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I go to Italy every year to visit family for about 5 weeks. I want to pick up a cheap ( about $600 USD ) road bike there to ride and keep some fitness, and to use on subsequent trips. I came across these two, and was wondering you some of you could give me some advice/opinions/etc.

#1 - $540USD - WILIER TRIESTINA with Campy Veloce group. Bike looks nice.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220670804342&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&afsrc=1

#2 - $620USD - Hurricane ( Never heard of - perhaps some type of Italian form of Bikes Direct? ). Comes with full Tiagra it seems.http://cgi.ebay.it/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280563689306&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

#3 - $275 - Cannondale Caad2 with Campagnolo Mirage. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330475143442&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

#4 - $300 - Decathalon - Sporting goods franchise in Europe - Probably uses some generic Chinese frame. Has Tiagra grouppo. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220672242386&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Out of these 4, which would you choose? The newer bikes, or the older Willier? I kind of like the frame on that Willier, but know nothing about old bikes. Also, is Tiagra or Sora the grouppo that is below Shimano 105? What can I expect as far as shifting performance and reliability from that Tiagra equipped bike ( #2 )?

I still have about a month or so before I head over there, but I'm trying to locate a bike before it gets too late.

I've considered buying something here, but the hassle of lugging a bike box through 2 airports along with the roughly $200Euro in charges by the airlines makes it pretty much as, or more expensive, than just buying something there.

Thanks for any help!!!

John
 

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I agree that if it's an annual 5 week visit, it's a lot easier to have a bike there.

The only other solutions that I can think of is something like a Bike Friday (Folding bike) or an S&S Coupling equipped bike- but they're more expensive solutions, albeit ones that you could use year-round.

I'd personally avoid the Hurricane, it might ride like a lemon despite the price.

Personally I like the Cannondale. Frame is proven and it's the cheapest - Considering you'll not be using it for 90% of the year.

Otherwise that Wilier is a nice bike, but price wise a little bit much for a 5 week bike IMHO.
 

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No question the class of that field is the Wilier - I'd go for it in a second at the price.
 

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I like the Willier
 
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