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    Bike Deal Help

    Hello all,

    I know I'm looking at a 13 year old, $75 bike on CL so I'm under no delusions that this thing will last me for decades and satisfy my every need on the trails. I'm just trying to pick up a beginner, get-me-by MTB to hit some easy (mostly hardpack) trails on so that I'm not using my commuter for off-roading. I'm gonna save up over the winter for a new (or newer) hardtail 29er for next year.

    My questions to y'all are the following. This is my first time buying a used bike, so what things should I look over before I hand over the $$? Just based on appearances, might this be a decent bike for the price? I was drawn to the fact that it's got trigger shift. I can't stand grip shifters.

    The bike in question is here:
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    And here's the CL ad:
    Mountain bike, 28in, men's, Giant Boulder - $75
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    how tall are you? if this bike is the right size, I've seen worse bikes that people have paid more than $75 for...

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    I'm 6' 2". I've ridden 20" mtbs before and they felt about right so I think 19.5 would be fine.

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    I'm 6' 3" and rode a 19.5 for years. I did tweak it for me. For $75, IF the welds all look good, rims roll true and the shifters and brakes are operating fine then jump on that bike. For that price you can afford to put on some tires and maybe get a tune up. This may be the deal of the week.

    BUT as Colin points out, make sure it feels like something you can ride for hours at a time.
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    Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to check it out tomorrow. I'll post an update afterwards in case anyone's interested. If anyone else has any other suggestions on what to look for, I'd appreciate the advice.

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    Turns out the guy sold it to someone 10 minutes before I showed up, even though he knew I was coming to get it. Guess my idea of CL selling etiquette was different than his.

    Oh well.
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    Well-DANG!
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyota View Post
    Turns out the guy sold it to someone 10 minutes before I showed up, even though he knew I was coming to get it. Guess my idea of CL selling etiquette was different than his.

    Oh well.
    If you find another, tell them you are definitely going over to see it and agree on a time, ask them to hold the bike. My experience with that approach is, over 90% of the folks will honor that agreement, but you have to keep up your end of the bargain and show up on time. There is a small percentage who will sell the bike out from under you, just like there are a few jerks on ebay that promise their bike is gold when it's crap.
    Here's another tip. If the bike is exactly what you want and the price is REALLY low but you can't get to it for several hours, offer a small amount over asking on the condition the bike is in good shape when checked out. As an example, a guy was selling a set of Ksyrium SL wheels on CL for $125. I contacted him and offered $140 if he'd hold them until 6PM when I got off work. He agreed. I still got a great deal, but aced out all the others who called after I did, and there were several. Just a thought.
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