How much should I pay?

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  1. EdBagleyJr

    EdBagleyJr New Member

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    I'm thinking of getting this road bike. My friend has used it for a few years. It's not in excellent condition, but rides really well. What would be a fair price? It's a Novara Randonee, I'm not sure what year it is.

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    TIA for the help guys!
     
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  2. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    I really cannot help you with the price, but you should really see if it is the right size for you. The fit of a bike is the most important aspect of the bike. A bike that is not the right sze is uncomfortable to ride. A bike that does not fit correctly is the main cause of people who buy a new bike but don't ride it, it is just too uncomfortable. Here is a link to an online fit calculator http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO . There are other online fit calculators but they all work about the same. Once you have deteremined your fit, see if the bike is the right size for you.
     
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    EdBagleyJr New Member

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    I rode the bike, and I found it very comfortable to ride. I know they were originally around 1000$. It's at least a few years old, but I want to pay a fair price. Thanks
     
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    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    What:
    year?
    components?
    mileage?
    condition?
     
  5. EdBagleyJr

    EdBagleyJr New Member

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    Ach! Why is there a "clear' button!? I just accidentally cleared my whole post. Oh well, here it is, but shorter.

    It's in fair/Ok condition. Everything is functional but a bit chipped or worn. The tires have some tread left, but not a lot. The components are mostly shimano. The grips are very worn. It has about 1,000 miles. I am not sure what year it is, I'm completely new to this, so I was hoping someone could figure it out from the photo. If other photos would be helpful I could get them.
     
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    EdBagleyJr New Member

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    not more than 500 US,
    i don't see anything spectacular but if you are hook on it then go ahead,
     
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    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    From the small amount of detailed information you have given us, I'd say $100 max.
     
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    What your willing to pay is up to you, considering for the amount your paying you can get a new entry level bike. Ask if the have encountex any issues & take it for a ride yourself before making a decision
     
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    Conniebiker New Member

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    If it fits and rides as it should, I would think it to be worth a couple hundred. It didn't look too bad in the pick at least. If anything is worn to the point of needing soon replacement, factor them into a total and see if the asking price plus the parts is still in budget.
     
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