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Been lurking here for a while and the forum has been extremely helpful in giving me tips on buying my first relatively "serious" commuter bike.
I probably ride 28kms two or three times a week to and from work. Mostly bike paths (although not the smoothest pavements - Upfield track!) and on the road. I do want something that can take a few bumps and thumps though... You know, something that can get me a to b anywhere within Melbourne without popping tyres left right and centre.
My budget does not allow for anything amazing $300 - $400 [max]. I don't want an upright but don't want to always be hunched forward on the bike either (find the pressure on my upper back and shoulders can get a bit much if I ride 2+ days in a row) - that and my hands can get quite sore if I am too far forward (family arthritis is kicking in to the knuckles!).
I've come across a second hand sale: Giant CRX2 (2007 - bought in 2008) for $400 that has seen some miles, but apparently in good nick (few scratches). Recently had a new chain, bottom bracket and brake blocks. Rest of it seems to be as original. One of my priorities is that I can mount a rack for panniers. He has offered to throw the rack in.
I think I might also put bar ends on so I can adjust my position if/when I get tired...
The seller seems a proper 'bike nerd' (has too many bikes!). He's a self-acclaimed good bike mechanic and promises he has serviced the bike well.
Of course, i can't know until I try it and intend to give it a sit and quick ride this evening or the next. I am wondering if this is a reasonable price for a well looked after 5 year old Giant? As far as I can see it's a better bike than I could afford new with my budget.
I haven't been to my local LBS (time constraints are making it tricky to get there when they are open) so I am slightly apprehensive not being fitted properly for the bike and getting all the 'servicing' that an LBS could offer.
That said, if it 'feels' right when I try it, I'd like to buy it if you guys think its a good deal... What say you learned folk!?
I am sure I'll upgrade again soon enough. At the moment though, this is quite a big purchase for me and I want something more inviting to ride so I am motivated to ride more often! My current bike is heavy, clunky and although it has done its job, I haven't looked after it well and it's nothing fancy...
Thanks in advance!
(edited cause the post was way too long!)
Last edited by missfire on Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Also, looking at the Apollo Fiamme (2011) brand new for $449.
Is this a much lesser bike or also a good deal? I am thinking that a new bike (with services etc) might be a better deal if I can et them to throw in the rear rack.
That is a fairly old bike and, although I have no idea about second hand prices, it does seem quite a bit for an old bike. That said, I have a 2009 CRX Three (lower number is better model) and I've done 21,000KMs with no problems so the CRX seem a good solid bike. I would just check what second hand prices are like, then again, this one sounds well maintained.
Cannondale Quick Speed 2, Allegro T1
Went to see it, it was practically as new - barely a scratch anywhere. For a bike that commuted quite a bit, it's amazing and is miles ahead of any new bike I could afford.
Really well serviced and it just "fit".
It's sitting in my back tard waiting for its first ride tomorrow morning! Weep!
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