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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Introduction to the Road Cycling Forum: References and Newbie Questions Answered Here

Old 06-29-17, 02:04 AM
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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.
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Originally Posted by krumvis View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
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.
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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.
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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 .
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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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Newb here just checking in. Very helpful forum... I shall be back once I get my first road bike
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Originally Posted by CortoMaltese View Post
Newb here just checking in. Very helpful forum... I shall be back once I get my first road bike
It's better to ask questions about your first bike BEFORE you buy it.
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Originally Posted by CortoMaltese View Post
Newb here just checking in. Very helpful forum... I shall be back once I get my first road bike
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
It's better to ask questions about your first bike BEFORE you buy it.
This is very usually true.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
This is very usually true.
I'd much rather see someone that is new to the sport ask the same questions, than see them make a bad choice.
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Introduction to the Road Cycling Forum: References and Newbie Questions Answered Here

Could anyone recommend a good tutorial on finding the right seat height for each rider? I tried looking through the first post, but the few links I clicked all gave 404 errors.
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Once again a reminder to new forum members:

. . . You will get a lot more answers and info if you start your own thread with your bike questions. This thread is for questions about the forum, NOT questions about bikes.
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Could anyone recommend a good tutorial on finding the right seat height for each rider? I tried looking through the first post, but the few links I clicked all gave 404 errors.
Hi BikerGuy, I have turned your post into a new thread. You can find it here in the Road Cycling forum. Seat Height Questions
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Newbie here too, been riding for about 2 years, commuting and more recently getting into roadie stuff and wanting to start upgrading my road bike so hopefully this is the right place to get some advice
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Once again a reminder to new forum members:

. . . You will get a lot more answers and info if you start your own thread with your bike questions. This thread is for questions about the forum, NOT questions about bikes.
Might I suggest that the thread title include "Questions About the Forum" rather than "Newbie Questions Answered Here?"

Just saying
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