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Posted By wrk101

Most bikes I see at this level sell for BELOW...

Most bikes I see at this level sell for BELOW part out price. Complete bikes sell at a discount to the parts if the parts are desirable.
01-17-20, 06:17 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Harbor Freight sells a lot of crappy stuff, but...

Harbor Freight sells a lot of crappy stuff, but their tool carts are awesome! I also have a Snap On roller cart. They are ridiculously expensive but I picked it up used.
01-17-20, 03:44 PM
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Posted By wrk101

BB spindle length is determined by crankset, not...

BB spindle length is determined by crankset, not bike. So yes you will need a longer one.

i have bikes with crank arms as much as 60 years old, so I donít fear old arms. Taperswire out? Rings worn...
01-17-20, 10:32 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Catalogs are sent out to printers well before...

Catalogs are sent out to printers well before actual production. Trust what you have in front of you rather than a catalog.

if you are curious, Iíd check a 2004 catalog. Sometimes changes are made...
01-17-20, 08:51 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Good to hear Randy! Ride safe!

Good to hear Randy! Ride safe!
01-17-20, 08:16 AM
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Posted By wrk101

+100 to Andrew's comment above, first step I...

+100 to Andrew's comment above, first step I would do is check fork alignment. Given the treatment you got from Halfords, I would not assume fork is bent. Do you have a real bike shop in the area,...
01-16-20, 04:44 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Look at the pictures again, post #20...

Look at the pictures again, post #20 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=20) . Its the non-drive side seat stay. Looks like someone dropped an anvil on it and then VERY...
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Posted By wrk101

"For everyone that guessed at the size, seller...

"For everyone that guessed at the size, seller estimated 53-54cm, though their response doesn't make me feel they know the bike all that well."


I've bought a lot of bikes over the years, I'd...
01-16-20, 12:56 PM
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Views: 288
Posted By wrk101

Just remove front shifter, adjust the FD with its...

Just remove front shifter, adjust the FD with its limit screws to whichever chain ring you want to use, and you have a 1x7. Later you can replace the crankset (and Bottom Bracket). But you can just...
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Posted By wrk101

My rule: If what I can see looks neglected, then...

My rule: If what I can see looks neglected, then I assume what I cannot see will be worse. BB, HS, wheel hubs, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if some parts were stuck either.

Do you have the...
01-15-20, 03:00 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Many Bianchis were made by others in Asia. Iíve...

Many Bianchis were made by others in Asia. Iíve had several Asian Bianchis.

pretty much any of the bike shop brands were decent. Most of them made a wide range of products from so so low end stuff...
01-15-20, 02:52 PM
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Posted By wrk101

According to velobase this should have 9 bearings...

According to velobase this should have 9 bearings on both sides..

Also Renak was an East German company.
01-15-20, 02:48 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Odd duck: Renak rear hub bearing count?

I am attempting to rebuild this rear hub, it had eight 1/4 inch bearing balls on the drive side and thirteen 3/16 balls on the non drive side. Itís on a 1970s (guess) Gitane. Doesnít look like there...
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Posted By wrk101

$150 Cannondale in that Ebay ad above. Notice...

$150 Cannondale in that Ebay ad above. Notice that the seller isn't a bike person? Only a sucker would pay that asking price. Your bike is a better model.
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Posted By wrk101

If I lived on your market, I would never, ever,...

If I lived on your market, I would never, ever, sell complete bikes on eBay, with the exception of some super rare, high end bike. Selling complete bikes on eBay means you have to pack and ship. And...
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Posted By wrk101

Desirable bike, and your market is very strong. ...

Desirable bike, and your market is very strong.

Crankset is sometimes called half step with a granny. Common on vintage touring bikes.
01-12-20, 08:15 AM
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Posted By wrk101

If you have any of the original parts left, just...

If you have any of the original parts left, just look up component codes. Often people toss parts, but keep items like the seat post.
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Posted By wrk101

Sharp bike! IF you can find the right buyer, you...

Sharp bike! IF you can find the right buyer, you might get $600. Otherwise, Ramzilla above is right.
01-10-20, 08:07 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Well used can mean cosmetically challenged, or...

Well used can mean cosmetically challenged, or slap wore out. Wore out = replacement time, smart to keep ahead of the game on the chain so you don't ruin chain rings and cassette in the process. Good...
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Posted By wrk101

Very limited value. Wright saddle is worth ~...

Very limited value. Wright saddle is worth ~ value of entire bike. Heavy, bottom end parts from the bike boom.

Only thing that matters is if you like it and ride it. If so, then it's perfect. I...
01-09-20, 07:58 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Bare frame? Where to start? Find a donor bike....

Bare frame? Where to start? Find a donor bike. Building it up a part at a time is very expensive. Transplant from a donor bike is typically the cheapest option. I upgraded my well worn and tattered...
01-09-20, 08:24 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Quad crank: ...

Quad crank:

https://live.staticflickr.com/8034/7926248794_62bfef6f23_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/d5q6BY)Cimarron Crankset 4 (https://flic.kr/p/d5q6BY) by wrk101...
01-09-20, 08:19 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I start projects like this by finding a good...

I start projects like this by finding a good donor bike. I found a Shogun, with complete 8 speed XT components, at a really low price. I transferred most of the parts over to my 1987 Cimarron, which...
01-09-20, 07:51 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I have never found a shop willing to straighten a...

I have never found a shop willing to straighten a fork. Too much potential liability for too little money. My LBS doesn't even install tubular tires anymore. I talked to him about it, the increase in...
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Posted By wrk101

Vintage BMX continues to be RED HOT! Handlebars,...

Vintage BMX continues to be RED HOT! Handlebars, stems, brakes, cranksets, wheels, all bring good money, even on the basic stuff.
01-08-20, 08:09 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Trust Syke on this one. Your current model...

Trust Syke on this one.

Your current model has ZERO overhead, maybe no taxes or insurance either. Brick and mortar means all of those, plus rent plus employees. Next step is consign with a local...
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Posted By wrk101

$125 is about right anymore. Parts are worth...

$125 is about right anymore. Parts are worth more: crankset, bar ends and RD > $125, probably close to $200. FD has minor value, everything else, not so much. Buying to flip? Nope. And $125 for $200...
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Posted By wrk101

The "trick" with getting a C/L seller to ship a...

The "trick" with getting a C/L seller to ship a bike, is not to ask them for a shipping quote. Instead, ask them to recommend a shop in their area, call the shop, and get a quote from them. Close the...
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Posted By wrk101

All the Ti bikes I have owned (several Litespeeds...

All the Ti bikes I have owned (several Litespeeds and a Merlin), the welds were worthy of hanging on the wall as art work, beautiful. This one isn't. Some of the BB shell welding, along with the...
01-07-20, 07:55 PM
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Posted By wrk101

What a recovery! Well done!

What a recovery! Well done!
01-07-20, 06:14 PM
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Posted By wrk101

If it is an Araya then its not going to have a...

If it is an Araya then its not going to have a French BB. Even bikes made in France phased them out in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Peugeot serial numbers do not yield model designation.
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Posted By wrk101

Never expect C/L sellers to seek a counter offer....

Never expect C/L sellers to seek a counter offer. Go in person, cash in hand, and negotiate if you want it. Any of the higher end models from the early 1980s are uncommon, some might call them rare....
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Posted By wrk101

+10 It will take a lot better pictures showing...

+10 It will take a lot better pictures showing condition. I've sold all of these parts on ebay, they will do well. Pictures sell bikes and bike parts! Research sold items only, highest price first....
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Posted By wrk101

What you get on this sub forum are opinions....

What you get on this sub forum are opinions. Appraisals? Not so much. But they are free.

+10 sold listings on eBay, youíll get less here but fewer fees and headaches. Just got a return on eBay,...
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Posted By wrk101

Schwinn's first World Sport was produced in 1979,...

Schwinn's first World Sport was produced in 1979, ten years later. It was a heavy, basic, imported model back then. Not a lot of value there, and condition is everything. They switched to cromoly...
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Posted By wrk101

For sale for a month = time to make an offer. ...

For sale for a month = time to make an offer.

I am not impartial when it comes to the Prologue. As a commuter, not really set up for that. But I'd do it.

The black/gray model is 8 speed DA...
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Posted By wrk101

Rust under paint, I'd have to probe it to see how...

Rust under paint, I'd have to probe it to see how bad it is.
01-05-20, 11:40 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I typically look for something interesting at an...

I typically look for something interesting at an attractive price. I only used the "focused" approach on my Chicago Paramount and my two Prologues. I know "focused" means I will pay full market...
01-05-20, 11:29 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I stick with 25.4 bars and use vintage MTB riser...

I stick with 25.4 bars and use vintage MTB riser stems. The closer the height of the bars are to the saddle height, the more comfortable the recreational rider will be. I mimic the distance from...
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Posted By wrk101

Assume you have the non drive side arm too. I've...

Assume you have the non drive side arm too. I've sold a couple on Ebay, always do well. Search sold items, highest price first. Over $100 if my memory is correct.
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Posted By wrk101

Looks very complete (huge plus) And I am not...

Looks very complete (huge plus) And I am not seeing rust either. Still, they don't have a lot of value. But if you want one, go for it!

Mine as acquired, same split in the seat!

Since this...
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Posted By wrk101

You've got a regular Trek 5500 decalled as a...

You've got a regular Trek 5500 decalled as a promotional item. A Saturn team aficionado would pay more for it. Otherwise, no different than a 5500. Special edition via "bold new graphics".

Color...
01-03-20, 09:57 PM
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Posted By wrk101

As long as everything works, nothing needs to be...

As long as everything works, nothing needs to be upgraded.

Some grip shifters are very stiff, hard for an 8 year old to turn. If so, I'd look into simple thumb shifters.

If it is early 1990s,...
01-03-20, 07:40 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Similar here. I know a talented bike mechanic....

Similar here. I know a talented bike mechanic. Went from working at one of the best shops in town to working as a barista. Doubled his pay.

The bike shop business is one of the few where some have...
01-03-20, 07:34 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Yes, you should remove BB and headset cups too....

Yes, you should remove BB and headset cups too. Then you need to find a local powder coater, or if you get a deal from the auto guy, take him up on it. The DIY option takes a lot of skill to do...
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Views: 654
Posted By wrk101

Get the serial number questions answered (fork...

Get the serial number questions answered (fork and non drive side drop out) and value could go up! A real Paramount in poor condition will have more value than an unidentified bike.
01-02-20, 09:17 PM
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Views: 613
Posted By wrk101

How high is the ceiling? Hang them vertically...

How high is the ceiling? Hang them vertically from the ceiling, one hook per bike. Remove pedals and rotate handlebars 90 degrees and you can pack them vertically just a few inches apart.

Car can...
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Posted By wrk101

+10 If there is no non-drive serial number, it...

+10 If there is no non-drive serial number, it could be anything. Rough condition, plus odd mix of parts = $150.

Tip: even the steer tube on the 1970s had a matching serial number on it. So if it...
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Posted By wrk101

Really surprised it isn’t Dura Ace or 600...

Really surprised it isn’t Dura Ace or 600 tricolor. Still I would be higher than estimate above.


Edit: OK, I didn't catch the glued frame. Estimate above is good.
01-01-20, 09:13 PM
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Views: 6,627
Posted By wrk101

If I understand this, greed leads to empty...

If I understand this, greed leads to empty buildings because greedy landlords want too much. So they are getting nothing. Not sure about that concept.

Rents where I live are CHEAP, particularly...
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