Good luck on your look out for a new ride. I just bought a new bike that i put on good old fashioned lay-away for 4 1/2 months before i could buy it as i didn't have the money to put up all at one time. but every time i got a little more i'd head to my bike store. It got to be a bit of a joke with my bike mechanics. They told me they were taking bets on when i'd actually take the bike home. If you have a local bike store with people you begin to trust my suggestion is to get measured so you know the right size for you to begin with. I ride a 44 cm for example. i'm pretty short, 5' 1" and my first road bike was not really the best choice as it was too big of a frame for me. The people at that bike store just wanted to sell a bike. As it turns out they didn't get my business which has been substantial over the last 10 years. A good store will help you know the basics of a fit. A "fit" which in my case took over 3 hours will cost you some money. But choosing the right frame size should be very easy and your store should just do that for you. If they were ordering a bike for you they would certainly do that before they shipped one in anyway. Good luck as you keep looking. Let us know how it's going. :)
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Fitness Minutes: (8,771) Posts: 596 6/20/11 7:58 P
I know you're probably right about that!! This won't stop me from riding. I'm in the middle of storm warnings tonight and I'm sad I can't get out there tonight. I'm definitely hooked now!! I'll still keep my eye out for a good used bike while I put away a little more money for a new one if I end up having to do that. I don't really have much money to spare right now, but it will be a little splurge on myself when the time is right.
Thank you all again for all the advice. It will still come in handy if I look at others in the future. Right now I only have one person (a brother-in-law) that I know who is also into cycling, but he lives in Florida (I'm in Kansas). I have learned so much just by reading the message boards in this team. You are a very inspiring group!!!
If it is to be it is up to me.
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Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,597 6/20/11 7:29 P
I hope your test ride works out. I have a Trek 1000 that I've had for a couple of years and I love it. The only issue I've ever had was with the triple chainring & a minor adjustment fixed the issue. It's a great lightweight basic road bike that has served me well.
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Fitness Minutes: (8,771) Posts: 596 6/20/11 2:54 P
Thank you all for the advice. I am supposed to be able to go look at it and ride it this evening. Wouldn't you know it's so windy here that there have been wind warnings on the radio, but if everything else looks good then I might go back again tomorrow night to get a better feel for it.
I spent some time looking over the reviews for this bike. It seems the major complaint has been the tires, rims and a few complaints about the brakes and shifters. Hopefully some of these have been replaced considering the age of the bike.
The current owner has only had it for the last year and says he needs a taller bike so is wanting to upgrade.
I'm excited to go see it tonight, but will keep everything in mind. I'm also thinking about what Teniswhiz said about buying a new bike but waiting until the off season for a good deal. Between now and next summer I am just hoping to rack up some miles, not do much else. I suppose if I keep getting in shape with my hybrid, then just imagine what I'd be able to do with a road bike next year!!!
I agree with everything they are telling you but the one thing I have learned over the years is no matter what the price if it's not a fit don't buy it. Have you ever been fitted for a bike? I am 5'4 and I would just get what ever felt good but over time the body would starting hurting and last year when I went to but my new one I finely was fitted and the pain has gone. Most bike shop will fit you for under $70 and if you buy a new one they take the price off the bike. I think it would be something you should do. I've had two Treks and they were never a good fit for me. Best of luck. Ride Strong and Pedal Safe!
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Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,597 6/20/11 8:13 A
Tami... Treks have a very good reputation. The question is, what kind of shape this bike is in from the previous owner. Actually, the price is quite fair for a 5 yr. old used bike. I wouldn't necessarily be suspicious. 1 1/2 yrs ago, I bought a brand new Fuji Road bike from a bike shop. I bought it Feb. 1st, when bike prices are really down (selling last years' models off). The bike was originally $1500 but was half off. So I got it for $750. If I was riding it for 5 yrs. and then selling it, I'd be happy if I could get $175.00.
As Sara said, you may need a tune up and new tires. You could easily spend the same amount of money fixing it up. Ask the previous owner when it was last tuned up and how often he/she rode the bike. Ask about the tires...check them yourself and see if there are cuts in the tires. After 1 1/2 yrs, I just had to replace mine (I have 1300 miles on it). Check the chain for any rust.... Does it look super dirty (a sign it has been neglected).
If the bike was reasonably taken care of, I say go for it. Like I say...Treks have a very good reputation. Just depends what the previous owner did or didn't do to it.
P.S. Ask the seller why they are selling. If it's to upgrade, good chance the bike was taken care of.
Tami, Is there any way you can see and try out the bike before buying it? I would take someone who is a serious road bike friend/ mechanic who could view the bike with you, to see if it is road worthy. Things to consider in an older bike are the frame and condition, wheels, etc. It may need to be taken to a bike shop and gone over, and parts replaced. For example, my now, 4 year old road bike, had tires, and components replaced due to wear, recently, and it was about $350. I have a hybrid, but when road riding with our local cycling club for several months, realized a road bike was going to be a good investment. Happy Cycling
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Fitness Minutes: (8,771) Posts: 596 6/19/11 11:08 P
I just found a Trek 1000 for sale for $175. I'm curious if any of you have any thoughts about this bike. The picture of it looks really good. I'm just a beginner with a hybrid but would like something more suited for on the road. I don't have the money to spend for a new bike and am hoping this might be a good starter road bike. But I would rather ask for any of your opinions before rather than later. The bike is about 5 years old. Is there anything specific besides common sense that I should pay attention to if I go look at it?
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