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Trek 7.3 or Specialized Crossroads

Old 10-12-15, 01:43 PM
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Trek 7.3 or Specialized Crossroads

I am looking to get into biking for commuting (almost all paved bike lanes) and to get into better shape. The local police auction is coming up and I am thinking this might be a good time to pick up a deal. Most of the bikes were either mountain or kids bikes. The two that caught my eye were a Trek 7.3 and a Specialized Crossroads.

I won't be able to check them out till tomorrow. I will look them over then for general condition and size. I have read up on sizing bikes. I am also a mechanic by employment and have done some work on friends and family bikes like cleaning and repacking bearings. So I am not a complete idiot when it comes to looking at a bike, just mostly.

Anything I should keep an eye out for or general recommendations on these two bikes? Any advice will be helpful.
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Old 10-12-15, 02:21 PM
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I would look at the components on both bikes and determine which has the best parts. Parts meaning, shifters, brakes, seat, etc. The Crossroads goes from $440 to $750 dollars, so you need to determine which version you are looking at. And as always, give them a ride and see which one feels the best.
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When it comes to a police auction I think the big question is condition. Unless you are handy and knowledgeable, buying solely based on components could be a disaster.
If I recall, there is no test riding at police auctions, only viewing. Not the best way to buy a bike, but viewing can tell you about rust, abuse, wear etc. But you never really know how it will ride untill you ride it. Then of course there is the size of the bike and how it fits you.
For the novice, I don't think buying from a police auction is a wise course. For those on a limited budget, there is craigs list, pawn shops, and thrift stores. Not to mention actual bike shops that carry some used bikes. Taking a used bike for a test ride is an absolute must for me. good luck
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