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Old 01-23-09, 04:49 PM
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hi, i'm looking for a road bike but i don't want to buy a new road bike because its too expensive so i'm looking for used ones. is this bike a good deal?

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/bik/1004219517.html
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Old 01-23-09, 05:04 PM
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does the bike fit?

from looking at the fuzzy pictures it look like is going to be a lot of work, clean and tuning the bike up...
all the cable housing looks shot.

for 2 bills

I would pass.
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Assuming it fits you, that's a nice starter bike. As mentioned above, it's going to need some work, though, as it looks like it's been sitting and rotting for quite a while. You will likely need new tires, tubes, cables, and cable housing. Keep that in mind when deciding on how much to spend on it. Also, if the MSRP was $899, the bike probably sold for about $500-600 from Performance.
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Looks a little rough. The chain appears to be hanging off the rings. Maybe you can get the price to $125 or even $100.
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The old 105 8-speed is great stuff so if the shifters and derailleurs are in good condition it might be worth $150. Keep in mind you're looking at another $100-250 in parts and labor for tires/tubes/cables/housing/brake pads depending on if you do all the work yourself or take it to a shop.
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so assuming i can do some basic tune ups, its still only worth about 150 assuming all the parts work?
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Old 01-24-09, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by hypermaniac View Post
so assuming i can do some basic tune ups, its still only worth about 150 assuming all the parts work?
Right, unless it fits you like a dream and you really want THIS particular bike. That would make it worth more than 150 to you. Be sure there is no damage to major parts though, because longbeachgary makes a good point that the chain is off and who knows how long it's been that way. Maybe the bike was relegated to the garage or the backyard shed after an accident. Since you're in the midwest, check very carefully for signs of rust especially around the bottom bracket. If it's been sitting outside for years, there could be some major issues. Even if it's been in a garage, that's no guarantee that it's in good shape--I bought a vintage steel bike that had been damaged by other stuff in the garage knocking into it or falling on it.

The point is, it might need a lot more than a basic tune-up, and you should make sure to discover that before you fork over the cash.

One other thing--those shifters may be the first generation of STI, and those were more prone to fail than the more recent ones. If you end up needing to replace one of those, you've just doubled the price of the bike.
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