|My Concord Selecta "Freedom Deluxe" 12 speed road bike.|
|The decals on this bike are painted, and the lugs have been ornately pinstriped.|
|The decals on this bike are in great shape.|
This bike was received in time capsule, almost air-sealed, new-old-stock condition compared to other vintage bicycles that I have restored over the years. This bicycle needs no restoration, therefore there is nothing I have to put into it after making the initial investment. When I say nothing, not even the tires need replacing. The rubber on the tires is still new with the little stubbies sticking out the sides. Sometimes its better to get a lightly used, mass produced Japanese bicycle that is in good condition rather than buying a high end bicycle parts project. A middle of the road, not so prestigious bicycle in good condition will be ridden more, enjoyed more and it will be easier to keep up with in the future. A high end bicycle will be stored and collected after restoration, hardly getting any ride time over fears that if it breaks down it will be expensive to fix. These days, the better the condition and the better the fit, the more valuable a bicycle is to me. The Concord Selecta wins on both counts. I get freedom from riding it, just as the name on the frame suggests. It's a bicycle I can use to go exploring downtown or the trails around my area. I feel comfortable riding it helmet-less and in my regular clothing. A 20 mile ride on this bike wouldn't be out of the question, because I know that I received it in good cosmetic and mechanical condition. So I can't stress this enough. I have paid way too much in the past for bicycles that I never got running off the ground. So condition is everything...CONDITION-CONDITION-CONDITION!!!
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***Here's a checklist to go over when looking over a bicycle for purchase***
- Does the frame have cracks, dents, rust or feel off balance when ridden?
- Does the fork on the frame look bent?
- Does the chain have rust?
- Are the tires dry-rotted?
- Are there any missing bolts on the bicycle?
- Are the cables worn or rusted?
- Are the brake pads worn?
- Is there any rust pitting on the chrome components?
- Are the wheels severely bent or missing spokes?
- Does the freewheel or the rear cassette engage when pedaled?