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Nashbar MK III for 200$?

Old 11-16-12, 07:17 PM
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Nashbar MK III for 200$?

I really really like this bike. Looks really well taken care of. I think 200$ is probably fair but what do you all think? Quotes and opinions, friend? everything looks pretty good to me except the cassette and the chain. Do all old chain and cassette look like that and does that affect functioning?

Lastly if I ever want to update with modern components would that be a problem?

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Old 11-16-12, 08:05 PM
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Looks like a great deal, go get it! I'm making an assumption that the rear spacing is 126mm, so you'll need to have the rear triangle respaced to accommodate a modern hub, but I'd be happy with it as-is. I'd replace the chain, and the bearings will need to be lubed. You'll likely need new tires & tubes, cables and brake pads, but that's cheap if you can do the work yourself.
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Old 11-16-12, 08:41 PM
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It's worth $200 just for the gruppo. If you're actually short enough to ride a 49, you're in like Flynn.
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Old 11-17-12, 07:52 AM
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+1, I'd grab that in a heartbeat. That's a great price especially for a small frame in a high priced market like Chicago. As for the chain and cogs, it looks like the owner simply hasn't cleaned them thoroughly. Regardless, I'd install a new, Shimano HypeGlide 6 speed freewheel (you may be able to squeeze in a 7) and chain, as it significantly improves the shifting perfromance. The stem looks a bit beyond the insertion mark and may need to be lowered. FYI, the bicycle is circa 1985/1986, and the tubing is an unspecified Ishiwata CrMo double butted tubeset.
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thanks for the responses.

Update: Today I have checked out two bikes.

The first one is a Centurion accordo RS. https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/bik/3416268811.html
Some of you commented on this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...o-275-worth-it
Upside: This bike just straight off works really well. The owner had it tuned, brake works great, FD and RD works great. Everything is clean, even the cassette and the chain looks cleaned. The frame has mount for also fits me well, has rear and front fender mount.
Downside: There is this clicking sound from the back wheel as I rode. I am pretty sure it is not the chain rubbing the FD, is that sound just how older freewheel works? not sure. Also he would not come down below 250 despite moving out of the country soon.

nashbar mk3 https://cla*****.com/1dpli48v/h7w56cvl/
Upside: suntour groupo, which seems to get a lot of rave. price is 180
Downside:Frame is a little small, seat post kinda stuck and not tall enough. Bike is not tuned very well, both brake barely work, will need a lot of adjustment and maybe new shoes. the FD barely works even after on the spot adjustment and RD skips gear. Both deraileur are not very responsive to the shifter, have to turn a lot to get any response. Rim shows quite some wear, grime on the chain/cassette. no fender mount.

Personally I think the accordo is a better buy simply because it will not require any additional work/parts on the spot. But the MKIII is cheap and seems to have good components. Opinions?

Oh and I am 5'8'', 32.5 inch inseam, short arms

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Old 11-17-12, 08:28 PM
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Great deal on the Nashbar, much better than the Accordo, but it is too small for you.
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It's hard to believe that either of those two bicycles would fit well. Regardless, if it's intended as a rider, buy the best fitting bicycle.
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I was looking at the Nashbar also, looks really nice but I have no use for a 49. OP, my guess is you should ideally be looking for a 55 or 56; I don't think something smaller than 54 is going to work for you.

This RRB would be great but I have no idea what he wants for it, which is annoying and against CL rules. Maybe worth a phone call though.

One option would be picking up this bike and transplanting the parts onto a bigger frame. Trouble is, I gather the Nashbar frame is what's not getting the love, so you might not be able to sell it for much. Put a different name on it and this bike should already be gone. I wonder who actually made the frame - anyone have a guess?

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[QUOTE=due ruote;14964634** I wonder who actually made the frame - anyone have a guess?[/QUOTE]

Might be a BMZ, but probably not. BMZ made some frames for Performance back in the 80's.
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