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5/19/09 6:46 P

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When I was looking for my first adult bike, I started on Craigslist but got so frustrated for all the reasons Adrain stated!!! Being a novice I had no clue what to look for with a used bike!!! V

I ended up buying a 2008 Cannondale Adventure4 after a few trips to my local bike shop!!! I was able to get it for $479 (after the saleperson took 20% off)!!! I told him I had a $500 limit..ended up with helmet and tax being around $550!!!

I simply love my bike and am sooo glad I took the time to really investigate what my options were!!!

Jackie!!!

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PEESALISA Posts: 104
5/19/09 12:22 P

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Thanks so much. I really appreciate all of the input, it is extremely helpful!!

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5/19/09 12:09 P

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PEESALISA:
Be VERY careful getting a bike off Craigslist, especially if you have no idea what you're getting into.

You need to know your size, for starters. I know that bike that you linked to is far too small for me. Why? Because I know what size bike I fit. Do you? That's where a trip to the LBS would come in handy. It would also be an education in what to expect from a bike in terms of handling and components so that you could make an educated decision on a 2nd hand bike. Personally, I'd NEVER get my first bike second hand.

I also wouldn't pay $500 for that C'dale. 2 previous owners - don't know the history. Bike looks like it's about 10-15 years old - downtube shifters are long gone these days. Wouldn't trust the Headshock headset either especially if it's that old and not been looked at properly. "Maintenance for 09" could mean anything - a simple tune-up at an LBS isn't going to address any of the problems that I can think of off the top of my head.

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PEESALISA Posts: 104
5/19/09 9:51 A

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Thank you all for your help. I am waiting to hear from someone from my local YMCA to help me. I did look on Craigslist and found a Cannondale CAAD 4 Silk Road 1000 for $500. Here is the website: http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/117
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I find bikes but I don't know enough to know if this is a good bike or a good cost. I am hoping the person from my gym will be able to help me with that. I am going to visit my local bike shop again for some help too. Thanks so much!

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5/19/09 6:25 A

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my local bike shop helps people sell thier current bikes on ebay or craigs list when they are upgrading to a new bike.

it wouldnt hurt to ask the LBS if they do this. helping you buy a used bike and then getting it set up would help the shop and the buyer and then also sets someone else up to buy thier upgrade.



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We've helped a few folks here in Reno to purchase bikes on Craigslist. Do you have a bike savvy friend that could go with you? That's what we did.. we would go with them, look over the bike, make sure the fit was good etc. You could get a screaming good deal, then take it to a bike shop to get a proper fitting and voila, you're good to go. I know you have a good idea what you're doing. You're smart and learning quick!!!

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5/18/09 8:56 P

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Ive never tried craigs list, what if theres a bike on there that im looking for? that would be so cool

Im going to check it out now

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5/18/09 8:49 P

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Would agree with a used or older model bike (like a 2007 instead of a 2009). I bought my road bike in March for the very same reason - my first duathlon is June 28th. I found more bargains on craigslist than ebay, but my problem was looking for a small frame (43 cm). If you're an average size rider, try craigslist. Also check your local bike shops and don't be afraid to ask for previous year models.






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5/18/09 6:30 P

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Consider a used bike. Talk to some bike shops. Look on craigslist.

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5/18/09 10:52 A

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Im in the same boat as you are
what I found so far to be good in that $ range
Specialized Allez triple or Giant Defy 3

John

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5/18/09 10:46 A

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I am beginning to train for my first duathlon. I am currently looking for a new road bike. I am not an avid bike rider and am looking for a bike within a reasonable price range ($300-500). Is this possible? If so, what is a good bike for a beginner racer?

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