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Old 11-07-16, 10:43 PM
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Looking for a bike for my wife

Not sure which forum to post this thread in because this is not a "Vintage and Classic What's It Worth?" issue. A seller is asking a lot of $ for a nice road bike that is 7 years old. they are using a figure they got from the Bicycle Blue book website. My question is do you agree with the Bicycle Blue Book Value for this bike? Its a carbon frame with mostly Ultegra components. Its an extra small frame for a short woman. Seller is asking $1050.00

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Old 11-07-16, 11:35 PM
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Bicycle Blue Book shows the Specialized Ruby Expert Compact- Women's as having an original MSRP of $3300-3700, depending in model year. I couldn't find that exact colorway, so I'm not 100% sure what year it is, but it is definitely the WSD, so... 2011?

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Good $1256 - $1295
Fair $905 - $933

So based on the appearance, and if all of the Ultegra is still present (should be the full group) and nothing looks knackered out, the price is fair for the model.

Problem is, at that pricepoint, you could get something pretty nice and brand new. Bikesdirect has a laundry list of well-outfitted bikes at that $1000 pricepoint, including 6800 Ultegra equipped.
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First of all: is this the bike/type of bike your wife wants, or are you shopping for her based on your preferences?

Nextly: that's a good chunk for a used bike that is probably 5 years old or so. You could get a nicer, well spec'd Terry wsd bike for that kind of money.
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Old 11-08-16, 07:05 AM
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Dont overlook a trike. Almost every woman I have met including my wife like the idea of a trike.
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Old 11-08-16, 08:11 AM
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A bicycle, or anything for that matter, is worth whatever a willing seller and buyer can agree upon. What do YOU think that the bike is worth? Offer the seller that amount.

Years ago I asked my dad for advice on pricing something that I was trying to sell. He told me to just stick any price on it. "A month from now, if you still have it, your price was too high. If you sold it, your price was too low." I'm thinking that can work the other way too. Bicycle Blue Book isn't buying the bike so their opinion, while interesting, doesn't really matter. The bike is only worth $1050 if the seller can find a buyer who agrees. Offer the seller what you think is a fair price and, if he doesn't agree, tell him you'll check back in a month to see if he still has it.
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Assuming your wife has said she wants this bike, then I would make a reasonable counter-offer. At that price, you can get something brand new that is also quality. Now, if you haven't asked your wife - please do. She needs to test ride the bike before you buy. Neither of you will be happy at that price point if you buy it and she ends up not riding it. Does she want or need a carbon framed bike? Does she like the handling? If she loves the bike....it is priceless.
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I wouldn't buy it, you have no warranty whatsoever!

If she rides it once and something happens to the carbon frame, you're screwed.
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Old 11-08-16, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Dont overlook a trike. Almost every woman I have met including my wife like the idea of a trike.
I have personally yet to meet one, at least one whose definition of a bike ride was anything more extensive than putting the baby on a bike to go a half mile to the corner ice cream shop.
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Old 11-08-16, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Almost every woman I have met including my wife like the idea of a trike.



Somebody get a rope!


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Old 11-08-16, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Dont overlook a trike. Almost every woman I have met including my wife like the idea of a trike.
Have they/she ever taken a ride on one? Very tippy. Our Co Op has one to shuttle stuff from the garage/house of the person who runs it to the Co Op. It's pretty darn miserable unless you enjoy something super heavy and only having one good direction to turn because if you do anything sharp/fast in the other direction than the rear wheel that turns is in the air.
I think it's fun to mess around on for short, flat distances. Setting up a Trike Only race circuit could be fun in that it's-so-ridiculous/miserable-to-do-it's-fun.

It was not the ride I expected it to be.

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Old 11-08-16, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
Have they/she ever taken a ride on one? Very tippy. Our Co Op has one to shuttle stuff from the garage/house of the person who runs it to the Co Op. It's pretty darn miserable unless you enjoy something super heavy and only having one good direction to turn because if you do anything sharp/fast in the other direction than the rear wheel that turns is in the air.
I think it's fun to mess around on for short, flat distances. Setting up a Trike Only race circuit could be fun in that it's-so-ridiculous/miserable-to-do-it's-fun.

It was not the ride I expected it to be.
I don't think that you know what you are talking about. You can't possibly be talking about a modern tadpole trike like a Catrike, Greenspeed or ICE.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I don't think that you know what you are talking about. You can't possibly be talking about a modern tadpole trike like a Catrike, Greenspeed or ICE.
It's just a normal Trike. Maybe he was talking about recumbent trikes? This was a Trike that someone donated to the co op. It's not fancy. It is very tippy though. A recumbent trike was not specified
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Woman here, not interested in trikes (recumbents at all, actually). For city riding, I prefer to be upright and more visible. Might be okay if you only rode on MUPS.
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The OP was about whether that's a fair price for an Ultegra-level Ruby. IMO, yes, more or less. I'd probably go in lower & see if the seller wants to haggle, but Spesh always seems to command a pretty good resale and regardless of what you think of the company's business practices, they make good stuff.


Yeah it's carbon so you want to check it out, and it's hard to tell from those pictures but it looks like maybe it hasn't seen much use so it's probably ok. I wouldn't let the fact that it's carbon scare me off. Provided that's what your wife actually wants.
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Looking for a bike for my wife

That's a pretty good trade...
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7 yr old carbon bike? No thanks!
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"A bike, for your wife" ?
What does Your wife look like ?
If you are looking to get a bike for your wife ?
Let her pick !
If she does not pick out her bike, that new bike will be a complete waste of money.
She won't ride it, unless she picks it out 100 %.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
I have personally yet to meet one, at least one whose definition of a bike ride was anything more extensive than putting the baby on a bike to go a half mile to the corner ice cream shop.
Well------------as a trike rider, I cant tell you how many times I have been stopped and have ladies question me about the trike, and where to get one. I finally took to carrying the business card of the local trike dealer.
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Old 11-10-16, 09:32 AM
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Go shopping with her in the LBS , she may not want the kind of bike you think she 'should' have.

Let her choose for herself.
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Well------------as a trike rider, I cant tell you how many times I have been stopped and have ladies question me about the trike, and where to get one. I finally took to carrying the business card of the local trike dealer.
Fair enough, I'd believe that.

Sounds like me everytime I see one of those enclosed recumbents
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