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    Hey new guy here!

    Hello everyone I've been lurking around here for a few days. I'm trying to get into Riding as a form of exercise and a mode of transportation for my 10 mile commute to work. I've been searching my local Craigslist for some used bike. I wish I had the money to put down on a new bike.

    I've been checking out a few bikes and was hoping for some help and advice. I have about $200 but the cheaper the better.
    I found this Miyata and I can get it for $50

    vintage road bike please make an offer

    Here's another Mens Schwinn World Sport 27" Road Bike 10 Speed

    Speed bike in great condition

    Vintage 1981 Trek road bike

    If anyone has the time and know more I'd appreciate any input. Thanks in advance hope. To be around here for a while!

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    The sizes on those bikes look to be all over the place, do you know what size frame you need?
    Last edited by vandutch; 03-12-14 at 09:56 PM. Reason: oh

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    How tall are you? This guide should help you pick out a bicycle size.

    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    That Fuji ("Speed bike in great condition") looks to be a 27" frame, so about 68 cm. You'd have to be a giant to ride that one. The one after it is tiny.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Oh. I'm about 6' like I said I didn't know much and yall are the experts. I found a trek for 125 looks like it need a front tire which I would replace anyway its 56cm imagejpeg_0.jpg

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    The Miyata looks like it would fit and a really good deal if it truly as nice as it looks in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sced View Post
    The Miyata looks like it would fit and a really good deal if it truly as nice as it looks in the picture.
    that's what I wad thinking. Looks like it needs pedals and maybe some new rubber. May go check it out today

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    I was in an accident with my old Sekai, straightened the frame but it's not the same. The repaint on the Miyata raises the question, has it been damaged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    How tall are you? This guide should help you pick out a bicycle size.


    That guide looks like its something really traditional or more towards touring type bikes. It puts riders at least one or two cm above current fitting
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    That guide looks like its something really traditional or more towards touring type bikes. It puts riders at least one or two cm above current fitting
    I was thinking the same thing. It would put me on the size of bike I just replaced since it was too large (by 2 cm).

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    I loved(still do) my Miyata and the 600 group. Rode the components into the ground. It looks to be in good condition and looks like a 56 or 58, which would generally suit your height.

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    inseam measurement guys - not pants size.

    It says at the top of that chart it's traditional geometry. I'd say it's fairly accurate. If I used my pants size it would put me in too big of a frame by 1 size. If I used my actual inseam measurement it would be dead on.

    OP is looking at old bikes. Traditional geometry.

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    Thanks his I bought the miyata today for $50. It's in Pretty good shape. Research tells me it's a 1981. Had to get some cheapo pedals from wally world till I can buy some better ones. Had Shimano 600 components and stem shifters. Peru nice will post pictures tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for all the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sails View Post
    I was in an accident with my old Sekai, straightened the frame but it's not the same. The repaint on the Miyata raises the question, has it been damaged?
    It doesn't look it. Looks true and straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deputy13 View Post
    It doesn't look it. Looks true and straight
    Excellent! You can't go wrong for $50.

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    Why u typing and not riding?

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    I had errands to run. I got the $10 pedals from Walmart put in and they work great for now. It was dark. When I finally got it together but I did take. It up and down my road for my first ride on a road bike. It's fast and a blast. Any tips on maintenance? Going to. Go. Riding tomorrow with my brother when I get off work

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    Attachment 368667
    Just found out that it is a 1981 Miyata 912. Pretty much all origina from what I can tell
    Last edited by Deputy13; 03-16-14 at 02:25 PM.

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