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purchase a used bike good deal?(7 posts)

purchase a used bike good deal?roadrunner
Mar 10, 2001 7:50 PM
i just purchase a used road bike from a local bike mechanic. just buy looking at it you can tell its an older bike more than 5 yrs old. for $300 here what i got:
frame: vitus
handlebar: cinelli
stem: ceda
crankset: shim 600
rear der: shim 600
fr der: dura ace
wheelset: rear mavic rim w/ white indust hub
fr mavic rim w/ shim 600
headset: mavic
its missing brake calipers,brake levers and shifters
some of the stuff above i don't have models but its the best i can do.
any advise would be greatly appreciated being that this is my first road bike.
thanks
p.s. i still have time to back out of the deal
back out....dave
Mar 11, 2001 5:55 AM
Don't buy anything that's not fully functional, with properly matched components, Buying new parts, one at a time, is often the most expensive way to outfit a bike. A lot more money will be spent, before the bike is functional.

There are a lot of good bikes available on the used market that are only 1-2 years old, at 40-60% of original price.

My rule of thumb is 60% of original value after one season of use, and 40% after two years, assuming no more 3-4,000 miles per season and good care. If you can find bikes with lower mileage, they would be worth more. The bike's condition is the key to a fair price. Some people can totally trash a bike in a single season, doing little maintenance, handling carelessly, and crashing.
Seems like too much money to meCory
Mar 11, 2001 10:46 AM
I agree with dave. You can get great deals on used bikes (my last two were used), but this doesn't sound like one of them.
Its not really that bad!! Properly matched components?? Do you..scabby
Mar 11, 2001 7:57 PM
mean a complete gruppo. Thats BS. YOu can mix and match. I think its funny how all these "roadies" are a bunch of pretty boys that have to match all the components. Who cares. THis guy could pick up some used 105 STI levers for $50 and have a sweet deal and could probably burn Dave on his geeky Guerciotti with full Athena group with matching helmet and gloves. Dont be scared!! Thats not too bad...$350 for a decent road bike. Not the greatest deal but not bad.
Can you test ride it? Any Vitus guys out there?shmoo
Mar 12, 2001 8:05 AM
You really need to test ride the thing, but I don't see how you can with the missing components. Some Vitus frames (you didn't say which one you were looking at) are known for their "love-it-or-hate-it" ride characteristics. If heard some models described as wimpy or noodley (How's that for stiff old aluminum? Maybe it IS about the design and not the material. But I digress). The best bike deal in the world sucks if the frame isn't for you.
...I'd be learyKristin
Mar 12, 2001 8:32 AM
I know I'm a novice, but don't you think that if this bike were worth something, the guy would upgrade it, make it shiny looking and sell it for more. It doesn't appear to be worth his time or money. Is it worth yours? Just my (very) humble opinion.
Back out!look271
Mar 12, 2001 2:02 PM
You can do better. At that price, you should have everything, not missing parts, and they should all work. If he's a mecahnic, perhaps you could persuade him to include the non-working items at this price. Also, if this is an alum frame, it is probably much harsher riding than newer alum frames.Something to consider.