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Old 07-06-11, 09:40 PM
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Spalding Blade

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The contender in question is here:

I have been able to find minimal information on this bike. It appears to be an old, classic, thin steel frame that looks to be in great shape. I know the components on it are cheaper but I'd like to hear of any experiences with this bike, if you think the price is reasonable, and what upgrades are must-have's to turn it into a fun and reliable commuter. I don't want to get stuck with a department store bike but at least one other member on this forum swears by theirs so any ideas?

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Price depends on a lot of things, and non-drive side pics aren't very helpful either.
If I was to buy it, I'd make sure all the consumables (tires, cables, etc) are in VG shape. All the adjustable parts (seatpost, stem, etc) are still adjustable, bearings still have good grease, and try to buy it for maybe $100. And I would ride it as is and not spend upgrade money on it, unless by magic it's a 531 frame (or equiv).
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My Spalding Blade is an All Terrain version. I love the bike.
It has slicks, just a fun run around on bike. I just got
a trailer and I use the Spalking to pull it.

Yes, the are cheap bikes, but from a time when cheap
didn't mean junk, It is well made, all C-star equipped.
Twelve speed friction shift.

It is a fun dependable bike, and I would not take $150
for mine.

I thought mine was a womens model, but after some
looking, the mens and womens used the same frame,
the ladies model had fendersl

I agree with the above post, check it over, do not plan on a lot of updates
and make a lesser offer.
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Old 07-07-11, 08:38 AM
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A nice version of a department store bike.
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