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Old 09-08-02, 05:10 AM
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Inkwolf - the proof is in the riding!
I say even if it is an old x-mart of some sort, if it rides well and seems in good shape, buy it. Back in the day, I bought a used 10 speed (a TopRider!!) and rode it occasionally for more than 10 years, just changing brake pads and adjusting stuff now and then.
On the yard sale circuit, I passed on a very nice looking top of the line, but 20 years old Free Spirit for $40 (rode ok) one weekend, and found the Bianchi I bought the next weekend for $35. I've put 2 tubes in it and have ridden it 3 or 4 times a week for the last month.
The drop bars take a bit to get used to!! You might want to try a few rides on someone else's to get accustomed to them. My first ride on the Bianchi was very wobbly, but after I lowered the seat and "refreshed" my drop bar memories, it was great!!
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