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    Best deal between these 3 bikes?

    Purchasing a new bike, this will be my everyday rider (don't own a car). Will purchase a race bike in the future. Haven't contacted any of these sellers, so don't know if they're willing to negotiate. However, considering that the ads have been posted for several weeks they should be flexible.

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/4284082890.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/4299722018.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/bik/4319729931.html

    Kind of leaning towards the Lemond, should be the lightest bike of the group,mane the reviews have said it's comfortable for long distance rides

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    I vote for the Motobecane.

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    I like the CAAD and it might be lighter than the Lemond. I can't really tell what components are on either bike and that would be important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggle View Post
    I vote for the Motobecane.
    Yup...

    But holy hell are those handlebars turned up! Those stinking hood are almost pointing backwards!

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    I vote for the Lemond. The Reynolds 853 frame is very nice. So is SRAM force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    I like the CAAD and it might be lighter than the Lemond. I can't really tell what components are on either bike and that would be important.
    Gary
    The ad says 9 speed Force on the LeMond. The CAAD looks like it has Shimano brifters, so I would guess Ultegra.

    Not sure that all Tourmalets are Reynolds 853, though, and the ad doesn't specify the year.

    For aluminum, the CAAD all day long over the Moto.

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    I like the LeMond the best. I'm just a bit confused by the 9s Force group, as it was introduced as a 10s group.
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    Whichever bike fits you best and makes you happiest is the one you should get. If you're concerned about money, just buy the cheapest one. But is $200 really worth worrying about that much? Hopefully, you'll have the bike for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by link0 View Post
    I vote for the Lemond. The Reynolds 853 frame is very nice. So is SRAM force.
    I'm not a fan of SRAM, but if you like it I'd get the Lemond.

    Which one fits you best?

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    Plan to have the bike for years and ride it everyday. 200 dollars is not a deal breaker. I've only looked at non carbon frames because I was advised not to buy used carbon. Most I'm willing to spend is about 900

    Cane supporters, what makes you choose the bike other than price. Shimano over SRAM?

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    All three are very good choices so you can't go wrong. The Motobecane has a triple crankset though. It also has a carbon rear triangle. I don't like either those things.

    SRAM Force vs Shimano Ultegra is mainly a personal preference thing (ergonomics and double-tap shifting). They are both 2nd from their respective Brand's top of the line and are very comparable in quality.

    The CAAD9 is considered to be a very stiff race bike, so you may find it a bit less comfortable than the other two for longer rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post

    Cane supporters, what makes you choose the bike other than price. Shimano over SRAM?
    the Lemond frame is the best of the 3, and even though I dislike SRAM, many here would argue that Force is better than 6600 Shimano.

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    Everyday ride? Steel for sure. Plus, SRAM rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    I like the CAAD and it might be lighter than the Lemond. I can't really tell what components are on either bike and that would be important.
    Gary
    Got ahold of Lemond seller. Says SRAM force and red cassette, 11-25 carbon rear derailed, carbon SRAM Sti shifters. Also claims 0 miles on new build, says he had it done in winter but now needs money.

    Sent email to CAAD seller but no reply yet. Also found someone with a CAAD9 56cm and they said weight was 19 pounds.

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    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/4312436290.html

    hmm, what makes this bike worth 1K? It has an older frame and components than the other 3 bikes I listed

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/4312436290.html

    hmm, what makes this bike worth 1K? It has an older frame and components than the other 3 bikes I listed
    The Basso is a classic Italian road bike, so the price is a bit inflated.

    I would love to own that bike, but not as my primary ride.

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    Get the caad. Only one that was properly photographed. If the frame is in good shape also worth upgrading as you go. Can't really speak to the other two. Sounds like the Lemond has good components. My caad weights about 17lbs and many people get theirs down to 15.
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    OK, I've spoken to all 3 sellers. The CAAD is running a tiagra set. So it seems I'm taking 2 steps down from the other two bikes as far as components. I will test all 3, probably Wednesday. What's standard protocol when test riding a used bike? I'd like to take each one on a 5 mile spin to get a feel for them, I know many sellers would not feel comfortable with that due to all the scumbags and thieves out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
    OK, I've spoken to all 3 sellers. The CAAD is running a tiagra set. So it seems I'm taking 2 steps down from the other two bikes as far as components. I will test all 3, probably Wednesday. What's standard protocol when test riding a used bike? I'd like to take each one on a 5 mile spin to get a feel for them, I know many sellers would not feel comfortable with that due to all the scumbags and thieves out there.

    good luck with that... last time I bought a bike off craigslist (granted it was a trek 7.2 for $200) I left my backpack with the seller, rode around the block, checked everything out, and handed him the cash afterwards. Hell, I don't think my lbs would let someone ride a bike for 5 miles and then return it without making a purchase.
    The caad9 is pretty damn expensive for what it is, $800 for a tiagra (9 speed I assume) is asking for way too much, $600 would be more reasonable. even then, I'm not sure I would take it over the motobecane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
    OK, I've spoken to all 3 sellers. The CAAD is running a tiagra set. So it seems I'm taking 2 steps down from the other two bikes as far as components. I will test all 3, probably Wednesday. What's standard protocol when test riding a used bike? I'd like to take each one on a 5 mile spin to get a feel for them, I know many sellers would not feel comfortable with that due to all the scumbags and thieves out there.
    I would expect the seller to request some form of collateral (preferably non-cash). When I was selling my bike, I made the buyer leave me his driver's license. If the seller requests you leave cash, I would leave <50% of the asking price. Basically, leave an amount where if he decides to skip you're comfortable with the price of the bike. A ~15 min ride should be standard, but confirm the duration with the seller before heading out.

    Look the bike over thoroughly. Check that the wheels are true with a quick spin that they don't rub the brakes. I would take it for a quick spin around the parking lot initially, then talk to the seller before heading on a longer ride. Make sure it shifts smoothly and doesn't have weird squeaks or rattles.

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    Thanks for the advice. If the bike does have any of these warning signs should I walk away or use them as a bargaining tool?

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