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This is in a local charity shop for £300 - Thinking it might be a good first bike for our 11yo daughter, but the corrosion and worn rear rim are making me think £300 might be a bit much.

The gears/brakes all seem OK and no play evident in the bearings/cranks.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

https://picasaweb.google.com/102094589223987893919/Bianchi02

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Is there a LBS close to the shop? I'd ask to leave a deposit and maybe your passport or something and see if they will let you take it to a LBS to get that fork checked out.

That would be my only worry with it, if its in a charity shop, it'll be a donation, be cheeky and bargain with them, See if you can get it for £250  3

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djb123 [86 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, get the fork checked over if you can. Talk to the manager as well, they might know where it came from or they might have had it looked over themselves. The notice looks like might have been written by someone at least partially bike savvy.

Probably best not to haggle unless they say something like 'is £300 alright?'. My years of volunteering tell me that you will face a cold reception of you were to haggle uninvited.

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SPAM Naval [139 posts] 2 years ago
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53/39 groupset for an 11yr old girl.hmmm. think that may be a step to far as a first road bike

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Have to agree with SPAM Naval, but if it must be a racing bike, I'd recommend something like the B'Twin Triban 3. Same price (penny cheaper), brand new, good reviews, aluminium frame, carbon fork and, I believe, a triple chain set.

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FMOAB [253 posts] 2 years ago
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Seems expensive to me. On the basis of your photographs, would I put my son out on that frame and fork? Definitely not.

Tend to agree with ghostie, Triban 3 is great value.