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Old 07-27-10, 03:14 PM
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Windsor Road Bike

Hey Everyone,

I am sort of new to the road bike purchasing game and I am trying to find a nice bike for under $250.00. Problem is my inexperience is causing me to question whether I will get ripped off for lacking road bike knowledge or missing a good deal as I am not quick enough to purchase.

I would appreciate any pointers in what to look for and also some help gauging the quality of the bikes below:


Windsor Road Bike
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/1859168641.html

Raleigh Olympian (would take fenders off) (I am 5'10 so I think this would be the right frame size as well)
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/1865828590.html
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...intage-Windsor

Same bike was commented on. I highly doubt this bike is still available after the Saturday Sale though.
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Thank you very much. Do you think the Raleigh is worth the $? And what should I look out for when going to purchase?
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Originally Posted by smallestart View Post
Thank you very much. Do you think the Raleigh is worth the $? And what should I look out for when going to purchase?


Problem is my inexperience is causing me to question whether I will get ripped off for lacking road bike knowledge.....
The way to make sure you don't get ripped off, is spend some time up front educating yourself before the purchase. Its like buying anything used: car, house, whatever (OK, this is a lot cheaper than either of those examples). The educated buyer is much less likely to get ripped off.

The best deals go fast, really fast. So once you are educated, you can move fast too and snap up a deal.

So how to get educated? Spend some time reviewing other postings to this forum, spend some time on google, etc. It really shouldn't take long to be quite knowledgeable. Bikes are pretty straight forward: what is the frame made out of? What grade are the components? Does the bike fit me? What is the overall condition (rust, dings or dents, bent fork? etc? ). Is the bike ready to ride?

Unless you want to be a bike mechanic (and already have the tools, time, aptitude, skills), you really should buy a bike ready to go: good tires, tubes, cables, everything shifts well, brakes work, etc. Take the bike for a test ride, put it through the paces. I look for projects, but I do the work myself. Paying an LBS to fix up a project is almost always never worth it. You will see several bikes I have posted in the "catch of the day" section. But just about all of them are projects.

With some knowledge, you should be able to look at a decent picture, and within a few seconds, know whether the bike is for you.

You will see a common thread to decent bikes in the $200 price point: alloy rims, cromoly frame, alloy seat post and stem, three piece alloy crankset. Bikes with decent frames tended to have decent parts to match.

And when you find a bike with all of the right features, but a below market price (say $100), you will be ready to pounce!

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