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Old 01-27-13, 08:14 PM   #1
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Is this a good bicycle?? Please help!

So, I'm new to touring and have been looking at bicycles. New ones are so expensive, so I looked into Craigslist. Is this a good deal? Will it fit me if I am a female that is 5 ft 8 in?? I want to eventually do some long tours, would this be up for that?? Here's the link: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3566331144.html

Thank you so much!!
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Old 01-27-13, 08:27 PM   #2
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...12_-1___202396

^ same frameset as the fuji touring in the cl ad
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Old 01-27-13, 08:28 PM   #3
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Looks clean and ready to ride with some specific upgrades for the current owner. I have a 2009 Fuji touring and like it a lot, but have not toured on it. It's my commuter and occasional century bike. The bike may fit you but the current owner has it setup for a larger rider, so you may need to swap stem and bars for better fit. I'd say its worth looking at but I'd want to buy it for $400 or less especially if you need to swap the parts.

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Old 01-27-13, 08:54 PM   #4
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Sounds good
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Old 01-27-13, 09:23 PM   #5
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I think this is a good bike but not worth $500. As stated by jettore, $400 or less would be more appropriate. Most of the modifications/upgrades that the owner has listed don't necessarily add value to the bike.
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A bike that needs new wheels has been ridden hard, far, or hard and far.
You won't know if it fits until you ride it.
Good luck in your search for a touring bike.
Don't feel compelled to buy any bike, regardless of price, until you know it is the right size for you.
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Old 01-28-13, 04:00 AM   #7
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Happie, Welcome to the forum.

Ride the bike to determine fitment. Realize that more likely than not some item(s) will need to be replaced for a better fit and that's a barganing tool. Otherwise there's nothing about the bike itself that I find alarming.

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Old 01-28-13, 07:46 AM   #8
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I met a guy in Glacier N. P. who was riding one of these from Buffalo, NY to Portland OR. He liked it a lot. He did say he had to replace the stock rear wheel around Yellowstone. I think it should work fine.
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If you plan to tour in areas with significant hills and/or mountains, you will probably want to lower the gearing. A low gear of 28x28 is not that low. To give you a frame of reference, the stock Surly LHT comes with a 26x34 low gear.
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