Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

3 Bikes To Discuss

Old 10-13-16, 02:16 PM
  #1  
emilywhou
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
3 Bikes To Discuss

Hi everyone,

I have been searching high and low for a used road bike on CL. Bicycle BlueBook has not proven to be extremely useful to me because it seems like the prices on there are just lower than what I can expect of the market in my area in general. I have narrowed my search down to 3 bikes, please let me know if these bikes are worth the prices and which one might fit my needs the most. I want a bike for commuting to/from work (6 miles roundtrip) and for casual rides on the weekends. I want to get into biking but I don't think I need anything serious yet:

1. Trek 1200. I believe it is the 2006 model. She is not the first owner, she bought it from her tri trainer and used it for a race. Now she doesn't have a need for it anymore so is selling it. The bike looks good. I am 5'4" so I think it would be a good fit for me. She is firm on the price of $300. I'm going to probably have to install some platform pedals for commuting. I want to make sure this is a worthwhile one since the drive is 2 hours away and I don't want to make that trip unless this bike is worth that price!

2. Merida Scultra 903. I can't find any information about this bike online since it is not sold in the U.S. This really is making it difficult for me to gauge this bike. It also looks like it is in great shape, and the guy who is selling says he brought the bike all the way from Asia. It is 50cm which I think will work for me, depending on how the brand sizes their bikes. He is willing to drop the price down to $300 but I think that is as low as he will go. Does anyone have experience with this brand? This drive is an hour away.

3. Fuji Newest 3.0. I am not sure what year this bike is from. The seller has also made a lot of weird spacing errors and typos on our text exchanges. Not sure how I feel about that, as it does seem a bit sketchy. I asked if he owned the bike and he just said of course. I can easily go take a look at it as I live close, but want to make sure this is a nice enough bike for $280, and if that price throws up any red flags due to being too low or too high. Would the 50cm fit me ok? I heard Fuji sizes their bikes differently.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
emilywhou is offline  
Old 10-13-16, 03:49 PM
  #2  
dweenk 
Senior Member
 
dweenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,593

Bikes: 1972 Fuji S-10-S,1970 Raleigh Sports, and more

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 753 Post(s)
Liked 144 Times in 105 Posts
If you only need to ride 6 miles round trip to work, and casual rides on weekends, I don't think these bikes are the best choices - but then you know what they say about opinions.

These are road bikes. If you are going to commute in traffic it would be better to have a more upright position for visibility. I think you should look at mountain bikes or hybrids. Either style will have gears to climb hills, and a more upright stance.

Just my $.02.
__________________
"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." –Mark Twain
dweenk is offline  
Old 10-13-16, 05:02 PM
  #3  
CroMo Mike 
All Campy All The Time
 
CroMo Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 1,281

Bikes: Listed in my signature.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 116 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
I'm not certain but I have a feeling that each of those bikes sold for about $300 when new, about 10 years ago. They all look like they are in pretty good shape. The next big question is whether they fit you.
__________________
My C&V Bikes:
1972 Bottecchia Professional, 1987 Bottecchia Team C-Record, 1982 Colnago Super,
1995 Bianchi Campione d'Italia, 1995 DeBernardi Thron Super Record


CroMo Mike is offline  
Old 10-13-16, 05:34 PM
  #4  
oddjob2
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,614

Bikes: Still a garage full

Mentioned: 91 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 842 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by CroMo Mike View Post
I'm not certain but I have a feeling that each of those bikes sold for about $300 when new, about 10 years ago. They all look like they are in pretty good shape. The next big question is whether they fit you.
Definitely the above is not the case for a Trek 1200. More like double that amount.

Unless everyone else rides to work on an entry level racer, I would look for a bike more commuter friendly. Eyelets for racks and fenders, wider tires, etc.

Do you have a place to store it inside at work. The Trek or Fuji would be stolen quickly out on the street.

Since the Fuji is close by, ride it and then make a decision whether you want to travel to get/try the Trek. Both are priced about FMV for the Bay Area for an STI shifter, RSX or Sora.
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 10-13-16, 06:04 PM
  #5  
emilywhou
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Actually a lot of people ride their road bikes to work. I want to get into cycling, so that's why I wanted to buy a road bike and use it for both purposes rather than get a bike just for commuting and then drop more money on a road bike later. We have good storage options for our bikes in the work buildings, so it shouldn't be a big deal. I am also planning on storing it inside my home.

Glad to hear that the prices are within range of what is expected!
emilywhou is offline  
Old 10-13-16, 06:10 PM
  #6  
lostarchitect 
incazzare.
 
lostarchitect's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 6,951

Bikes: See sig

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 20 Posts
Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
These are road bikes. If you are going to commute in traffic it would be better to have a more upright position for visibility. I think you should look at mountain bikes or hybrids. Either style will have gears to climb hills, and a more upright stance.
I really think this is a common misconception. I commute on bikes with drop bars in NYC and so do thousands of others. Drop bars give you lots of hand positions from very upright to way down in the drops, you don't need to limit yourself to a low position. I spend 90% of my time on the hoods, and even though I have some neck mobility issues, I have no problem seeing my surroundings just fine.

I do suggest a bike that will fit wide-ish tires, and can fit fenders and racks in case you decide you want them.
__________________
1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson), 1973 Wes Mason, 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport, 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2011 Dick Chafe, 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter
lostarchitect is offline  
Old 10-17-16, 01:28 PM
  #7  
RoadGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,334

Bikes: 89 Schwinn 754, 90 Trek 1100, 93 Trek 2300, 94 Trek 1400 (under construction), 94 Trek 930, 97 Trek 1400

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm partial to Treks, so that would be my choice.

But, the first consideration is fit. If a bike doesn't fit, then it isn't a good buy no matter what the cost is.

Grab someone you know who knows bikes (not just rides bikes), and take her/him with you so they can evaluate the condition of the bikes, and your position when you mount the bikes and test ride them.

The Fuji looks like it is a larger size. It's has "compact" geometry so a 50cm rating means it's more like a 54-55cm frame. The Trek is supposed to be a 50cm frame, and it will fit a shorter person than the Fuji.

The Trek has the additional consideration that Trek bikes of that period with SL (superlight aluminum tubing) seem to crack occasionally in the area around the bottom bracket. You will want to examine the bike carefully around the bottom bracket on the down tube and the seat tube. Other manufacturer's bikes made of the same SL aluminum tubing that were made around the same time period also are having some cracking problems. On Felts, the cracks are usually found in the head tube. Cracks in/on an aluminum frame usually signal the end of the lifetime of the frame, so look closely.

Not all aluminum frames crack. I have Trek road bikes from an earlier generation/period, and while they are heavier (with heavier aluminum tubing), they are not known for cracking tubes. Frame materials go through design generations, with the earlier generations being heavier, as the Designers don't know that much about the strength of the materials, and as the Designers become more familiar with the material, they seek to thin and lighten frames, which unfortunately sometimes leads to going too far into what I call the "stupid light" phase, where the material is thinned/lightened to the popint where it is prone to fatique or failure. At this point we see frame failures like the Trek SL, and Felt SL frame failures. Not all of the bikes that were made during a particular period are going to fail, but to would pay you to inspect those bikes carefully when considering a purchase.
RoadGuy is offline  
Old 10-17-16, 02:28 PM
  #8  
Clang
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South of the Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 3,602
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 677 Post(s)
Liked 314 Times in 236 Posts
Way too big:


I think we're more likely to recommend older bikes than the Trek 1200 (well, I will at least).

Nashbar 3000 road bike 49cm - $180 (alameda)
Nashbar 3000 road bike 49cm


Vintage road bike Corsaro Astron - $200 (concord / pleasant hill / martinez)
https://images.craigslist.org/00707_...Ba_600x450.jpg


Novara strada vintage road bike - $160
Novara strada vintage road bike
Clang is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Earthlark
General Cycling Discussion
4
09-15-17 02:00 PM
emilywhou
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
0
10-12-16 10:53 PM
forester1
Road Cycling
17
04-01-13 02:27 PM
mrund3rd09
Road Cycling
15
08-04-12 11:58 PM
mvallejo
Road Cycling
8
08-30-11 10:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.