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Old 07-04-11, 05:35 AM
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Need advice on this bike,

I apologize for my "Impatience" however I am looking at a bike that is 120 miles away and will be going to that town this afternoon, I looked at it yesterday too, but I was still unsure of it's "Fit" for me, (In more ways than the actual one) Just before I spend this much money I want to make sure it'll last me a good long while. My intentions are to ride fairly avidly, and to maintain/improve my fitness at 54 years old. (Still in the military/Reserves so I need to pass a fit test twice a year)
Here is the bike, It has a couple of minor scrapes on the paint, NO sign of abuse that I could see. I rode it, and the ride seems good/great. My main question is how much seat post should be out on a bike? There appears to be 7-8" sticking out. I did NOT see any sign that it was out past the line which warns you. My legs were fully extended when riding, the Sora STI shifters worked. I don't know how far to the inside they need to be pushed for proper adjustment.. but they seemed smooth.
Tires had tread on them, not sure how many miles they are good for, brakes worked well.
As far as fitting a bike, my blue jean inseam is 32", however it's not "To the ground" I'll do a search on here to find out complete "Fit info" There was about 2" between my "Man parts" and the bar. I wonder, do I need a 56CM? I am 69.5" tall.
He says 550.00 is his bottom dollar,, is this a GREAT deal, or just ok?

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2009 Secteur , which has the same design as the Roubaix. The forks are carbon/alloy, aero crown. The brakeset is a light dual pivot, Shimano Sora levers. Front deraillieur is Shimano Sora. Rear derailleur is Shimano Tiagra. Seatpost is a Specialized alloy. Saddle is a Specialized Body Geometry Avatar Gel. Stem is a Specialized Elite-Set. Hubs are Forged Alloy Sealed. Rims are Alex S500. Tires are Specialized All Condition Sport. The bike has around a 1000 miles on it. The water bottle cage is included. Will include regular pedals (not clipless) if you want them. The size is 54cm.

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Old 07-04-11, 07:15 AM
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Your instincts are probably correct. The bike's probably not right for you. It's definitely not a GREAT deal.

Take the $50 you saved on gas today from not making the 240 mile round trip and increase you price range to $600.
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Any specific suggestions as to why it's not a great deal, or why it may not be the right bike for me? (Size, ect...)(to educate me please, so I can be a smarter buyer?)
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Bump,,, can someone tell me WHY that's not a "Great" buy? (Preferably CKS,, since it's his opinion?) I want to be an educated purchaser! Or hear from others who may think it is a very good deal.... I know opinions are like***** and everyone has one! I value a variety of them right now.

If it's determined that it's a decent deal after all, I would go over in a couple weeks if it's still for sale to look again,,, and spend the day at the beach too maybe!
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I actually wrote you a response earlier, but I have no idea where it went.

I also read your other thread.

The seller has an entry level bike that probably cost about $900-1000 new (who knows what he paid for it). He says he rode a 1000 miles on it and with no upgrades, he wants to to recoup about 60% of original MSRP. My guess is that this is the seller's first road bike and he's upgrading.

Just off the bat, if you're on the heavier side, the Alexrims may be a problem ( I had a pair that started to break their spokes around 1500 miles and I weigh 160). Tires, if they were OEM are going to need to be replaced soon. Finally, look at the following fitting guide (roubaix would be the closest):

https://www.cyclestore.co.uk/contentPages.asp?pageID=62


If it were me, assuming that the bike fits, a good deal would be about $450 with the pedals included. A great deal would be anything less than $350 with the pedals included. Since he won't budge on price, I'd pass.
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$550 is not a "great" deal for any bike with Sora components, especially when you have to drive 120 miles to get it and it's two years old. There are plenty of new bikes you can get for that price if you are patient and shop around. Agree with the above. $350 would be a pretty good deal for this bike. Still not sure it's worth driving 120 miles (240 round trip) for at any price.
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Thanks guys,, I appreciate the advice, I am now looking at a Allez, with extras, nearly new. I posted that in the other post "First ride" (I Know, I have crap spread out between two posts, not good practice,,LOL)
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