What do yall think of this bike/price?

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by Shak180, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Shak180

    Shak180 New Member

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    Here's the summary. It's a 2009 giant defy 1. Beautiful 2009 Giant Defy 1 road bike in like new condition: -http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/road/2266/32191/ -http://www.bicycling.com/gear/detail/0,7989,s1-16-156-2270-0,00.html -Very low mileage -Original manuals included Specs: -"Medium/Large" Giant aluminum frame -Giant carbon fork -Giant carbon seatpost -Shimano 105 shifters -Shimano 105 brakes -Shimano 105 derailleurs -Shimano 105 10 speed cassette cassette (12-27) -FSA Gossamer crankset (triple) -Mega Exo external bottom bracket -FSA stem + Giant handlebar -Spinergy SR-3 Aero 30mm wheelset (upgrade!) -Continental ultra race tires (upgrade!) The seller is asking $860 and is firm on the price. He says it has less than 200 miles on the bike. What does everyone think? It will be my first road bike. I will be using it for commuting and weekly recreational riding.
     
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    davereo Well-Known Member

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    Nice bike worth the asking price. If you are planning on commuting this is a performance bike that is not set up for fenders and racks. Could present some problems but they can be overcome if you can carry your belongings in a backpack.
     
  3. Shak180

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    Yah wearing a backpack is not a problem that's how I currently ride on my mountain bike. I'm super paranoid about this bike getting stolen though, I would be so sad if it did. What's the best way to insure that doesn't happen?
     
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    m0b00st New Member

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    Get a shittier bike for commuting.
     
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    I have no room to store another bike at home. I guess I'll just have to be extra careful and double lock it everywhere I go. Are kryptonite locks still the best to use or are they still being unlocked with bic pens?
     
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    I guess I'll just have to double lock it everywhere I go. Are kryptonite locks still the best to use or are they still getting opened with bic pens?
     
  7. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    Good price if it fits. I don't now what storage options you have but I definitely would not leave a bike of this caliber chained to a bike rack. If you work in an office, see if you can keep it in there somewhere, but don't leave it on the street. Most people keep their performance bikes for recreational rides or for training and competition, and get a less appealing bike for daily commutes.
     
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    Is there more to fitting than just the standard one inch between the top tube and my balls when I am standing over the bike?
     
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    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    +1. That bike won't make it past a couple days "locked" in a bike rack outside...well, depends on where you live - in the Vancouver area (bike theft capital of N. America) that bike wouldn't last a few hours outdoors...ymmv.
     
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    That sucks to hear. I thought about it some more and the days of me locking up my bike unattended for hours are over. I only did that when I was going to college. I guess I got lucky all that time or maybe nobody cared to steal a 2005 trek 4500 mountain bike? I'm sure I can find a place at work to lock it up inside or maybe I'll just ride the trek to work and ride the giant after work. I'm only a mile away from my job.
     
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    Yes very much so. You should be fitted for a road bike by a specialist for many different things. There are others on this board more qualified to explain it all than I.
     
  12. Shak180

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    Yes very much so. You should be fitted for a road bike by a specialist for many different things. There are others on this board more qualified to explain it all than I.



    I hope they speak up soon. I am going to view and most likely purchase the bike tomorrow.

    here is a link to detailed pictures of the bike

    http://picasaweb.google.com/NormanVu/2009GiantDefy1?authkey=Gv1sRgCOj3qJW1ksvuOw#slideshow/5539607315923253282
     
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    I checked the Geometry on this bike and it would fit me I am 5'9" tall medium build. It should be OK for someone in the 5'8" to 6' tall. You may find that the reach is the area that will need adjusting if you are not comfortable. This can be done by changing the stem. The stem pictured is on the long side so it can easily be brought closer with a shorter stem. Some people are a custom fit if you have normal features you should be ok buying a mass produced bike. If your arms are overly long or your trunk is super short you may need to consider a custom frame. If you are average build and between 5 8 and 6 you should be OK with this bike. This is only my opinion those that disagree will be posting shortly. FWIW that bike is very cool./img/vbsmilies/smilies/cool.gif
     
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    Sweet. I'm 5'11" and a half with my shoes off. It might not be perfect but it'll work I think. I can't wait to start riding it :D
     
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    Seems an OK bike to commute on, all of my employers have provided secure places to store my bike so riding a 5-10k bike to work was a non-issue.
     
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    This link to Competetive Cyclist will give you a great insight to a proper fitting. A proper fitting usually takes 2 - 3 hours and involves taking a lot of measurements of the cyclists arms, torso length, and inseam and then choosing the right frame and components to fit his body. After that is done, there is a lot of taking the bike to the parking lot for several test rides to get everything adjusted and to make sure that all of the components chosen are appropriate for that cyclists riding style.

    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO
     
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    Thanks kdelong. I bought it and its tons of fun to ride. Still getting the hang of the shifters and brakes but I'm learning quick :)
     
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    Sounds great. You did well. Enjoy your new ride.
     
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    Question how much PSI should i run in the tires? On the outside they say 120 but I'm not sure if that is a max or the riding pressure.
     
  20. davereo

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    Google the tire manufacture and you should be able to get the recommended range. 120 is most likely the max.
     
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