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Is this "Steve Bauer" vintage priced well?

Old 05-11-15, 07:20 PM
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Is this "Steve Bauer" vintage priced well?

First time poster and I am on the starting block on my bike learning journey. I am looking for a tough and decent bike for commutes. I am eyeing this bike and need some insights as to it's value vs price. Steve Bauer road bike | road | City of Toronto | Kijiji

Secondly, if the above bike isn't great, would any of the vintages listed in this one be a good buy? 4 VINTANGE RACE TRIA BIKES TO SELL-ALL SIZES | road | Oakville / Halton Region | Kijiji

Appreciate any comments on the topic.
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Old 05-12-15, 05:28 AM
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Toronto is a very expensive market. Anywhere else in Canada and that's a 150$ Bike.
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Old 05-12-15, 05:46 AM
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Couple things...

(1) Welcome to the forums...you can learn a lot here

(2) I think you can do better than the Bauer bike...it is overpriced, even, I think for Toronto

(3) Determine what size you need...the other four bikes vary wildly in size...you need to know what size you need...then focus on that...

(4) If you are asking for help here, always include as many pictures as you can...you included the links to the ad's, which works...but...without pics, it is hard to help
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Old 05-12-15, 06:18 AM
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Welcome to the Bike Forums.

Take some time to look at...

How To Find Vintage Bicycles and Vintage Bicycle Quality.

Armed with the information offered in those two feature articles, you will be better able to find a vintage bicycle, for very little cash outlay (even in Toronto) and, more importantly, you will be better prepared to decide for yourself, when presented with a purchase opportunity, to choose a quality bicycle rather than an entry level one that would offer less than desireable ride qualities.

To that, add this - be prepared in the field with cash and knowledge. Good deals DO NOT LAST - they get snapped up very quickly!

In closing, the price of the Steve Bauer is pretty high, in my opinion, but not that bad for Toronto. I found this Steve Bauer at the dump and then built it up for a lady in California...

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Decent frame and components and looks to be in good shape. A lot depends on how high the "tax" is because you're buying a used bike in Toronto. $200 plus bike elsewhere. Is $340 the going rate for a bike with a chrome-moly frame and decent alloy mid-range parts?
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Old 05-12-15, 07:33 AM
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It looks like someone just pulled it out of a garage where it sat motionless for the last quarter century. Expect to put more money into it to get it into rideable condition. This is not a $340 bicycle.

The four other bikes are all different sizes. Hard to recommend one knowing it might not fit you.
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I agree. It's a pretty good bike - and if you're Canadian, the Steve Bauer name adds cachet - but they rarely go on sale for a lot more than $200.

From what I know about the line, that looks like an '86 Sirocco. They were the only navy-blue ones I've seen; and the components listed in the ad are compatible with that. If so, the frame would be Tange 900 double-butted CrMo.

That put it above the popular entry-level models - e.g. the Mistral - which had straight-gauge CrMo. In the SB hierarchy though, it was the first rung on the "good" bikes ladder, which proceeded up to the Chinook and the Boreas, before topping out with the Whirlwind and the Cyclone. So of the ones one can generally still find for sale, Siroccos are generally the best-priced and - unless they're in remarkable condition - can be had for something in the 200's or less, even in Toronto. In fact, the GTA is pretty much the only place where you can "usually" find more than one SB at a time on Kijiji/Craigslist etc.; that can give you leverage you mightn't have elsewhere...

BTW, Randyjawa's "rescued" Sirocco (above) is from a few years later, when I'm pretty sure they no longer featured double-butted tubing. Not Tange, anyway. They should normally go for less than one of the earlier vintage you're looking at.
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