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WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 18:55
by danieldwashere
Hi Everyone,

I am a experienced mountain biker considering coming to the dark side due to getting old, busy and having a baby.

I recently moved to Marrickville and will most likely join the club in the coming months.

I usually ride something about 56-58cm on the road.

I am looking for a cheap roady while I get my fitness up and decide what I want to buy for a longer term ride.

Eventually I will spend a couple of grand on something decent, but for no something that fits and works well would be good. I am even open to hire/borrow/swap/potential. I work as a landscape designer and have a collection of vintage bike and various MTBs... So if you are looking for a restoration project or need some advice in the garden, let me know!

Please get in touch if you have something suitable.

Dan 0450 102 121

Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 19 Apr 2016, 16:25
by Dave_Ranx
If you don't get many responses Dan check out eBay. Theres usually a couple half decent deals going about. I know reid cycles also do brand new road bikes around your price range. ( see attached link )


Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 19 Apr 2016, 20:46
by Adam W
Or if you join the Facebook group called 'Bicycle Market' and post what you have said above you will get 5 or 10 offers within a day.

Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 13:34
by JoTheBuilder
Yup, I'd look at Bicycle Market and Triathlon Marketplace.

Please don't get a Reid... :roll:

I speak from experience as I started on a Cell. It didn't work out.

Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 11 May 2016, 21:02
by danieldwashere
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Don't worry, there is no danger of me buying a Cell or Reid bike!

The budget has been now bumped up to $1000, I have been keeping an eye out and should be able to find something OK for that price.

Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 31 May 2016, 16:15
by BenDQ
A friend of mine is a rep for Merida (as well as BMC, Norco and LaPierre) and supplies a lot of the bike shops in Sydney.

He just had the below come up if you are interested (and it is your size). One of his demo bikes that he takes around and does very little riding on. Great price for this kind of bike

Merida 2015 Reacto LTD EDT Rui Costa 2014 World Champion Signed Carbon Road Bike - see spec below.]

SIZE: S/M - 54.5cm top tube

RRP (as NEW): $2999
PRICE: $1250

Ex Demo - See below:

COLOR UD Carbon/white (champion)
FRAME SIZES 47cm50cm52cm54cm56cm59cm
FORK Reacto Carbon pro-direct
SHIFTERS Shimano Ultegra
BRAKE LEVER attached
BRAKES Shimano 105-direct
CHAINWHEEL FSA Gossamer Pro 52-36 386
BBSET attached
CHAIN Shimano 11s
HUBS Formula Road Bearing
RIM Merida super AERO 38
FREEWHEEL Shimano CS-5800-11 11-28
TIRES Continental Grand Sport Race 25 fold
HANDLEBAR FSA Gossamer compact OS
HEADSET Big Conoid-insert neck pro
SEAT POST Reacto Aero carbon Race
SADDLE Prologo Kappa 2

Re: WANTED: Road bike budget around $500 largish

Posted: 26 Oct 2016, 16:33
by Cold_Ears
Hi Ben,

Is the bike you mentioned still available. I have had a mishap on my 2014 Merida Reacto 7000 and have cracked the carbon frame around the fork. As a result I am after a new frame or possibly a new bike. I would be interested if your friend has any other demos going cheaply. Size around 54cm is ideal.

Thanks and Regards,