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Old 05-03-18, 02:41 PM
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Buying a new (used) road bike

Hey all - I've been biking for a few years, both for commuting and longer rides for fun, and I'm looking to grab a road bike for longer rides. I'm currently using a Giant Escape 3, a hybrid, and I'm a bit torn between two used options.

The first is an 80's Trek 360 for $250. It seems like it's in great condition - hardware is running smoothly and the frame looks hardly used. Only thing I'd want to replace is the bulky old saddle. The second is a Giant OCR3, which I could've mistaken for brand new without a closer look at the frame, for $300. Each is at a different store in town. I took the Giant for a decent spin, and the seller (who I got my last bike from and I've been going to for years) even offered to let me use it for a much longer ride just to see. The Trek I only got to run around the block as the guy didn't want me taking it very far.

As of now I'm leaning pretty heavily towards the Giant based on comfort, but I wanted some advice from more experienced people besides the ones trying to sell me a bike. I'm sure a lot of it is personal preference, but I've got long-term use and durability in mind here; I've got no aspirations of tours or anything but I want something I won't need to replace/have major service on for a long time. Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by Mishaxhi View Post
As of now I'm leaning pretty heavily towards the Giant based on comfort, but I wanted some advice from more experienced people besides the ones trying to sell me a bike. I'm sure a lot of it is personal preference, but I've got long-term use and durability in mind here; I've got no aspirations of tours or anything but I want something I won't need to replace/have major service on for a long time. Any thoughts?
That pretty much says it all. If the Giant is more comfortable, and it's from a seller with whom you already have a relationship, then it's a no-brainer. The Giant is also a newer bike than the Trek.
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If you're choosing between those two, go with the Giant.

A 1980s Trek 360 has a decent frame, but it's an older bike than the Giant by at least 15 years or so. An '88 Trek 360 would've been equipped with downtube shifters and obsolete SunTour AccuShift components, which means replacement parts may be difficult to find and expensive.

Even the oldest Giant OCR3 (2001?) is a pretty modern bike and is going to have some functional upgrades over the Trek 360 like integrated brake/shift levers, a freehub/cassette instead of a freewheel, and dual-pivot brakes. Compatible replacement parts are still plentiful, so maintenance and repairs should be easier and less expensive. It'll also have lower gearing than the Trek, which will come in handy if you find yourself riding up hills.

...and you find the Giant to be more comfortable.

...and you've got a good relationship with the seller.

....and the seller seems to be accommodating, letting you ride the bike to see if it's a good fit.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
If the Giant is more comfortable, and it's from a seller with whom you already have a relationship, then it's a no-brainer. The Giant is also a newer bike than the Trek.
Yeah. I guess I'm mostly just looking for advice on the particular bikes, for all I know that model of Giant has a reputation or something.

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If you're choosing between those two, go with the Giant.

A 1980s Trek 360 has a decent frame, but it's an older bike than the Giant by at least 15 years or so. An '88 Trek 360 would've been equipped with downtube shifters and obsolete SunTour AccuShift components, which means replacement parts may be difficult to find and expensive.

Even the oldest Giant OCR3 (2001?) is a pretty modern bike and is going to have some functional upgrades over the Trek 360 like integrated brake/shift levers, a freehub/cassette instead of a freewheel, and dual-pivot brakes. Compatible replacement parts are still plentiful, so maintenance and repairs should be easier and less expensive. It'll also have lower gearing than the Trek, which will come in handy if you find yourself riding up hills.
Yeah, see, that's the thing, I don't know half of the terms you're throwing out - exactly why I wanted to check. From a visual/functional standpoint I appreciate the relative simplicity of the Trek, but I hadn't even thought of things like replacement parts.

Definitely gonna go pick up the Giant tomorrow, after one more test ride. Thank you both for the good advice!
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Well now
thatís gonna require some pictures
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Based on what you have told us, I'd go Giant. It is more comfortable, which is key. It is one thing to get a great deal on a bike and tweak it to fit you, it is another completely to pass over the bike that is more comfortable from the beginning. Plus, the seller sounds like a more reasonable person.
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