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Old 03-12-13, 10:27 AM
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Peugeot road bike worth it?!

Hey guys, totally new here and to bikes in general. Looking to buy a road bike under $500 (500 being my high point with mods or whatever i have to do, poor college kid sorry). From what I can tell my options are to buy something on CL or bikesdirect. Found this Peugeot road bike on CL and it looks okay to me but what do I know. Just wondering if I should even offer him something for this bike, what this bike is worth, and what you would pay/offer for this bike. Thanks again.

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3649567945.html
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Around here, that is a $125, maybe $150 bike. Low end, stem shifters, nutted rear axle (claw RD hanger). All typical for entry level, back when entry level bikes were really basic.
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Thank you so much for your reply! Really appreciate it, will probably avoid now.
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$300 should buy you something middle of the product line, in ready to ride condition. Spend some time getting educated on what separates a basic bike from a good one.

In any financial transaction, the person with the most knowledge WINS. Be that person.

Get knowledgable, get lucky, or more likely, get taken.

Also spend some time determining the best size for you. Its all out there on the web.

Final advice, on a budget, older rigid frame MTBs make great college bikes and commuters too. They are near indestructible, are available at low prices, use standardized parts, etc. Save your college money for beer or other entertainment.
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Could most likely be a Peugeot model P8 from the early 80's
As noted, an "entry" level sport/tourer from Peugeot with the most basic, "serviceable" (works OK with enough adjustments) equipment,
In close to new or mint condition it could be something just below 200 bucks at most, but any signs of wear and age on the frame and components will drop that price pretty steeply. It's a good "learner" bike to start on if you'd like to mod up a C&V bike, especially if you plan on getting similar vintage French bikes in the future as it most likely has French threaded and sized components all over it. The frame is most likely built from High carbon steel Carbolite 103 Peugeot tubing, using their own lugless brazing construction technique. A strong frame that should ride very nicely with the right upgrading components (lighter aluminum rimmed wheels, modern tires, better saddle and better brakes as a start). Consider spending a little bit more than you's expect for better replacement components to mod it up as you can afford, as you can always transfer them over to a better French frame in the future. In the end, it always about how you can best make it perform to get the best ride out of it.
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Pass. Worth maybe $150 around here too.

If you have a $500 budget, you can find something really nice. $500 buys a lot in the vintage bike market. Even at $300 you should be able to do pretty well.
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What size bike do you need? Do you know that? Always step #1. Let us know, someone might see something good in austin CL and post it here.
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For example, and no idea if this is your size, this bike looks interesting to me:

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3677496610.html
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What size bike do you need? Do you know that? Always step #1. Let us know, someone might see something good in austin CL and post it here.
Austin:
https://austin.craigslist.org/for/3534105982.html
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That looks alot bigger than 21".
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What size bike do you need? Do you know that? Always step #1. Let us know, someone might see something good in austin CL and post it here.
Sorry about not replying, didn't get an update until today. I'm 5'7-5'8 with a 28 in inseam. I'm looking for a 53 cm bike/21 inch. Only reason I say that is my GF inherited a decent cannondale that size and it fits pretty nicely on me.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
$300 should buy you something middle of the product line, in ready to ride condition. Spend some time getting educated on what separates a basic bike from a good one.

In any financial transaction, the person with the most knowledge WINS. Be that person.

Get knowledgable, get lucky, or more likely, get taken.


Also spend some time determining the best size for you. Its all out there on the web.

Final advice, on a budget, older rigid frame MTBs make great college bikes and commuters too. They are near indestructible, are available at low prices, use standardized parts, etc. Save your college money for beer or other entertainment.
Thank you for your advice, it will be taken to heart.
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
For example, and no idea if this is your size, this bike looks interesting to me:

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3677496610.html
I contacted the seller of this bike today, and am eagerly awaiting a reply. In the meantime i stumbled across this bike. Tried to do some research on the exact model but I can't seem to find much.

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3686857997.html

Thanks again,

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The Masi is an aluminum framed bike with what appears to be a carbon fiber fork, maybe lighter than a steel frame, but usually not as compliant a ride over rough pavement as steel. IMHO, the asking price is within the range of FMV. Make sure to check the brifters out carefully and that all the shifting works as it should, because the combo levers are very expensive to replace and some are not repairable.

However, if "tank" in your handle has any reference to body type, I'd suggest looking for a steel frame bike.

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Very inexpensive low end bike, I wouldn't pay more then $50 for it, personally I wouldn't buy it. That bike is way over priced even if it was in new condition! Keep looking there are better deals out there, that seller is looking for a sucker who doesn't know vintage bikes.
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$500 for a SORA equipped internet brand like Masi? No thanks.

If you want to go that route, just go to bikesdirect, where you can get a brand new SORA road bike for about $425.

If you want a modern race bike, new on a budget, then BD can be a good deal. There are thousands of threads on BD already, so you decide.

As far as responding to C/L ads, keep your replies SHORT. Don't ask a bunch of questions:" tell me more, how old is it, can I have more pics, etc.?? Realize a lot of sellers are L A Z Y. If they get multiple responses, they are going to pick the easiest ones first.

That Takara is a nice bike, maybe a tad high, but for Austin, probably just right.

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Thanks again for the replies. Frankdahtank is just my nickname, I am 5'7 160 pounds w/ athletic build haha. Made me laugh though. Thank you for the advice again wrk101. I heard a response back from the Takara Elitist (https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3677496610.html). He hasn't sold the bike and I told him I'd like to come look at it and I'd offer him $250. Let's see what happens.
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Thanks again for the replies. Frankdahtank is just my nickname, I am 5'7 160 pounds w/ athletic build haha. Made me laugh though. Thank you for the advice again wrk101. I heard a response back from the Takara Elitist (https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/3677496610.html). He hasn't sold the bike and I told him I'd like to come look at it and I'd offer him $250. Let's see what happens.
Nice bike, decent price, but probably not a 53cm. Looks like about 55cm to me. Still, it might fit you and is worth checking out.
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The Takara did fit nicely and I saw no problems with it so I bought it off the guy for $270. I'm pretty happy with my purchase and hope to fix it up it the near future. I'm going to take it to a local bike shop to see if it needs anything immediately. I was really surprised by how light the bike is. I can easily pick it up and hardly notice the weight. Thanks a lot for your help guys and I hope to learn a lot about bikes here.
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Enjoy! That Takara is in good condition. A tune up, which adjusts the brakes and derailleurs usually runs about $40, plus parts if needed. REI has a pretty good service department as well. I suggest perhaps having the bike shop put some new handlebar tape on for you while you're there.
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The Takara did fit nicely and I saw no problems with it so I bought it off the guy for $270. I'm pretty happy with my purchase and hope to fix it up it the near future. I'm going to take it to a local bike shop to see if it needs anything immediately. I was really surprised by how light the bike is. I can easily pick it up and hardly notice the weight. Thanks a lot for your help guys and I hope to learn a lot about bikes here.
Good choice. Yes, high end vintage steel is surprisingly light in weight. My 1984 Lotus Classique was within 1/2 pound in weight of a 2005 Trek 1000 I had.
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Glad you bought it. I don't know much (anything) about the make, but thought that bike looked like a quality, attractive machine.

Now, if you want to keep that bike . . .

Spend $50 on a good U-lock and use it through the frame and a wheel and a bike rack, every single time you park the bike. Consider getting keyed skewers instead of the quick releases, to protect the other wheel. Never leave your bike locked outside overnight, or even for a little while in the wee hours, bring it inside. U-locks can be cut in 30 seconds with an angle grinder. Oh, if you ever come back to your bike and find that someone else has "accidentally" locked their lock around your bike, it wasn't an accident. They intend to come back later and take your bike, so unless you call a locksmith or campus cops or a friend with an angle grinder and cut their lock off right away, your bike will be gone that night. Some of us end up with a $50 beater bike for visiting bars etc.
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Thanks Oddjob2! Yeah, new handlebar tape is the first thing on my list. About to buy a helmet and a rear light.

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Glad you bought it. I don't know much (anything) about the make, but thought that bike looked like a quality, attractive machine.

Now, if you want to keep that bike . . .

Spend $50 on a good U-lock and use it through the frame and a wheel and a bike rack, every single time you park the bike. Consider getting keyed skewers instead of the quick releases, to protect the other wheel. Never leave your bike locked outside overnight, or even for a little while in the wee hours, bring it inside. U-locks can be cut in 30 seconds with an angle grinder. Oh, if you ever come back to your bike and find that someone else has "accidentally" locked their lock around your bike, it wasn't an accident. They intend to come back later and take your bike, so unless you call a locksmith or campus cops or a friend with an angle grinder and cut their lock off right away, your bike will be gone that night. Some of us end up with a $50 beater bike for visiting bars etc.
The campus cops at my uni held a meeting with us to discuss how unsafe all of our bike locks were. It was a little annoying because in the end he didn't really seem to tell us what was actually safe, just that everything was unsafe. I'm going to do some more research on bike locks. I think I remember him saying a U lock with a chain type thing was good.

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I think that unfortunately it is true - every lock out there can be cut with the appropriate tools and quite quickly.
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