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Posted By wrk101

Basically little to no flip potential, unless you...

Basically little to no flip potential, unless you are in a red hot market.

its incredible how low a price you have to pay to prosper on flips. Maybe $75 on this bike. I bought an Expert model last...
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Posted By wrk101

I accept offers until I have bids. Once I have...

I accept offers until I have bids. Once I have bids, I accept the outcome of the auction process. I feel it’s unfair to end early once people are bidding.

its up to you,

And this is day one....
05-18-20, 08:52 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Me too. It has return with the box now open...

Me too. It has return with the box now open written all over it. Original sealed box typically has higher value. Myself, I avoid NOS and original sealed box as I would rather pay LESS for a lightly...
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Posted By wrk101

Get in your car and go get it. Early BSA track...

Get in your car and go get it. Early BSA track bike with chrome frame, skip tooth crank, and wood rims. What's not to like.
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Posted By wrk101

$300 +/-, could take a while to sell. It will...

$300 +/-, could take a while to sell. It will take the right buyer to appreciate that this is a fine bike!

I've used Cane Creek hoods on those levers and they worked out fine.
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Views: 782
Posted By wrk101

"Where are places I can learn/refer to when...

"Where are places I can learn/refer to when estimating how much vintage bikes are worth? What scares me is that I'm calling out really bad shots on the pricings, I don't want to get robbed."


...
05-09-20, 05:07 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Forget $8 for 9 ounces. Buy a 1 pound tub from...

Forget $8 for 9 ounces. Buy a 1 pound tub from the auto parts store of your choice for ~$5. I just checked O'Reilly Auto Parts, $4.99 for a 1 pound tub of marine grease. Typical home gamer a one...
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Posted By wrk101

Sprint was the lowest of the low, below the...

Sprint was the lowest of the low, below the Schwinn World. Often didn't even show up in Schwinn catalogs. Yours is likely a 1985 model, made by Giant. If local pickup you mean eBay, forget it. Sell...
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Views: 355
Posted By wrk101

Do nothing! You risk decreasing value (not only...

Do nothing! You risk decreasing value (not only risk, but probably WILL decrease value). I personally would sell it as is. One person's cleaning is another person's patina DESTRUCTION. Why do you...
05-05-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 40
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Posted By wrk101

I have been selling on eBay for over 20 years. I...

I have been selling on eBay for over 20 years. I have not seen fees go up and up in the last few years. I'd like to see some data and facts there. The last big change was when the final value fee was...
05-05-20, 06:32 AM
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Posted By wrk101

+100 That Raleigh needs some time and very little...

+100 That Raleigh needs some time and very little money invested into it. Bar tape is a must! Cabling needs to be fixed. Great pictures sell bikes. Lower saddle an inch or two, level with handlebars...
05-03-20, 07:10 AM
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Posted By wrk101

For many years, I kept a row of frames that were...

For many years, I kept a row of frames that were mistakes hanging in the corridor to my workshop. I called it the "walk of shame", that simple reminder NOT to make that same mistake again!

Having...
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Posted By wrk101

I never paint, EVER. I will touch up, I will...

I never paint, EVER. I will touch up, I will treat (remove) rust. Nope, not going to paint.

Now if I had the urge to paint, I would get it powder coated instead.

Doing painting right is A LOT...
04-26-20, 03:13 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Being on the thrifty side, I take an old Sugino...

Being on the thrifty side, I take an old Sugino double crankset with 110 spacing, then swap in a set of the two larger rings from a MTB triple. Instant vintage compact crank. I end up with something...
04-25-20, 06:47 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Honor Blackman was the BEST Bond girl ever, in...

Honor Blackman was the BEST Bond girl ever, in the best Bond movie ever. Period. Add in the first woman in the Avengers, and even in Jason and the Argonauts.
04-22-20, 05:34 PM
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Posted By wrk101

No, based on the many vintage bike deals I see on...

No, based on the many vintage bike deals I see on C/L and FB marketplace that continue to linger for weeks and or even months.
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Posted By wrk101

Sellers have the right to ask whatever they want,...

Sellers have the right to ask whatever they want, including silly high prices. Some think vintage = gold. Lots better options out there.
04-20-20, 08:27 PM
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Posted By wrk101

I just keep my distance, drop the money in a...

I just keep my distance, drop the money in a container or whatever. My county, which in area is much larger than NYC, has two cases right now, peaked at three. The pandemic has allowed me to stay...
04-19-20, 08:12 PM
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Views: 755
Posted By wrk101

Old Schwinns kids bikes were nearly...

Old Schwinns kids bikes were nearly indestructible, EF frames much stronger than the crimped crap I see out there. I would be contacting co ops in your general area, both as a source of the bikes and...
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Posted By wrk101

Are these values on items that have SOLD, or are...

Are these values on items that have SOLD, or are you quoting asking/dreaming/hoping prices?

"I’ve found values from $1,800 through $3,000 so a large range."
04-15-20, 05:37 PM
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Posted By wrk101

First week of college at University of Illinois...

First week of college at University of Illinois my Schwinn Continental was stolen. I promptly got a U08 to replace it, and stored in my dorm room (forbidden but hey, I wasn't going to buy a bike...
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Posted By wrk101

Really depends on the market. Twist grip shifters...

Really depends on the market. Twist grip shifters and old front shock are turn offs to many. It would be about $75 here, hopefully your market is better!!!

The serious mountain bike riders want...
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Posted By wrk101

Projects are best suited for someone with the...

Projects are best suited for someone with the time/tools/aptitude/workshop space to do them. Otherwise, they are not a blessing. Best you "missed out" on this deal. If I were you, I'd research co ops...
04-08-20, 06:52 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I priced some stuff to move and sold a couple of...

I priced some stuff to move and sold a couple of bike stands, several frames and a bike in the last few weeks. Maintained social distancing: drop the money in the bucket, item is in the driveway,...
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Posted By wrk101

Well you already made the offer and it was...

Well you already made the offer and it was accepted. Where I am from you go get it at this point. Was the offer contingent on getting advice from the internet? Always best to establish value before...
04-05-20, 02:07 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Rapid fire sucks. But a donor bike is all about...

Rapid fire sucks. But a donor bike is all about SOME of the parts. I upgraded my Cimarron recently. Donor bike was full XT, with very little wear. Crankset, wheels and dérailleurs went into my...
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Posted By wrk101

In no way do I see $300 there. Super job on...

In no way do I see $300 there. Super job on presentation. Based on what I can tell, the tires are really old, crumbling. I am going to assume other maintenance has also been deferred (bearings,...
04-01-20, 09:24 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Rather than buy cheap low end tools NEW, I tend...

Rather than buy cheap low end tools NEW, I tend to buy nice higher end tools USED.
03-30-20, 05:56 PM
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Posted By wrk101

One thing for sure, no one knows how to find...

One thing for sure, no one knows how to find deals on bikes better than Randy!
03-30-20, 06:49 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I judge it in part by which bikes I have kept the...

I judge it in part by which bikes I have kept the longest. I've sold all the high end Italian bikes I have owned.

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) . Katakura...
03-30-20, 06:23 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Or search locally for a donor bike with the group...

Or search locally for a donor bike with the group you want. Sell the frame when you are done.

All of my builds have started with finding a donor bike. Sometimes you can find a deal so good that...
03-28-20, 01:47 PM
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Posted By wrk101

In looking for websites that contain all the...

In looking for websites that contain all the vintage knowledge you are seeking, realize all of the vintage sites were started by volunteers. They took the time to buy and collect all of the...
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Posted By wrk101

Not a good candidate for part out. Its all about...

Not a good candidate for part out. Its all about high end parts. With lower end parts best to make it rideable and enjoy.

Part out candidates, list is not complete. There are always exceptions:
...
03-24-20, 08:51 AM
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Posted By wrk101

On the Shimano toe clip pedals, the plastic clips...

On the Shimano toe clip pedals, the plastic clips were not very durable. The chromed steel are much better. BITD, the 600 and Dura Ace versions had chrome steel cages, while the 105 and lower...
03-24-20, 08:20 AM
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Posted By wrk101

You are in a unique, strong market. In my area,...

You are in a unique, strong market. In my area, the market for the bikes you have hanging there has been DEAD for 4 or 5 years. OK, I could still sell the two Bianchis you have there, but at prices...
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Posted By wrk101

I've been answering real estate ads from 11 years...

I've been answering real estate ads from 11 years ago. So far, it hasn't worked. But I need just one.
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Posted By wrk101

I have owned two Motobecane tandems, several...

I have owned two Motobecane tandems, several things don't match: no rear drum brake, no TA cranks, the middle horizontal tube is not a double split tube all the way to the head tube on the...
03-18-20, 05:44 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Post a picture of the actual rim. Often, the...

Post a picture of the actual rim. Often, the label will be gone, so I may well have the wheel you are seeking but not know it. Also the era of the bike you are matching.


Realize that some of the...
03-18-20, 12:46 PM
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Views: 8,639
Posted By wrk101

I am in the process of moving my bike workshop to...

I am in the process of moving my bike workshop to a smaller space (garage). In so doing, I pretty much have to touch everything. Needless to say, I am "discovering" stuff I forgot about TEN FREAKIN'...
03-18-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,226
Posted By wrk101

Or "barn find" for a beat to crap thrift store...

Or "barn find" for a beat to crap thrift store bike... Classic.
03-18-20, 08:33 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Rigid frame for SURE. Save the parts you take off...

Rigid frame for SURE. Save the parts you take off the lower one, and go drop bar. Realize if you don't like it, you can always go back.

As far as drop bar hand positions, I just use from the stem...
03-17-20, 12:07 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Some Campy parts are really well built. Jockey...

Some Campy parts are really well built. Jockey wheels aren’t on that list. About half I find are cracked.
03-17-20, 06:30 AM
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Views: 969
Posted By wrk101

Nice thing on the older TAs they used 23mm...

Nice thing on the older TAs they used 23mm puller, which is more common (and more affordable) than the Stronglight version.

The "trick" is to get one of the older Park pullers. Some had two...
03-17-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 969
Posted By wrk101

In other French brands, yes, absolutely. In the...

In other French brands, yes, absolutely. In the case of Motobecane, not in my experience. I have had several 1977 Motobecanes, all had Swisss BB. And I have had later 1970s, all the way up to 1982...
03-16-20, 08:13 PM
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Posted By wrk101

If you don't have the drive side BB off, don't...

If you don't have the drive side BB off, don't rule out Swiss threading. Same size as french, but left hand thread on the drive side.

I routinely pick up beater Motobecanes solely to pick up...
03-12-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 55
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Posted By wrk101

Sell for convenience ranked easiest to hardest: ...

Sell for convenience ranked easiest to hardest:

1, Garage sale. Nothing is easier

2. Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace

3. This forum

4. Ebay. Must pack and ship at a low price. Buyers win...
Replies: 30
Views: 1,141
Posted By wrk101

There are way too many brands to count. You...

There are way too many brands to count. You distinguish the good ones with the parts and frame tubing.


For example, I picked up a Shogun Prairie Breaker recently. Not many have heard of a Shogun...
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Posted By wrk101

This is not for sale, but this is a late 1980s...

This is not for sale, but this is a late 1980s Schwinn Sierra I set up for a friend. Nice smoked chrome frame. Added North Road bars to this mountain bike and there you go. Reused the MTB brake...
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Views: 1,141
Posted By wrk101

Avoid that Voyaguer. Bike is from around 1981,...

Avoid that Voyaguer. Bike is from around 1981, fork is around 1986. Forks do not get "lost" they typically get damaged in a CRASH.

BTW, I prefer the Voyageurs from the mid 1980s: cantilever...
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