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    Used bike sales in Seattle area?

    I've recently begun dating a fantastic woman who I'd like to introduce to biking. Can anyone here suggest good places to shop for used bikes in the Seattle/Everett area?

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    Craigslist is likely the best for both selection and price. Recycled Cycles in the UW district (Boat Street?) sell new and used, both parts and full bikes. Could also search ebay, but limit your search to the Seattle area.

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    I'd second the reference to Recycled Cycles - they are a quality place with people that treat you well. You might also try 2nd Ascent (Ballard and U Dist.) but bikes aren't a primary focus for them and much of the staff aren't knowledgable about cycling.

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    I hadn't thought of Craig's List. I'm a woodworker, and have looked there occasionally for machine tools (jointers, etc.) and the sellers all seem to be smoking something, with regard to price. But I will give it a look for bikes, and also Recycled Cycles. Thanks.

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    Found this one on Craigslist 1997 Trek 720 MultiTrack Women's Hybrid/Commuter Bike 15"Frame I have a very similar Trek 7100, which I paid $280 for new in 2005. So, $240 for a used model which is 8 years older seems a wee bit high (as in ~2X) I do see this one's been listed for about a month. What might a reasonable price be for a bike the type/age/condition of this one?

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    I would offer $ 125.
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    I've never had success with the used market here.

    In my experience, the stuff at Recycled Cycles is not that much of a discount over new, unless it is really old and junky looking. Same thing with Craigslist, unless you are real lucky.

    My advice would be to go to performance bike and buy a new entry level bike that works with your price range.

    My other thought, which probably isn't going to be popular, is to look at bikesdirect.com

    My brother bought an aluminum roadbike with 105 components for less than $1000 a few years back. The bike has held up for STP for 2 or 3 years.
    Last edited by j-law; 06-01-14 at 10:44 AM.
    2008 Fuji Newest 1.0
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    You can search Craigslisting's State wide or nation wide to get help with what prices seller's are asking for bikes.

    The whole of WA State can be searched at once here: Washington . Just rememberer to select *bikes* from the drop down box, saying which forum you want searched. And fill in all the check boxes to include all the State Craigslists.
    You can search for 3 terms at a time and set dollar limits on which results will be returned. So you could search for Trek 7100, Trek 7200 and *Women's* and maybe ask for results from $50 to $250 . You could then re-order the results you get to show the lowest priced items first, building to the more expensive ads (there should be icons to click, think they are growing or diminishing $$$ signs, to order the list the way you want.

    Search all of Craigslist with this link: All of Craigslist

    This will also search all of Craigslist, nation wide (just copy and paste it into your address bar): site:craigslist > sites Trek 7200
    ..., change the part that says *Trek 7200* to anything you hope to find.

    Search Ebay completed auctions to get an idea of what something's selling for.., a quick look shows several Trek 720 bikes selling from $63 and up (Trek 720 in Cycling | eBay <--- Copy and paste that address into your browser address bar and it should show you the results I saw...)

    And this website might help the ID/Value of a Trek :Vintage Trek Bikes- Information on Steel Road Bicycles made by the Trek Bicycle Corporation, bike

    Here's a Trek 750 Multitrack in Lake Tapps for $40: http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bik/4486831271.html (don't know the size, ...but it looks kind of small, like the one you were looking at?)
    Last edited by mrtibbs_here; 06-03-14 at 01:43 AM.

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    Thanks all for the replies, great info!

    So, Mr. Tibbs: What do they call you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JilnQUU7Rs

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    Har har..., yes, something about that scene (and movie) that I've liked since the first time I saw it as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtibbs_here View Post
    Har har..., yes, something about that scene (and movie) that I've liked since the first time I saw it as a kid.
    It's an excellent film. I got the reference immediately! Thanks for your detailed reply to my post, I appreciate your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-law View Post
    I've never had success with the used market here.

    In my experience, the stuff at Recycled Cycles is not that much of a discount over new, unless it is really old and junky looking. Same thing with Craigslist, unless you are real lucky.

    My advice would be to go to performance bike and buy a new entry level bike that works with your price range.

    My other thought, which probably isn't going to be popular, is to look at bikesdirect.com

    My brother bought an aluminum roadbike with 105 components for less than $1000 a few years back. The bike has held up for STP for 2 or 3 years.
    I do not agree with the lack of deals on CL. I have had excellent luck on CL and scored some amazing deals. It just takes some patience and a little luck. Also, educate yourself on the prices of new items. This will help you identify what is truely a good deal when you see it.

    Never found what I would have considered even an OK deal at Recycled Cycles. Quite over priced IMO. I have purchased a few small parts from them, but only because they had it and I didn't have to waste a lot of time searching other places.

    Your suggestions to look into new, entry level bikes is something I agree with. IMO, for the average recreational cyclist it is easy to find a reasonable quality bike as long as you avoid the department store junk. Anymore the quality of components from Shimano, SRAM, and Campy are very good, even at the bottom of their price ranges, and will serve you well for many years. You really can't go too wrong. Take the current Tiaga level components from Shimano. Fantastic value IMO. I've heard that the new Claris components are quite good too. The lower end components may not be as light, elegant, or smooth as the more expensive stuff, but the trickle down tech from the more expensive stuff is obvious.

    I agree with the sugguestion to check Performance and BD. They both offer reasonable quality bikes that would suit the needs of most just fine. Of course, nothing wrong with used either. Just make sure if you go used, it isn't worn out and in need of more replacement parts than it is worth.

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    I guess i should have clarified that my brother bought his bike from Bikes direct.

    I bought an entry level fuji from Performance Bike and it has served me well for several years now.
    2008 Fuji Newest 1.0
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    another shout out to recycled cycles, that's where I picked up my first "adult" bike while attending UW. Actually, I found the bike on CL but the guy I bought it from bought it at recycled cycles and never used it... so in essence, he was just holding it for me.

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