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New vs. used(5 posts)

New vs. usedconfused
May 14, 2001 3:53 PM
I am shopping for a road bike to use for commuting (10 miles each way, on good pavement) and general road use. My budget is about $700 or so. It seems like I can buy a new steel bike with Sora components at that price, or perhaps Tiagra if I spend a little more. A new bike with 105 components or better seems to be out of my price range. A friend said I'd be better off buying used, that I might be able to get a nice steel frame with 105 components.

Recommendations? Where's the best value?
re:No doubt about it.Jethro Notbodine
May 14, 2001 4:13 PM
Your $$s go further on used,but you have to know what you are doing,and know the diff between a deal and a dog. Nearly new, used will often sell for 50-60% of new depending on brand and market.I buy used and let someone else take the big hit.But, I ride really nice stuff I could not afford otherwise.
$700 is a LOT for a commute bike (and I'd buy used)Retro
May 14, 2001 5:35 PM
I've bought four of my last five bikes used, and got good deals on all of them. I didn't even need a new one, but I just HAD to have an Atlantis...
Having said that, though, you can get a hell of a commute bike for a lot less than $700--in the $100-$250 range, certainly, where I live. In the classified ads this morning there are several decent mountain bikes under $250, and roadies are even less. I'm sure if I were willing to wait a couple of weeks, I could find a perfectly rideable bike for $100 or so. You can leave it in the rain, don't have to care if anybody steals it (and nobody will), throw it in the back of somebody's car when you need a ride home, and you've got a $600 start toward getting your REAL bike, which you can save for real rides.
$700 is a LOT for a commute bike (and I'd buy used)Rich Clark
May 14, 2001 7:29 PM
I put in more than 4000 miles a year just commuting. What a waste not to do those miles on the nicest bike I can afford, as long as it's appropriate to the purpose. It sure feels like a real bike and real riding to me!

It would be different if I had to lock it outside, but you'd be surprised how many people have secure bike storage available at work.

Not that there's anything wrong with going used, particularly if your wrenching skills are decent. After all, the last new bike I bought, in August, has 3000 miles on it; so now it's a used bike, but I still like it fine.

RichC
re: New vs. usedRich Clark
May 14, 2001 7:43 PM
I have 3000 mostly commuting miles on a steel Tiagra touring bike I bought in August, and I'm pretty happy with the performance and reliability of the group, for what it's worth. No problems, very little required in the way of adjustment.

IMO, the main reason to care about 105 vs Tiagra is weight, and if you're not racing or trying to keep up with faster riders, it doesn't really matter that much, especially if the Tiagra is new and the 105 is used. Wear out the Tiagra stuff and replace it with 105 later, if you still care.

RichC