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59 cm Carrera Road Bike - $180

Old 02-27-22, 01:57 PM
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59 cm Carrera Road Bike - $180

Me again - saw a new post on CL that looked interesting - not a lot of info, but I like what I see. Any thoughts? Thanks so much to all that commented on the Peloton a few days ago - that was really helpful.

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/...451591741.html



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Old 02-28-22, 05:29 AM
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Probably bought at Halford's in the U.K. Nice components for $180. Need to make sure there are no major issues, including cracks in the frame. Standard "caveat emptor". I'd have just sent them an e-mail asking to see it.
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Old 02-28-22, 02:23 PM
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Thanks - I'll check it out. I haven't heard of the brand so just wanted to see if it raised any red flags with anyone before I try to arrange a meet.

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Probably bought at Halford's in the U.K. Nice components for $180. Need to make sure there are no major issues, including cracks in the frame. Standard "caveat emptor". I'd have just sent them an e-mail asking to see it.
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The Carrera bicycle brand was founded in 1989 by Davide Boifava, an Italian pro cycling team manager. Boifava's first pro team was the 1979 Inoxpran team. In 1984 he secured additional sponsorship from Carrera jeans, with the team becoming Carrera-Inoxpran. Up until 1989 his teams had used various bicycle sponsors including Colnago, Pinarello and Battaglin. It's a bit confusing that the name chosen for the bicycle co-incided with that of their title sponsor at the time but it was also a shrewd marketing move, gaining extra exposure for then bicycle brand. Boifava stopped managing teams at the end of 2012 but Carrera continues to supply bicycles to pro teams to this day.

Many famous riders have ridden Carrera over the years, including Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci and Marco Pantini. Boifava has taken his riders to several major victories including Giovanni Battaglin winning both the Vuelta d'Espana and Giro d'Italia in 1981 and Stephen Roche winning cycling's cycling Triple Crown ( Giro d'Italia, Tour du France and World Championship) in 1987. So between Boifava and the brand itself, there's significant history.

The components are primarily 4th generation Shimano 105 (5500 series) which dates the bicycle to 1999-2005. The frame looks period correct for the components and is likely one of the Columbus Altec variants or a similar aluminum tubeset. Provided there are no major issues and the sizing is appropraiate, this is an extremely good price. Even if the frame is damaged, I'd still consider it a decent price as a donor bicycle, if the components are in good condition. .

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Thank you for all that great information! I was actually watching a cycling documentary last night and saw Carrera on a jersey and though, "Oh, so that is a legit brand!" I also really appreciate you checking out the pics so closely. I'm looking for a nice road bike ride, so I think I'll pass on this old aluminum frame. The seller has been a bit evasive... about everything - no name, no address, no cell phone, etc. - so I'm worried it might not be on the level. Of course you never know, but I'd rather pass on a legit bike than risk buying a stolen one.

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The Carrera bicycle brand was founded in 1989 by Davide Boifava, an Italian pro cycling team manager. Boifava's first pro team was the 1979 Inoxpran team. In 1984 he secured additional sponsorship from Carrera jeans, with the team becoming Carrera-Inoxpran. Up until 1989 his teams had used various bicycle sponsors including Colnago, Pinarello and Battaglin. It's a bit confusing that the name chosen for the bicycle co-incided with that of their title sponsor at the time but it was also a shrewd marketing move, gaining extra exposure for then bicycle brand. Boifava stopped managing teams at the end of 2012 but Carrera continues to supply bicycles to pro teams to this day.

Many famous riders have ridden Carrera over the years, including Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci and Marco Pantini. Boifava has taken his riders to several major victories including Giovanni Battaglin winning both the Vuelta d'Espana and Giro d'Italia in 1981 and Stephen Roche winning cycling's cycling Triple Crown ( Giro d'Italia, Tour du France and World Championship) in 1987. So between Boifava and the brand itself, there's significant history.

The components are primarily 4th generation Shimano 105 (5500 series) which dates the bicycle to 1999-2005. The frame looks period correct for the components and is likely one of the Columbus Altec variants or a similar aluminum tubeset. Provided there are no major issues and the sizing is appropraiate, this is an extremely good price. Even if the frame is damaged, I'd still consider it a decent price as a donor bicycle, if the components are in good condition. .
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My two cents
(1) I agree that the listing is sketchy and if you've been having an odd interaction with the seller I would definitely trust your instincts.
(2) This "old aluminum frame," would blow you away if you had the chance to ride it. If I was gullible, and I completely am, I wouldn't waste more than 1 minute putting my shoes on to go buy that bike IMMEDIATELY. Yes the bike will need an inspection, especially in the bottom bracket area, but those are details we can get to in person with cash in hand. Nothing on that bike (when in good condition and not stolen) is short of quality. If you were looking for a nice road bike, you'd have a difficult time fining something better than this.

Really the biggest red flag to me is that it's still for sale. In the greater Portland area a bicycle deal like this shouldn't last more than a few hours, sometimes even a few minutes... surely not a few days.
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Thanks for the feedback on the bike - though this one raises some red flags, I know understand the brand a lot better. I don't know much about aluminum frames. I just generally know that they used to be quite harsh and I should avoid aluminum forks, but that some more modern aluminum frames are pretty nice and comfy. The bike I've got lined up now for $400 is a 2011 Caad10 w/105 (tektro brakes). I've heard these Caad aluminum frames are pretty great and they've got the carbon fork.
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You could check for stolen with the local authorities, and/or run the serial number on Bike Index, if you can get the # from the seller.

bikeindex.org

Not it a bad idea to do that on any used bike purchase.
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Old 03-03-22, 01:08 PM
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Yeah, we're not in contact right now - we exchanged a few emails, but the seller didn't give a time to meet, name, an address, or a phone number so it was tough to see how we could connect - it was weird, even for CL.
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The extraneous sketchy factors aside, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy any Carrera at that price, even though an aluminum one might carry a little less cachet. My steel Carrera is my favorite racer bike and that includes a stable with a De Rosa, Cinelli.
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The extraneous sketchy factors aside, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy any Carrera at that price, even though an aluminum one might carry a little less cachet. My steel Carrera is my favorite racer bike and that includes a stable with a De Rosa, Cinelli.
Thanks, that's good to know as it wasn't a brand I was familiar with. If another deal like that comes my way, I have a much better idea about what I'm getting into. I ended up buying a 2011 CAAD10 with some updated components (newish Bontrager Race wheels) for twice as much. Not sure how good a deal it was, comparatively, but I love the bike.
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