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Old 08-11-10, 03:47 AM
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Buying a used bike: Expert opinion requested

I know nothing about bikes but since my car broke down I'm looking for a road bike to get me around Berkeley (In addition to using public transit). Mostly for short 1 mile, 1-way trips to save some time. At most I probably will probably go 5 miles to get to the Berkeley marina.

Anyways, is this a deal or not?
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/1890253163.html

Or anyone selling a bike in the $200 range? I definitely want a road bike, and like the idea of ss, but am not sure if I'll get annoyed with it after a while.
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I wouldn't pay more than $120 for that bike and that may be too much.
If you go single speed, get both front and rear brakes.

Consider this.
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...1511000_400306

MSRP for this is $290
http://www.sebikes.com/Singlespeed/Draft.aspx
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I've got a 58cm frame set that needs to be built up. Probably have enough parts to do it, as well.
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Originally Posted by zyg0te View Post
but am not sure if I'll get annoyed with it after a while.
Yeah, you probably will. Get a used bike with gears. It'll help when you hit the Berkeley hills.

Also, check out the new Berkeley Bike Station (Shattuck) for storing your bike while on BART. I use it every weekday.


http://www.alamedabicycle.com/station_berkeley.html
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Thanks Guys!

Blast, I'll consider those bikes! May be a little more than I wanted to spend for a starter road bike, but the comfort of knowing it's a NEW bike may be worth it.
Kind of liked this one as well.
https://www.performancebike.com/weba...mmaryOnly=true

Boss, I'm very bicycle ********. If you get it up and running, how much would you sell it for?

PowPow, at the moment I really don't see riding it anywhere besides university, san pablo, and UC area. Thanks for heads up on the station. I walked by it the other day and was curious about it.
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You might mention what size you are looking for, some of us have a few at any given time available
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I'd be looking for ~54cm. I'm 5'9" w/ 30in inseam.
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