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deckard56deckard56 Posts: 4
edited October 2018 in Road buying advice
Hi all
I'm after a new (secondhand) road bike, finding it really hard to find anything suitable, most of the ones i have seen are the other end of the country (SE London here), far too big , small etc etc. The two Ive listed below I can get to pretty easily.
On a very limited budget :(
I recently joined a local club and am at the lower end but have been advised I'd be fine a group or two up even with my current 20y old Specialized hybrid, flatbars with Claris fixtures and fittings.
Used to do a lot of commute cycling and the odd long charity type ride and have always liked it as my second "sport" but think a more suitable machine would be better. for most rides and keep current bike for the really censored wet weather days
Seen a couple of bikes on Ebay that seem to fit the bill and that I can get to to collect.

here are the two bikes so wondering if you could let me know am i making a big mistake here or what.
what sort of offers if any should I make.
My own preference is the Trek, mainly beacause i have always hated sloping cross tubes (its a marmite thing, either hate or love !), the Trek is about 1kg lighter but apart from that i have no real clue which if any would be better for me.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Trek-Madone-5-2-Carbon-Road-Bike-54cm-medium-Frame-Size/183486400444

and the Trek archive for spec
https://archive.trekbikes.com/au/en/2006/trek/madone52#/au/en/2006/trek/madone52/details

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cannondale-Road-Bike-Caad-8-105-54-Frame-Excellent-Condition/173585629368

grateful for any help/advice

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  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,333
    edited October 2018
    Will your budget stretch this far?

    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-540- ... 77756.html

    If you do choose to buy second hand then be very careful and give the thing a thorough inspection before purchasing. If you're not too knowledgeable yourself then take a friend who is.
    Another thing to note, the Trek has a 53-39 chainset and 11-25 cassette that will make climbing steep hills awkward unless you're a pro.
  • arlowoodarlowood Posts: 2,538
    deckard56 wrote:
    Hi all
    I'm after a new (secondhand) road bike, finding it really hard to find anything suitable, most of the ones i have seen are the other end of the country (SE London here), far too big , small etc etc. The two Ive listed below I can get to pretty easily.
    On a very limited budget :(
    I recently joined a local club and am at the lower end but have been advised I'd be fine a group or two up even with my current 20y old Specialized hybrid, flatbars with Claris fixtures and fittings.
    Used to do a lot of commute cycling and the odd long charity type ride and have always liked it as my second "sport" but think a more suitable machine would be better. for most rides and keep current bike for the really censored wet weather days
    Seen a couple of bikes on Ebay that seem to fit the bill and that I can get to to collect.

    here are the two bikes so wondering if you could let me know am i making a big mistake here or what.
    what sort of offers if any should I make.
    My own preference is the Trek, mainly beacause i have always hated sloping cross tubes (its a marmite thing, either hate or love !), the Trek is about 1kg lighter but apart from that i have no real clue which if any would be better for me.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Trek-Madone-5-2-Carbon-Road-Bike-54cm-medium-Frame-Size/183486400444

    and the Trek archive for spec
    https://archive.trekbikes.com/au/en/2006/trek/madone52#/au/en/2006/trek/madone52/details

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cannondale-Road-Bike-Caad-8-105-54-Frame-Excellent-Condition/173585629368

    grateful for any help/advice

    Of the two you've listed I would definitely opt for the CAAD 8. No mention of age but it could be a 2010 model from the colourway. If that's the case it's 4 years younger than the Trek. Also it has a compact chainset and 11-28 cassette so the gearing is much more user friendly.

    The Trek has a 53/39 chainset and 12-25 cassette so you would be likely to struggle on hilly routes unless you are super fit or want to lash out on changing the gearing to something more friendly
  • Thanks for the rapid replies...
    O'k im going to ditch those two i linked to...the reviews of the Btwin look pretty good..sooo, will try 2nd hand if not then will up the budget (got a couple of spare guitars i dont really need, i can sell them !)

    just found the following which is a short hop from me....but i need to be quick...
    I'm 5'7 -5'-8 so sizwise it should be ok
    should i risk it... ?

    https://tinyurl.com/y8jkj979
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,333
    Sizewise it should be fine and it's a fairly decent price, perhaps a longer stem may be required but that's a fairly inexpensive item and quick job to fit. Nice that it has a tyre upgrade as well.
    I'd say go ahead and contact the seller with regards to viewing the bike and giving it a go.
  • going to contact now...
    Cant find a bad review...this will be more than adequate for my level of riding...

    many thanks for the advice
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