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Moser, good or bad?(7 posts)

Moser, good or bad?Moser
Sep 20, 2001 7:54 PM
I'm thinking about getting a '91 Moser bike with dura-ace components, which are old but in good shape. The bikeshop is asking $375 for the complete setup. The only modification I will have to make is to change it to CGI shifting. Does this sound like a good deal for an entry level rider? Should I continue shopping, my budget is $1,000.
sounds smart to medupe
Sep 20, 2001 9:36 PM
most beginner's buy a flash bike that they will never use and then find that used resale values suck and see little money if they give the sport a miss.

if it fits well (very important) and the components are in good condition then cool. do a lot of miles and maintain your bike - when the time comes for you to upgrade (if necessary) youll have a better idea of what you like and whats best suited for you.

bikes of that era are good buying as they are very rideable and if anything may increase in value as they become scarcer. as it has a euro heritage it cant be bad for resale. if you can do without the cgi (sti?) upgrade do it as you can actually learn more by having to think ahead about shifting and being aware of what gear your in. the bike may be a bit heavier than current rides but that will only make you train a bit harder.

my advice is spend as much money as you can on shoes, shorts and helmet. these things are often stumbling blocks for people new to the sport. somewhere down the line treat yourself to a nice set of wheels but always make sure that you will be able to carry them on to your next bike.

you dont have to spend big money to have a decent ride (manufacturer advertising and no integrity bike sellers will have you beleive otherwise). but on one hand i have seen people spend a lot on something that will sit in their agrage for 50 weeks a year.

its about the roads you ride not what you ride.

ciao, ben
sounds smart to me, toodzrider
Sep 21, 2001 4:25 AM
I'd add gloves to your list of accessories that are more like necessities. Other than that I agree with all your advice.
Beginners buy expensive bikes...fishwheel
Sep 21, 2001 7:28 AM
..and then sell it to people like me barely used 10 years later for about the cost of a Huffy. Seriously, I have a 92, that had more miles put on it this year than its entire previous life. I am a big fan of buying used, it's the only way I can afford to buy quality stuff, but I wouldn't bu a used bike from me.
re: Moser, good or bad?cyclequip
Sep 21, 2001 2:51 AM
Continue shopping
re: Moser, good or bad?Lone Gunman
Sep 21, 2001 6:19 AM
The problem I see right away is one many long time riders have already experienced. The Moser will be difficult to upgrade. Mostly, the rear dropout width is probably a 126mm, too narrow for todays wheelsets. It also is possibly a 7? speed rear cassette, so instantly you have problems finding STI shifters and hubs, unless your aim is to keep and ride an old classic framemaker bike, you will spend alot of money to upgrade anything.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.Dog Breath
Sep 21, 2001 10:15 AM
The good - Moser framesets.
The bad - spending too much on your first serious bike.
The ugly - expensive bikes that don't perform.

Even if the bike has only 7 speeds, if it is in good shape and will get you through a few seasons it will be worth it.
Everyone got along just great with downtube shifters and five, six, or even seven speeds. I would not worry about being in a hurry to upgrade.

Gaining experience riding an inexpensive (but nice) bike will save you from making an expensive mistake when it comes to purchasing something new, if that time comes at all. It will educate you on what is and is not important, and what size is perfect for you. A Moser with Dura-Ace of any vintage is a high-end bike, beyond entry level even, At that price it is a no-brainer if the alignment is spot-on.

Down the road it would probably be a great back-up, or foul weather bike. If you get serious about cycling you will probably want a second bike.