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Old 07-31-10, 03:12 PM   #1
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1999 Lemond Tourmalet...

So as of my first post I think I have found my first road bike...a 1999 Lemond Tourmalet. It is in great shape, no chips in the paint, components have been serviced/upgraded and the guy is selling it for $275. What do you guys say, is this a good find or should I keep searching??
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Only if it fits. Sounds like a good deal for a Lemond.
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Depends if it fits properly. Keep in mind Lemonds run a bit "odd" in the sizing.
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Depends if it fits properly. Keep in mind Lemonds run a bit "odd" in the sizing.
Huh? How so?
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Sounds like a good deal as long as it fits you correctly and the bike is ride ready. Be sure to check out the components, especially the shifters. Run them up and down through the gears, both front and back. If all is well, $275 is not a bad price. Around here that bike would sell for about $350.
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In response to the sizing comments, the bike is 51cm...I was fitted a few days ago on a Giant road bike and told I would fit best on a 52cm...is that much of a difference given alot of you said the Lemond is odd-sized?
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That would be perfect, they run just a touch big with their slightly longer TT. I was fitted for a 53/54ish bike, but I wouldnt go for a 54 tourmalet, as I'd be a little stretched out on it.

So yeah, snatch it up and post pics!
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"Odd sized" could refer to the fact that Lemond road bikes only came in odd number sizes for many years. Or it could refer to the fact that Lemonds traditionally had a longer top tube than other road bikes.
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I did a little research on the LeMond sizing question, and found this nice explanation of their geometry and philosophy from the '01 LeMond website:

http://web.archive.org/web/200104111.../geometry.html
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Well ModernMacgyver... did you get it? We want pictures.
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Thanks for the link Chaadster, that explained alot of it. I'm going to go check out the bike in the next few days, its a ways from where I am so I'm trying to get the seller to tell me everything he possibly can about it and what's on the bike, but yes I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get it and I'll post pics of it as soon as I do.
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