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Hi all! I'm a complete newbie to the world of biking, and I was wondering if I could get some advice. I'm currently looking for my first bike and after reading around, it seems craigslist is the way to go for those that aren't financially ready to drop more than half a thousand dollars on a new bike( I'm a college student). Anyway, I'm 5'11, 154lbs, and I've found 2 57cm bikes on craigslist, and I was wondering if anyone could let me know if it was a good deal.

Also, I was wondering what other essentials I would need to get started, and any tips for a newbie. Thanks much! Oh yeah, here's the link. The brown schwinn and the Raleigh are 57cm. He's asking 100 for the schwinn and 120 for the raleigh. Thanks again! I'm looking into getting into road cycling for recreation and fitness, possibly some short commuting.

here's the link http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/738568082.html

Thanks again!
 

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Thanks for the advice, any types of helmets you'd recommend? Also, I contacted another bike seller in my area and he had a few in some good sizes. Here are the links as well.
https://s263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/mcnhbc/?action=view&current=june23038.jpg
https://s263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/mcnhbc/?action=view&current=june23041.jpg
https://s263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/mcnhbc/?action=view&current=june23022.jpg
https://s263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/mcnhbc/?action=view&current=june23037.jpg

Thanks for any advice you guys can give! I really appreciate it!
 

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Thanks for the advice, any types of helmets you'd recommend? Also, I contacted another bike seller in my area and he had a few in some good sizes. Here are the links as well.
Thanks for any advice you guys can give! I really appreciate it!
I'd keep looking. I think you can do much better for the price. Do not buy a bike with shifters on the stem. Those are the low-end of the range of bikes sold, and they are older to boot. Unless you want a vintage bike, I would keep looking.
 

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agreed...

if you are going to consider paying even close to what they are asking for those bikes, you'd be better off saving a few more bucks and getting an entry level road bike from a local shop, where you can also get some service.

The bikes you posted look to be in good condition, but for someone starting out, they may be more of a technical trap that you are willing to get into. For a bit more money, you can go new, get service, and enjoy cycling for what it is...then later you can blow your $ on old stuff to tinker with.
 
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