tips on finding an old bianchi volpe (or surly cross check)
I was reading another person's post on finding bikes for a poor grad student and sympathizing, especially because my car was stolen and I'm switching over to a bike, which I don't have yet. I'm going to be doing a crazy commute that involves Wilmington traffic, rural roads, dirt roads, some hills, and I started looking at touring and cyclocross bikes, leaning slightly toward the latter. Good condition, used complete bikes are just not to be found; and even the bike shops are empty in August, not that I can afford what they're selling right now. Nobody really seems to sell a used Surly Cross Check, which is actually kind of a decent recommendation for getting a new one, which I can't really afford. I rode a friend's Volpe, which I really liked, though it was too big. Does anyone who's been doing this a while have any tips on finding a used Volpe of any vintage? I ride a really short top tube even though I'm tall -- the 49 is ideal (has a top tube of about 51). A 52 is ok, too. But the smaller sizes seem even harder to find.