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First Bike - Should I spend $375 on a 2000 Specialized Allez w/ Upgrades?

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First post. I知 in the market for my first bike and I壇 like to give it a try without breaking the bank. I知 considering buying a bike today and the seller is asking $375 for a 2000 Specialized Allez bike with the following details. I was thinking the price was way too high for a bike this old. Am I missing something?

58 cm Specialized Allez road bike
Double butted Aluminum Frame
Shimano 105 components
Vitoria Rubino Pro 700x28 tires
New bar tape
Excellent condition

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does the bike fit? Does it fit well? If you are not sure about your size I wont recommend a second hand bike.
375 for a 20YO rig with 9sp 105 bike seems high....
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does the bike fit? Does it fit well? If you are not sure about your size I wont recommend a second hand bike.
375 for a 20YO rig with 9sp 105 bike seems high....
I知 heading to check the fit today, but not sure. Seems to be my size base on my height.
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That is nice bike, price seems high to me but other than that it would be a fine bike if it fits properly.
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That is nice bike, price seems high to me but other than that it would be a fine bike if it fits properly.
Thanks! I agree the price seems high. If it痴 been upgraded to the point they mention, I might pull the trigger. Need to check figure out how to determine fit in the next few hours.

Really appreciate the help!
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11-25 rear with a 53/39 front is what I find original spec for that year model. If you are in hilly terrain, I hope you have strong legs and don't get knee pain.
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11-25 rear with a 53/39 front is what I find original spec for that year model. If you are in hilly terrain, I hope you have strong legs and don't get knee pain.
Iride01 I actually do have a history of knee pain. One of the reasons I知 trying cycling instead of running (how I injured my knee). Is there a bike feature I should be concerned about? Just the gears?
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One of the reasons I知 trying cycling instead of running (how I injured my knee). Is there a bike feature I should be concerned about? Just the gears?
If you are having knee pain, then in most cases a bike that has a lot of low ratio gears might keep you from having excessive knee pain or even none at all. Are you riding only flat areas or hills?

You might can just swap cassettes, but that's 34 dollars if you do all the work and have all the tools already. Might need a DR change handle the bigger tooth count, another 34 bucks. Then you'll also need a new chain, 18 to 30 bucks. And the chain needs a tool to size it. So more money. So that fine condition used bike is getting near the price of a new discount online bike purchase.
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If you are having knee pain, then in most cases a bike that has a lot of low ratio gears might keep you from having excessive knee pain or even none at all. Are you riding only flat areas or hills?

You might can just swap cassettes, but that's 34 dollars if you do all the work and have all the tools already. Might need a DR change handle the bigger tooth count, another 34 bucks. Then you'll also need a new chain, 18 to 30 bucks. And the chain needs a tool to size it. So more money. So that fine condition used bike is getting near the price of a new discount online bike purchase.
Iride01 Great feedback. It's not hilly here, but I hadn't thought about that honestly. And I don't plan to be doing any of the work myself, so I'll need a professional to help with any upgrades. The only discount bikes I've seen online were from BikesDirect. I hadn't seriously considered them, but will give it some thought.

I'll also see just how much I can bring them down on price to see if it's worth it. If I get into it, I'm planning on upgrading to a more expensive/proper bike later this year. Really looking for a less expensive way to see if this is for me.
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If helpful, pictures are here: houston.craigslist.org/bik/d/houston-specialized-allez-road-bike/7117197820.html

Thanks again!
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If helpful, pictures are here: houston.craigslist.org/bik/d/houston-specialized-allez-road-bike/7117197820.html

Thanks again!
The bike is gone off of CL. Did you buy it?
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The bike is gone off of CL. Did you buy it?
Got it! Really excited. Need to hit 10 posts and I'll give a full report with pics.
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Thanks for all of the help everyone! Got the bike! The seller was a bike mechanic and walked me though the updates and how to operate the bike. Got it for $300, which I thought was a fair price since I didn't think I'd needed to take it in for repairs. Please let me know what you think!









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Well, it certainly is pretty. Good to see a thorough photo review, thanks for that.

For $300 I'd say you scored, but then I cannot tell what shape it is in from here.

Regarding knee pain .... find that I can get up most hills with a 50-34x11-28 drive train. I used a 53-39x11-25 for a while and struggled a few times on the steepest parts of a few hills, particularly after longish rides, but never hurt myself.

I'd imagine you could go to 11-28 without anything but a longer chain ... plus the cost of the cassette and bike shop costs, unless you do it yourself. But quite possibly you won't need to.
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Well, it certainly is pretty. Good to see a thorough photo review, thanks for that.

For $300 I'd say you scored, but then I cannot tell what shape it is in from here.

Regarding knee pain .... find that I can get up most hills with a 50-34x11-28 drive train. I used a 53-39x11-25 for a while and struggled a few times on the steepest parts of a few hills, particularly after longish rides, but never hurt myself.

I'd imagine you could go to 11-28 without anything but a longer chain ... plus the cost of the cassette and bike shop costs, unless you do it yourself. But quite possibly you won't need to.
Thanks! I hope so. I did a quick ride around and realized it痴 pretty flat here (never really pay attention when I drive). I知 hitting the trail tomorrow to get a better feel for the terrain there, but hope it won稚 be a problem.
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Congratulations on your new ride.

Bike looks great.
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If your ride routes are fairly flat, it'll probably do you well. Just don't make the same mistake it took my son a long time to figure out......... if you are constantly using a lot of muscle to power your bike, you need to shift to a lower gear if one is available. That'll save your knees.

Nice bike....... wear it out so you can figure out what you want in your next bike.
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If your ride routes are fairly flat, it'll probably do you well. Just don't make the same mistake it took my son a long time to figure out......... if you are constantly using a lot of muscle to power your bike, you need to shift to a lower gear if one is available. That'll save your knees.

Nice bike....... wear it out so you can figure out what you want in your next bike.
Will do! First ride was solid. Thanks again for all of the help!
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Of course, third ride and the back wheel is rubbing up against the frame and locking up. Any idea what痴 causing this? Might be screwed. Hoping it痴 not a huge problem, but ready for bad news.
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Yep, for $300 I feel you did good. Looks like a really well kept bike.

Nice job!
The rear wheel could be a few issues;
It could be the rear tire is just too large?!
It could be out of true,
It could be out of center and the dish is not correct,
Worst case the frame it tweaked but you would have notice that

my initial guess is the rear wheel is too large. What size is it?
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Yep, for $300 I feel you did good. Looks like a really well kept bike.

Nice job!
The rear wheel could be a few issues;
It could be the rear tire is just too large?!
It could be out of true,
It could be out of center and the dish is not correct,
Worst case the frame it tweaked but you would have notice that

my initial guess is the rear wheel is too large. What size is it?
Turned out to be a noob mistake. The back wheel wasn稚 all the way in the dropouts. Pushed it in and retightened it. Made it the rest of 15 miles without any issues. Great ride!
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Turned out to be a noob mistake. The back wheel wasn稚 all the way in the dropouts. Pushed it in and retightened it. Made it the rest of 15 miles without any issues. Great ride!

good deal!!!
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That bike looks like it's in really good condition. Well done! The only concern I'd have is tire size. The clearance around that rear brake and triangle looks really tight with whatever size is on there now, so be mindful of this when it comes time to replace tires.

Next time you load it in your car, you should lay it on the other side with the drivetrain up, so it doesn't get damaged!
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Specialized makes good bikes. The Allez has stood the test of time.

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