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skyflashings 09-03-12 03:29 PM

Vintage Concord Classic 12 Speed
I'm a student looking for my first bike to commute with, and have a particular soft spot for vintage Japanese bikes. Does anyone know anything about "Concord"? $200 is within my budget, but not sure if this one is worth that price. Also, I know very little about the technical mechanisms involved with road bikes.

wrk101 09-03-12 03:41 PM

Minor dings and rust = no thanks. $200 if the bike were pristine would be OK.

Concord was a "cousin" to Nishiki, and were typically lower end bikes. Concorde (with an "e") is a totally different bike, high end Dutch brand.

Realize that a lot of "japanese" brand bikes were marketing brands, companies that paid others to make bikes for them. These marketing brands were very common back then, most are long gone. So getting a lot of information on them is difficult. Nishiki and Concord were such brands, along with Lotus, Univega, Centurion, and on and on. Many of these marketing brands had nice bikes. Best to judge them by condition, what tubing was used to make the frame, and the quality of the components and parts.

skyflashings 09-03-12 03:52 PM

Great, thanks for the tips. I'll just keep looking then :)

zukahn1 09-03-12 04:56 PM

$200 is on the high side for a bike like this for a mid level Japanese bike from the mid 80's in the $200 price range you should be able to get something a little nicer in close to pristine condition.

Bianchigirll 09-04-12 04:05 AM

That bike is HUGE!! are you 6'2" or taller? Other than that I agree with Work and Zuk a bit over priced.

How far is your commute? I think a mountain or hybrid type bike would be a better commuter, fatter tires and wider bars for a more stable ride carring bags and other items. Also IIRC Columbus is rather flat yes? how about a 3sp? it may seem geeky but you can often find some real nice ones cheap and the risk of theft goes down with the geekiness.

This looks a bit tall too but at $70 may be a good deal. plus the lack of a front derailleur (gear changer) means you could easily have a chain guard installed. Oh Lewis center may be a bit far from you.

Are you at OSU? This Giant looks nice

Poguemahone 09-04-12 05:56 AM

You're a student in a college town. When students come back in, bikes are suddenly at a premium. Wait a couple of months, and they will be much cheaper. I've gotten to the point where I just wait for the fall session at VCU, put my bikes on CL at the start, and sell them all quickly.

Second, if the Concord is actually your size, you should be able to buy at a discount. A 200$ bike in 54cm is a 125-150$ bike in 62cm. Sellers have a great deal of trouble moving them.

Third, up your budget just a bit. I think every student I have ever met has a bike budget of around 150-200$ or even less. Another 50$ can net you a lot more bike. Most CLs have a certain price above which stuff just sits. Most of it is overpriced crap, but some of it is gold.

So, four, edumacate yourself about the differences between a quality bike and a not-so quality bike. Tip: never trust a seller who is running a lot of gloss about a bike. Most of them are full of (expletive).

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