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Old 04-04-15, 10:45 PM
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Purchasing used road bike Craigslist

I'm looking to buy my first road bike used off of craigslist (minneapolis). I would appreciate some advice on what to buy that is available. My budget is $315. I am 5'10.5" with 34" inseam, and I still may be getting taller a few inches (15 y/o).
Here are some ads that stood out to me-
Peugeot French 12 Speed 70s-80s, New Tires, Tuned
"Dr. Manhattan" 1983 BCA Road Bike
White Blue Schwinn LeTour Racer Men's 12 spd
Vintage 1985 Schwinn Tempo 23"

any tips or do you see anything that might work? If the price isn't too high at first I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for new parts.

thanks!
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how abouit:

Trek bike

heh. sorry if that was not much help.. but it looks like a deal!!

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Originally Posted by newtoallthis View Post
I'm looking to buy my first road bike used off of craigslist (minneapolis). I would appreciate some advice on what to buy that is available. My budget is $315. I am 5'10.5" with 34" inseam, and I still may be getting taller a few inches (15 y/o).
Here are some ads that stood out to me-
Peugeot French 12 Speed 70s-80s, New Tires, Tuned
"Dr. Manhattan" 1983 BCA Road Bike
White Blue Schwinn LeTour Racer Men's 12 spd
Vintage 1985 Schwinn Tempo 23"

any tips or do you see anything that might work? If the price isn't too high at first I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for new parts.

thanks!
You can get something newer and better for $300-325.

You can probably get a Specialized or Trek or comparable Aluminum-based frame with a more modern 2 x 8 or 2 x 9 speed drivetrain and index shifting from the early to mid 1990s.

Fair value on most of the bikes you posted ads for is more like $150 or so. Among the ones you posted, the Schwinn LaTour seems realistically price.

If you don't mind an older drivetrain and a steel frame, you should set your budget at no more than $200 for the bike itself, and expect to put another $50-80 into getting it tuned up.

Personally, I'd avoid 27" wheels, as 700c wheels will give you much more choices for replacement tires. Size-wise, I'd guess you're somewhere between a 57 to 59 cm frame, 60 cm at most.

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Originally Posted by newtoallthis View Post
I'm looking to buy my first road bike used off of craigslist (minneapolis). I would appreciate some advice on what to buy that is available. My budget is $315. I am 5'10.5" with 34" inseam, and I still may be getting taller a few inches (15 y/o).
Here are some ads that stood out to me-
Peugeot French 12 Speed 70s-80s, New Tires, Tuned
"Dr. Manhattan" 1983 BCA Road Bike
White Blue Schwinn LeTour Racer Men's 12 spd
Vintage 1985 Schwinn Tempo 23"

any tips or do you see anything that might work? If the price isn't too high at first I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for new parts.

thanks!
First, your height and inseam would suggest you'd be comfortable on a bike that is around 58cm, so the Peugeot is too tall, plus, they have odd sizes on threadings and some parts. I'd avoid the BCA, it's an unknown. The white/blue LeTour looks like it's in good shape, and is a fair price, though you'd need to count on new tires. The Tempo needs a lot of cleaning, which indicates it needs a lot of servicing, and he's noted it has an out-of-true rear wheel, so I'd pass on that one.

If it's your first road bike, I'd definitely suggest getting something that doesn't need any new parts, is nicely cleaned, and has good tires, something truly "ready to ride".
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The LeTour looks like the best value of those shown.
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thanks for the help!

Thanks all for the help!

As for that Letour he hasn't replied my inquiry of it's availibility, and it's been over a day

And that trek bike, it's over an hour and a half away from me! Don't know if I'm willing to go the distance.
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The Tempo has the best quality frame. It is in rough shape, though. If I could get it for $150 I'd buy it. I don't like any of the others, except the Letour which is just OK.
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Originally Posted by newtoallthis View Post
........ I am 5'10.5" with 34" inseam, and I still may be getting taller a few inches (15 y/o).
Here are some ads that stood out to me-
Peugeot French 12 Speed 70s-80s, New Tires, Tuned
"Dr. Manhattan" 1983 BCA Road Bike
White Blue Schwinn LeTour Racer Men's 12 spd
Vintage 1985 Schwinn Tempo 23"
any tips or do you see anything that might work? If the price isn't too high at first I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for new parts.
I am six foot tall myself... and all those bikes look a tad tall for me. I know stand-over height isn't the end-all consideration... but it is an important one. Here is a video that might help you determine your fit:
https://youtu.be/1kaH7g7YVvI And the fit calculator

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The Schwinn LeTour sounds like a good deal to me. But, 23" is a big boy bike. I'm 6'-1/2" and, like to ride a 22-1/2" bike myself. I've got one 23" bike that I'm selling soon. I have to wear very tight underwear when I ride it. 0" clearance for me to stand over the top tube. Good luck finding the right bike.
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
how abouit:

Trek bike

heh. sorry if that was not much help.. but it looks like a deal!!

I don't like the Seller's story...

Bought new, and the original owner? Hasn't been ridden much? Look at the seatpost. It show a lot of scratching from the seat being moved up and down repeatedly, (looks like 4 inches, or being stuck and not lubricated).

Blue color handlebar wrap? Why is it that Bike Flippers use so much blue handlebar wrap? It that the color that nobody buys, so the Flippers buy it up cheap and use it on everything?

Then there are the finish defects on the rear dropouts and the bottom bracket.

Good price, and a possibility, BUT I'm not sure that I trust the Seller.
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Of the bikes shown the Trek is the nicest but like said the sellers story seems off it just doesn't look like a barely road one owner bike to me. Still a nice bike at a very good price likely worth a little more effort to get. Of the others I would only condsider the the Le Tour.

You may also want to consider this bike the price is a bit high but reasonable if everything on the bike is good. I think the seller would come down some on price.
1980's Fuji League 58cm (reduced)
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Originally Posted by RoadGuy View Post
Good price, and a possibility, BUT I'm not sure that I trust the Seller.
You don't need to trust the seller. Sellers BS, they forget, they remember wrong. Who cares?

Also he says he bought it used, not new.
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Hello fellow Twin Cities area Minnesotan!

That '85 Tempo has a ready-to-ride price but needs more money to get there. If the rear wheel can't be trued, it'll need to be replaced. New pedals, tires, bar tape, and cables can add up quickly.

I love looking around Craigslist and I found some bikes you may have overlooked. Note that these are priced on the high side, but several of these bikes have new tires and seem to have been overhauled. Truly great deals disappear quickly around here.

The "jet silver" Fuji League that zukhan1 posted is worth looking into.

Here's an atrociously-photographed mystery Peugeot. Seems like it could be one of the nicer models. Is that a Reynolds decal above the downtube shifters? Gel seat cover is in line with their story about not being able to ride it anymore. The ad is a month old though...
[h=2]Peugot Bike - Mint Condition - $200 (Edina)[/h]Peugot Bike - Mint Condition



Dunno if you'd consider bonded aluminum.
[h=2]Trek 1200 Road Bike - $300 (Lakeville)[/h]Trek 1200 Road Bike


Three Miyatas in ascending model quality and price. All seem to be 23" frames despite seller's claims.
[h=2]Miyata 110 - $200 (White bear lake)[/h]Miyata 110


[h=2]Miyata 210, 1984 - $250 (Lino Lakes)[/h]https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...955745787.html


[h=2]Miyata 310, 1987 - $275 (Lino Lakes)[/h]https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...955696241.html


A strange parts mix on this pricey Moto, but I thought I'd include it.
[h=2]58cm Motobecane Super Mirage - Completely overhauled and Refurbished - $300 (SE Minneapolis)[/h]58cm Motobecane Super Mirage - Completely overhauled and Refurbished
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both the nice miyatas are already gone. you said something about the great deals going quick???
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I'll toss in two more.
[h=2]Road bike - $250 (Panasonic DX-3000)(South metro)[/h]Road bike



[h=2]Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 men's-brand new tires & tape - $300 (Northeast Minneapolis)[/h]Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 men's-brand new tires & tape
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
You don't need to trust the seller. Sellers BS, they forget, they remember wrong. Who cares?

Also he says he bought it used, not new.

Not remembering some details is not the same thing as outright lying about a bike to sell it. Then, you think it's okay to lie about a bike that you got last week that you know is stolen?

New blue handlebar tape, and cheap new tires. Telltale signs of a Flipper Bike.

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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
Hello fellow Twin Cities area Minnesotan!

That '85 Tempo has a ready-to-ride price but needs more money to get there. If the rear wheel can't be trued, it'll need to be replaced. New pedals, tires, bar tape, and cables can add up quickly.

I love looking around Craigslist and I found some bikes you may have overlooked. Note that these are priced on the high side, but several of these bikes have new tires and seem to have been overhauled. Truly great deals disappear quickly around here.

The "jet silver" Fuji League that zukhan1 posted is worth looking into.

Here's an atrociously-photographed mystery Peugeot. Seems like it could be one of the nicer models. Is that a Reynolds decal above the downtube shifters? Gel seat cover is in line with their story about not being able to ride it anymore. The ad is a month old though...
Peugot Bike - Mint Condition - $200 (Edina)

Peugot Bike - Mint Condition



Dunno if you'd consider bonded aluminum.
Trek 1200 Road Bike - $300 (Lakeville)

Trek 1200 Road Bike


Three Miyatas in ascending model quality and price. All seem to be 23" frames despite seller's claims.
Miyata 110 - $200 (White bear lake)

Miyata 110


Miyata 210, 1984 - $250 (Lino Lakes)

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...955745787.html


Miyata 310, 1987 - $275 (Lino Lakes)

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...955696241.html


A strange parts mix on this pricey Moto, but I thought I'd include it.
58cm Motobecane Super Mirage - Completely overhauled and Refurbished - $300 (SE Minneapolis)

58cm Motobecane Super Mirage - Completely overhauled and Refurbished

I'm partial to Treks. Heck, I own three Trek road and three Trek Mountain bikes right now. I flipped a 60cm 1991ish Trek 1200 a couple of months ago for $150. It was too big for me. I drove over two hours to go see it after the Seller measured it and told me it was a 54cm.

So I'm familiar with the Trek 1200. The bike for sale is a well ridden/worn bike that needs a lsome detailing to be worth $300. Yes, it's at least $100-$150 too high.

Old miss-matched tires on a $300 bike 25 year old bike? Give me a break, for $300, the bike should be ready to ride, without any issues.

It appears to have the original Trek Matrix wheels (Not Mavic Matrix wheels), and they are very worn, The rear wheel may be worn-out from the amount of wear on the brake tracks, I would have to inspect the bike in person to determine whether the wheels are usable. What would a new pair of wheels cost? Between $150-$3000? Of course a used pair of wheels off CraigsList would be a more practical answer, but you're still looking at $80-$100 for a decent set of wheels unless you get real lucky (I've been patient and have gotten wheelsets for between $10 and $50).

And that blue handlebar tape. Really? Another sure sign of a Flipper bike. Conduct business with Flipper's who lie outright to sell bikes with a pound of caution.

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Originally Posted by RoadGuy View Post
Not remembering some details is not the same thing as outright lying about a bike to sell it. Then, you think it's okay to lie about a bike that you got last week that you know is stolen?

New blue handlebar tape, and cheap new tires. Telltale signs of a Flipper Bike.

Are you seriously equating flippers and thieves? That's messed up, man.

No I do not think it's "okay to lie about a bike that you got last week that you know is stolen", but I also don't think it's OK to steal a bike, and I don't think you can tell from the freaking bar tape color in a CL ad that a bike is stolen. Give me a break.
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I am six foot tall myself... and all those bikes look a tad tall for me. I know stand-over height isn't the end-all consideration... but it is an important one. Here is a video that might help you determine your fit:
https://youtu.be/1kaH7g7YVvI And the fit calculator
i took that fit calculator

my measurements-


Actual inseam 34 in

Trunk 24 in

Forearm 14 in
Arm 27 in
Thigh 24 in
Lower leg 23 in
Sternal notch 57 in
Total height 70 in

but now it's asking me- Competitive, Eddy or French fit. I have no idea, help! I'm just looking for a bike that I can ride around town to where I need to go- nothing competitive just casual. Also another question- anyone feel free to answer: when people on craigslite just straight up say he bike measurement, which measurement are they referring to?

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You need a 58m or 23" frame

Make the deal at $200 and be happy.
1980's Fuji League 58cm (reduced)

Fuji with barcons
Road Bike - Fuji 23" frame 33" standover

Miyata 110 - needs bar change
Miyata One Ten 23" frame, 700c wheels

Maybe $250?
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You need a 58m or 23" frame

Make the deal at $200 and be happy.
1980's Fuji League 58cm (reduced)

Fuji with barcons
Road Bike - Fuji 23" frame 33" standover

Miyata 110 - needs bar change
Miyata One Ten 23" frame, 700c wheels

Maybe $250?
Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 men's-brand new tires & tape
Roughly how much would a bar change cost on that bike?
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Are you seriously equating flippers and thieves? That's messed up, man.

No I do not think it's "okay to lie about a bike that you got last week that you know is stolen", but I also don't think it's OK to steal a bike, and I don't think you can tell from the freaking bar tape color in a CL ad that a bike is stolen. Give me a break.
Boy, you're awful protective of Bike Flippers. Are you a Bike Flipper? Do you use a lot of blue color handlebar tape?

I'm saying that when the Seller's story is full of holes, you can't trust him. And you should not do business who is lying to you and that you do not trust. Some Sellers get the details wrong by accident. Others make deliberately misleading statements in there ads to sell whatever junk they are selling.

And no, every bike that has new blue color handlebar tape on it is not a stolen bike. BUT, a high percentage of bikes for sale that have new blue color handlebar tape (and/or new cheap tires, and/or a cheap new seat) on them are flip bikes.
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Originally Posted by newtoallthis View Post
but now it's asking me- Competitive, Eddy or French fit. I have no idea, help! I'm just looking for a bike that I can ride around town to where I need to go- nothing competitive just casual. Also another question- anyone feel free to answer: when people on craigslite just straight up say he bike measurement, which measurement are they referring to?
Read here about Competitive, Eddy or French fit.

Some people who post on CL will give the measurement from the center on the BB (bottom Bracket) to the top of the seat tube. This measurement is sometimes offered in inches or in the familiar metric measurement. Like 23 inches, or 58cm. However.... other listings on CL will be tire size... or IMHO a guess at tire size... or some made-up number used by the poster to fulfil the information on CL's on-line form.


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Originally Posted by RoadGuy View Post
Boy, you're awful protective of Bike Flippers. Are you a Bike Flipper?......
...... a high percentage of bikes for sale that have new blue color handlebar tape (and/or new cheap tires, and/or a cheap new seat) on them are flip bikes.
I'd say the fastest way to spot a flip on CL is by price. A nice picture of a clean looking bike listed a proper full NON-bargain price is what makes me think a "professional" reseller is at work. It could be a cyclist-flipper or a CL-flipper. I think there is a huge difference between a bicycle lover selling off part of a collection for some reason. And someone who picks up extra cash from dumpster dives and maybe "found" items.

I know of NO data... even questionable data... on what percentage of CL bicycles (or other items on CL) might be stolen. If you have some idea about that... please share your thoughts. I have often bought (and sold) through CL and I find suspicious posts to be ones with blurry photos, vague details, a (too) low price, out of area (cell) phone number. AND... then they want to meet you at a restaurant/retail store parking lot... of a place you know closed down six months ago. I may be overly precautious... but those are the posts/sellers I avoid.
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Originally Posted by newtoallthis View Post
Roughly how much would a bar change cost on that bike?
At the local NFP bike cooperative or if you buy new/used parts, less than $50.

At a full service local bike shop, $125.
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