Craigslist for bikes

Craigslist for bikes DEFAULT

(08-15-2021, 11:15 PM)Rizzkhn Wrote:  An older Raleigh bike that I found looked worse than the OP's. Describe Raleigh in a few words. From Reddit posts, it appears that vintage Raleigh bikes would not be a wise investment. However, it was hefty and in bad shape. I'm looking for a lightweight one that I can invest in.

Overall, Raleigh made really sound and durable bikes as can be witnessed by how many are still out there. They made great high end bikes and lower end (but of good quality) bikes. If you are looking for a fairly inexpensive vintage medium to lightweight racer/tourer from the early 70s to late 80s you should have no problem finding a decent ride in good running condition (maybe needs new tires, bar wrap, cables/housings). I have more Raleigh bikes in my stable than any other marque (circa 1940 through 1985); and that is saying something given my penchant for Italian racers (at least 1/2 a dozen Colnagos). Getting into the 90s I am not really familiar with their product nor where they were made. Carlton made Raleighs (Worksop) and SBDU bikes are supreme machines. My '72 Raleigh Professional is a keeper that keeps on giving; purchased from a friend who regrets it everyday. I have a mid-range Raleigh Gran Sport ('79/'80) which was another's 'throwaway' bike gotten for nothing; and recently picked up mid '80s Raleigh Marathon (I think) for $30 (albeit some surface rust) with nice mid-range Sun Tour parts and is fully panto'd: fork, stay caps, and components; just got a nice set of crank caps to finish the look. I really don't think you can go wrong if the price is right and the condition is good. They made so many models each year that you can pretty much find the exact type of frame and parts quality you are looking for. One of my favorite bikes is a '70 Sports roadster; not a lightweight by any means (steel frame and components @ 50lbs), but durable, reliable, and versatile (not to mention a blast to ride, and still a head turner in all of it's black and chrome glory!).
$100-$200 should get you a nice ride, but the better ones are going in excess of $400-$500. My '72 Professional Mk IV was a steal at $250 with the original full Campy Nuovo Record gruppo. That frame would easily go for $300 plus without any parts, and it is a repaint without decals or any identifying marks.

Rock On Raleigh!

Take care,

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


How to Buy a Bicycle on Craigslist

How to buy a bike on craiglist

Are you looking for a bike you can use to commute to work during the week, and to the beach or the park on the weekends? Choosing used over new when buying a bicycle can allow you to get better bang for your buck, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for diverting a bike from landfill. When buying used, a budget of $200-$350 can often be enough to find a decent bike suited to your needs.

Your local used bike shop may have a great used bike tuned-up and ready for you. If searching online classifieds for used bikes, then arm yourself with some bike knowledge and wade into the waters of Craigslist and similar websites.

Narrow Down Your Search

When you’re deciding what kind of bike you’d like, try to balance aesthetic preferences with your needs, budget, and maintenance skills. Single-speed cruisers from the 1940s are handsome, for example, but they’re not your best bet if you live in a hilly area. Three-speed bikes from the 1960s through 70s are great finds and often already equipped for daily riding.

If you’re looking for a great deal, rigid frame mountain bikes from the 90s usually sell for less than what they’re worth and you can swap the knobby or treaded tires out for some more pavement-friendly options like slicks, and have a great base to add parts for a useful city bike for a fraction of what you’d pay new.

Estimate Your Frame Size

Road bikes are measured in centimetres, and mountain bikes in inches. City bikes may be measured in either, or using a Small to X-large scale. To figure out what size bike will work for you, measure your height and your inseam, and take a look at this bike sizing guide to get a sense of what your frame range should be in both inches and centimeters.

Assess the Bike’s Condition

If you don’t know much about bike mechanics, ask a more knowledgeable friend if they’ll be willing to give you feedback on Craigslist ads, and possibly even come along for the ride when you meet up to buy the bike.

Make sure to have the bike assessed before you commit to buying it. If the bike does need work – like a hub overhaul, or a wheel replacement – it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, but the seller could be willing to take less than the asking price to offset some of the maintenance costs.

Look Out for Stolen Bikes!

If you live in a large city, chances are bicycle theft is fairly common. Your city’s police department may have a stolen bike registry; if so, you can ask the Craigslist seller for the bike’s serial number and look it up in the database.

Be wary of people who are selling multiple bikes at one time. Ask the seller where they get their bikes, and keep an eye on the listings – irate (former) bike owners often call these sellers out for theft. Also, if you find a bike that’s priced at a too-good-to-be-true rate, then chances are it’s a stolen bike.

If the seller says they’ve posted their own bike, its size should be appropriate for their height and they should be able to tell you where they bought the bike and answer simple questions about the bike’s parts and maintenance history.

Andrea Bennett is a bike mechanic with four years of experience at community bike shops. She’s written for Maisonneuve, The Walrus, and The Atlantic@akkabah |

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WATCH: B.C. man tries to find stolen bike on Craigslist, confronts seller on video

Like any bike theft victim, Sam Campbell was angry.

Back in March, he left his and his wife’s bikes unlocked in his parkade lock-up before they went missing.

“It was completely frustrating,” he said.

Campbell decided to do a little online sleuthing, and searched for his bike on Craigslist.

“Lo and behold, I find my bike immediately,” Campbell said. “An orange Norco.”

Campbell said the bike, which was being sold for $650, matched his to a T, including having the same fenders.

He hadn’t written down the bike’s serial number, so he couldn’t be totally sure.

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“I couldn’t ignore the ad,” Campbell said. “I’ve got to try my best to recover the bike.

“My wife said I should be careful and my brother also said I should be careful, but in my gut I had to do it.”

Campbell set up a meeting with the seller in a Downtown Vancouver parking lot, bringing a friend with him to record the encounter.

When he met with the seller, he spotted unique markings on the bike that made him feel sure it was his bike.

He confronted the seller, telling him he was going to take his bike back.

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The seller claimed he bought the bike from someone else for $300 and then offered to sell it to Campbell for the same amount.

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At one point the seller wondered whether the incident would “turn into a fight.”

The plan worked and Campbell now has the bike.

He said the confrontation was nerve-racking but “very satisfying.”

“I grew up [watching] G.I. Joe, X-Men,” he said. “These people, they’re righting wrongs. You kind of get a little bit of that juice feeling like you’re doing something good.”

He does caution others about similar confrontations, saying “it’s not worth getting hurt.”

Laura Jane – executive director of HUB, a bicycle advocacy group – agreed, saying “due to safety concerns, we don’t recommend that people go after bike thieves themselves.”

Jane said cyclists should sign up for an online bike registry like Garage 529, saying cyclists often underestimate the importance of bike registration.

“It really has helped bring a lot of bikes back to owners,” she said.

– With files from Nadia Stewart

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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