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Old 06-10-08, 09:01 PM   #1
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What to do with this bike?

At Sunday's Tour de Cure, there was a drawing for a new Bianchi road bike. Amazingly, they pulled my name!

Sadly, I was not present at the drawing - at the time, I was suffering somewhere on Tunitas Creek - so I picked it up this morning from the American Diabetes Association's office. It's a Via Nirone 7 / Sora Mix Compact, which is certainly more than I could ask for given that it was a gift.


(Ignore the Veloce group in the pic, this was the only image I could find of the white paint job and Jalco rims)

Problem is, it's a 55 cm, and the correct size for me is probably 59 cm, since my current bike is a 60 cm Trek.

So the question is, what should I do with this bike? My main options seem to be:
  • Sell it and use the money towards a new bike or to upgrade my current bike
  • Keep it around for friends who want to come on rides with me but don't have a bike
  • Call Bicycle Outfitter and see if they'll exchange it for a different size

Any thoughts / other ideas?
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Old 06-10-08, 09:16 PM   #2
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Oh wow. That's a beaut. Congrats!!

I'd call the LBS and see if they will trade. We give a bike away at our raffles every year and the LBS is more than happy to trade for the proper size.
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Old 06-10-08, 09:22 PM   #3
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Exchange/upgrade - to that Veloce group, for instance...
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Considering it's an entry-level bike, I would choose option 1 (sell and use money to upgrade your existing bike).
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You could take it to Bicycle Outfitter and discuss some options. Maybe they'd give you a credit for what the bike is worth. You could take that credit and upgrad your current bike. Rather then try and sell it off and get a decent price. Sometimes the store credit is less hassle and equal if not more then what you'd get in a private sale.

Just my thoughts. Nice that you won though, this is what I would call a "good problem" to have.
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To resurrect the thread: I ended up going the "pay it forward" route and selling it to a friend who is just getting in to cycling for a fraction of what it's worth. Now, the question is, since I really should be using the money on cycling-related things, what's the most worthwhile upgrade I can make to my setup for low-to-mid three figures? I'm thinking wheels.
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What is your bike build currently?
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Be sure to be aware of any tax ramifications. You may be liable to pay income tax on the market price of the bike. I don't know if it's the case, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn recently. Congrats on the bike.
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