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1st bike: good deal or burn?

Old 07-07-08, 08:13 PM
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1st bike: good deal or burn?

I just bought my 1st road bike. I was getting desperate since good used bikes are hard to find this time of year and harder with gas prices as they are. The bike is a Trek 1000 made in 2000. I think it may have done the STP once. It's rigged with Shamino Sora stuff. It could use a tune up and a clean up but it feels pretty solid. I started riding a couple months ago on an old K-Mart type mountain bike I found in the barn. The Trek feels like a rocket compared to it.
I found the bike on Craigslist for $200. The guy was trying to hold an auction, expecting to get much more (everything else I've found that's comparable runs $400 and up). I didn't think I'd get the bike until the guy's wife called and said I could have it for $200 if I got there before anyone else. I think I left skid marks all the way there. I just got laid off & this will be my last purchase for a while (besides shoes and little extras). Back to the original question; did I get a great deal or just a fair one?
I just found shoes yesterday. REI had Pearl Izumi Quests on sale for $64. They're nearly sold out but had 3 in the warehouse. I don't plan on doing much walking, so I went with these. Does anyone have any input on these? I couldn't find hardly any reviews online on these shoes. The couple I found were positive.
Now, I need to figure out how to fit this bike to me. My wife won't let me spend another dime unless I really need to. I'm better off riding with a little discomfort than living with a bunch, at home.
Any comments are appreciated.
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If the bike is in good shape, thats a great deal.
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Again, good shape, great deal.

You can't get a new cheapo road bike for less than $400 or so. But with a reputable name and a highly rated beginner bike, great deal.

As for the shoes, if they fit, put them on and ride. Who cares what other people say about them?
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Yep, for $200 you couldn’t have gone wrong. Get a tune up, invest in some good accessories, and you're good to go.
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