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Is it worth the cost?

Old 05-29-12, 03:47 PM
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Is it worth the cost?

Hello, I am brand new to this so I'm sorry if I'm posting in the wrong thread but....

I'm looking for a "new" road bike and found this one on Craigslist that I like a lot:
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/3039372061.html

I'm 6'0, 180lbs, 32 inch inseam. Would this bike be a good fit and is it worth $250? That seems very steep... Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-29-12, 03:50 PM
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http://veloweb.ca/bike-fit/

Nice bike...too tall for you..You need a 56cm.
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Old 05-29-12, 03:54 PM
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Seems steep to me. I'm no expert but that appears a low end model frame and the front derailleur doesn't work. No telling what else might be wrong.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
http://veloweb.ca/bike-fit/

Nice bike...too tall for you..You need a 56cm.
+1 ^ Yep! Don't even think about it!
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I'd say No, its a cheap in it's time, Peugeot..
Anyhow..
Condition
cannot be assessed over the web,
then you bring someone, knowledgeable with you to do that .

I'm 5'9" and My road bike is a 56, you may need a 58
[unless it describes a frame a steeply sloping top tube ]

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Old 05-29-12, 04:03 PM
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I wouldn't pay that much. I wouldn't pay half that much.

Without looking too closely, 27" wheels tells me that's a quarter century old bike. Stem shifters tells me it was a low end offering when it was new.
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So no one would recommend getting that bike?
I'm going away to college soon, don't know much about the ins and outs of bikes, but would love to have a bike for school. Being on a relatively tight budget (summer travel plans), could anyone recommend a good vintage or new road bike to pick up? I do believe I am around the 58cm range. Also I live in NYC so if anyone happens to know of good stores that would be awesome too.
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I'm going away to college soon, but would love to have a bike for school. Being on a relatively tight budget
Colleges have a reputation for bike theft. My advice is to get a POS. That way you won't feel so badly if it gets stolen.
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I don't know how much of a premium being in NY commands, but I just bought a Peugeot of similar vintage, but I think a higher level model, for $20.00 at a yard sale. Southern Illinois.
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$250 ?!?!? No way ..... Maybe $50 .... but the fork looks bent .... distance between tire & downtube seems a bit close.
I bought a nice hybrid off Ebay (local pickup, no shipping) for $35.
Keep looking.

Does it need to be a road bike (58 cm would be good) ? If it's for banging around school, consider a flat bar hybrind with mounts for a rear rack.
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Originally Posted by astrein94 View Post
So no one would recommend getting that bike?
I'm going away to college soon, don't know much about the ins and outs of bikes, but would love to have a bike for school. Being on a relatively tight budget (summer travel plans), could anyone recommend a good vintage or new road bike to pick up? I do believe I am around the 58cm range. Also I live in NYC so if anyone happens to know of good stores that would be awesome too.
I think I am going to have to disagree with almost everyone. If the OP rides it and it is a good fit, and rides well, brakes well, etc, it might be worth the money. NYC is expensive for everything. If it is in good condition, it might be worth $250, or at least $200. It might not be too big for him. He needs to ride it to see.


I say try it out and then try to haggle the seller down if you like it.
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Originally Posted by john_steed_uk View Post
I think I am going to have to disagree with almost everyone. If the OP rides it and it is a good fit, and rides well, brakes well, etc, it might be worth the money. NYC is expensive for everything. If it is in good condition, it might be worth $250, or at least $200. It might not be too big for him. He needs to ride it to see.


I say try it out and then try to haggle the seller down if you like it.
That's what I was thinking. I currently ride a 64cm ooold Bianchi (freaking massive..) that I got from my friend's father and definitely feel as though -5cm would be comfortable. This post is turning into a whole bunch of questions... but would anyone happen to know how much a vintage Bianchi, Piaggio I believe, would go for? It's dinged up and definitely needs some work put into it. Just a general pricing
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Okay. My rule of thumb is for bikes that I would keep and ride (meaning that I would pay more because I'm not looking to flip for a 40-50% profit). Mid-range lugged steel frame, quick release front and back, downtube shifters, stem and seatpost free to move, rims true-able, tires worn, chain worn, brake pads shot, seat shot, rest of mechanical workable and to-be-repaired/adjusted... $75. Subtract $25 if no quick release on the rear.

Now, if you want prepared to ride, lubricated, adjusted, rims true, chain not shot, seat useable - be willing to pay $275-400 in NYC. Drive 1/2 hour into the NJ suburbs, shave $100 from that.

So, you have to decide what mechanical skills you have; your familiarity with the replacement parts, cabling, adjustment, lubricants; and your budget going into this. Sounds to me like you'd want something that works right away without too much repair. For a road bike, be ready to pay as outlined here.

For a hybrid bike, you might pay 1/2 what a similar quality road bike costs. For on-campus, this might work better for you. Check the Craigslists within a radius from you where you can find transportation, you might do better.

Good luck.
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