I have been watching eBay, craigslist and the classified ads for a good deal on a quality road bike. There were a few new Treks that I was watching on eBay a couple weeks ago, but they ended going for more than I wanted to pay at the time. An old Trek 400 went for a little over $100 last night. I had a bid set up for $77. But I would have had to drive 3 hours round trip to pick it up, and I was sure if I really wanted a bike of that vintage. If I got a good enough deal on it though, I would have gone for it.
I placed a bid of a little over $300 for a Litespeed bike with a titanium frame. The reserve wasn’t met, and I was outbid anyway. I wasn’t surprised. The same seller also had a Cannondale. But the Cannondale is a little smaller, and seems to be fitted with a mishmash of components.
A week or so ago, I looked at a Trek 700 hybrid style bike. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a hybrid, though a hybrid might have been use for the duathlon I raced. It was only $50. But the rear wheel was so bent up, that I ended up passing on it. I suppose for $50, I could have tried to bang the wheel straight, or maybe replaced it.
I did look at a new road bike. I stopped in at a local bike shop, and they had some Scott brand road bikes for $650. That’s a little more than I was hoping to spend. And I don’t know the Scott name.
I am not in any hurry, and am more than willing to wait for a good deal. I probably won’t be doing much road riding until Spring time.