Advice Required - Urgent

nad_84
nad_84 Posts: 8
edited October 2012 in Road buying advice
Afternoon all,

I could really do with some advice, i have been an avid watcher on this forum but this is a first post for me.

My Specialized Allez was recently stolen, 7 days ahead of my ride across brussels and holland. I need to get a bike ASAP as well as racks, lights etc...

I am about to see this bike at 7pm http://london.craigslist.co.uk/bik/3310630057.html and everything looks good from the ad and from the exchange i have had with the seller.
Selling it as he is moving abroad and has to sell everything.

My question about the bike is to do with the frame, The gap between the upper and lower bar (excuse my lack of knowledge) seems to be quite big when it meets at the stem. Can anyone let me know if this frame is a specialized allez frame as on my previous model there was a much smaller gap.

Any help is greatly appreciated

Nad

Comments

  • monkimark
    monkimark Posts: 1,790
    It's probably just a bigger frame size than your old bike. That does suggest it might be the wrong size for you (assuming your old bike was the right size).
  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    It's just a big-framed Allez, that's why the headtube is long. You need to be pretty tall for this to fit you properly.

    Looks well used on the pics so you'll need to check it over carefully. For example, BBs can seize in old, used alu frames. Also the headtube is so long that getting replacement forks can be tricky - most s/hand forks will have steerers that are too short.

    How tall are you?
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  • nad_84
    nad_84 Posts: 8
    Hi,

    thanks for the hasty repsonses

    I'm 176 centimetres, the person selling it said it was a 56cm frame and he is 190cm, my last one was 54cm.
    It does look a little on the large side, but i will have to see when i get down there.

    Thanks for confirming about the frame, I am only planning on keeping this bike short terms until the cycle to work scheme comes back up again in Feb/Mar.

    I assume checking the ball bearings is as easy as spinning the wheels and listening/looking for grinding/slow down

    Thanks
  • When he said 56cm did he mean 66cm? It's massive!
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    Just to compare, that was advertised as being a 56cm
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  • nad_84
    nad_84 Posts: 8
    God I hope its not a 66... I will let you know how I get on.

    thanks again all
  • nad_84
    nad_84 Posts: 8
    Well... As some of you had guessed, it wasn't a 56, it was infact a 61!! The hunt continues
  • Pooter
    Pooter Posts: 68
    If you need a cheap bike quickly, go along to Decathlon in Rotherhithe.
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    Pooter wrote:
    If you need a cheap bike quickly, go along to Decathlon in Rotherhithe.

    +1