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Noob here, need some advice - Bianchi Strada LX

Old 09-22-12, 12:05 PM
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Noob here, need some advice - Bianchi Strada LX

Looking for my first road bike on CL and I see this

https://hartford.craigslist.org/bik/3284071903.html

Bianchi Strada LX - looks to be in good condition and from what I've read on here, Bianchi is a decent brand

I've asked about the size but haven't heard back. Assuming it is the correct size for me (5'8" btw) is this a good bike for somebody just starting out?

Thanks guys
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Old 09-22-12, 12:11 PM
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Well, Bianchi is good, but that frame is way too tall for you ! Without knowing more about all your body dimensions, you probably need something closer to 54 or 55cm I'd guess. Then you'd want to go for a spin to check the fit firsthand.

Keep looking, and good luck with your search !

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So the seller actually has 2 of that model, one for somebody ~6' (pictures) and one for somebody around my height. I think i'll go check it out. Is that a decent price for the bike?
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Well, Bianchi Girl is really knowledgable about these bikes, hopefully she'll chime in soon.....

My take is that this is a lower level product from Bianchi, with lower tier components on it. Entry level model. I have heard good comments about the way it rides though, and most people seem quite happy with them, especially based on the lower prices. The pictures aren't the best, and not sure just how clean the bike really is or isn't...I'd say that price is about average to a bit high. Condition will be important.....if it doesn't need cables, brake pads, mires, etc. and is all in good or better shape, as well as fitting you nicely, then $125-$140 probably isn't too bad. The costs will add up quickly if you have to start replacing a bunch of stuff.

I don't know your budget, but check here on the forums for bikes, as well as maybe the next town or two nearby......?


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Great thanks for the help!
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'87 Strada LX. I agree the price is very reasonable, usually anything with the Bianchi name is atleast $330+, But yes that is a very tall looking frame likely a 25".

The Strada LX was the top of the recreational bikes and was a very decent bike. It has a Chromoly main frame a d Chromoly fork. The components are basic but work well the Shimano 'Light Action' SIS was just as good as the 600 stuff then.

One thing about this bike is the seller claims "ready to ride" but then says it needs a tube. I think a shrewed buyer should be able to cajole the price to $150 because of this and also it looks like it needs a good cleaning and likely a tuneup.



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