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Advice For Choosing A Vintage Road Bike?
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Hi there, i'm currently looking to purchase a roadbike for cardio. The bike will be used primarily on an F1 track close to where I live that cyclists are able to use. As of now, i've found 3 bikes that look to be in good shape, and are large enough for my size (6'1). Can anyone tell me whether the current listed prices are good value? Also, when buying vintage, I imagine that the hobbyist aspect may affect the price as well as the bike's overall performance, so, out of the three bikes i'm looking at, does anyone know which one would have the best performance? Thank you so much for any help!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/450162919598077/
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/798417771058658/
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-velo-de-route/ville-de-montreal/velo-de-route-vintage-27-de-marque-motobecane/1560040045
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(04-10-2021, 02:42 AM)Flawless97 Wrote:  Hi there, i'm currently looking to purchase a roadbike for cardio. The bike will be used primarily on an F1 track close to where I live that cyclists are able to use. As of now, i've found 3 bikes that look to be in good shape, and are large enough for my size (6'1). Can anyone tell me whether the current listed prices are good value? Also, when buying vintage, I imagine that the hobbyist aspect may affect the price as well as the bike's overall performance, so, out of the three bikes i'm looking at, does anyone know which one would have the best performance? Thank you so much for any help!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/450162919598077/
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/798417771058658/
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-velo-de-route/ville-de-montreal/velo-de-route-vintage-27-de-marque-motobecane/1560040045

First, have you tested a bike of the same size and style that you plan to buy? Overall height does not necessarily mean a good fit even if two people are of the same height. Torso, leg, and arm length all play a part and could affect your fit. You may not need as tall a bike as you are looking at, or the top tube and/or the stem lengths may or may not be a good fit.
I could not determine components, but that can make a big difference in asking price, or in the future value should you need to modify it or sell it yourself.
I highly recommend that you borrow friend's bikes of similar size or go to a bike shop for some test rides. The shop might do a free fit for you; some charge for this.
I will say that the Garlatti would be pretty cool, but again I cannot determine its model, tubing type, or components.
If your choices are near to you try a test ride on them. Stem changes are easy to make and are fairly inexpensive if the reach is too short or too long. Cranksets are more expensive and require more specialized tools to exchange, also length differential is not that much (165mm-180mm in general) overall with an average of about 7.5 mm/0.3 inches, but only 15mm/0.6 inches maximum in general.
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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