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Old 04-18-08, 11:04 PM   #1
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Noob here in ATX

Hi! Just thought I'd introduce myself and the situation with my next bike.

I'm a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin (ATX). I've had two bikes since I've been in college, a Jeep Comanche 2.0 MTN Bike and a GMC Sierra Denali Road Bike. I know, I'll probably get flamed for getting cheapie "department store" bikes, but they were $50 and $120 brand new, respectively. I wasn't going to argue with that price. Unfortunately, they have both been stolen from me in a one-year period. I guess the low price was good for me in the end after all. I would have hated to get a >$500 road bike stolen.

In any case, here's my current situation. I posted a Craigslist wanted listing, and so far I've gotten an offer for a 1993 Bridgestone RB-2 in "mint condition." The owner says "it's nearly NOS....It may have been ridden once or twice, but it still has original tires, bar tape, etc." I'm a total n00b at "real" road bikes. What does NOS mean? And what can you guys tell me about the RB-2 bike? I would love to be enlightened as much as possible on this bike before I buy it. I know it's steel frame, rides pretty nice, and limited to production of 1000 units, but that's about it. The owner is selling it to me at $300, so I'm wondering if it's a steal at that price already or if it's fair to bargain for a lower price.

Since my previous 2 bikes were stolen, I'm also going to get 2, maybe 3 locks. Are there any GPS/RF anti-theft tracking systems anyone would recommend? I've prowled all over the Net and only pulled up stuff that was $300 at least.

Btw if there is a n00b site where I can learn more stuff about what I'm getting into, I'd appreciate it if any of yall could point me in that direction.

Thanks in advance. I hope to learn a lot from you guys.
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Old 04-19-08, 06:35 AM   #2
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Hi Machete, the 1993 Bridgestone RB-2 was, and is, a nice bike. It was designed by Grant Peterson, who is now at Rivendell Bicycles. The RB-2 was the second best bike in the lineup. $300 sounds a bit pricey to me, but I am a cheapskate! NOS means 'New Old Stock', so the seller is telling you that there have been no, or few upgrades on the original components. Nothing wrong with the components, but many people upgraded them as they had money. I would try bargaining starting at a lower price, starting around $200 or so.

Locks, I don't know locks. My bikes are either not worth locking, or are so valuable that they don't go out of my sight! And, I don't know about GPS/RF tracking systems either.

For locks and GPS stuff (and to answer your general newb questions) try posting some questions in the General Cycling forum.

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