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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-23-11, 05:33 PM
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Bike questions (not which one question).

So i been riding for the last two years now and loving it.

Started out on a Giant Boulder SE mountain bike and loved it and still do.

Then last summer decided to treat myself as a reward for a weight loss goal with a more road oriented bike (Giant Seek 1). And initially it was fun as it was soo much faster and much better at climbing the hills and such. But at the end of the day i just have more fun riding the mountain bike around and still 9 times out of 10 choose that one when i open up the garage.

So this year i think i may sell it but get this i never sold a bicycle before (my old bikes usually got cut up for projects like this LOL

And this is by far the most expensive bike errrrr bicycle i have ever owned and i know i will loose most its value selling after a few years but no idea how much what ya value a very lightly used one year old bike. Giants MSRP is $849cdn for it.

Bikes got about 150kms on it and looks pretty the same as day one.

What ever i get for it will go into buying parts for my OTHER bike.
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Old 04-23-11, 06:00 PM
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Every area is different as for how much a used bike will sell for. Maybe ask the shop where you bought it from. They may buy it back themselves or give you an expected amount. You can also look online at places like ebay or your local craigslist to get an idea.

One shop in my area will buy back used bikes after they do a thorough once over. However it is at a definite loss to the owner. If memory serves me correctly I paid $700 (I bought it third person used, but didn't like it) and sold it for $170 -$200. If I was willing to wait I might have been able to sell it on my own for more.

Basically find out what your options are. If you can hold on to it you can probably sell it for more if you are willing to wait. If the shop will take it back see how much they offer.

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Tinybear, good to see you again.

Try selling it on Kijii. List it at $600 as the "dream commuter bike" and see what might happen.
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Old 04-27-11, 03:34 AM
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i'd keep it but if you need the money then go ahead. if it was me, as soon as i sold it i would be thinking of riding it again and miss it. like you don't know what you got til its gone sort of thing. but thats just me
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I'd start it somewhere around 60% of MSRP. Look at it from the buyers perspective, if they are looking used they are looking for a bargain. Not a give away, but if you want your bike to sell you have to bait in your potential buyers.

So what upgrades are you considering for your Boulder? As a forum, we are very good at spending other people's money and would be happy to offer input on the subject
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we are very good at spending other people's money

I think this is the mantra of every politician of any political party at any level of any country in the world.
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I think this is the mantra of every politician of any political party at any level of any country in the world.
Vote for Bautieri in 2012?

I'll be campaigning on more bicycle paths and the death penalty for any caught texting or playing with their cell phones while driving.
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I'd start it somewhere around 60% of MSRP. Look at it from the buyers perspective, if they are looking used they are looking for a bargain. Not a give away, but if you want your bike to sell you have to bait in your potential buyers.

So what upgrades are you considering for your Boulder? As a forum, we are very good at spending other people's money and would be happy to offer input on the subject
LOL actually when i said "OTHER" bike i was more refering to my motorcycles but i was not aware there was much i could do to the Boulder. But the more i think about it if possible the boulder would be cool to get a new fork with a lockout. Its been good to me so far and i have done a few things to make it suite me better. Overall the bikes ben great and mostly problem free. Had one shift wire pop out of its guide in the trigger shifter housing and the rear wheel should be trued soon.

Money wise i doing just fine, i just much prefer riding my Boulder over the Seek. I find the mountain bike more comfy and thus much easier and enjoyable to put some miles on. I know my seek is easier to climb hills with has less rolling resistance and is MUCH faster but riding it is just not as fun. The mountain bike just encourages me to mess around to hop a curb if i want, to see were that path threw the tress goes, and to just ride for enjoyment rather than to just put miles on.
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LOL actually when i said "OTHER" bike i was more refering to my motorcycles but i was not aware there was much i could do to the Boulder. But the more i think about it if possible the boulder would be cool to get a new fork with a lockout. Its been good to me so far and i have done a few things to make it suite me better. Overall the bikes ben great and mostly problem free. Had one shift wire pop out of its guide in the trigger shifter housing and the rear wheel should be trued soon.

Money wise i doing just fine, i just much prefer riding my Boulder over the Seek. I find the mountain bike more comfy and thus much easier and enjoyable to put some miles on. I know my seek is easier to climb hills with has less rolling resistance and is MUCH faster but riding it is just not as fun. The mountain bike just encourages me to mess around to hop a curb if i want, to see were that path threw the tress goes, and to just ride for enjoyment rather than to just put miles on.
That is defiantly the calling and appeal of a mountain bike.

If you're looking for a decent, value priced fork, check out the Rock Shox Tora. Have you considered any touring gear? Perhaps a trailer or pannier bags? How about a nice headlight?
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Cool may zip down to a bike shop next week and see what the options are for getting a upgraded fork on my mountain bike. I guess i try selling my Seek on kijiji first like i said i dont really need the money but may as well let some one get use out the thing its a good bike just not my cup of tea and the space it takes in the garage is worth something.
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