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Old 11-07-09, 01:42 PM
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Could I get help/opinions on these Craigslist postings?

Looking at the 20 year old commuter thread got me really liking some bikes posted there. Also, it came to mind as a cheaper way to get a bike for my girlfriend to use. However, I admit I am not sure entirely what I'll be looking for, other than does it work, is it rusted etc. etc.

So here are some I favorite'd these for the both of us. Thoughts?

#1: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1452674207.html

#2: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1447030590.html

#3: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1446038208.html

#4: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1447122449.html

#5: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1452202349.html

#6: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1448842276.html

#7: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1454498922.html *She seems to like this one.
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Old 11-07-09, 02:13 PM
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#1: Too pricey. I just bought a much nicer 87 panasonic for half that in perfect shape.
#3: Fixie crap.
#6: Good Trek, but not worth $400 by any strecth of the imagination. $150-200 maybe
#7: Same for this bike. Worth more like $175-200.
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Old 11-07-09, 02:18 PM
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I would ask in the Classic & Vintage forum. Some of those look fairly nice, and the talking heads over there know tons about vintage bikes.
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You probably need to figure out what's going to fit her first. There's a big difference in size between the 1st and 7th bike for example. If she's an average sized woman, the fuji might be a good choice.

One thing to think about is that most road bikes before 1986 or 87 are going to have friction shifting rather than indexed. Some folks don't care or even prefer friction but my wife definitely likes her gear selections to click into place.
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Is the fork bent on the first one? Looks a little funny to me. How tall is your gf? Some of those bikes are on the large side.
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To OP, I sent you a PM about another bike if you are interested.
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OK, I thought I was the only one that noticed a size difference between all the bikes posted. I can't help at all with the pricing but have your girlfriend go on a ride to see if it fits and she likes it. It sounds like you may be a little unfamiliar yourself OP (not trying to be mean), but see if you have a friend who can go with you and your girlfriend when she does find something she likes. However i'm not sure if the city of Portland would have anyone necessary qualified (bikes don't seem to be big thier) so good luck finding someone . (Joking of course)
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Hah, yeah, my first post wasn't clear. The ones that are obviously larger were for me. The smaller were for her. I generally fit a 58cm and her a 50. Sorry for the confusion.
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OK. I was starting to wonder about your GF's proportions!
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