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Looking to get my first road bike on Craigslist, would like some input on a listing

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Looking to get my first road bike on Craigslist, would like some input on a listing

Old 05-06-15, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by pandaman View Post
Yeah, this crossed my mind. I mean it is possible he simply bought the bike on clearance for cheap and doesn't actually know the age, I am definitely going to bring this up with him tonight. I have no issue buying an older bike though if this one really is in great condition. Other than the things I mentioned before, is there anything I should look out for as telling signs that I'm being taken for a ride? Thanks.
There are tell-tale signs but there are people much more qualified than I to tell you what they are.
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Old 05-06-15, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
I wouldn't make a big deal out of the year. These things aren't like cars where you would clearly know. I'd say that's somewhere between an innocent mistake and a poor attempt to fudge the value a little. Pretty far from a scam or major warning flags if you ask me.
Yep, this is my feeling as well. At the very least I should be able to use the age to haggle down the price a bit.

Inpd: No worries! Maybe one of these experts will poke their heads in here
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Old 05-06-15, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
I wouldn't make a big deal out of the year. These things aren't like cars where you would clearly know. I'd say that's somewhere between an innocent mistake and a poor attempt to fudge the value a little. Pretty far from a scam or major warning flags if you ask me.
Everyone here is a conspiracy theorist

With that said, right shifter does look like it's been on the ground so I would inspect the rest of the drive side (cranks, rear deraileur, deraileur hanger) and make sure there is not some crash damage. But the scuff could also be from leaning against a wall or something
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Old 05-06-15, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Everyone here is a conspiracy theorist

With that said, right shifter does look like it's been on the ground so I would inspect the rest of the drive side (cranks, rear deraileur, deraileur hanger) and make sure there is not some crash damage. But the scuff could also be from leaning against a wall or something
Good eye! I'll look out for this, thanks.
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Old 05-06-15, 02:50 PM
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Place a pedal at the bottom position, stand holding the seat in one hand and the bars in the other, lean the bike away from you a bit, and with your foot, push down hard on the pedal to try and flex the entire body of the bike. Release and repeat a few times. List carefully for any cracking or unusual noises.

Stand off to the side of the bike with your upper body directly above the bars, and hands on the very edges of the bars and push down hard and release, repeat. Listen for same kinds of noises.

Stand in front of the bike and grip the front wheel between your knees. Put your hands on the bars and twist while gripping the front wheel hard between your knees. Twist back and forth. Listen for weird noises.

Stand behind the bars and off to the side, turn the front wheel as far as it will go away from you, hold the front brake and push the bars forward and let them come back - such that the front wheel flexes a bit. Listen and feel for looseness and noises.

These tests are not foolproof, but stress tests like this can reveal carbon frame / fork damage, loose bottom brackets, bad head sets, etc.

Don't go berserk with force, but give it about 80%. A solid bike in good shape will not break, bend abnormally (it will flex a little) or make weird noises, or yield any wobbly thunking looseness.

Good luck.

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Old 05-06-15, 03:01 PM
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Don't forget to kick the tires.
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Old 05-06-15, 08:45 PM
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Ended up getting the Marin, the bike really is in excellent condition. There is a small scuff here and there, but no rust at all and none of the cassettes are worn at all. Definitely seemed like it was well cared for and barely used. Took it for a little spin, and WOW what a difference over my flat bar hybrid! Even though this isn't a top of line road bike BT any stretch, it is already way more fun to ride. Fits very well, too!
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Old 05-06-15, 09:39 PM
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Old 05-06-15, 10:35 PM
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Yea, drop bar road bike vs flat bar is night and day. I still prefer a flat bar handling wise (just more comfortable for super great handling) but anything over 10 miles for me and I NEED a drop bar for comfort reasons.

Glad you got it and sounds like your going to really enjoy it! Get a different stem, though. That one is just not something I want on a bike of any type.
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Agreed^. A lot of times people don't know what they have/are selling. Not a huge deal. But having said that, the potential buyer should have some know-how and understand what to look for.
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Old 05-07-15, 08:23 AM
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Below is a link to an album of photos of the bike if anyone is interested. What do you guys think?
http://imgur.com/a/GyXkK
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It looks really nice. Good job.
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Old 05-07-15, 09:22 AM
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It looks really nice. Good job.
Thanks! It should last me a long while until I have the cash to spring for a better bike.
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Old 05-07-15, 10:17 AM
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Ended up getting the Marin
Congrats! Now ride it like you stole it!
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Old 05-10-15, 06:17 PM
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I have this bike, the 2011 model, and I am quite happy with it. I am pretty casual, doing 30-50km rides and it has served me well.
I have almost had it for 3 years now and have put 2000ish KM on it. I haven't had a tune up since I bought it, but am planning on doing so this week.
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