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Old 05-26-19, 05:27 AM
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Revive Giant Question

I came across a Revive Giant for sale close to me. They are asking $300 for it. All the info that Iíve been given is that it is an 8 speed. I can get it for $275, does that seem like too much for a bike that I may have trouble getting parts for if needed? Seeing how they are no longer made.
I have a plain olí Walmart bike but this one really caught my eye but I just canít decide whether itís worth getting for that price.
Thank you for any help that you can give me.
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It is really a crank forward bike rather than a real recumbent. The MSRP in 2007 was $900 so $300 is quite a bit for this bike. That doesn't stop people from asking outrageous prices for them. There is one on CL in the LA area with an asking price of $450. That's nuts.

A long time ago I had a BikeE AT which is a recumbent but similar in style to the Revive. It was comfortable but not very efficient and I never could get used to the steering on it. Most of the parts you would replace are standard bike parts but some like the rear hub would be costly enough that it wouldn't be worth replacing. That's exactly what happened with my BikeE when the rear hub broke. Not worth fixing and that was back in 2003 when the bike was still fairly new.

You can still read some of the old reviews made when the bike was still in production here: https://www.roadbikereview.com/produ...nt/revive.html. The weight and limited gearing are definite downsides to this bike.
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Old 05-26-19, 08:09 AM
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Thank you so much for replying!
I am 54 yrs young and am very much a casual rider, flat ground all around me. I need to drop some weight and I only have a 2 mile commute to work, one way, and thought this would be nice to ride on sunny days. It would be beneficial health wise and fuel wise. Win win!
I love the look of it and have read a lot of favorable reviews, I just feel that it is overpriced. Since I am not familiar with it tho I felt it best to get others opinions.
I think I will just let them know that if they drop the price to let me know and Iíll keep looking.
Thanks again!
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I have a Revive and were I to sell I'd likely ask the same as I paid, around $325. While the OP makes a good point about parts, this is a comfortable ride that looks nice and seems to hold its value. There are two on Ebay now for $350 each and that is the price I most often see although I've seen them listed from $250-$700.

If I were the OP I'd spend a day test riding various bikes including the Revive and others, and that might provide enough to make a more informed choice. If it is nothing special, don't pay a lot. If the comfort is detectably more than other rides, consider that.
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A bike is worth whatever a seller and a buyer can agree on. If you think that $275 "feels" high, offer $200. Whatever number they counter back with, offer to split the difference. That's what that bike's worth. Tell them that money in their hand is worth more than an unused bike taking up space in the garage.

If they stick firm at $275, you'll be no worse off than you are now.
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A bike is worth whatever a seller and a buyer can agree on.
Exactly!
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It is really a crank forward bike rather than a real recumbent. The MSRP in 2007 was $900 so $300 is quite a bit for this bike. That doesn't stop people from asking outrageous prices for them. There is one on CL in the LA area with an asking price of $450. That's nuts.
What you paid minus 50% is a time honored starting point for the pricing of used merchandise. To me what's nuts is Giant pricing the Revive at $900 retail.
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Old 05-28-19, 11:09 AM
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A bike is worth whatever a seller and a buyer can agree on.
That's an oversimplification. Many things have an intrinsic value that can be (and is) determined by objective valuation. There is at least one "Blue Book" for brand name bicycles that I know of operating online.

Edit: https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55825
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I thought I must have misread the MSRP because the Bicycle Blue Book is the source I used for the $900 MSRP and the year that came up was the 2007 model. If you want an idea how useless BBB is, how about finding two different listings for the same bike and same year. https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55825 and https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55826 Not only different MSRPs but slightly different suggested values. If it really was an MSRP of $700 then $300 is too high.


A lot of other factors come into play when I decide if a price is reasonable.

You do not get a warranty with a used bike. If something breaks soon after you buy it it's your dime for the repair.

How old is the bike? This one could be anywhere from 12 to 15 years old. By that time a bike can require some expensive going over especially if you do not do your own repairs. Tires and brake pads are likely needing replacement if more than a couple years old. By 15 years the lubrication may have congealed meaning it should be disassembled and all bearings re-greased. If the bike was used in a wet area, rust in cables and housing are another area to consider.

I bought bikes that were a decade or more old but expected to get them at a price where replacing wear parts and parts that deteriorate even with no use (like brake pads) aren't going to make the purchase a really bad deal.
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I thought I must have misread the MSRP because the Bicycle Blue Book is the source I used for the $900 MSRP and the year that came up was the 2007 model. If you want an idea how useless BBB is, how about finding two different listings for the same bike and same year. https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55825 and https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55826 Not only different MSRPs but slightly different suggested values. If it really was an MSRP of $700 then $300 is too high.
They aren't the same bike. Well kind of. Looks like your earlier search found a different model (DX) Revive with an internal gear hub and other upmarket trim.
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That's an oversimplification. Many things have an intrinsic value that can be (and is) determined by objective valuation. There is at least one "Blue Book" for brand name bicycles that I know of operating online.

Edit: https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...83&model=55825
Nope. The Blue Book is the over simplification. Here's why: No matter what the Blue Book or whatever other "objective valuation" method you are using, you still have to find a buyer who agrees.
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I bought bikes that were a decade or more old but expected to get them at a price where replacing wear parts and parts that deteriorate even with no use (like brake pads) aren't going to make the purchase a really bad deal.
There aren't a lot of these around. If you were for instance to find a beautiful antique Ford pickup in a garage somewhere, likely it would sell for many times its original price. A seller would laugh in your face if you started talking about battery replacement costs. That is not to say your perspective is wrong, it is not, if you are looking for transportation only.
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You might be surprised at how often decent bikes show up at reasonable prices and sometimes free. About two weeks ago I picked up a Trek Singletrack 930 bicycle (MTB) at the curb. My neighbor put it out for the trash along with two helmets and 2 spare tires. It sat there for a couple of days before I stopped to look at it. I guess he just got tired of it. His next door neighbor saw him put it out on garbage day so I knew it wasn't just left by the owner's son who used to ride it occasionally. It will need new tires and brake pads but that is it. I always lubricate bearings and adjust brakes and shifters. I dated it to 1993 with the date codes on the Shimano cranks. It will make a decent bike for one of the bigger kids in my Scout Troop for cycling merit badge next year.

If this bike were at a garage sale in the same condition and someone asked $150 for it I would look and then go away but if the price had been around $50 I would have bought it. It's way better than anything you could buy at a mass merchandiser. It weighs under 30 pounds even with the Ringle suspension stem that was added later. It helps if you can just look at a bike and judge the quality from the components and bike weight. Good bikes have better grade components and always weigh less. I saw one at a garage sale today. It had full suspension and crappy components. It might make a good substitute for a weight set but I'd never ride it or buy it for the kids.
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