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Old 07-10-18, 07:38 PM
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Would this be a good beginner bike?

Don't know much about bikes, I'm 5'10" and I found this bike locally for 150. Dude says it is a trek 3500 series frame (the bike is custom) Is it worth 150? I can't post pictures so it can';t be of much help. I would also like to know if an infinity hybrid from costco would be better.
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Old 07-10-18, 10:04 PM
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What is "custom" about it? By itself Trek 3500 is an entry level hybrid model. It may be worth 150, may be not. What year it is, what condition? Again, what is "custom"? What size it is, will it even fit you properly?
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What is "custom" about it? By itself Trek 3500 is an entry level hybrid model. It may be worth 150, may be not. What year it is, what condition? Again, what is "custom"? What size it is, will it even fit you properly?
Honestly there isn't much info. I'm wondering more if the costco bike is worth it now, or if a fuji marlboro folding bike for 100 would be better.
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My '08 Trek 3700 is worth $55 according to Kelly Blue Book. It's a mountain bike... not a hybrid. I thought 3500's were 26" mountain bikes.
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My '08 Trek 3700 is worth $55 according to Kelly Blue Book. It's a mountain bike... not a hybrid. I thought 3500's were 26" mountain bikes.
You mean bicycle blue book?
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You mean bicycle blue book?
Yes.. sorry for confusion.
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Don't know much about bikes, I'm 5'10" and I found this bike locally for 150. Dude says it is a trek 3500 series frame (the bike is custom) Is it worth 150? I can't post pictures so it can';t be of much help. I would also like to know if an infinity hybrid from costco would be better.
If the Trek 3500 bike does fit, I wouldn't even think about anything from Costco. You can find those type bikes at pawn shops for $50-100 in really good shape. The Trek has a solid fan base and a strong aftermarket parts supply if you need something down the road. You may need to check out his "custom bike" and ask this forum if you have any question about the work or parts. If it's something like tires / rims, handle bars, etc, probably no big deal. If he has started changing gear ratio, shifter, derailleurs, front forks, etc, I don't know if I wouldn't walk away until you get some more experience. Have you happen to check out the Craigslist in your area? I would hope that the Trek 3500 custom isn't the only choice you have for a used bike.
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You have an opportunity to speak with the seller. Ask seller if he is the rider and if he is the original owner. That begins the conversation as to how it became "custom".

While you're at it, ask seller what type of ride he did with that bike and how long did he own and ride it. Ask if he has another bike other than what he is selling. If he's older, did he let his kids ride it?
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According to Bicycle Blue Book https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...50&model=56402 which knows more about it than I do, that's not out of line if the Trek 3500 is a recent model and in good to excellent condition. 5 or 6 years old, he's asking too much.

That's Trek's cheapest beginner bike model.
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