Raleigh R500 circa 2002 vs save for new


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Jun 29, 2011
I'm trying to get into a road bike. I'd like to be under $1000 with decent components. I came across a 'new' 2002 Raleigh R500 from a guy who owned a bike shop. I've read some old posts that it was a good value then. Should I jump at $550 now or save up for a new bike with new model Tiagra components?

FWIW. IMO, that's a terrible price ...

Sight unseen (where was the picture in the CL advert?), I'd say the particular Raleigh is worth ~$250, tops.

If it were pristine & DAY-ONE-NEW, then it might be worth $400 ... barely.

As others have noted in other threads, check www.bikesdirect.com, www.bicyclebuys.com + other on-line retailers for good bikes at very good prices.
Thanks Alfeng! I have a Performance Bike with 105 components waiting for me this weekend for a great price. Wife is suggesting I go to a LBS to see if they can match.
I had the same dilemma a while ago. I've always wanted a roadbike, but wasn't quite sure that I would be able to keep up the interest. – So naturally I wasn't willing to invest a fortune, without having tried it out first. – It's not quite enough to be a Tour de France fan, if you're going to invest that much money in a bike, you've got to be sure, that it's something you wan't to pursue for at least a while.

I've always found the Bianchi bikes fantastic, but the price is up there as well:

So instead I found a really good offer at a danish webshop (Coop category: Cykler). The bike had pretty much everything I was looking for and it only cost 500$. I still have the bike and it performs great. So even though I'm sure that it's something that I'm going to pursue for a long time, I'm holding on to my discount bike, until it breaks. Then maybe I'll be looking at the Bianchi :)