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    Lemond Buenos Aires 2004

    I am about to buy a 2004 Lemond Buenos Aires. Tomorrow it will be mine. But my LBS is selling it to me for $2000. Is that a good price for the bike? I have heard nothing but good things about Lemond bikes, Buenos Aires has great reviews. I just don't want to over pay for the bike. Is $2000 too much?

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    $2k seems to be the going rate. The updated '04 with it's combination of steel and carbon is too new - making it unlikely that shops would be willing to discount it much. A year from now may be different but for now, go for it.

    Great bike BTW...

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    That's probably full list, depending on how it's spec'd.
    I assume you're getting the triple? Any changes in components from the standard spec?

    I have the 2004 Buenos Aires. Have over 1400 miles on it, and still love it - terrific, smooth ride, great fit for me, no complaints.

    It SOUNDS like you've already bought this bike, in which case your ability to negotiate a better deal may already have come and gone. Some LBSs won't discount the bike much if at all, but if not, they'll often give you a reasonable discount on additional accessories as part of the "package".

    You might want to at least ask for that, especially if you need any other gear (saddle bag, tools, spare tubes, pump, biking clothing, new shoes, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H
    That's probably full list, depending on how it's spec'd.
    I assume you're getting the triple? Any changes in components from the standard spec?

    I have the 2004 Buenos Aires. Have over 1400 miles on it, and still love it - terrific, smooth ride, great fit for me, no complaints.

    It SOUNDS like you've already bought this bike, in which case your ability to negotiate a better deal may already have come and gone. Some LBSs won't discount the bike much if at all, but if not, they'll often give you a reasonable discount on additional accessories as part of the "package".

    You might want to at least ask for that, especially if you need any other gear (saddle bag, tools, spare tubes, pump, biking clothing, new shoes, etc.)
    What changes would you recomend?

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    [QUOTE=Allen H]
    I assume you're getting the triple?
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    FWIW, mine's a double.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAR85
    What changes would you recomend?
    I wasn't recommending any - just asking whether there were any possible mark-ups for spec changes, since the MSRP for the Buenos Aires triple is ~$2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAR85
    I am about to buy a 2004 Lemond Buenos Aires. Tomorrow it will be mine. But my LBS is selling it to me for $2000. Is that a good price for the bike? I have heard nothing but good things about Lemond bikes, Buenos Aires has great reviews. I just don't want to over pay for the bike. Is $2000 too much?
    I've had the 2004 Zurich for 1100 miles now and I absolutely love it. I would not trade it for any other bike. FWIW, I got the triple because, as the LBS owner said, it's $30 now and over $200 later. He called it a "bail out" gear. I am glad I got it because I have attempted hills I never would have on my other bike, and that bail out has come in very handy.

    By the way, I paid $2230. The only difference is I got 700x25 tires vice 700x23 that come stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekRider
    I've had the 2004 Zurich for 1100 miles now and I absolutely love it. I would not trade it for any other bike. FWIW, I got the triple because, as the LBS owner said, it's $30 now and over $200 later. He called it a "bail out" gear. I am glad I got it because I have attempted hills I never would have on my other bike, and that bail out has come in very handy.

    By the way, I paid $2230. The only difference is I got 700x25 tires vice 700x23 that come stock.

    Well you got a hell of a deal then. I went on and bought the 2004 Buenos Aires, paid $2000 for it. I may have paid alittle on the high side, but I'm sure when the bike gets here(should only take a week) I will not care wow much I paid for it. The LBS owner said that the 04 Buenos Aires goes for $2091, but he sold it to me for $2000. I can't wait to get it. I'm going to take it out for a 50 mile ride on the first day!

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    Can I be the first to suggest if this is your first ride to try 30? Sorry to kill the excitement but 50 is a pretty rough first ride. I know you said you're a runner but so am I and it isn't the same. Just like any sport don't start too fast. You'll feel a lot better anout biking if your first experience leaves you wanting more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAR85
    Well you got a hell of a deal then. I went on and bought the 2004 Buenos Aires, paid $2000 for it. I may have paid alittle on the high side, but I'm sure when the bike gets here(should only take a week) I will not care wow much I paid for it. The LBS owner said that the 04 Buenos Aires goes for $2091, but he sold it to me for $2000. I can't wait to get it. I'm going to take it out for a 50 mile ride on the first day!
    The Zurich once listed for almost $2500, but when I bought it, the list had dropped to $2300 and I got it for $2230.

    Personally, I would not recommend going all out the first day. There is a possibility that some parts need "shaking out," especially the wheel set. On mine, the rear wheel developed a severe wobble after about 30 miles and I had to have it re-trued. Two spokes had worked loose, as sometimes happens. Another 50 miles and two more worked loose, but I was carrying a spare spoke wrench and fixed the problem on the spot. Also, the rear derailleru cable streched and needed adjustment, but that is a minor thing that you should be able to handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilthemeal
    Can I be the first to suggest if this is your first ride to try 30? Sorry to kill the excitement but 50 is a pretty rough first ride. I know you said you're a runner but so am I and it isn't the same. Just like any sport don't start too fast. You'll feel a lot better anout biking if your first experience leaves you wanting more.

    I wasn't really being serius about 50 miles, but if my butt could handle the seat I think I could do it. I've been riding 20 miles a day on a mountain bike for some time now. Endurence is not a problem, I would run 10 miles a day durning Cross-Country season, but that was about a year ago. I run alot shorter now, like 3 miles.

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    Cograts on the Lemond BA!!!... I was drooling at that one but couldn't quite fit it in my budget(knew I'd be getting new pedal, shoes, etc..)That is a sweet ride.
    I'm jealous. I ended up w/the Reno, and still very happy!!
    PS--take it easy the first day.. I later found out I didn't(Read: my ass!) like the saddle....ended up getting a Selle italia turbomatic, which I like a whole lot better!

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    Congrats,

    I pick up my 04 Zurich tomorrow...Out the door for $2,200 (tax and all).

    Read my related post about FINALLY buying one. I'm going to update the post with NEW info...you'll have to read to see what happened.

    PJ

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