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rcannon100
07-06-2013, 10:13 PM
This is a shot in the dark but I thought I would see what forum people might have in their garages.

I made a deal to the kid. If he forgoed getting his drivers license, I would buy him a bike. Well, he is taking me up on it. He has been riding an old steel motobecane road bike with drops and lever gear shifters. He is going on 6'3"

He is looking at the Specialized Allez, Specialized Tricross, or the Cannondale Synapse. I think a middle line road bike used for beating around - this is a kid near heading off to college and it could be a good college bike.

Anyone have any tall road bikes in this line in their closets gathering dust that they might want to clear out (so that they can buy their next bike). Also any thoughts or advice is most welcome. I have been trying to push Surly. He has been looking at a steel Fuji.

Bob

americancyclo
07-07-2013, 07:12 AM
I cant personally offer anything, but I do have an rss feed for Craigslist that looks for 60cm and 61cm and has returned some results. I'd also subscribe to the " I saw this deal" thread if you haven't already.
Good luck!

dasgeh
07-08-2013, 01:41 PM
Does this help? http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/bik/3913570122.html

rcannon100
07-08-2013, 01:52 PM
Nice bike!

The kid test rode a few bikes this weekend. Definitely liked the Allez. I think he likes the speed of a road bike. A few more to test out. We both liked the bright orange tricross! But they did not have it in his size in the shop for a test ride.

ShawnoftheDread
07-08-2013, 01:56 PM
I think he likes the speed of a road bike. A few more to test out.

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3860622537.html

You're welcome.

Dirt
07-08-2013, 02:23 PM
I may have most of a LeMond Tourmalet that would be a nice choice. I'll see what is missing when I get home. It might just be missing a front wheel, which I can build up easily.

TwoWheelsDC
07-08-2013, 02:40 PM
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3860622537.html

You're welcome.

It's a crime to own such a thing and have never ridden it....

ShawnoftheDread
07-08-2013, 02:55 PM
It's a crime to own such a thing and have never ridden it....

Yep. That ad's been reposted for a few months now, and it pisses me off every time I see it.

rcannon100
07-08-2013, 03:08 PM
Yep. That ad's been reposted for a few months now, and it pisses me off every time I see it.

I dont like my kid THAT much!

americancyclo
07-08-2013, 03:16 PM
2011 Felt 95 61cm - $650 (Arlington, VA)

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3919180716.html

Trek 660 Racing Bike 60cm - $350 (Fairfax)
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3918031229.html

grandallj
07-09-2013, 11:37 AM
I don't have any help on the used front, but I can say that I have been riding the steel frame Specialized Tricross since April and absolutely LOVE it. I'm about 6'4" and the 58cm works well for me. If the Tricross is too dear, the Bianchi Volpe is a very similar bike, minus disc brakes -- maybe worth a look.

Steve
07-09-2013, 12:05 PM
It's a crime to own such a thing and have never ridden it....

He shouldn't be allowed to post in under "Bikes" if he doesn't think it is meant to be ridden.

DaveK
07-09-2013, 01:07 PM
I made a deal to the kid. If he forgoed getting his drivers license, I would buy him a bike. Well, he is taking me up on it. He has been riding an old steel motobecane road bike with drops and lever gear shifters. He is going on 6'3"

Since it's off topic and none of my business, why not keep it to not getting a car but having his license? Having a drivers license and knowing how to drive safely is a pretty valuable skill for anyone, let alone a college kid. I can remember several times where I drove to a party with someone and ended up having to drive their car home because I was the only one sober enough to do so. Not to mention in emergency situations in general.

ShawnoftheDread
07-09-2013, 01:20 PM
Since it's off topic and none of my business, why not keep it to not getting a car but having his license? Having a drivers license and knowing how to drive safely is a pretty valuable skill for anyone, let alone a college kid. I can remember several times where I drove to a party with someone and ended up having to drive their car home because I was the only one sober enough to do so. Not to mention in emergency situations in general.

Insurance increase would kick in if he's a licensed driver and living in the house.

hozn
07-09-2013, 01:58 PM
Since it's off topic and none of my business, why not keep it to not getting a car but having his license? Having a drivers license and knowing how to drive safely is a pretty valuable skill for anyone, let alone a college kid. I can remember several times where I drove to a party with someone and ended up having to drive their car home because I was the only one sober enough to do so. Not to mention in emergency situations in general.

Yeah, I wish that my parents had let me (or rather helped me) get a license before going off to college. Not that I really needed a car in college, but having to learn to drive / get a license on my own at 21 was logistically difficult. OTOH, if I'd had a bicycle back then, I probably would have postponed needing a license for a few more years after college. :-)

More to the point, I have a Volpe frameset which I expect is too small (58cm), but it's yours if you want it. I have some 30mm alloy wheels (which I think are swell) that I would part with inexpensively, if that would help complete a build.

DismalScientist
07-09-2013, 03:48 PM
There is always the pink Bridgetone RB-1 knockoff: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3896761169.html

(Actually, this bike might be a good deal.)

dasgeh
07-09-2013, 04:18 PM
There is always the pink Bridgetone RB-1 knockoff: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/3896761169.html

(Actually, this bike might be a good deal.)

But this bike belongs in Dirt's arsenal, no? :-)

dasgeh
07-10-2013, 11:19 AM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?5258-Scattante-R300-upgraded-to-Shimano-105

cephas
07-24-2013, 09:31 AM
I've got a 1987 Novara Strada that I may be willing to part with if you're still looking. It's a beauty, complete with Shimano 105 set. It's a little big in the torso on me, and I'm 6'2", but all legs, so I guess it depends a little on how he's built if it will fit.