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Looking to purchase used road bike

Old 02-19-20, 04:19 PM
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Looking to purchase used road bike

I don't know much about road bikes but I am looking to purchase a road bike each for my wife and I before we move to Cozumel. I will be using my bicycle for recreational use as well as a main form of transportation around the island.She will be using her mostly for recreation. Looking for the best quality for the price. All the bikes seem to be in good working order. Any advice would be appreciated.


Current options for her are :

2009 Masi Vincere with 105/ultegra components $300.00

2017 Cannondale synapse 105 $380.00

2015 trek Madone 2.1 105 groupset $550.00


Current options for me are :

2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Force $600.00

2011 GT GTR 2 series 105 groupset $600.00

2006 Motobecane Sprint Tiagra/Sora components $250.00
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Old 02-19-20, 05:53 PM
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For yourself, you might want to explore an aluminum or steel frame that can accommodate luggage/cargo racks and fenders if you intend it as transportation. The bikes you have listed, unless I am missing something, are road bikes that are not designed specifically for fenders and racks. Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-20-20, 09:51 AM
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Do you know if the listed bikes will fit? I can tell you from experience that a wife on a bike which doesn't fit will be miserable and will share that misery with her husband.
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Originally Posted by Dive_MX View Post
I don't know much about road bikes but I am looking to purchase a road bike each for my wife and I before we move to Cozumel. I will be using my bicycle for recreational use as well as a main form of transportation around the island.She will be using her mostly for recreation. Looking for the best quality for the price. All the bikes seem to be in good working order. Any advice would be appreciated.


Current options for her are :

2009 Masi Vincere with 105/ultegra components $300.00

2017 Cannondale synapse 105 $380.00

2015 trek Madone 2.1 105 groupset $550.00


Current options for me are :

2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Force $600.00

2011 GT GTR 2 series 105 groupset $600.00

2006 Motobecane Sprint Tiagra/Sora components $250.00
Lots of choices here. Lots of different prices listed as well. What's YOUR budget? Ideally, the more you spend, the better it will be (up to a certain point of course). If you can afford more, go for a recent CF bike. Also make sure that it fits you and your needs.

The two Cannondale looks good IMO. If they are in good condition & have been well maintained, I'd definitively consider them.

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Do you know if the listed bikes will fit? I can tell you from experience that a wife on a bike which doesn't fit will be miserable and will share that misery with her husband.
This is as bad as your own bike not being fitted properly
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Old 02-21-20, 02:30 PM
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To answer your question the two Canondales. That is only if they fit, as others have said.
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Old 02-21-20, 03:18 PM
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As one who lived on the coast in Mexico, I would tell you to look at hybrid style bikes. While they’re a bit heavier than what you’ve posted, they can accommodate larger tires to deal with poor roads and debris and they can have racks which can carry some good loads.

In addition they’re simpler and easier to maintain. What ever bike you choose it WILL become rusty and corroded very easily because of salt air and high humidity. We had several bikes while we lived in Baja and it was a constant battle to keep them running well.
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I would tell you to look at hybrid style bikes.
This^. I would do a rigid fork sporty hybrid or a CX or gravel type bike. Not only will you be able to outfit them with a rack and other utility items, the "roads" are not really muy bueno. If you go the road bike route, go with something that will fit the widest tires possible. Sun, blue water, senoritas in bikinis, and 50 cent beers, I Enve you...
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Originally Posted by Dive_MX View Post
I don't know much about road bikes but I am looking to purchase a road bike each for my wife and I before we move to Cozumel. I will be using my bicycle for recreational use as well as a main form of transportation around the island..
All the bike listed is more racing style than for city/cruising/comfort. You might want to look at used bikes with bigger tires and less aggressive frame geometry. What are the roads like in the area? Race bike like really good pavement. If you have loose dirt and gravel your bike list is not a good fit.

When I think "road bike," I think of riding with bike shoes and cleats for 20 to 40 miles on pavement. But the "go to the store" bike has fat tires and flat pedals and a rear rack and I wear sneakers and go only one or three miles. A CAAD 10 105 is not something to ride 2 miles to buy beer but is a good way to spend a few hours riding along a highway.

Another distinction is that I'd put a bike computer on a road bike and monitor cadence, heart rate and so on but it would be silly to do that on a city bike that is ridden casually.

There is a very good chance you will want to own both kinds of bikes.

One more thing: The VERY FIRST thing to look at when buying a road bike is the FRAME SIZE. If it is not your size then nothing else matters.
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