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Old 03-18-12, 02:05 PM
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Comfortable commuter/Tour bicycle on the cheap

My girlfriend wants to tour with me! Whoopdee! but she needs a bike that isnt going to fall apart. I've repaired the one she currently rides numerous times but the components are shot and its at that point where I want to sell it for $200 or so and get her a new bike (for more than 200.. maybe $700 all together.) Her new bike doesnt need to have any special touring geometery, but a comfortable commuter with a few touring components is necessary.

What should I do?

Get her the new KHS bike from River City Bikes with drops, bar end shifters, 24speed casset (no fenders or rack) needs a few adjustments like different stem roughly $750

Get her this bike https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/2899296687.html
and talk the price to $400

or keep looking?
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Originally Posted by ramseykp
Get her this bike https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/2899296687.html
and talk the price to $400
That Trek 720 looks like it could be a good candidate, if the frame fits her. Looks to be on the small side. Wish that the Craigslist poster spent a little more time talking about pertinent details/specs and a little less time promoting its "badassitude". I would contact him/her and get more details like frame size, gears, etc.
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Yeah, if it fits(Fit is First,)might be the one. For a more relaxed ride, I usually recommend the Trek FX 7.2 as a compromise commuting/touring ride for a reasonable price.
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Actually we went to look at it yesterday. It does fit her. It would need a bit of love though. Bottom Bracket is a bit loose. Read derailur might have to be changed sooner than later. Needs new griptape and then a few shiney new brake and shifter cables.
Its a 720 Multitrack from the 90s. cromoly.

Does anybody know about the wheels she talks about? Vittoria tired Alesa wheels.
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The Trek 720 is a hybrid from the 1990's converted to drop bar/bar end shifters. When new it sold for around $370. While it would probably do the job you can probably do better. I am selling a "brand new" (just took it out of the original box last year, and have only ridden it a couple of times) 1993, Trek 820, large frame, for $250. River City will set you up right.

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Originally Posted by Doug64
The Trek 720 is a hybrid from the 1990's converted to drop bar/bar end shifters. When new it sold for around $370. While it would probably do the job you can probably do better. I am selling a "brand new" (just took it out of the original box last year, and have only ridden it a couple of times) 1993, Trek 820, large frame, for $250. River City will set you up right.
Do you mean i could do better with regards to the bicycle or the price? I understand the price markup comment and after doing some research think that 300 would be a fair price. do you agree? bargening is not really my thing?
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20% of Rei branded touring bikes will be coming next month I think. That might be something to consider? Great return/warranty policy comes along with it.

Novara Safari is $899 before the 20% off.

Not a drop bar but would do a nice job... they have other choices as well but all for a little more money.

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I've been looking on PDX Craigslist for a bike for a friend. There are bikes in the $400 range that are a much better for the price. This a small frame Kona with disc brakes that I have been looking at.

This is one that was on there today:https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/2908721620.html

IMO This is something that I would have been interested in, if the frame was a little larger. It is about half the price it went for 3-4 years ago.

If you are not familiar with components, it is hard to determine the value of a bike someone has converted. Even with decent components, it is still a low end frame. The frame is the foundation of any build.

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