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Old 06-03-2007, 06:46 PM   #1
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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...344159909.html

From the picture, it looks sort of shoddy, but can probably be fixed up for a reasonable price.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:05 PM   #2
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i contacted the seller. this is what he said, "Not sure what model is, older version,very smooth, not much milage, very good condition as picture shows."

what model does this look like? a model B? what should i look for when i go see the rower? is there anything i should know before buying this? is it worth it?


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Old 06-05-2007, 09:31 PM   #3
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It's a model B. This was before they had the adjustable damper.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:13 AM   #4
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David,

It is definitely a model B - I have one. I don't think it looks shoddy at all.

The model B has two sprockets for adjusting resistance - no damper as Luke mentioned. They also don't store upright, like the later models - in case storage is an issue for you. You could always build a subframe to support under the flywheel area, which you could then tilt upright for efficient storage. Also, it is probably a PM1 monitor, which runs on batteries. I believe there is an AC adapter that you can now buy from C2 for like $40 or so.

$200 is a decent price if it is all in working condition. It will still last a life-time.

Just for price reference, I bought 3 Model Bs in December, for $525 total from a high school crew coach, then sold two for them for $325 and $350, and made my money back and then some. I just posted a "wanted" ad in Craigslist. I think I was able to sell for a bit higher price because there is less of a selection here in Ohio - that surely is not the case on the east or west coasts.

(Message edited by mikeoh on June 06, 2007)
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:27 AM   #5
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i'm going to take a look at it today. is there anything i should look for? common wear area? is it just -- "get on it and row. if it works, you are good to go."

they guy said it takes small batteries so i'm guess it does have the PM1.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:54 AM   #6
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Yep, get on it and row. I am no expert but if you want to check more, try this:

- check the chain to see if it has been maintained.
- check the sprockets to see if the teeth are overly worn (most likely not)
- see if the flywheel spins true and freely
- make sure the monitor works (obvious)
- the rail should be smooth and free of knicks and gouges
- the wheels on the seat should be smooth
- footstraps should be sturdy
- if you are rowing hard and fast, the chain should only give you just a little bit of "chain slap" on the return stroke, but should retract just as fast as your return stroke

The good news is, as long as it is structurally sound, and if it has good electronics, I believe all of the parts are still relatively cheap and available from C2.

The monitor uses three-357 batteries, IIRC. Readily available anywhere.

If it is in good condition, I'd get it because you can always get your money back out of it if you decide to upgrade to a later model. Even better if you can negotiate down to $150 - $175. It will be the best stair-stepper/treadmill that you never buy - plus, a whole lot cheaper.

One other suggestion... ask the owner if it has fresh batteries. If it doesnt, bring your own. You don't want to get there, have the batteries be dead, and left wondering if it is just dead batteries or a dead monitor.

Good luck.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:35 AM   #7
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i got it. it's in pretty good condition. it's a bit dirty and dusty, but it seems to work great. the computer also worked although i had to play with it a little to get it to register strokes. it came with a box of spare parts like a shock cord, rollers, extra seat, various screws and bolts, and instructions.

i'm going to play with it a little before i decide what i want to upgrade.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:45 PM   #8
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Good move. test it out with a 500M sprint, see what you can do.
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