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Old 06-03-13, 11:07 AM
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10 Speed Univega worth $190?

Hi,

I'm going to check out this bike later today and could use some advice as I'm a total novice when it comes to bikes. Here's the link to the ad: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...arch=&ad_cid=4

I've read elsewhere on this site that 10 speed Univegas were probably made in China and pretty bottom of the barrel. But, this one looks like its been well-maintained and I'm just looking for a simple commuter bike (not long distances by any means). That said, I don't want to pay this much for a simple bike if I don't have to, but the SLC bike market seems insanely competitive.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-03-13, 11:15 AM
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There is not enough detail in the photos for any kind of meaningful assessment of value, but it's clean, looks ready to ride, and probably not a bad value.
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Old 06-03-13, 11:22 AM
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definitely cuz it has super ride on the ceiling capabilities! but seriously a bike is worth what someone can get for it. it all depends on geography & desire. if you are looking for an affordable intro level road bike, there are other ways to get a more modern bike

check out http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm

but if you are looking for a classic antique, then you would be more knowledgeable than to even ask the question. so, I'm guessing for you, maybe this isn't the bike.

when I got back into cycling I got an old 10-speed for $20 but then spent a bunch fixing it up. flippers around the Boston area typically get around $150 for a rejuvenated '70s era 10-speed, mostly for college commuters.
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Old 06-03-13, 11:36 AM
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Well I figured I'd ask the board. What should I ask about when I go check it out. Last time bought owned a bike, it was a $20 centurion in Oregon. I'd love to get a cheap clunker like that here, but in Salt Lake dirty, rusty road bikes regularly go for $150-300 at Goodwill.
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Old 06-03-13, 11:43 AM
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Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat for the rest of his life.
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Old 06-03-13, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat for the rest of his life.
http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/
What if the man is VEGAN or hates fish?
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re: "but in Salt Lake dirty, rusty road bikes regularly go for $150-300 at Goodwill" well, there ya go, sounds like it might just be worth it to you! go check it out and see if it has your name on it! :-)

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What if the man is VEGAN or hates fish?
Then I wouldn't take them fishing
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Hi svudah, I'm in the SLC area too. There are good values available here with some patience. The one you posted looks like it's in nice shape, and has had some recent work. Listen to wrk101, above. If it fits you, I'd say it could be a winner.

Any bike that age could stand to have the bearings checked/serviced. Maybe budget a bit to have a bike shop do so for you? Or buy a few tools and learn how. The SLC Bike Collective has ongoing Park Tool School classes...
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Or if you really to spend minimally look for an old rigid-frame mountain bike that has road tires on it for commuter use -- those show up pretty regularly in the $100 range. Also will usually need a bit of work to get in good riding shape.
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You are absolutely right about Goodwill in that you have to be there when they roll them out to get a decent bike. I usually get one good bike a year from Goodwill. Two years ago I got a Basso Gap for $15. Last year I got a Trek 520 for $20. Haven't found one yet this year.

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1. Yes it is worth $190.

2. While the bikes you see at Goodwill are $150 to $300, what you don't see is the $25 bikes they likely put out. Why? Because they are gone in seconds. The only ones that stick around long enough for the occasional thrift store shopper are the high priced ones.

We have a Goodwill near me that commonly prices bikes at a similar $150 to $300 level. Yet I have picked up a Trek 714 for $40 there, and a nice Voyageur 11.8 for $15. I was fortunate to be there right when they rolled them out. I have pretty much given up on finding bikes at thrift stores (they used to be a great source), but I still do find about a half dozen a year there (found as many as five in one day back in the "old days").

Tip: Take a bike multitool with you and make sure seat post and stem are not stuck. If those parts are stuck, its a major PITA to service the bike as well as adjust to fit you.
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