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Personally....I think craigslist for bikes sucks.

Old 08-15-07, 08:26 PM
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Personally....I think craigslist for bikes sucks.

I know craigslist.com is supposedly a good place to get used bikes but I think people ask for WAY too much for used bikes. I look at the Atlanta page everyday b/c I could use a bike but buying a bike that is 3-4 years old for $200 less than I could get a brand new one is NOT a good deal! How about a bike from 1980 for $800!? Yeah...no thanks. Has anyone REALLY found a GREAT deal on there!?

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I always LOLed when I see used $50 walmart bikes listed for $60.
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Ive found 2 good deals, although its true that 90% of the people on there WAY overestimate the value of thier bikes. It's funny. Especially the guy with the 5 year old $500 mtn bike he wants to seel for $400.
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I got someone's possessed bike from craigslist. I paid $70 bucks for it though. It's a 1995 Giant Rincon (steel). When I test rode it, it was smoooth as butter, felt real good and responsive, shifted great and fit me to a "T". Once I got it home, I swear that bike is trying to kill me. It slammed me into a tree, into a moving car, and tried to drown me in a swamp. It makes me crash every time and although I have broken ribs because of it twice, got my whole left side bruised and road rashed, that thing is in fantastic shape. The wheels aren't even out of true. I have six bikes that I ride regularly and never crashed on any of them except the Evil Giant.




By the way. I never leave my bikes on the ground like this, but if I stood it up I know it would come after me.
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Best place to buy a used bike: just outside your local crackhouse.
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I've had two experiences:

1) As a buyer (or shopper rather): I drove over three hours round-trip to see a $600 aluminum Litespeed from 2004, and when I got there the condition it was in was so depressing I wanted to punch the guy in the face, from chipped carbon on the fork to the bum-bar-esque bar rotation with the hoods facing the rider. Seriously, who lets a bike that nice get that trashed? It only had 1700 miles on it! I drove out thinking there was no way it wouldn't be a good deal at $600, and drove home pissed.

2) As a seller- I have a bike on there now, and it's generated tremendous interest. I am blown away by the response I've gotten- it's great, and it's free. I guess we'll really see when the appointments get made (or don't- lots of interest but only one appointment so far) and hopefully the bikes gets sold.


As for those of you who think the prices are ridiculous, if they're selling, they aren't ridiculous. Market see market do.
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Is there a way to search all the US listings rather than just one city? I figure people are willing to ship things like deraillieurs, shifters, shoes, etc.
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You think shopping for bikes is hard on craigslist? Imagine looking for an apartment in a city you've never lived in...

The listings are random and uncategorized, and they disappear after five days. Craigslist is only usefull in certain ways.

That having been said, I underprice my stuff, the emails come flooding in, I make quick and easy sales and pocket cash I never would have thought I would get.

Its not so neat for the buyer, but great for the seller. For the buyers that do hunt, good Lord they seem to keep respawning every second...WAY more buyers out there than sellers, IMO...
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Originally Posted by orcanova
You think shopping for bikes is hard on craigslist? Imagine looking for an apartment in a city you've never lived in...

The listings are random and uncategorized, and they disappear after five days...
So what, are you coming or going?
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I just sold two 80's vintage road bikes on CL recently. Several emails were received on each -- and in both cases the first buyer to show up ended up buying the bike.
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I've had good luck selling, and I bought my TREK 1000 frame for $10. So I've had good luck.
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I got this bike on local craiglist


By adibum_23, shot with PENTAX Optio S at 2007-08-12

I'm very happy with the buy. It was bought in sept 2004 roughly for 2900 cdn with tax, i got it for 1500 cdn with a few significant upgrades (richey WCS carbon fork he also gave me the original fork which is also carbon and is brand new pretty much, giant carbon aero seat post, extra ritchey stem, time carbon pedals, carbon handlebars reinforced with kevlar). So yeah, I think I'm happy with the price i paid, i got a photocopy of the original recipt, the bike was in almost new condition.... there is a chip here or there, but otherwise it's still great looking. Unlike ebay, i got to test ride the bike and didnt need to worry about shipping. Maybe i could of saved 200 or so before shipping by going the ebay route, but on there you're really buying a cat in a bag if it's a used bike. My other option was buying a new bike in store and 1500 wouldn't have gotten me anything close to this level of a bike. I'd be looking at something like the Allex Elite.

So yeah, thats my long and boring story.

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Originally Posted by dcbikeguy
So what, are you coming or going?
No, a friend is moving to DC and is going nuts trying to figure out which neighborhood is good...
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Originally Posted by orcanova
No, a friend is moving to DC and is going nuts trying to figure out which neighborhood is good...
Around Dupont Circle, or over by the zoo, or even Georgetown if he is flush with cash. I couldn't do the city myself (I own firearms), and so chose the burbs - OT Alexandria. Good luck to your boy.
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I've had good luck with CL, both selling and buying.
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Originally Posted by dcbikeguy
Around Dupont Circle, or over by the zoo, or even Georgetown if he is flush with cash. I couldn't do the city myself (I own firearms), and so chose the burbs - OT Alexandria. Good luck to your boy.
She is 23, right out of college, dangerously hot, with no money...
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Originally Posted by GNB
I know craigslist.com is supposedly a good place to get used bikes but I think people ask for WAY too much for used bikes. I look at the Atlanta page everyday b/c I could use a bike but buying a bike that is 3-4 years old for $200 less than I could get a brand new one is NOT a good deal! How about a bike from 1980 for $800!? Yeah...no thanks. Has anyone REALLY found a GREAT deal on there!?

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As said before the market is what the market is. Yeah, some people seem to overprice their bikes, but if someone buys it, then fine, that is the market. If it doesn't sell, well, that is the market also and that is fine. All sellers want to get the most that they can get and all buyers want to buy at the least amount that have to pay. What your idea of a good deal and the market's idea of a good deal might not be the same. The market is not just you, but what the general population is willing to pay for a good or service.

Craig's List is no different than any other market. Do you expect to get a brand new Felt 75 for $600? Do you think people will sell for less than the market demands? Do you think there is a magical place where you can buy what you want for hardly any money?

With that being said, I do see on eBay people buying 2006 Felt 75's for $900 and I don't understand why. With the upgrade on the cranks, you will be paying almost full price for a 2007, but that is the market and if someone wants to pay it, great!
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So far I have gotten

Trek 7300 MTB & Fan Trainer
Payed:$100
Sold for:$350

Spinergy RevX Wheels, rear wheel broken & Forte Titan Front Wheel (16 spoke count, wide flat spokes).
Payed:$24

1992 Trek 2300 Carbon Road Bike, full 600 group, (really really nice wheels). The bike was in perfect condition and it was really nice.
Payed:$50 (yeah, $50)

New Carbon Seat post
Payed: $20

2003 Look kg381, Full DA, Campy Scirocco wheels, fizik saddle, CARBON EVERYTHING, less than 1000 miles on the frame
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Shimano MTB Shoes and Pedals
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Campy Mirox Wheels
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I feel that im not doing to bad on Craigslist
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Originally Posted by orcanova
She is 23, right out of college, dangerously hot, with no money...
DANGER! DANGER! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! (arms waving around and all that)
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Originally Posted by permanentjaun
Is there a way to search all the US listings rather than just one city? I figure people are willing to ship things like deraillieurs, shifters, shoes, etc.
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Originally Posted by SweetLou
As said before the market is what the market is. Yeah, some people seem to overprice their bikes, but if someone buys it, then fine, that is the market. If it doesn't sell, well, that is the market also and that is fine. All sellers want to get the most that they can get and all buyers want to buy at the least amount that have to pay. What your idea of a good deal and the market's idea of a good deal might not be the same. The market is not just you, but what the general population is willing to pay for a good or service.

Craig's List is no different than any other market. Do you expect to get a brand new Felt 75 for $600? Do you think people will sell for less than the market demands? Do you think there is a magical place where you can buy what you want for hardly any money?

With that being said, I do see on eBay people buying 2006 Felt 75's for $900 and I don't understand why. With the upgrade on the cranks, you will be paying almost full price for a 2007, but that is the market and if someone wants to pay it, great!
I agree about the free market, but it is hard to navigate through the BS on craigslist to find the good dealsas a buyer. I find it hard to buy stuff without spending a lot of time, but as I said, if I slightly undersell my stuff, knowlegeable buyers come out of the woodworks and I am having to apologize to multitudes of people who are jockeying to buy my stuff. It really makes me feel like Deity, actually. I love it.
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Originally Posted by dcbikeguy
DANGER! DANGER! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! (arms waving around and all that)

Ummm, yeah!!!!
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I got an 05 chrome Pista with Nitto bullhorns, Avid frontbrake, original track bars for $450. Not a screaming deal compared to the $50 Trek, but considering the ridiculously low miles, an 07 is $650. As a seller, I don't mind giving some sweet deals to locals anyway. I placed an ad to sell a boat load of Harley parts- all I wanted in return was a nylon American flag for my kids to place on our house. Smart business? No, I'm ********. But it's out of my house, a local got some nice parts, and my kids have a story to go with their flag.
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I got a 1974 Schwinn Paramount in great condition for $250.00 on Craigslist. I got my Lemond Poprad for $400.00 a couple of years ago. I've sold several bikes and other misc. bike stuff on Craigslist and got what I wanted for them. I love Craigslist!
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