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krumvis 06-29-17 02:04 AM

Beginner Cycler looking for Bike
 
I found a bike on Craigslist but I don't know if I will get my money's worth if I buy it.
https://stockton.craigslist.org/bik/6196891384.html
I found the bike on the Bicycle Blue Book for more info.
https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...50&model=65313
Should I buy the bike? I don't really have the budget to pay over $200 and I haven't found many other road bikes that interest me.

HTupolev 06-29-17 02:26 AM

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Originally Posted by krumvis (Post 19684669)
I found a bike on Craigslist but I don't know if I will get my money's worth if I buy it.
https://stockton.craigslist.org/bik/6196891384.html
I found the bike on the Bicycle Blue Book for more info.
https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...50&model=65313
Should I buy the bike? I don't really have the budget to pay over $200 and I haven't found many other road bikes that interest me.

It would have been a perfectly reasonable road bike in its day. But, the bike as described in bicyclebluebook is in its original configuration, as a road bike with front and rear shifting; the craigslist posting you've linked is a single-speed conversion (possibly fixed-gear, but I'm not sure). If you're actually looking for a single-speed, and it fits you, and it's working fine, that's not an unreasonable deal.
(This is also the reason that the bike is only 20lbs.)

Even if you do want a single-speed or fixie, I'm nervous about the vertical dropouts. Most single-speed bikes without chain tensioners use horizontal dropouts for the rear wheel so that you can set chain tension easily with wheel position. When they have vertical dropouts, they need a mechanism such as an eccentric wheel hub that allows chain tension to be manipulated. Make sure that this bike has such a feature before you buy; otherwise, it's possible that it's only on craigslist because it's a failed conversion, in which case it would need significant extra work to get it running properly.

krumvis 06-29-17 02:32 AM

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Originally Posted by HTupolev (Post 19684676)
It would have been a perfectly reasonable road bike in its day. But, the bike as described in bicyclebluebook is in its original configuration, as a road bike with front and rear shifting; the craigslist posting you've linked is a single-speed conversion (possibly fixed-gear, but I'm not sure). If you're actually looking for a single-speed, and it fits you, and it's working fine, that's not an unreasonable deal.
(This is also the reason that the bike is only 20lbs.)

Even if you do want a single-speed or fixie, I'm nervous about the vertical dropouts. Most single-speed bikes without chain tensioners use horizontal dropouts for the rear wheel so that you can set chain tension easily with wheel position. When they have vertical dropouts, they need a mechanism such as an eccentric wheel hub that allows chain tension to be manipulated. Make sure that this bike has such a feature before you buy; otherwise, it's possible that it's only on craigslist because it's a failed conversion, in which case it would need significant extra work to get it running properly.

Thank you for the response.
Do you mind taking a look at two of my other options as well?
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/6196159458.html
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bid/6195479640.html
Unfortunately, I couldn't find more info on these bikes online.

BillyD 06-29-17 09:51 AM

Attention Newbies, you will get a lot more answers and info if you start your own thread with your bike decision questions. This thread is for questions about the forum, not questions about bikes.

atitagain 07-21-17 12:06 PM

intro
 
I am male , 62 , 126 lbs as of this morning and riding harder every time out . I rode a lot in my 20's but quit when I hit about 30 for no good reason I can recall . I'm at it again and about a year and half into it this time . My first bike is a caad 8 and I love it . Recently bought a madone 5.2 because I think I got a good deal on it but have not started riding it yet . It just sits on a shelf looking pretty . Divorced and liquidated 3 years ago and moved from southern appalachia to central Alabama 2 years ago . Got sick with probably liver failure almost right away but did not go to a doctor so just guessing . It did not kill me but got my attention . So I made some big changes . Quit using alcohol first . Then went plant based whole food . no processed anything , no meat dairy or animal products , no wheat ,soy or gmo anything . Only fruits, vegetables , seeds and nuts in whole food form . lots of beans and taters and rice . Only distilled water to drink . Now using deionized water though and coffee has come back after a year of abstinence . went from 34 waist to 28 . Oh yeah I bought that caad 8 about the same time I started the new diet . I am currently riding 15 to 25 mile outings averaging about 3 or 4 times a week at about 14 mph average . I plan to get faster and increase my mileage though .
Took a spill this morning . I got distracted and was too close to the edge of the road and a gust of wind hit me and off the edge I went . When I tried to get back on the pavement the lip was too high and my front tire skidded out and I dumped onto the road way . No big deal . A few scrapes on me and a little on the left hood and crank arm of the bike . Got up , put my chain back on and took off . my padded glove palm saved my hand from some damage . Stuff happens and if you can get up and carry on no big deal i reckon . any way I never will claim to be the sharpest tool in the shed . Peace

easy49 07-30-17 03:23 PM

Peace to you too brother. All we can do is do the best we can!

PalmBeachC 08-06-17 10:00 AM

HI everybody,
I went on my ride this morning on a MTB, 15 miles (1h30) and I'm in love with biking only thing though is that I know for sure that I need to get a road bike ASAP,
Any advice on what to get? Big box cheap ones, or maybe LBS more expensive? I'm on a budget of $500-$600 that has to include any upgrades.
I was looking at:
Fuji Absolute 2.3,
Fuji Sportif 2.5
Diamondback Insight 1
Schwinn Volare 1200/1300
GMC Denali

Any input is greatly appreciated (I'm open to other suggestions)

Thanks very much!


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