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I'm going to do it !!853
Jun 4, 2003 2:16 PM
I really love my bike - but I would really love to see without glasses even more! So to fund the Lasik's I'm considering selling my bike. I'll still have my MTB and I might be getting my hands on a classic Bottechia w/ Super Record, So I'm still going to be riding, but not a sleek machine like this.

What would be a fair price? - I've pieaced it together with new parts.

The spec's:
54cm Caad 5 frame and fork
Full Dura-Ace even seatpost(seatpost one month old)
Ritchey WCS kit (one month old)
Custom white SLR
Mavic SSC SL's
Michelin pro race(one month old)

All at a hair under 17lbs.

I wouldn't pay more than $1000 for it.eschelon
Jun 4, 2003 3:06 PM
I'm not a buyer...but that's a good lookin' bike!.....nmdavet
Jun 4, 2003 3:21 PM
re: I'm going to do it !!Soter
Jun 4, 2003 4:30 PM
The dura-ace should be worth between $600 and $800 alone. I'm not sure about the rest of the components and the wear on the bike but between $1,500-2,000 would be reasonable although you may be able to scrounge even more.
I wouldn't do it.mosovich
Jun 4, 2003 5:03 PM
Here's why: I once needed something really bad and sold my bike and all my flyfishing gear. Well, to replace everything it cost me a whole lot more than what a I sold it for. Do you think you'll be able to get what you paid, and what would it cost you to replace it. My advice, try to come up with the money from some other source. If your selling the bike to pay for the surgery, it must not be that expensive, therefore you should be able to come up with some other deal, like a short term loan from the bank, or borrow from your 401k, although I'm not a big fan of it, but your paying yourself back. Just my opinion.
Agreed. Run the numbersKristin
Jun 5, 2003 5:54 AM
Off the top of my head, I'm guessing that 8% intrest over 2 years will cost less than the cost of replacing the bike down the road. Don't forget to take into consideration the depreciation on the C-Dale you're selling. I'm not a fan of consumer debt; but its not always unwise. AND don't forget, if you can pay extra on your princple, DO IT!
Big mistakeLeroy
Jun 4, 2003 5:48 PM
unless you're bs-ing us and really do not like the bike - which I think is the case. If that's the case, and likely it is, then the bike needs a good home - hope you get a good price - and I hope the lasik procedure takes, too. I agree that you ought to finance the procedure some other way. That is one of the finest [imho] machines on the planet, and for the life of me, I can't understand selling it. But it probably really does not suit you. Good luck!
sell the bike on e-bay, have the surgery, then you'll see . . .Drone 5200
Jun 4, 2003 7:05 PM
how beautiful that bike is and what a grand mistake you've made. Save up some money instead.
re: I'm going to do it !!tmotz
Jun 4, 2003 7:29 PM
I'm no doctor but don't your eyes change as you age.
So in the future you'll be wearing glasses again.
Plus the might be getting bike is just that "might".

If you must go thru this Lasik more likely can get you financing.
If you've got a medical center nearby...Matno
Jun 4, 2003 7:39 PM
check on ongoing research projects. You can often find stuff that you can do in your spare time that would significantly contribute towards the eye surgery. I recently did just one easy study and paid for a whole new road bike and a nice set of disc wheels for my mountain bike! (I had to spend one night in the hospital for that one, but all I did was watch movies...)
Don't do it!Dutchy
Jun 4, 2003 8:45 PM
As someone who has considered eye surgery for a while, I would not do it. I have found that the procedure is somewhat temporary and in some situations has to be repeated every 2-3 years as the eyes return to their natural state. I know of someone who has now had it done 3 times over the past 5 years. Some people will not have to have it re-done, but others do. Do your research. I just ride with prescription sunnies.

Also, don't ever sell anything you love. You will always regret it.

re: I'm going to do it !!aliensporebomb
Jun 5, 2003 2:52 AM
Any surgical procedure carries some risk. I've opted against
the whole lasix thing even though it could potentially rid me
of eyeglasses forever (my prescription used to be like coke

With the advent of super thin, high index glasses I can see
great without the weight of heavy bottle-glass glasses.

So my regular eyeglasses are the thinnest you can get now.

My cycling sunglasses has an rx prescription insert that is
the second thinnest (first would have been unbelievably
spendy) and works great.

Anyway, a thought.
Your name is 853 and the only road bike you own is ALUMINUM? nmbigrider
Jun 5, 2003 4:15 AM
well I had a steel bike, but853
Jun 5, 2003 7:14 AM
when I got this bike, my wife would not let me keep 3 bikes in our small apartment - so I choose to keep the Cannondale.
Should I change my name to x853owner? I'll just keep 853.
no, change to 6061 nmcyclopathic
Jun 5, 2003 8:24 AM
re: I'm going to do it !!lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Jun 5, 2003 5:14 AM
Um I'm going to sell my bike, so I can afford eye surgery, so I can wear sunglasses while riding the bike I no longer own. Good luck.
Cool looking bike, but you'll probably get hammered on the saledjg
Jun 5, 2003 6:11 AM
and then again on the purchase if you feel the need to replace the bike in a year.

GVH will build up a brand spanking new Caad 5 with DA for about 2k, and I think a number of places will come pretty close to that. Even a clean, relatively new, used bike is very likely to take a pretty hard hit on the used market. I'm thinking you're unlikely to do better than 1200 and you might not do better than a grand.

If you really want to sell it, you can try e-bay with a high reserve and hope that the paint scheme will catch somebody's eye.

Personally, I'd keep the bike and wait until the numbers looked better on the laser surgery--seems that there's a non-trivial incidence of bad results still.
You guys are right, I'm going to regret selling the bike...853
Jun 5, 2003 6:55 AM
way too much, and it would be a long while before getting another one. I guess my eyes can wait a while, while I save some cash. Maybe, I should just sell my car, you guys would proabably not object to that, huh.
Sell a kidney nmContinental
Jun 5, 2003 7:14 AM
re: I'm going to do it !!BikeViking
Jun 5, 2003 8:57 AM
Beach Eye Care (in VA BEach) worked a deal with a healthcare bank/loan agency (CareCredit) and we got a year INTEREST FREE to pay the $4000 for my wifes Intra-Lasik vision correction.

As long as you have to financial discipline to budget to pay it off before ALL the interest (22%) comes crashing into the remaining balance after a year, it's a real good deal.