Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-25-05, 11:44 PM   #1
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
Thread Starter
Digital Gee's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite, 2012 Masi Evoluzione
Posts: 8,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Is there a "Kelley Blue Book" for bikes?

I suppose not, but is there? Otherwise how does one know if a used bike is a good deal?

And, while I'm thinking of it, is there a website that lets you compare new bikes side by side, feature by feature? I'm used to comparing digital cameras this way, for instance.

It's hard to tell Santa what to bring if I can't compare!
2015 Sirrus Elite
2012 Masi Evoluzione

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-05, 08:06 AM   #2
Bike Junkie
roccobike's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 84 Nishiki Medalist
Posts: 9,518
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
I don't think there is, but that's a great idea. When I was considering buying a used MTB, I kept listings of the brands/models I was interested in on 'my e-bay'. It was effective too. After three or four months of collecting about 40 listings, I decided it was more cost effective to buy at my LBS. I could have saved a lot of time if a blue book or price guide existed.
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-05, 08:14 AM   #3
linux_author's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Penniless Park, Fla.
Bikes: Merlin Fortius, Specialized Crossroads & Rockhopper, Serotta Fierte, Pedal Force RS2
Posts: 2,750
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
- prices on ebay are no bargain, but alas, seem to be the only benchmark...

- after a while you get a much better idea of what a bike might be worth, but i have to admit that i was pretty shocked after getting back into biking after a decade's hiatus...

- a lot of the worth of a machine is in its condition... what kind of shape is the bike in? componentry is another area? how about the tires?

- there are a lot of variables...

- i was looking for a used bike in the past year... instead of ebay i visited the local pawn shops (if anyone has an idea about what a used item is worth, it's a pawnbroker for sure)... i found that many of the bikes were, like those on ebay, way overpriced... but i did find something in my [$100] price range that with a little elbow grease, turned into a nice ride (see sig linky for the Specialized Crossroads).

- some web sites offer a 'compare' function, where you can compare models...

- you could also pick your top three picks and post a query here on BF... i'm sure you'll get lots of opinions...

linux_author is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-05, 08:26 AM   #4
DnvrFox's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 20,917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Perhaps this would be of value:

It lists prices and features, but, of course, as in buying a car, no one ever pays the posted price, which makes things a bit more complicated.

As far as EBay, it is only with a great deal of luck that one finds a good bicycle buy on EBay. I.e., the Wal Mart roadies you can buy new for about $159 were selling on EBay for $300.

I lucked out in finding a quality brand new basic second road bike (a value of $700) - which I love - on a manufacturers direct EBay close out for $285.00. But, I haven't found a true deal like that since on EBay.

Last edited by DnvrFox; 11-26-05 at 09:25 AM.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:27 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.