To buy or not to buy, that is the question.

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by usmcpoolee, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. usmcpoolee

    usmcpoolee New Member

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    I'm looking for a beginner road bike to train with heavily over the next few months to supplement my running (6+ miles daily) before I leave for Marine Corps Boot Camp in December. I spotted what I believe to be a decent bike on craigslist. It seems to be ideal for what I'm interested in and at a reasonable price. I was just curious what you guys think as you've got years of wisdom behind you while I do not.

    Link: ///Tommaso Road Bike\\\

    More Information about the bike:

    Frame: Semi-Compact Aluminum/Carbon rear fork
    Fork: Aluminum fork with Steel Steer tube, 1 1/8"
    Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-2300
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano 2300, Silver Upgrade
    Shifters: Shimano 2300 8-Speed
    Brakes Levers: Shimano ST-2300
    Brakes: Tektro 310A
    Chain: KMC HG-50
    Crankset: Prowheel 52/42/30T, (24 total gears), Tommaso Triple
    Cassette: SunRace 12x25 8 speed (12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25)
    Bottom Bracket: 68mm x 118mm Square Taper Cartridge
    Headset: FSA Headset
    Saddle: Tommaso Racing Saddle
    Seat Post: Aluminum 27.2
    Handlebar: Aluminum Ergo, 26.0mm, Black
    Grips: Velo Cork Tape White
    Stem: Aluminum 26.0mm, Black
    Tires: Kenda 700x23c
    Wheelset: JY/XR-18 Weinmann
    Weight: 23.76 lbs (54cm frame without pedals/reflectors)

    I've lowered him to $450 thus far and plan to go look at the bike tomorrow after work.
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    -Nate.
     
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  2. Scotty_Dog

    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    If the bike fits and you like it, I believe that is a good price for a used beginner road bike in great condition.
     
  3. JM01

    JM01 New Member

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    YES
     
  4. usmcpoolee

    usmcpoolee New Member

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    I purchased the bike earlier this evening, took it out for 10 miles or so - love it.
     
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