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Old 05-31-11, 12:28 PM   #1
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New to road bikes, Need recommendations

Hello

I recently decided to get into roadbikes and was trying to find a cheap decent quality road bike I could learn the ropes with and just kind of beat around. I was looking on Craigslist and found a Centurion Lemans roadbike for sale for 225 dollars and was wondering if this was a decent price and what to look for.
Any other recommendations for bikes in the 100-200 price range would be greatly appreciated as well.

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Any pics of the bike?
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here is one:

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/2399812889.html


and here is another:

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/2409649339.html
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Nice looking bikes

$150 would be a normal price in my area.
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are they any good?
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You would have to look at them in person.
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You have to look at the bikes in person. I would recommend saving up some more cash and purchasing a slightly used aluminum frame (2003-present).

That said, I did make a "steal" purchase on a Centurion Ironman Expert for $25.00


$140 for a 1990 Miyata 721a



Both amazing deals and amazing bikes. You can score a good deal on an older bike, but it will take patience and a lot of rejection. You need to be vigilant and know what to look for. Downtube shifters are something to look for on older bikes.

I would pass on both those bikes at that price point. Just my opinion though.
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I think you can do better on the price. That's really an old bike.

The most important factor though is the size. The frame has to fit you. The link you provided shows a quite small frame so don't expect to enjoy it if you are 6'.

Provide your height and inseam (bare feet, slightly spread apart, measurement between floor and your crotch) we should be able to provide you with a size estimate you should look at.
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thanks for the advice, I was going to ask for a lower price but it doesn't seem like they are worth it now. I got myself measured at a bike shop before and 54 cm was the best fit, I am 5'8
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