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Bridgestone 700 or Radac

Old 11-29-15, 02:12 PM
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Bridgestone 700 or Radac

I am trying to help my girlfriend find a bicycle (5'1"), and came across these two Bridgestones. They both seem very intriguing to me, however it looks like the componentry may have been changed on the Radac (I believe it came with DA originally?).

How much would each of these bikes be worth and out of the two which would you recommend?

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/5336195749.html

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/5321732044.html
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Old 11-29-15, 04:54 PM
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If one were for me, I would consider something like $225-300 for each, depending on if they really are in as good a condition as advertised.
If they are fully tuned, wheels are true, and as clean as claimed, I would consider either.

Go with the one that fits her best and she likes the most.

Both have great components.

The one possible negative is downtube shifting. If your gf hasn't ridden much, that could be tough to use safely. Some people are hesitant to reach down for some water while riding because they don't trust themselves to steel 1 handed. Just food for thought.
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Old 11-29-15, 08:08 PM
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Agree - go with the one that fits her best. They seem fairly priced if in ready to go condition. I would of course try to negotiate the price a bit. 2 nice bikes.
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Old 11-30-15, 07:23 AM
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I was looking at a Radac for the longest time mostly because it's bonded aluminum frame is so cool looking. It was this same frame though, that ended up scaring me back to a steel bike instead. Read too many stories on these bonded aluminum frames being flexy and prone to failure when ridden hard. Maybe it would be fine for your GF.

I think the Radac is a fair deal at $250 and the 700 at more like $300.
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Nice. Obviously, both bikes are by same seller. I would definitely check both out. But, I think I would go for the one with the 7 speed rear freehub. That way you could possibly upgrade to index shifters on the handlebars.
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Personally I'm not a fan of either of these bikes. The combination of super-small size, 700c wheels, and a level top tube forces a bad compromise: massive toe-overlap or terrible geometry, like a 53cm top tube on a 47cm frame.

Both appear good choices from a price and mechanical standpoint, but make sure to have her ride before she buys to make sure she isn't hellishly uncomfortable. I would expect reach to the bars to be an issue on both of these bikes.

I have lugged steel frames and have owned a few bonded aluminum frames over the years, currently with one left. I enjoy them both and your 5'1" girlfriend will not have a problem with the aluminum bike. They were problematic (too flexy) in the taller sizes and with large and heavy riders.

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