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Old 03-30-15, 12:40 PM
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Interested in buying bike.... Help!

Peugeot Road Bike
This is the bike I've been looking at. I'm planning on commuting to class on it. It's about a 20 minute ride. I like in San Marcos so relatively hilly area. I don't know anything about bikes.. What do you think of this one? which type of bike would you advise? My cap on price is about $500.
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Old 03-30-15, 12:53 PM
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Are you short enough to ride this bike? The size is 50cm which is quite small probably fit < 5'4"

The bike is clean and looks updated and maintained. 300$ tho, so probably just an okay deal.
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That bike looks pretty, and it looks reasonable priced too, maye offer $50 less of what they ask to see if you can get a better deal. However consider few things before you hand down the money.
How many miles is your commute?
What conditions are the roads in which you will commute?
are you going to commute on the dark?
For a good commuter bike having a rack and fenders is nice for transport cargo and to stay clean of mud, also a good set of lights, now if the road you are commuting on is full of potholes then wider tires are better. Can this bike handle wider tires? consider that.
The bike as is looks very pretty and good bike for fitness but think about it if you need it for commuting.

Good luck to you
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I'm 5'6'. You think it will be too small then? What size should i look at, 52 cm?
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Seems like it's not the worst bike but damn: $300 for stem shifters? Around here $300 will get you a reasonably racy bike from that era.

Try these searches:
Japanese bikes
houston bicycles "(Univega | Nishiki | Centurion | Lotus | Shogun | Miyata | Bridgestone | Panasonic | Fuji | SR)" - craigslist

Schwinns
houston bicycles "Schwinn (Paramount | PDG | *super* | *tour* | voyageur | traveler | peloton | tempo | prelude | passage | circuit | prologue | premis)" - craigslist

I use these searches a lot it seems, I ought to come up with a European version
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Old 03-30-15, 01:20 PM
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what do you think of this one? 84 Fuji Espree Road Bike w/valite tubing
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Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
That bike looks pretty, and it looks reasonable priced too, maye offer $50 less of what they ask to see if you can get a better deal. However consider few things before you hand down the money.
How many miles is your commute?
What conditions are the roads in which you will commute?
are you going to commute on the dark?
For a good commuter bike having a rack and fenders is nice for transport cargo and to stay clean of mud, also a good set of lights, now if the road you are commuting on is full of potholes then wider tires are better. Can this bike handle wider tires? consider that.
The bike as is looks very pretty and good bike for fitness but think about it if you need it for commuting.

Good luck to you
Good tips here. For a commuter bike you definitely have a few more considerations than just pedaling around.
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Originally Posted by gilliganne View Post
I'm 5'6'. You think it will be too small then? What size should i look at, 52 cm?
It is possibly a little more complicated than that. I recommend testing a few sizes to see. I am 5'4" with a short torso and long legs. So for me 51cm and under is too small. 52cm most likely as well, but handlebar position is important too. On a more upright bike, up to 55cm would likely work for me (I tried a 56cm bike in it was only a tiny bit too big).

I wouldn't get a 52cm for sure.
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Unless your heart is set on a road bike, a good 90's era hardtail mountain bike makes an excellent commuter. Think Trek or Specialized. Yank the knobby tires and replace them with 26 x 1.5" road tires and you have a very durable and capable commuter for cheap. The triple crank will help with those hills as well.
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