[CR]Bike buying guide.

(Example: Racing)

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 09:43:26 -0400
From: "Eric Phillips" <altinos@gmail.com>
To: "Classic Rendezvous" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Bike buying guide.

My mother-in-law has decided to help me by looking for bikes when she's out and about doing her resale and flea market shopping. She's got good intentions, but knows nothing about bikes, so I'm trying to put together a quick and easy summary of what to look for. Let me know any suggestions for the list.

Any bike with the following: - Campagnolo on any of the parts - Stickers stating metal is made by Columbus or Reynolds - Presta valve (tall and skinny) on the tube instead of Schraeder (like a car tire) - Brand is someone's full name - Cro-Moly, Chromium Molybdenum, Cr-Mo, etc. stickers - Schwinn if it's cheap and lightweight (I have a soft spot for Schwinn) - Does not have brake assist levers (suicide levers)

Brands to avoid: - Huffy - Kent - Mongoose - Murray - Next - Roadmaster - Triax - Pacific - Free Spirit - Sears

I'm not expecting much to come out of this, but you never know. She might be able to get a couple of things worth keeping. The goal is just to find something decent worth fixing up. Thanks!

Eric Phillips
Southfield, Michigan, USA