Hey y'all... I'm currently in the process of getting back onto a SS/FG (more SS Freewheel than FG as the roads here aren't the best and there's no bike culture here so people aren't exactly great at giving right of way to cyclists and what not). I don't have an LBS, but there are a couple about an hour from me that I visited to see what I'd be looking at getting into. One shop is definitely out as they don't really have anything in SS/FG other than some leftover Trek T1's (I have a whole thread about that fiasco elsewhere). The other shop really only carries State Bicycle Co. I'm not opposed to State. In fact, I looked at the Contender and liked it, but it's right at the very top of my budget, which leaves me no room for anything I might need/want to change.
So, I've turned to Craigslist and have found, what I think, is a decent SS to get me started. I haven't ridden SS/FG since I lived in Charleston a few years ago. I built my own about 2 years ago or a little less and it was fun, but I'd like something ready to go and I'm thinking I'll do a build later, or build off of whatever I buy.
All that being said, I'm going to do the grocery store parking lot once-over tomorrow at lunch and wanted to know, from your point of view, if there were any immediate red flags I should be looking for. I realize that with a SS/FG, there is very little that can be wrong with them (which is why I want one), but you guys are way smarter than me with this stuff so I'd love to hear your thoughts and insight.
For what it's worth, the bike is a Masi Uno with Riser Bars. The chain, pedals, grips, brakes and tires have been upgraded and the wheels are from a Bianchi Pista Sei Giorni (I really dig the wheels as they're white, but not super-deep V's. The guy is asking $425, which leaves me a lot of room in my budget to sort of make it my own. I know I'm going to be swapping the saddle immediately as the one on there looks like it came from an early 90's Walmart special. And I may want to grab some different bars as the ones on it are risers, but they've been cut down "slightly" (his word, not mine). I don't know how narrow they are, but I prefer a more standard grip on a bike.
I'd be glad to hear what you all have to say... Good, bad or indifferent. I'm not super interested in BD bikes, but if this Masi doesn't work out, I may be doing the Kilo Stripper dance. For now, though, let's just assume I'm going with the CL find.