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Old 06-14-12, 11:12 PM
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Need Help Finding a Budget Commuter Bike

I'm in the market for a relatively cheap road bike to use for commuting to work. I'm a tall guy at 6'4" so this limits my pool of possible bikes a bit, but while searching my local Craigslist for a while, I have found a few that have interested me. However, given that I know little to nothing about used bicycles, I thought that you guys might be able to let me know if they are good deals or not. I would greatly appreciate your help.

So, these are the bikes:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...077965656.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cs...077178952.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/da...073566755.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...035236439.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...051616939.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...054685842.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...013911735.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...011102147.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...063573817.html
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Old 06-15-12, 06:10 AM
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Prelude is the prize in this batch, better go get it NOW. I can't imagine it lasting long (should be gone already).

Fuji is WAY too small for you, otherwise, it would have been my second choice.

Time to learn something about bikes. Usually, the good deals do not last long enough to get an answer to: "Hey is this one a good deal?" Other, more knowledgeable buyers are out there, pouncing on the great deals, and reselling them later (at 2X, 3X or even higher than original asking price).

The Raleigh, Centurion, and Sekai are all deals in a hot market like MSP.

At this price level, expect to do some work on any of these bikes. You can go broke paying a shop to do the work ($200 to $300) or you can hook up with a co-op and maybe spend $50 to $75.

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Agree on the Prelude - everything else is overpriced and a waste of time.
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Thanks for the replies. I realize it's a good deal on the Prelude but I'm not sure if I like the color combination. I did some more searching and found a 1975 Centurion for $70.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...056391477.html

I also found a Trek 330 for $75. That one will require some more work however, since it needs a new chain, tires, and tubes. It looks to be fairly rusty as well.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/da...079381626.html
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Those are both pretty good bets. Won't last long at those prices. The Trek would probably stand up to commuting better. Easier to find parts for the Trek. Trek is probably Japanese made (not a bad thing, just FYI)



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Alright, I sent a message to the Trek 330 owner about the size of the frame and the stand over height. I also found a promising Peugeot that is listed at $160. It won't require as much work as the Trek.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...063761210.html
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Pass on the Poo - Overpriced and it's French (parts can be a hassle to find)
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Pass on the Poo - Overpriced and it's French (parts can be a hassle to find)
+10. One tip: large frames are hard to move; there's a smaller pool of buyers. The sellers likely are not getting a ton of calls on them. On the Trek & Centurion, or deals like them-- don't ask a bunch of questions. Show up with money in hand. Either one will fit you, unless your legs are abnormally long or short for your height.

The Pug is lower end and has heavy parts on it. I have one; it's a nice rider, but I paid a fiver for it and have completely reworked it.
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Thanks for the replies. I realize it's a good deal on the Prelude but I'm not sure if I like the color combination. I did some more searching and found a 1975 Centurion for $70.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...056391477.html

I also found a Trek 330 for $75. That one will require some more work however, since it needs a new chain, tires, and tubes. It looks to be fairly rusty as well.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/da...079381626.html
$90 Prelude........ Wow.

I would pass on that Trek if it is fairly rusty. Rust is the enemy of steel bikes.

In my experience, its really easy to find parts for the Trek, the Centurion, the Sekai, or the Prelude. French bikes have unique parts and you need to be fairly resourceful to find parts for it (and the price of French parts tends to be higher). I have several French bikes, I like them. But I also have accumulated a box full of misc french parts, and have a couple of french donor bikes as well.

That Peugeot is actually pretty nice. It has some nice upgrades (derailleurs and alloy rims). Nice color and price. Just realize that many of the parts are somewhat unique, but unless you want to replace something, that does not really matter.

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+1k on the Prelude, great price, great bike, lighter for getting back home after a hard day at work.
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