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    Noob in dire bike help.. I mean asap.... I mean nowww

    Hey..
    thanks for helping me out (in advanced)
    So i dont kno diddily squat about bicycles...
    all i know is..
    i moved to seattle... (student)
    i go to the UW...
    tuition is CRAP...
    so i sold my car..

    Now i've been PLEADING on craigslist..
    and someone has answered my call...
    I HAVE A PIC OF THE BIKE ON REQUEST..
    i dont know what it is..
    other then "Nashiki Sport"
    I'm meeting with the guy tomorrow.
    he's an older gentlman who i met on campus today.

    He says 80 dollars for the bike... and went on about how its been stored at room temp in his house..
    and NOT A SINGLE SCRATCH.

    i have the pic...

    He says everything is fine.. and that i must get a bicycle lubricant..
    i felt that WD-40 would be ok.

    BUT PLEASEE.
    its spring break... not much cash,
    and all i want is a Road Bike.. like this one.

    PLEASE if you are reading.
    email me ASAP.

    jjameson43@yahoo.com

    OR

    n0tcreatLve@aol.

    (BOTH ARE SPELT CORRECTLY... the second one is the best to reach me... and n0(<- its a zero) tcreatLve@aol.com
    again n0tcreatLve@aol.com its a ZERO and an L. Not to be thought of as an o and an i.

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCED...
    again
    I WILL SEND U A PIC..
    BUT I NEED REASSURANCE THAT THIS BIKE IS A GOOD CATCH.
    THANKS

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    1. Post a pic

    2. Make sure it fits

    3. Don't go near it with WD-40. Use proper oil, chain lube, and grease as the occassion requires.

    4. If the condition is a good as you say and it fits $80 seems Like a good buy.

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    Nishiki is a reputable brand of bike, it sounds like a fair deal to me. And I agree, don't use WD-40, it's not really a lubricant, it's a water displacement product. Spend the couple dollars it will cost to go to a bike shop and pick up some chain lube made specifically for bikes. You'll thank yourself down the road!

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    I must respectfully disagree with the above advice.
    WD40 is juice of the cycling gods !
    Having lived in two extremely salty environments, Vermont and Florida shoreline,
    the method my bikes have come to appreciate the most is simply turning them upside
    down, spraying the whole bike and lightly wiping it off after. Also, a chain needs almost
    no oil. Oil collects road grit and sploodgie. I think you will find you chain stays
    cleaner, longer by using something very thin like WD or even a mixture of kerosene
    and lite motor oil
    The Nishiki sounds like a great buy, by the way
    -ADVOCACY-☜ Radical VC = Car people on bikes. Just say "NO"

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    The reason wd40 is bad is because it will suck all the remaining lubricant from past treatments out, then evaporate, leaving you with absolutely nothing to grease the chain with. Since you'll be riding in the rain and locking up outside, I would suggest a good wet lubricant. Just go to any bike shop and ask if your not sure what to get. When you lube the chain, just apply about 1 drop per link of chain, then run the pedals around for a while to make sure it works its way in there, then wipe the lube off the outside with an old rag/t shirt/sock.
    Also if you have any questions about cycling in Seattle, drop me a pm and I'll see if I can help.

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    So, did you get the bike?

    Welcome to BikeForums .

    Introduce yourself in the PNW regional forum, too.

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    Thank youuuu

    Thank you EVERYONE..
    man, i got the bike..
    i was a little short..
    but the gentleman was ok with it.
    I got it for 50 dollars.
    Got it a tune up.. and had the pro's lube it.
    they did it for free, and mentioned not to use wb-40 like alot of you said.
    so thanksss for that one.
    Its pretty clean.

    But... lol its not what i was looking for.

    it seems i was looking for a carbon fiber bike....
    lol it wasnt a waste of time though. i love riding this bike.

    And actually... a close friend of mine (now) in this beautiful city of seattle needs rent money..
    and has offered to sell me THIS bike...

    MY NEW NISHIKI (OLD) BIKE IS THE ONE IN THE RED...
    THIS NEW BIKE.. HE WANTS TO SELL TO ME IS IN THE BLUE.. its an Bochiette Italian bicycle.. he wasnts 100 dollars for it?

    WHAT DO YOU ALL SAY?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Jon View Post
    MY NEW NISHIKI (OLD) BIKE IS THE ONE IN THE RED...
    THIS NEW BIKE.. HE WANTS TO SELL TO ME IS IN THE BLUE.. its an Bochiette Italian bicycle.. he wasnts 100 dollars for it?

    WHAT DO YOU ALL SAY?
    I've seen the blue bike on Seattle CL for a few days now. I'd stay away unless you have a lot of time, skill and money to fix it up. Might have been a nice bike in its day but it likely needs new cables, tires, tubes, chain, brake pads, etc. etc.

    Enjoy the Nishiki. If you need cheap parts and/or advice to upgrade visit Recycled Cycles on Boat street near the U.

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    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH MAN...
    im actually chatting with the guy.
    i will probably stay away..
    and try and save up for a carbon fiber bicycle..
    I APPRECIATE IT ALOT
    thanks bro.

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    sorry- accidental double post
    Last edited by BengeBoy; 03-30-09 at 03:15 AM. Reason: accidental double post

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    Stay with the Nishiki.

    Once you start having to fix things up on the blue bike you will spend much more than the original purchase price.

    Besides, red bikes are faster....

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    The Nishiki looks solid. I'd say keep it as well taken care of as you can, and it'll be a trusty bike. As for the carbon fiber... they are pretty expensive, and make sure you've got a good lock.

    Happy riding.
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