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Old 03-30-20, 01:07 PM
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Been out of the game for a bit

Hey all,

a year and a half ago I bought a bike brand new from a LBS (Dukes before it turned into a Trek store) in Toronto. I figured Iíd buy once, cry once so I went all in and got the best my budget could afford. I bought a Trek Emonda SL5 (54cm) and got the matching 105 medals and threw a bontrager bottle cage on it. I was super excited to get into the whole cycling thing, but in all honesty - I didnít. I couldnít get over riding on the roads and honestly, I couldnít find enough time to commit to it to get comfortable. Itís become quite the joke in my house because I spent a good chunk of money on it all and maybe took it out 4/5 times, each ride under 5km. The bike has literally been sitting in my spare bedroom since I got it.

I think itís time to get rid of it and put the money towards something Iíd actually use. My question is, what do you think itís worth? Itís basically brand new, however a couple years old. Itís a 2018.




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Old 03-30-20, 02:23 PM
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Think you may find this isn't a good time to try to sell a bike, what with the social distancing.
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Old 03-30-20, 02:32 PM
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You could always start riding it. There might be some discomfort from not being used to the saddle and whatnot, but that soon passes as your body gets used to it. A few 5km rides won't have taught you much. Get a little mileage under your belt and you might be surprised how well you adapt to it and it becomes more and more comfortable.
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Did some searches. You'll probably get just over $1k for it. One with an almost identical description to yours except a bigger size is going around that mark.

Be prepared to post it.
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a bike is worth what a seller can get for it. don't feel too bad, this is kinda common. I lucked out & bought a bike from someone who thought he would start riding but after a cpl rides, stopped. in my case, the owner didn't sell for a # of years so it was an older model, but I got a good deal on a clean bike w/ no wear

w/o any knowledge but it crossed my mind, I wonder if the shop would help sell it for a cut of the profit. you'd still get more than selling it privately. worth a call at least
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Think you may find this isn't a good time to try to sell a bike, what with the social distancing.
I got out for my 105 miler at 11:34PM Monday night with nary a person to be seen.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
I got out for my 105 miler at 11:34PM Monday night with nary a person to be found.
Yup, and I'll bet you wouldn't want to meet up with a stranger to check out their bike right now.

I've decided I have to route my rides so I go by home at the 50 mile mark, max. Don't want to risk using a public bathroom.
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Originally Posted by CHRSTNSLGD View Post
Hey all,

a year and a half ago I bought a bike brand new from a LBS (Dukes before it turned into a Trek store) in Toronto. I figured Iíd buy once, cry once so I went all in and got the best my budget could afford. I bought a Trek Emonda SL5 (54cm) and got the matching 105 medals and threw a bontrager bottle cage on it. I was super excited to get into the whole cycling thing, but in all honesty - I didnít. I couldnít get over riding on the roads and honestly, I couldnít find enough time to commit to it to get comfortable. Itís become quite the joke in my house because I spent a good chunk of money on it all and maybe took it out 4/5 times, each ride under 5km. The bike has literally been sitting in my spare bedroom since I got it.

I think itís time to get rid of it and put the money towards something Iíd actually use. My question is, what do you think itís worth? Itís basically brand new, however a couple years old. Itís a 2018.



It's spring time! Give it another shot! If you don't like the saddle get another. Ride a little further each time. Enjoy that fine bike. Ride on some Greenways instead of traffic. Greenways are fun.
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Old 03-31-20, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Yup, and I'll bet you wouldn't want to meet up with a stranger to check out their bike right now.....
Thinking a Walmart parking lot with bike locked to a cart return structure and owner parked a few spots away would allow distancing and look at bike.

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......I've decided I have to route my rides so I go by home at the 50 mile mark, max. Don't want to risk using a public bathroom.
Our public bathrooms and water fountains are on lock down at night now. My 105 miler had me no farther than 8 miles from house. Living on Cape Haze Peninsula with Rotonda West and local street layouts allows for long-coasting free (constant pedaling since no hills) hours on end cycling.
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Greenways are the new road.
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Ride it again. or confess the little tip-over/near crash you had. edit: i don't know cycling in Toronto, maybe that bad. Sometimes if the first few miles are intimidating the whole thing becomes intimidating.

I hated road cycling in Las Vegas during the booming 90's. So bad it turned me to dirt riding in the desert for a few years.

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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Thinking a Walmart parking lot with bike locked to a cart return structure and owner parked a few spots away would allow distancing and look at bike.

Better yet, do it in a parking ramp and pretend we're in All the President's Men.

Seriously, I don't want to try out someone else's bike right now, never buy a bike without riding it, and I don't want to handle that much cash.
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One of my biggest regrets in life is giving up road cycling for 25 prime years due to a few bad drivers.
Risk can be mitigated but do Not let fear be your final arbiter.

Keep it maintained and I see 20,000 miles in your future with this beautiful bike.

When this CV finally passes on, find a local recreation club to ride with. Safety in numbers and encouragement goes a long way.
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