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I'm corresponding with someone via craigslist for a bike they are listing. They don't know the year of the bike. Can I find that out from asking for a serial number or something? Thanks.

Anyone have some suggestions for links to a how to go about buying a bike, new or used..things to look for, watch out for. Finding out your bike size for dummies?

Thanks everyone. kool site.
 

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the only info. I have is that its a specialized hard rock sport with a 22" top tube. The current owner is 5'10" and I am 5'8. The current owner bought it from a friend of his and has had it for 3 years or so w/ barely any use. He estimates its 8-9 years old. He is going to send me a few pix in a bit.
 

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go to bikepedia type in the bike name and compare the bike to the years listed thats what i did for a 2006 trek!
 

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ok..got a little more info on the bike and a pic. Owner says he has 2 inches of clearance when he stands up straddling bike and he is 5'10". Using the garage door in the background looks like there would be plenty of room.

the cranks are 3 piece shimano..front rim is made by x rims and the rear is by alex rims.

this hard when you don't know much about bikes!



What is a fair price for a used 8-9 year old specialized that lists for 440 brand new on the specialized site?
 

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$100 and that's after they clean it up for you. What is your budget by the way? I think you would be surprised what other bikes you can get. I have a hardrock and they are great bikes but $440 then and $440 now is not very comparable.
 

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Looking closer, that pic you put up is the SR Suntour shock. I would bet it is 2001.

I also think $100 is a VERY GENEROUS offer for that bike.
 

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Looking closer, that pic you put up is the SR Suntour shock. I would bet it is 2001.

I also think $100 is a VERY GENEROUS offer for that bike.
I'd agree with that. The only reason I said $100 is I have seen worse for more on my local craigslist. People seem to think they are sitting on gold.
 

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my budget is probably 300-400 bucks but that changes daily depending on what I'm looking at! haha. So I could get something brand new, but I would like to get away with a lot less.

The bike in the pic is being sold for 175 and they already told me they want to get rid of it quick and would take 150. But I would offer less if he already reduced it b4 I even brought up money. He needs to sell it by Friday. Obviously I would need to see it and go for a ride b4 doing anything. But I would probably hold off and do more research on bikes. But, I'm dying to go for a bike ride as its been years and I miss the freedom and alternate exercise.

Honestly, I have been checking out the specialized crosstrail on their website. I would like to be able to hit a lot of pavement as well as light off road.
 

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Patience is your friend young man. I got a great deal off craigslist on my bike, a great deal on my sons Haro and I am looking for a great deal for my wife.

Notice "great" deal on all of those...not good, or pretty good...GREAT. :D

If you have a bike now, ride the snot out of it and get your heartrate up and thighs burning. When you get the bike you want, you can ride the balls off of it then.
 

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If your budget is around 300-400 I would even consider one of the Diamondbacks but you can get a new Hardrock for that price. The other thing to consider is how bad you are getting ripped off on that deal... if I were you I would pass on that bike. It's good but not worth that sort of money. Another possibility would be to save up some money and get a rockhopper or something a little better. In the end of your search what matters is you have found something you enjoy riding so whatever it is you buy make sure it fits well.
 

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TwinBlade said:
Patience is your friend young man. I got a great deal off craigslist on my bike, a great deal on my sons Haro and I am looking for a great deal for my wife.

Notice "great" deal on all of those...not good, or pretty good...GREAT. :D

If you have a bike now, ride the snot out of it and get your heartrate up and thighs burning. When you get the bike you want, you can ride the balls off of it then.
I have been looking for a bike for my wife on craigslist. They don't come around often so I'll probably be getting her a new one. A Scott Contessa or something similar... i'd like to find a deal though.
 

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no, i don't have a bike..wish i did. I've been hitting the walking/hiking trails a lot this spring/summer and see so many people out biking and I'm thinking to myself how much I'm missing out on! I live 20 min from NYC and there are so many great areas to go riding here.

Maybe I can find something under 50 bucks to hold me over til I find a better bike.
 

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offer that guy $80 for that bike, if he NEEDS to sell it he will ;)
 
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