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Advice on older road bike...(10 posts)

Advice on older road bike...seejoy
Aug 24, 2002 5:16 AM
I am a beginner and looking for a used road bike. Just started 3 months ago using a too big Schwinn Traveler, friction shifters and all. My friend let me use his "98" Cannondale R500 triple ring, which fits me well, and the difference in how it feels and rides is great. Question, he will sell it to me for $350-, is this a good deal/choice for me? I plan on doing at least one century next year and am riding for fittness and pleasure. Very hilly here in North East PA. where I live and one of my goals is to ride the harder hills in one shot instead of breaking them down into two sections.
I appreciate your advice!
Journey well!
re: Advice on older road bike...Fez
Aug 24, 2002 5:31 AM
A little more info would be nice, like what components, whether its 8 or 9 speed, and the overall condition/mileage of the bike.

Most important is the fit, and you say it is good. Do you know for sure? You can read up on bike fit on the net or buy a book. Also, maybe you could take the bike to a LBS and get a fitting and have the bike checked out.

If the fit is good and the bike is in good shape, then it seems like a good choice. $350 doesn't break the bank and since you say you're a beginner, you can ride it, get some good riding skills and better overall fitness. Having a triple may be nice if you are riding the hills and you are a beginner.

Happy riding.
re: Advice on older road bike...seejoy
Aug 24, 2002 10:26 AM
Sorry for the lack of component info. Except for the left crank, which my friend replaced (with an un-indentifiable one), because when he bought it it was bent, the components are original. All Shimano RSX, which I have read were somewhere in the lower end of shimanos range. 21 speed, (7 sprockets).
I've re-taped the handle bars, replaced the impossible to sit on original Coda saddle with a $6- on sale one that works for now, and yesterday just replaced the 110mm stem with a Salsa SUL 60mm. For a 4+yr old bike it is in good condition with light scratches on the top tube where the wire runs.
As far as fit goes I am just shy of 5'6" and this frame is either a 50 or 52, I'm not really sure how you correctly measure that. Two Sundays ago on my first long ride( for me, 52 miles)and that with a group, the leader said that the only thing he would suggest was a shorter stem because I really had to reach for the brakes.
The LBS is wonderful but leans towards mtb and all I hear is "how does it feel?" Would love to find someone who could "dial" it in for me! ( Did I say that right?)
When I rode last night I felt abit weird standing to climb because of the stem being shorter but I'll soon get used to it I am sure.
Tomarrow I am scheduled to ride 55 miles with a new group and that should set the shorter stem and me to rights.
About the price, it's actually $300- with my Schwinn Traveler thrown in, my friend thinks he can get $50- for it at the flea market.
Thanks all for your advice! This beginner appreciates it!
If the bike fits, buy it.Spoke Wrench
Aug 24, 2002 6:18 AM
You've alredy had the opportunity to give the bike a significant test ride, so you should have a pretty good idea of what you're getting. I think that $350.00 for that bike sounds like a pretty fair price.
FWIW, I agree--fit is the big question, but if that's OK, yeahcory
Aug 24, 2002 9:05 AM
It's a decent, versatile bike at a decent price, assuming it's in good shape. I think around here it might go for $50 less, but there's some variation regionally, so don't be too concerned about that.
Too muchjtolleson
Aug 24, 2002 10:13 AM
The R500 was RSX equipped then, I believe and retailed for around $800.00 new. I think this bike is probably more enticing at $300. Also, I believe this will be the extremely stiff 2.8 or CAAD3 frame. $350 is a little high, or at least for that price you can probably find something you'll enjoy better.
Too muchseejoy
Aug 24, 2002 10:35 AM
Before my son gets back on the computer and I have to wait to respond , this bike is a CAAD2, is that the same as the 2.8?
I like the fact that at present when I climb and put effort into it the energy transfer seems quick. Little stands between your effort and the response from the bike. At least that is how it feels to me.
Too muchjtolleson
Aug 24, 2002 1:26 PM
CAAD2 is not the same as the 2.8. Though it is several generations past in the Canny lineup, it has a solid fanbase because it is light and responsive as you've noted. That '98 will be jarring over distance, I'd think, because it has an al fork (they went to a CF fork in '99).

I still think that $350 is too much (even if part of it is in giving another bike).
c'mon just buy itchar
Aug 25, 2002 6:18 PM
You got the free road test, you get 50 bucks off on the trade-in, it seems to fit you, you're having fun riding it, where is the problem? Buy it and ride it, then buy another bicyle next season and turn this bike into the "winter bike."
I guarantee it,
Chuckles
Thanks Chuckles!seejoy
Aug 26, 2002 2:39 AM
I have decided to buy the bike after this weekends ride. As a "first bike", I believe it will do everything I need it to do. Which is all about riding, getting stronger on the hills we have around here, and having fun with out going into debt on a "new" bike.
Journey well!
See Joy