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New to the road... did I get a deal?(4 posts)

New to the road... did I get a deal?chupacabMTBR
Oct 16, 2003 12:48 PM
Usually I haunt this site's sister ( or is it brother) I just aquired a road bike, and I think I got a pretty good deal. I'm not sure how "classic" it is, but I've got a few questions you folks could probably answer.

I was out with my wife hitting our community garage sale, when I saw this beauty (forgive the lighting, it was in my garage, and I couldn't get a clean shot.)

The wife of the previous owner told me it was custom made in the Philippines. It's lugged steel. It's got a dura-ace headset and 2 ring crankset, Sante downtube shifters, front and rear deraileur, shimano 600 brakes, Colnago seatpost, cinelli bar, stem, and seat. The wheels are performance sealed bearing hubs laced 3x with 36 spokes to Mavic MA40 rims.

I paid 40 bucks, I think I got a screaming deal.

Anything I need to worry about with this frame? I'm not clued in on road bike fit, but it feels fine, the previous owner and I are the same height, and aside from a tiny bit of toe overlap that can probably be addressed by moving my cleats a bit, there aren't any other issues.

I don't have cleats or road shoes for the look pedals. Should I put them in the classifieds, or ebay them? How much should I expect?

What year is this bike?

Here's the bar:

The bb area:

Here's the pedals it came with. I've switched it over to ritchey mountain pedals, as it's easier to stick with one set of shoes and cleats.

I think these are the original look clipless pedals. Anyone know for sure?
photos ^^^chupacabMTBR
Oct 16, 2003 1:25 PM
re: New to the road... did I get a deal?laffeaux
Oct 17, 2003 9:58 AM
If the bike fits, for $40 you got a great deal.

The easiest way to determine the year of the bike is by identifing the components. Use this site:

to look up the part numbers and see when they were used (the site is in German, but easy enough to figure out). Also, many Shimano components have date codes on them. Visit this site for more info:

Both of these assume that the frame and the parts are the same age.

Enjoy the bike.
re: New to the road... did I get a deal?LC
Oct 19, 2003 10:12 AM
The bike looks like a good deal. I would just hang onto the pedals cause your not going to get much by selling them. If you come across a good deal on some road shoes one day you will be glad you have the pedals to try it out. If you really get into road riding you would not believe how much better road pedals and shoes support your foot over SPD pedals and MTB shoes.