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Old 05-16-16, 05:22 PM
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Pricing Question

Hi Everyone,

I'm unsure if this is where to post, but perusing through my options, this looks like the best place to put it. If it's not, could the OP move it or direct me to the right area?

I'm looking to purchase this bicycle for my girlfriend, so we can ride together, but would love some insight on the pricing and if her height is good for this bike. My research shows me its a decent price and height for a 5'3 person (which is my gf's height), but maybe I've been looking in the wrong places!

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Copy and pasted from the ad:
Bianchi Sport SS
19" (48.26cm) frame
modified with granny ring - 21 speeds
Great in the hills!
Superset Magny double butted tubes, forks & stays; mixed gauge
Ishiwata
SN ES436014
Shimano brakes
Shimano derailler
Ritchey Clipless pedals included
(Shimano shoes too, women's size 7.5 Eur 38)
Blackburn pump
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Old 05-16-16, 05:45 PM
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No price listed...
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Old 05-16-16, 05:47 PM
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Nevermind, found the ad. $210 might be a bit high, but I'm not all that familiar with old bianchi's. You're also in the bay area...so, that makes a difference too.

You might want to throw this up in the Classic and Vintage section, they'd be able to give you a better idea on value.
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Old 05-16-16, 05:50 PM
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In my neck of the woods that would be a fair price for that bike. That the frame is made in Japan is a plus.
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Old 05-16-16, 06:00 PM
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It is probably a good size.
It looks like it is in good shape. Alivio seems to be a bit cheaper components than I'd expect, but it is fine.

$200 is within the ballpark of what it is worth, especially if it is 99% ready to ride. Do the shoes fit?

Try it out. See how she likes it. Make sure it shifts smoothly through all the gears.
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Old 05-16-16, 08:27 PM
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Thanks so much for the reply! It's actually a surprise... so I'm going to just purchase it! The shoes probably don't fit, my girlfriend's feet are about a size 8.5 in womens.


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It is probably a good size.
It looks like it is in good shape. Alivio seems to be a bit cheaper components than I'd expect, but it is fine.

$200 is within the ballpark of what it is worth, especially if it is 99% ready to ride. Do the shoes fit?

Try it out. See how she likes it. Make sure it shifts smoothly through all the gears.
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Old 05-16-16, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
No price listed...
sorry about that, thanks for looking it up! thanks, too, techsensei for the info.
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Old 05-16-16, 09:30 PM
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Buying it has the advantage she can't say NO.

But, you could still surprise her by taking her for a drive/breakfast... and also swinging by to look at some bicycle stuff on the way.
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Old 05-16-16, 10:05 PM
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Im about 5'3 and ride a 49cm vintage road bike. So the size is probably close to right, if not just right. I think surprising her would be great, but I also think you should have her test it first lol Just to make sure...it can still be a surprise, ya know? Its a beautiful bike, and I would love to be given one of those! Lucky girlfriend you have. The price is about the same as it would be in my area.
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Old 05-16-16, 10:25 PM
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No doubt there are cheaper bikes, or higher quality bikes out there, but often needing some work (which can be expensive). But, if you're holding out for the perfect bike, it could show up tomorrow or a year from now.
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Old 05-17-16, 08:36 AM
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My concern would be that she might be able to stand over it but still not be able to reach the brake levers. That's a relatively long top tube.
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Old 05-17-16, 08:51 AM
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Very pretty bike. $200 is on the high end of what I'd pay for it, but if the shoes fit then it'd be a decent price. It's not an unreasonable price for sure, just a bit higher than I'd price it.
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Old 05-17-16, 09:58 AM
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UJB .. seem OK , it the right size ?

$200 seems OK, used bikes in Bozeman MT may move for less than PDX Oregon Or the SF Bay because everything costs more there.

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Old 05-22-16, 02:33 PM
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Bought it for 180! I may need to figure out how to tune it myself, though, or pay a shop to do it. Unless someone here lives in the Bay and will teach me how! I'll pay ya!
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Nice!

Clipless pedals: if your gf is already comfortable with clipless pedals, great. Otherwise, might be a good idea to install a pair of platform pedals while she gets used to the bike.

Downtube friction shifters: again, if she's not used to those, spend some time with her on the bike somewhere away from hills and traffic so that she can practice shifting.

As noted by someone above, it does look like a long stretch to the bars and brake levers. Unless she has short legs and a long torso, I'd push the saddle forward (and adjust it so that it is level; the nose is tilted down in the picture). Also, rotating the handlebars up a few degrees (or untaping the bars, moving the brake levers up a bit, and then retaping) might help.
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So, does she love it? lol
Does it fit good?
Also, to add on to what others said above...I could reach fine on mine, even though i think my top tube is slightly shorter, but my issue was my small hands - the distance from the bar to the brake lever was too far. Some nice BFers helped me out with a link to some brake levers (Tektro R341) that are made for women/small hands. They also flare out to the side a bit. They will be here tomorrow, so I havent a review yet, but they have 5 stars online and are only $21 at Treefortbikes.com - Just throwing this out there in case she has the same issue/isnt comfortable with the ones on there.
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Bought it for 180! I may need to figure out how to tune it myself, though, or pay a shop to do it. Unless someone here lives in the Bay and will teach me how! I'll pay ya!
Congrats! It's a pretty bike and in good shape. I hope the two of you enjoy it!

I'm on the other coast now, but if I still lived in the Bay Area, I would've been happy to help. We do have more than a few forumites in the neighborhood, so to speak, so you might be able to solicit some help if you mention where in the Bay Area you are.

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Alivio seems to be a bit cheaper components than I'd expect, but it is fine.
It's got Alivio at the rear and Deore up front. Both are mountain bike derailleurs and are obviously replacements, but they should work fine since the bike has friction shifters. Since Shimano road and mountain front derailleurs use different cable pull ratios, the front derailleur would need to get swapped out if the new owner ever wants to upgrade to indexed shifting.

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Also, to add on to what others said above... Some nice BFers helped me out with a link to some brake levers (Tektro R341) that are made for women/small hands...
Those Tektro R341 levers are great. My 12-year-old daughter has a set on her road bike. And for those of us who don't have particularly small hands, those levers are also useful to make the brakes more reachable from the drops on compact/ergonomic handlebars.
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Wow thanks all for the warm and helpful replies! For now, it's still a surprise, her birthday isn't until July 16th, so in the meantime, I'd love to replace the pedals and give it a solid tune up. Any tips on where to post to ask someone to teach me?

I'm in the east bay! Thanks again for the kind and thoughtful replies!
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Wow thanks all for the warm and helpful replies! For now, it's still a surprise, her birthday isn't until July 16th, so in the meantime, I'd love to replace the pedals and give it a solid tune up. Any tips on where to post to ask someone to teach me?

I'm in the east bay! Thanks again for the kind and thoughtful replies!
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Originally Posted by ianthonyt View Post
Wow thanks all for the warm and helpful replies! For now, it's still a surprise, her birthday isn't until July 16th, so in the meantime, I'd love to replace the pedals and give it a solid tune up. Any tips on where to post to ask someone to teach me?
I don't know about teaching you on the forums, mostly because there are already so many good references out there we can refer you to. We can certainly point you to some of those, though, and help if you run into any problems. At first glance, it looks like the bike might not need anything more than routine maintenance -- basically clean, lube, and assess/replace consumables. You'll need a few inexpensive specialized tools, but it's not rocket science. For more detail, see you in the mechanics' forum!

Or, noting you're in the East Bay, you can check out one of the many bicycle co-ops in the area for some assisted DIY. I don't personally know the current state of any of these organizations, but here are a few to check out:

The Bike Kitchen (San Francisco)
Biketopia (Berkeley)
Spokeland (Oakland)
Street Level Cycles / Waterside Workshops (Berkeley)
Missing Link (Berkeley)
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Originally Posted by ianthonyt View Post
Wow thanks all for the warm and helpful replies! For now, it's still a surprise, her birthday isn't until July 16th, so in the meantime, I'd love to replace the pedals and give it a solid tune up. Any tips on where to post to ask someone to teach me?

I'm in the east bay! Thanks again for the kind and thoughtful replies!
I couldnt wait that long to surprise someone lol I hope you report back when the time comes!

As SkyDog75 mentioned - Co-ops would be a great place to check out. Youtube has been very helpful, as well as the Park Tools website. This forum as well!
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post

Those Tektro R341 levers are great. My 12-year-old daughter has a set on her road bike. And for those of us who don't have particularly small hands, those levers are also useful to make the brakes more reachable from the drops on compact/ergonomic handlebars.
Great to hear! Im really excited to try them out so i can brake from the drops finally and not the turkey levers lol Iv read many great reviews, and most of them were actually from men who enjoyed the reach more. Is your daughter using one of those ergo type drop bars or more of a classic type drop bar?
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Is your daughter using one of those ergo type drop bars or more of a classic type drop bar?
It's a Modolo anatomic bar. Here's a pic.

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I'll definitely update everyone! Okay, I'll check out the resources, thanks very much. I'm trying to figure out how to multi-quote, but thanks also Sky and Cliff.

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Great to hear! Im really excited to try them out so i can brake from the drops finally and not the turkey levers lol Iv read many great reviews, and most of them were actually from men who enjoyed the reach more. Is your daughter using one of those ergo type drop bars or more of a classic type drop bar?
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Oh cool! Looks great! I have one of those bars on my eBay watch list that I was thinking of trying.
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