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Old 01-10-17, 09:06 AM
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Help With A Novara

Anyone familiar with this brand? All I know is it was sold by REI. Wondering if this is worth $50 asking price. Thanks!



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Novara was the private label house brand for REI. The bicycles were contract manufactured by various sources, typically Asian. This one appears to be early to mid-1980s, entry level and has a bent non-drive side chainstay (and almost certainly seat stay). It's a fairly sharp bend and is probably creased. Value is components only. I'd pass.
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Even without the frame damage (a deal-breaker for sure), you'd still need a saddle and a chain, wheelset, tubes, tires, etc, pushing the final dollar amount way past the tempting $50. If you're just starting out and don't have a lot of spare parts, always look for complete bikes.
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Thanks guys. Passing on it then. It's just hard to find frames my size.
I have all the parts and more.
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Yeah, there's not many screaming deals on 19" framed road bikes on SF CL at the moment.

Trek 560 - $250 (pittsburg / antioch)

Trek 560



Not sure if these LeMonds are small enough.

Lemond Reno / frame - $200 (pacifica)

Vintage 52 cm Lemond bike / frame



Lemond road bike - $275 (Santa Cruz)

Lemond road bike

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Thanks Clang. Yeah that LeMond from Pacifica caught my eye a few weeks ago. Glad to see it's still available. Need to save up. lol
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Dunno if you're still looking.

1987 Lotus Excelle - $119 (fremont / union city / newark)

vintage Lotus excelle 14 speed road bike

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Thanks for the heads up,Clang.
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