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Hey guys,

I've been looking for a used road bike for riding to work. It's not a long ride; around 20-30 minutes and I'm 6'2 195lbs. I'm looking to spend around $300-500, so I'll be doing some bargaining. Here are some that I've looked at locally (I'm in Victoria, BC):

http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Louis-Garneau-Cycle-CrossBike_13201874
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/700---Cannondale-R700-Road-Bike_13190584
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/2005-Argon-18.----800-OBO_13196890
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classif...g-bicycle-21--Reynolds-tubing-As-new_13161719
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/2007-Giant-OCR3-Large_13136803
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Eclipse-Mens-Road-Bike_13119472
http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Softride-Ironman-Road-Bike_13028982

Sorry for so many... haha I don't know much about bikes in general. But if members can look through these ads and let me know what is a good deal and what is a rip-off, that would be awesome! :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Leo
 

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Other than the cross bike with no brakes, those were mostly too small for you. I ended up getting rid of my commuter cross bike - was constantly adjusting brakes to prevent horrible shudder. But that looks the closest to your size.

I'd suggest a bike with conventional caliper brakes, that can also take at least 25 or 28mm tires (most can). You can clip on fenders, if it rains a lot there.

for frame size, you need around 23in or 58cm. I'd say, keep looking.
 

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Among those choices, I think the first one is clearly the best. As far as assessing the bikes themselves, we can't do that from a general description and picture. You should bring someone along that knows bikes (and ideally, fit) when/ if you decide to check them out. There have been a couple of recent threads outlining what to look for when shopping for used bikes.
 

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First off, make certain the bike fits before you offer anything. Test ride it (as best you can with no brakes). :eek:

I'm no expert in the used bike market and I'm ball parking based on a picture and brief description, but I'd start at about $400-$450. When doing so mention that you're trying to stick close to your budget and still have to get brakes and bar tape.

Then again, if your friend is knowledgable about bikes, I'd defer to them. They'll see the bike and you on it.
 

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I'd stick to the first one. The KHS is roughly the equivalent of a 53cm frame (far too small for you) and IIRC the Shimano 600 group hasn't been offered since the early 90's, so that bike has seen some use.
 
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