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Old 11-07-16, 12:38 AM
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I have blank to spend, what kind of CV bike can I get?

My budget right now is $650 shipped or local and I am looking for a roadbike. What should I be able to get in that price range? Campy, Columbus, Reynolds, O22, Prestige, Superbe, Dura-Ace, etc. Any thoughts? Somewhere along those lines would be nice that is clean. I know I may have to temper my expectations a little. I am not expecting a Masi Grand Criterium or the like in that price range.

(Other people can plug different amounts in this thread and get bike suggestions too)

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Old 11-07-16, 09:25 AM
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Your local CL will have the best answer.
The used market varies widely. Be patient.
Lately I have been purchasing framesets for bikes I want.
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Completely depends on where you are located and if you are looking for a specific bike or just one that meets a level of quality(so brand neutral). Also, condition is huge- both cosmetic and mechanical.

I have steadily seen bikes with the type of qualifications you listed for $650 and less. So yes, you should be able to get something with that level of quality for $650.
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$650 will buy a very good classic road race bike. However, finding a great bike in good condition in your size might require several months of searching. Patience is everything.

I've been able to find top-of-line Colnago, Merckx and De Rosa for less than $650 this year, I'll have more than $1000 in each after refurbishment. Seek and you will find.
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Like the esteemed gentleman above suggest, there is no answer...it depends on luck, your size, patience, preference, effort, knowledge and willingness to work on the bike. If you check CL every day, have ebay searches running and go to local swaps, you're going to find a great bike for $650 at some point. If you're looking more casually, your odds decrease. I've bought some pretty amazing bikes for short money, but it takes luck and effort. If there's a particular brand you want, you'll probably pay more.

My suggestion...if you don't have a bike, wait for the first decent deal you can find, buy it, ride it, enjoy it...be patient, wait for something else you like more, buy it and sell what you have.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Completely depends on where you are located and if you are looking for a specific bike or just one that meets a level of quality(so brand neutral). Also, condition is huge- both cosmetic and mechanical.

I have steadily seen bikes with the type of qualifications you listed for $650 and less. So yes, you should be able to get something with that level of quality for $650.
+1 You should be able to find a nice upper mid level or better vintage bike for in the price range. I regularly see stuff meeting these reguirment's listed in most markets starting for around $350-400. If you scan through the are you looking for these section here you should be able to get a good idea of what you can get for you budget.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...e-part-ii.html

There are also several bike listed in the for sale section's here that may work for you depending on your size and location.

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I have some advice...get to know people here...do favors for them...make friends. The BF syndicate enables its own. Don't be afraid of asking for help...and when someone else needs help in your area, jump in. Karma works here. I've shipped/assisted on dozens of bikes for others here...and have had the same in return. It's a brotherhood.

Post good deals from your local CL and help others acquire the bikes...your turn will come as well.
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Yeah cool this is a good direction I feel like I am going into this hobby and appreciate all input from BF members. I like the community part of it as well. Want to learn how to wrench a little and am hoping my 50 yo body cooperates with the riding part. (stretching routine sure helps, but I still get lazy about it.)

Just have to be patient I think and be ready for a good buy. It's a little tough locally right now because it's competative and have already missed a few nice ones. It doesn't help that I am between cars right now also. Im fact that makes it real tough to jump on anything local. Saw a couple beaters for reasonalble but passed. (Waiting for the low miliage priced right, Subaru Forester 5 spd)
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What size do you need and where are you located?
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Also keep your eyes out in the C&V sale forum. In fact you can put out a WTB ad if you know what you want and the size. You should be able to pick up a very good bike in your price range if you are patient.

There's a heck of a nice centurion ironman for sale at your price range right now, https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-new-here.html

assuming of course that this size works for you; other bikes will show up.

Japanese bikes and vintage Treks tend to be good values and are very easy to find parts for.
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What size do you need and where are you located?

I fit a 59-60cm. I split time in SF Bay Area and Sac.
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