Student/ Film Lover/ Soccer Fan here in ATX. I stumbled upon the forum while trying to do some research on what will be my first road bike (or any bicycle for that matter) purchase. I'm a novice who's only riding experience in the past few years has been with friends' mountain bikes that have been left in my yard for extended periods of time. I've been keeping my eye on craigslist here- and have budgeted $200 to spend on the purchase.
Tonight I traveled up to the northern edge of the city to look at a TREK 400, described as follows:
"Trek 400 Road Bike with Shimano components. Brand New Seat, New bike chain and New cables plus housing installed. Good tires and both wheels equiped with quick released."
It was dark by the time I got there, so I couldn't examine the bike as closely as I'd have liked- but it seemed in excellent condition (no rusting, dents, fissures, etc.) I couldn't get a real in depth feel for the ride, as I only had a parking lot at my disposal, but it seemed to move pretty well. The only things I noticed were the back brake being less responsive than the front (this may be normal for all I know) and the location of the shifters being totally foreign to me. The actual gear shifting I did, although very limited, seemed to go smoothly.
Being indecisive by nature, making purchases is not something that comes easily for me.
I told the seller that I'd think about it overnight and get back to him. The information that I've found on the Trek 400 seems to indicate that the price point for the bike ranges pretty drastically depending on the condition. However, I realize that's a pretty blanket statement that could apply to any bike. So I guess my question is... assuming good condition and the market here in Austin, is $200 a reasonable price for this bike?
Full listing with picture here
I also just came across two other listings:
1.Bianchi road bike for $200
2. Motobecane Nomade Sprint Road Bike for $140 (a bit of rust?)
Having no idea about the quality and value of brands and models, is someone able to point me in the right direction here?
I'd really appreciate any input/advice from this fine community!
*P.S. I have a feeling this may be more appropriate under a different topic heading. Road Cycling? Classic & Vintage?