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Old 08-10-12, 09:05 PM
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Clyde Road Bike?

Ran across this today on my local CL. I don't know bicycle brands that well but this thing is defiantly tall enough but I'm a long way away from getting a on road bike. So what would you pay for this? Would you ride it as you're first road bike? For the right price I may just take it off their hands and stick it in the garage till the weight comes down to what I feel is safe to ride a road bike.

http://charleston.craigslist.org/bik/3193163585.html
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Ran across this today on my local CL. I don't know bicycle brands that well but this thing is defiantly tall enough but I'm a long way away from getting a on road bike. So what would you pay for this? Would you ride it as you're first road bike? For the right price I may just take it off their hands and stick it in the garage till the weight comes down to what I feel is safe to ride a road bike.

http://charleston.craigslist.org/bik/3193163585.html
Personally, I wouldn't pay more than $100 for it since, from the looks of it, needs a lot of work. New tires probably, new break pads, new tubes, new chain, new bar tape, new cassette if any of them are shark finned because of its age, new nuts and bolts if you can find it, etc. It would be a fun restoration project, that's for sure. A good paint job (I believe) can run you anywhere from $150-$300.
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Old 08-10-12, 10:32 PM
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Nah. Garage sale special. $70 tops. More like $50. Just look at the "safety" brake levers.
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Steer clear, fatpunk - it's a BSO. Thumbs down. One thing is that it is already rusted. A steel bike that already has rust is probably ok, but you don't know how bad the rust is and whether it has ruined the integrity of the frame. With its history, you will probably need to replace tires/cables/brake pads, and the condition of the chain? Naw, steer clear my friend . . .
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I see a bike with a ton of potential, I see no major rust other than on the chrome and steel frame bikes are incredibly tough.

Is that one worth $150 as is? No, I'd say about half that but again it looks like an easy rebuild, parts are cheap so if you have the skills to do the work yourself it could be a good bike after rebuilding.

If you can get it at the right price you'll likely put more into it then it will ever really be worth but I know from personal experience that for a really tall rider it can be VERY hard to find a bike that fits and is comfortable.

I ride a 68cm 1979 Raleigh Super Grand Prix with a Hi-Ten frame and I love it.
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WOW, how tall are you? What's your budget? What are you looking for...

If it were me, I'd keep looking. But if this is the difference between you sitting around for another couple weeks while you wait for the next one and getting out riding because you don't have a bike at all, I'd go for it. It's not long until we're solidly into fall.
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Looks fairly credible , as a tall touring bike goes . They seem to be hard to find . I found a Schwinn Passage in that size and jumped on it . As I was wheeling it away, another tallclyde showed up and asked about it. Only great big tourer I have run across in years of searching . But fall is coming . Garages may be being cleaned out . The seller, according to his post , has little idea of the worth of this bike . See if he'll take less.
Bu my main point is that this may be an opportunity to get a big bike now that will fit you, and you can look for a Specialized Expedition, Trek 520 , or Schwinn Passage or Voyageur or something of that noble nature down the road . This will build saddle time and experience , and give you an idea of what is good and bad about this bike . Each bike informs you as to the next.
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