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New looking to buy used(need a little advice)

Old 08-05-14, 04:52 PM
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New looking to buy used(need a little advice)

Hello,

I'm thinking about getting into road biking for fun and exercise. I mostly ride about 13+ miles a day or so most days of the week now on an mountain bike (Schwinn Frontier GS). Thinking a switch to a road bike may make things I bit more fun. Problem is I am on a bit of a budget, so I will probably just search through craigslist to see what I can find.

There is a Univega Modo Vivere nearby for $275. The frame length is 53cm. Seems to be in good condition also. Any thoughts?

I am also around 5'6''. As I understand it, this may be slightly on the big side, but I wanted to see what others think.

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[TD]TIG-welded[/TD]
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[TD]Columbus Thron[/TD]
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[TD]Sabre CroMo Straight Blade[/TD]
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[TD]Chromoly, aero crown[/TD]
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[TD]Not applicable[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage Triple[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage dual pivot brakes, Campagnolo Mirage Ergo levers[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage Ergo[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage, top-pull/braze-on[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Veloce, 30/42/52 teeth[/TD]
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[TD]Wellgo Aluminum Road w/toe clip[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage, 102mm spindle[/TD]
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[TD]68mm English[/TD]
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[TD]9-speed, 13 - 23 teeth[/TD]
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[TD]KMC Z9000, 1/2 x 1/8"[/TD]
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[TD]Modo aluminum, 27.2mm diameter[/TD]
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[TD]Selle Stratos Road[/TD]
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[TD]Aluminum drop bar[/TD]
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[TD]Not included[/TD]
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[TD]Modo aluminum[/TD]
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[TD]1" threadless aluminum[/TD]
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[TD]Campagnolo Mirage[/TD]
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[TD]Rodi Stylus, 32-hole[/TD]
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[TD]700 x 25c Vittoria Zefir[/TD]
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[TD]Stainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge[/TD]
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[TD]Brass nipples[/TD]
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Thanks,
Mike

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Old 08-05-14, 05:00 PM
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53 may be a little big but it depends on the particular bike's geometry and your particular proportions. I'm 5'11 and I ride a 54 cm bike but many people my height ride bigger frames. You probably won't know without riding the bike.

Looks like a pretty decent bike. It is a nearly 15 year old entry level bike. You may be able to get a better price. Msrp new was around $750
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Old 08-05-14, 05:05 PM
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I am 5'7 and my steel bike measures 53cm. As previously mentioned a lot depends on the bike's geometry and your proportions. Try seeing if you can get it for a little bit less.

Good luck, welcome to road cycling and ride safely!
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So what would you guys suggest on the price? It really does seem to be in good condition. I think it was their previous bike and they only recently upgraded.

Mike

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Old 08-09-14, 05:43 PM
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Any thoughts on this bike and its price?

2003 Specialized Sequoia Elite Road Bike
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I have a red 15" Schwinn Frontier probably from the 90's. The serial number is P9GF26782. Can anyone tell me the year and model of this bike that I have?
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
53 may be a little big but it depends on the particular bike's geometry and your particular proportions. I'm 5'11 and I ride a 54 cm bike but many people my height ride bigger frames. You probably won't know without riding the bike.
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FWIW I am now 5'9" w/32" inseam. I have a 58 Masi and a 55 Guru and can ride either pretty well. The Guru fits more naturally but with modifications the Masi has been great for the past 8 yrs.
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