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Old 01-20-08, 01:49 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for bike recommendation

Just lost all pregnancy and marriage weight. Now I am looking for a bike to ride about 5 times a week for 30 minutes to 1 hour to stay fit. From the research I've done, I know I should stay away from x-mart bikes, but other than that I am clueless. I do want a used bike since I cannot spend huge amount on a new bike. I am 5'0" and have found two 14" bikes on craigslist, a Cannondale M200 14" Mountain Bike and Centurion Road Bike for really good price. However, I don't know much about either brand. Would these meet my needs? What are good questions to ask the sellers? I plan on visiting lbs to see what they have.
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Old 01-20-08, 06:46 PM   #2
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Check out if the gear shifters work on the Canondale. If they do, and the bike fits, it should be perfect. When the tires wear you should put some smooth ones on instead of the nobbies. The Centurion is likely to have downtube shifters which wil make for harder gear shifting. Ask the LBS for advice on bike fit.
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I am 5'0" and have found two 14" bikes on craigslist, a Cannondale M200 14" Mountain Bike and Centurion Road Bike for really good price. However, I don't know much about either brand. Would these meet my needs? What are good questions to ask the sellers? I plan on visiting lbs to see what they have.
I agree with the recommendations for the Cannondale. The Centurion is likely a mid-80's early 90's bike. It could work fine but the drivetrain components will be older and maybe harder to find replacements when they wear or at least give you fewer options than something newer.

Basic questions to ask are:
- Has the bike been wrecked.
- If so was the frame damaged or any parts bent, broken, replaced
- Are the wheels true
- Any bottom bracket or crank problems
- Any derailleur problems
- Any headset problems
- If a shock fork, are there any problems with the shock
- You'll want to know how worn the chain and cassette is

If you like the bike and want to buy it, I would try to arrange so that you can have a 3rd party bike shop look over the bike (probably at your expense) to look for any problems that might be hidden. It will cost you maybe $50 max but would be well worth the piece of mind. Derailleur and headset problems are not too bad. Chain and cassette are fixable also. I'd stay away from a shock or frame problem. Bottom brackets can be tricky, not too bad if it is just the BB but it could be an indication of other problems. Cranks aren't bad but they can be expensive.

You may find that you need to modify the setup of the bike to make it comfortable for you. Something like a new stem and handlbar. A new seat might be needed also. With all the changes, it might push the cost of the bike to near new. Good luck, I hope the bike works for you.
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Old 01-25-08, 04:23 PM   #4
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Just lost all pregnancy and marriage weight. Now I am looking for a bike to ride about 5 times a week for 30 minutes to 1 hour to stay fit. From the research I've done, I know I should stay away from x-mart bikes, but other than that I am clueless. I do want a used bike since I cannot spend huge amount on a new bike. I am 5'0" and have found two 14" bikes on craigslist, a Cannondale M200 14" Mountain Bike and Centurion Road Bike for really good price. However, I don't know much about either brand. Would these meet my needs? What are good questions to ask the sellers? I plan on visiting lbs to see what they have.
You have listed two decent brand bikes, but it is difficult to suggest what would meet your needs the most. What type of riding do you plan on doing? Paved path, street, rail trails, off road?

Just keep in mind that when you are buying an old bike, the value will greatly depend on how well it was cared for and how much use it has seen.

My $.02 is that you should only consider a road bike if you plan on riding surface streets exclusively. The low volume/high pressure tires on a road bike can be very jarring if you ride paths with a lot of bumps, irregularities, or transitions between path/driveways. I only ride my roadie for longish rides on paved streets. I ride one of my mountain bikes, even on paved bike paths.
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