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Help an ignoramus on his humble bike hunt!

Old 05-04-10, 10:30 AM
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Help an ignoramus on his humble bike hunt!

I've got no bike and money's tight, but the weather has been so beautiful I'm just ITCHING to buy something and get the hell out there.

If any of you would like to help me on my MAX $400 search (in Toronto), I'd be very grateful! I know soooo little about vintage bikes/components/geometries/makes/materials, etc. that everything I come across in the local classifieds just makes me doubt myself.

FWIW, I'm about 5"11 and in good shape (180lbs). I don't like bikes that make you have to lean too far forward.

How's this ol' Peugeot fixie, for example? https://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/1688778686.html
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You're on the right track! Tons of large framed (58-60cmish) Peugeots come into the market every year.
With a $400 budet, you can certainly do better than that bike you found in CL. I say that you try to find a mid level Peugeot with at least a Reynolds 501 tubed frame and forged dropouts (80's model PGN 12). A real good one could be landed in the high 200s to low 300s price. That could leave you with enough money for a new stem and bars to get you that more upright position plus get you your SS and fixie drivetrain.
I generally discourage fixifying/SSing a bike by sawing off derailleur hangers, shifter bosses and cable guides, in case you or the next owner might want to put back the gears on it in the future, but I guess that is your decision in the end.......You can also consider just getting a purpose built fixie/SS bike too, you know, that way you don't have to put any work into doing a conversion, plus it might work better on the road..... There should be used ones out there already that may fall within you budget.

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Low end bike, way over priced. I would look harder. In my experience, the harder you look, the more deals you will find. Read some of the various valuation threads, spend some time on google, and you can quickly become a savvy shopper.

If money's tight, I would lower your budget. I see really nice bikes (market value, not smokin' hot deals) in the $200 to $250 range.

+1 If you want a FG, check the various on line sellers, they routinely have brand new ones well within your budget.
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Built up this would be cool:


Buy it and send it to me?

Good luck with the search, at your budget you have a myriad of choices. Just be patient. It's the folks with the double digit budgets that have it tough
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Could PM randyjawa. He has a bike or two. Not right in Toronto, but is in the same province.
In search of what to search for.
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I paid 180 dollars (shipped, $110 on the bid) on ebay for my 501 Framed 60cm Peugeot Nice that hadn't been fixified. If you can't find someone on here with a bike I'd watch ebay.
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road bike help

While I will be selling some, Im not actively trying to get rid of them, more like
I want to spoil someone sometime, but since yer way over there, Ill try an find
something closer...you might still need it shipped, or at least greyhounded...


and heres some bars to help with that reach...


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