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six of one (slightly used), half dozen of the other (brand new)?

Old 02-24-06, 02:11 PM
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six of one (slightly used), half dozen of the other (brand new)?

So I'm in the market for a new road bike and have set a price limit of $1500 for myself. I check Craig's List pretty frequently and also have started talking to a mechanic at a local shop...the way I see it is I can probably get something a little older with nicer components for less $$ on Craig's List then use the difference to start doing some upgrades...or I can just buy something brand spankin' new...I've never had a brand new bike, so I like the idea of it, but I also like the idea of getting something used (specifically a Gunnar Roadie, Ultegra) and upgrading/customizing it a bit more. I haven't narrowed anything down too much, the shop I would potentially buy from carries Trek, Bianchi, and Cannondale and I'll get 10% off my purchase there. The mechanic I'm working with also said if I wanted something from a smaller company he could probably order it for me. I know I need to get out and do some test riding, and ultimately let the bike that fits best win out, but thought I'd see what folks on this forum had to say, too...
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Old 02-24-06, 03:12 PM
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Go test ride some bikes in your price range, and go from there.......
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$1500 should get you into a leftover '05 with a repsectable build--say Ultegra or Veloce. Might take some hunting, but not much.
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Old 02-24-06, 03:49 PM
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I'm thinking that you could get a very nice used Gunnar Roadie for ~$1k. If I find you one can I keep the extra $500?

(Added in edit). If you go the used bike route be very patient. Eventually you will find exactly what you want at a fair price. It may take months, however.
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