10:28 AM   #35
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While your implication that its stolen is likely true, it could also be priced by somebody that doesn't know its value.

there's an old saying that people apply to guns, bikes, guitars, etc: "My biggest nightmare is that my wife thinks I died and sells my ______ (bikes/guns/guitars/other pricey toy) for the price I told her I paid for them."
The bike wasn't stolen, the guy had it sitting around for years and didn't use it anymore. He needed some quick cash and after looking at what they go for used he new wouldn't sell it quickly if he asked more than that for it.
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Wow I didn't expect my post to receive so many replies. Some of these replies are hilarious. The ones comparing buying my bike vs buying at your local bike shop don't really apply here. First of all these bikes can only be bought online, secondly a comparable bike at a local shop is going to be like a Trek DS that is $500-$600. People have the right to spend their money the way they want. I can understand wanting to buy local and have the warranties, supporting your local commuty and all that. But we are talking about saving $40 off the bike and the cost of a tune up at the bike shop. If you think saving $100 on a barely used bike that sells for $370 new is a bad deal I am never going to understand that. To each their own I guess. Personally it doesn't make any sense to me. Now if your talking about saving $100 on a $1,000 bike that I can buy new at my local bike shop then I get it.
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For what you have into the Motobecane,I would keep it,add fenders,and use it for bad weather. Get the road bike for your 'good' bike.
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Old 11-06-13, 09:53 AM   #38
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Now if your talking about saving $100 on a $1,000 bike that I can buy new at my local bike shop then I get it.
I don't get that. I would pay no more than $600 for that same bike.

I bought my current bike, Marin Highway One, barely used for half off what the owner had paid and about a year old.
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Old 11-06-13, 06:34 PM   #39
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Even though i ride mostly on the road, the thing I hate about road bikes is they *only* work on the road. I don't feel good riding them on even gravel, and anyy nice fireroads or single track I might see on a ride are out of the question. All so I can go a fraction of a hair faster on roads I ride on non competitively.
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a Hybrid [700c-34 tires] with Drop bars seems to be called a Cross bike /gravel-grinder , now.

roadie road bike stick to 28 and skinnier tires, because that what fits.
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I don't get that. I would pay no more than $600 for that same bike.

I bought my current bike, Marin Highway One, barely used for half off what the owner had paid and about a year old.
What I meant was if I was only saving $100 on a $1,000 bike then I would just pay the extra $100 and buy it new at the shop. But $100 off a $370 bike I would take the $100 off and buy the used one.
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What I meant was if I was only saving $100 on a $1,000 bike then I would just pay the extra $100 and buy it new at the shop. But $100 off a $370 bike I would take the $100 off and buy the used one.
That is exactly why many here have already stated $250-275 is a reasonable price. You are tacking on monetary value of services such as assembly and tune-up which certainly add value but not a whole lot of resale value.
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...For what you have into the Motobecane,I would keep it, add fenders, and use it for bad weather...
+1.

You'll take a big loss on it if you sell it now (it's used, even if less than 100 miles), so just keep it. Ride it in the rain, or after it has rained, and keep your new bike nice and clean.
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