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Is this bike worth $400(9 posts)

Is this bike worth $400singletrack
Mar 20, 2002 8:10 AM
1996 Lemond Alpe d'Huez with Cmpagnola Mirage group. The bike looks to be in excellent shape. Took for a 25 mile spin and everything worked fine. It was a trade in at my local bike shop and I can pick it up for $400. I will be useing it for mountain bike training and on those days when the trails are to wet, mostly 20-30 mile rides. I'm not familiar with road bikes and was woundering if this was a good deal.
Probably notjtolleson
Mar 20, 2002 8:22 AM
$400 is not an outrageous price, but the bike would be more tasty at $ 300. I just picked up a mid-90s Bianchi equipped with 105 (downtube shifters) for $250 in great condition, sooooo...

How used is the bike?
mind if i ask how you found that bianchi?up_hiller
Mar 20, 2002 9:48 AM
I am in the same boat as singletrack. I'm a MTBer, but i really want a roadie to play on, too. problem is, I don't have the cash to go out and buy a new road bike. I have been looking for someting a few years old. It would be nice to be able to get my hands on someting with at least 105 components, but I just haven't seen anything like that in my price range. How'd you do it?

thanks.
matt
eBayjtolleson
Mar 20, 2002 11:54 AM
An LBS was getting rid of it there. Not a bad place to look in my experience, thought some folks really dog eBay. I've made maybe 50 purchases, and never had a bad experience. I especially felt good with that one because it was a bike shop and I was able to make the purchase over the phone by credit card.

Classifieds in the local paper are also decent for the sub $500 road bike budget, if you are in a big enough city for a decent selection.
Go used.Andy M-S
Mar 20, 2002 12:09 PM
A couple years ago I picked up my current bike for $100, complete. It was a used, early 90's Bianchi Quattro with Suntour 7-speed DT equipment. Worked fine, and with a little loving care (and some newer components) it still works fine--better, even, now that it has 8-speed Sachs Ergo stuff on it.

Buy a bike that fits--preferrably, a used bike. Talk to your LBS's and see if any of them have used equipment in the basement. Tell them you're on a budget. You might be surprised what you end up with!
Seems a little high to me, too (nm)retro
Mar 20, 2002 8:31 AM
Doesn't seem that badpmf1
Mar 20, 2002 8:46 AM
If the bike and components are in good shape and it fits you well, it sounds reasonably priced. Maybe $350 would be better. Try offering them that. For what you want to use it for, its a good pick. That's a steel frame too, right?
yesRayBan
Mar 20, 2002 9:48 AM
The frame is a 853 main triangle and 525 rear triangle. (tubing) If its in good condition and fits you well for sure that worth it.
yesjtolleson
Mar 20, 2002 5:07 PM
I dunno. I see your point... $400 for an 853 frame, etc. but I'm guessing it isn't that simple. 128 dropouts (which I'm betting) can be spread, sure, and then the frame is used... I'm not convinced. If you just think it is a good deal as a frame purchase, there are lots of equally decent frames NOT used with good paint that on sale day can be had for competive pricing, and he'll have to pay sales tax, too!

One gal's opinion...