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Old 02-06-08, 12:20 PM   #1
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used touring bikes?

dear bikeforums.net readers, i ask for your advice on making a purchase. i've been crossing the city for the last year but now i want to do some long distance riding. i figured that i could buy a complete, used touring bike as an entry into the field. what is a good price to pay for a used touring bike? i'm considering picking up an old Bianchi Volpe, but i'm not sure how much a stock Volpe would be worth.
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Old 02-06-08, 12:39 PM   #2
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The value of a used bike depends greatly on the condition, quality, and age of the bike in question. My recommendation to get a good idea of what the "street" price is for a used touring bike is to get on ebay and look at completed auctions.
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The value of a used bike depends greatly on the condition, quality, and age of the bike in question. My recommendation to get a good idea of what the "street" price is for a used touring bike is to get on ebay and look at completed auctions.
d'oh! i should have thought of that. thanks.
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No problem. Try to buy local so you can test ride the bike and see what kind of condition it's in. Craigslist, local bike shops, and bike co-ops are good places to find used bikes. Unless you're mechanically inclined you're better off buying either from a shop or getting the bike checked out by a local shop (most shops will give repair estimates for free).
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Old 02-06-08, 04:43 PM   #5
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Craigslist been berryberry good to me. I found a 13-year-old-but-barely-ridden Cannondale T1000 for under $300.
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