Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: London, UK
Bikes: Trek T200 plus enough others to fill a large shed
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Both seem OK for the money, but...
Personally I would offer the chap £100 1 minute before the auction closes for the Peugeot, then pick it up in person to make sure the frame isn't bent / rusted through and it shifts and brakes well enough to ride it safely round the neighbourhood. Then ride it for a while and upgrade a few bits only when absolutely needed. It's perfect for shopping rides as long as you accept that the braking and shifting won't be as good as your quality single bike. Worst case scenario then is that you can sell it on ebay for what you paid for it. I think it would be a fun project to surf ebay for parts, repaint it and do a few upgrades to make it work better, then either keep it or get back your money or maybe make a profit (excluding your time) by selling it on ebay. Unfortunately my wife has suggested I spend less time in the shed, so it's not for me although I'm tempted ;-)
The cheap aluminium bike isn't a bad deal either - it's a hassle free way to ride, and seems like quite a lot of bike for the money. Just understand that for £200 you're not going to get the same quality as on your single bike, which you probably paid >£500 for. It's fit for purpose with the advantage that it you will be able to ride it from the get-go without too much fiddling with mechanics. Only downside is you will probably struggle to get £100 for it if you sell it on ebay after deciding you don't like it.
PM me your choice - If you're in S.London area it would be fun to go for a tandem ride sometime. Tandem riding for us is limited by our 5 month old, so my wife and I pull our 5 month old daughter round Dulwich park in a trailer with our tandem at the weekend.
Last edited by mrfish; 03-07-07 at 12:37 PM.