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Old 08-15-14, 06:48 PM
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Craigslist/used bike value

I'm sort of new here, joined about a year ago but haven't visited in a while. Anyway I'm starting to look for a used road bike because I don't know if I'll ever buy a new road bike. I'm seeing Trek and Cannondale. What would be a fair price for a good used one of these bikes. Please feel free to suggest other brands and value on those as well.

Thanks, Charlie
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Originally Posted by cbourbeau View Post
I'm sort of new here, joined about a year ago but haven't visited in a while. Anyway I'm starting to look for a used road bike because I don't know if I'll ever buy a new road bike. I'm seeing Trek and Cannondale. What would be a fair price for a good used one of these bikes. Please feel free to suggest other brands and value on those as well.

Thanks, Charlie
You'll need a lot more info regarding bike model, year, condition, components to get an idea of fair price. Trek and cannondale are good brands but they provide both less expensive entry level bikes and expensive high end models.
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I see what you're saying about more info. For example there is a Cannondale Racing 600 that appears to be in good shape for $195. There is also a Cannondale 3 series road bike for $285 that looks to be in good shape as well. There is a Cannondale R300 in excellent condition for $350. A 1993 Cannondale R500 in good shape is priced at $250. Those are some examples. The prices seem fair to me. What say y'all?

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Are they in your size? A bike that's not in your size is worth nothing.
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It might be easier to give a budget and people can suggest used bikes in that price range. It almost like you want a price check on every used Cannondale or Trek on your local Craigslist and that information is not the easiest to give.
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Right. Getting the right size is very important. But any of the bikes you mentioned don't sound bad at those prices. The worse that happens is you buy one that fits reasonably well and you either like riding and want a better bike at some point or give up riding. You should be able to sell it for what you paid.
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Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

I use this to get an idea of the value. Most sellers think that their stuff is worth a lot more than it is. Once you add on the costs for a fitting, a tune up, and replacement parts you are often better off at your LBS.
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Thanks for the replies. My price range is $250-$300 which I may not be able to get a decent bike for. I found several of the Trek and Cannondale brand that fit within that price range on my local CL but if the tune/parts raise the price too much I might have to save some more. Thanks, Charlie
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Be patient and have the cash on hand, a real deal will come along. Have an idea of what you want and know your size.
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Originally Posted by Phlorida View Post
Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

I use this to get an idea of the value. Most sellers think that their stuff is worth a lot more than it is. Once you add on the costs for a fitting, a tune up, and replacement parts you are often better off at your LBS.
Depends on where you live. Where I live in LA or in Portland, Chicago, NY or another hot bike market you'll likely pay a good deal more than what the blue book says and if you don't someone else will. The market will determine price. Look on Ebay at what people pay for used bikes. I've seen some of those older vintage Cannondales sell for close to $1000 recently and that is double blue book
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Originally Posted by cbourbeau View Post
Thanks for the replies. My price range is $250-$300 which I may not be able to get a decent bike for. I found several of the Trek and Cannondale brand that fit within that price range on my local CL but if the tune/parts raise the price too much I might have to save some more. Thanks, Charlie
If you want good advice first figure out what size bike you need. This calculator will give you a decent idea:

Bike Fit Calculator | Find Your Bike Size | Competitive Cyclist


Then post links to specific bikes you are interested in. If you are buying a used bike you should assume some maintenance will be needed. If you want to save money learn to do your own work. You can start now by reading up and watching some videos on basics. If there is a bike co-op in your area you can get help and do work yourself much cheaper than having an lbs do it
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If a bike is less than a couple of years old and in good condition, 1/2 of retail is fair. If its older, 1/3 to 1/4 of original retail is common.
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