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2003 LeMond Tourmalet

Sandwich

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May 23, 2002
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Hi,
I'm a newbie to road biking but I'm looking for an entry level bike to get my feet wet. I want to ride some Tris this summer, but I don't necessarily think I'll need a Tri bike, not yet.

I found a 2003 LeMond Tourmalet on the local craigslist, in what appears to be my size (57cm, which is the toptube length that would probably be best for me, 34in inseam). The guy wants $500, and the bike is mostly stock. I have a sweet sweet set of topolino wheels which I will hang on it, and then I have 1800 sets of mtb clipless pedals which I'll probably use.

Is $500 too much for that bike? Should I offer less, or wait for something else to come along? I don't care much for the latest and greatest, and I've always been a steel fan....then again the carbon spoke wheels should mask any qualities the steel frame gives, so I could probably do anything.
 

dhmike

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Dec 20, 2006
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i think 500 is a little to much for a stock lemond. did you try offering the guy less or i think you will have better luck finding a nice starter roadie on ebay.
 

Sandwich

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how about i roll by with $400 cash? I agree that $500 sounds like too much...for a 2003 old road bike
 

LordOpie

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Oct 17, 2002
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Hi,
I'm a newbie to road biking but I'm looking for an entry level bike to get my feet wet. I want to ride some Tris this summer, but I don't necessarily think I'll need a Tri bike, not yet.

I found a 2003 LeMond Tourmalet on the local craigslist, in what appears to be my size (57cm, which is the toptube length that would probably be best for me, 34in inseam). The guy wants $500, and the bike is mostly stock. I have a sweet sweet set of topolino wheels which I will hang on it, and then I have 1800 sets of mtb clipless pedals which I'll probably use.

Is $500 too much for that bike? Should I offer less, or wait for something else to come along? I don't care much for the latest and greatest, and I've always been a steel fan....then again the carbon spoke wheels should mask any qualities the steel frame gives, so I could probably do anything.
How do you juave have a set of topolinos? I want some! :D

It's an 853 with CF fork and mostly Tiagra parts. $500 is fair enough for a quality bike like that and 2000 miles isn't that much on a bike like this.

However, you could probably find a 2006-2007 NOS of similar quality/'level' for the same money.

If it's in excellent condition and fits well, sure, ask $400 cash. I suppose it depends upon how much effort you want to put into finding a bike.
 

JRogers

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Mar 19, 2002
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How do you juave have a set of topolinos? I want some! :D

It's an 853 with CF fork and mostly Tiagra parts. $500 is fair enough for a quality bike like that and 2000 miles isn't that much on a bike like this.

However, you could probably find a 2006-2007 NOS of similar quality/'level' for the same money.

If it's in excellent condition and fits well, sure, ask $400 cash. I suppose it depends upon how much effort you want to put into finding a bike.
Agreed. It's not a terrible price, but you could do better. The components are nothing special, but the frame is nicer than the components would indicate.
 

Luis Ramirez

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Jul 27, 2017
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Hi,
I'm a newbie to road biking but I'm looking for an entry level bike to get my feet wet. I want to ride some Tris this summer, but I don't necessarily think I'll need a Tri bike, not yet.

I found a 2003 LeMond Tourmalet on the local craigslist, in what appears to be my size (57cm, which is the toptube length that would probably be best for me, 34in inseam). The guy wants $500, and the bike is mostly stock. I have a sweet sweet set of topolino wheels which I will hang on it, and then I have 1800 sets of mtb clipless pedals which I'll probably use.

Is $500 too much for that bike? Should I offer less, or wait for something else to come along? I don't care much for the latest and greatest, and I've always been a steel fan....then again the carbon spoke wheels should mask any qualities the steel frame gives, so I could probably do anything.
I actually have a 2003 Tourmalet 853 Reynolds with Mavic rims and shimano rsx hubs. Tiagra crank and shifters also Tiagra.