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Posted By wrk101

Answered on another one of your postings, but...

Answered on another one of your postings, but basically, very few vintage bikes are worth paying a shop to refurbish the bike. Even if you start with a free bike, it's VERY easy to get way upside...
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Posted By wrk101

Bring a 5mm and 6 mm Allen wrenches with you....

Bring a 5mm and 6 mm Allen wrenches with you. Make sure that the stem and seat post are NOT stuck. Ask me how I know.....

It's been for sale for a long time, so bring cash and negotiate (if it...
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Views: 370
Posted By wrk101

Described as "Like New" "Ready to Ride" and then...

Described as "Like New" "Ready to Ride" and then later says "No returns" is a red flag for me, particularly for someone selling multiple bikes. And the mix of incompatible stuff is concerning too.
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Posted By wrk101

It's one of those examples where the vintage MTB...

It's one of those examples where the vintage MTB parts exceed the value of the completed project. I had one in similar condition to the above that I bought for $50. Needed chain, tires, saddle,...
02-24-23, 12:09 PM
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Posted By wrk101

The only thing Miyata made on your bike was the...

The only thing Miyata made on your bike was the frame and fork. Everything else came from the same suppliers that sold to all the other brands in the world. Lever hoods are the only part that is hard...
02-22-23, 09:44 AM
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Views: 807
Posted By wrk101

I have come to prefer "patina". Picked up a...

I have come to prefer "patina". Picked up a Frejus in similar condition. Treated the rust, cleaned it up and called it good. I just like bikes that show their age.

This will be a fun project!
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Views: 328
Posted By wrk101

Wonderful job here, well done! I would dig out a...

Wonderful job here, well done! I would dig out a clean HS top nut from your bin or a nearby co op, that is the only flaw I see.

In my market, touring bikes have taken a sharp turn DOWN, so selling...
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Views: 529
Posted By wrk101

The harder you look, the better the deals....

The harder you look, the better the deals. Offerup, F/B marketplace, and occasionally thrift stores. Around here, thrift store bikes (when they have any) tend to be kids bikes from box stores. But...
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Posted By wrk101

Missing some original parts. In my market, a...

Missing some original parts. In my market, a Viscount at best is a $150 bike. Add whatever premium you think the Bay Area will give you. I've owned four of them (I paid a lot less but I tend to not...
02-16-23, 10:16 PM
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Views: 1,957
Posted By wrk101

The riders that amaze me are on fixed gear, and...

The riders that amaze me are on fixed gear, and it's the steep DOWNHILLS that are the most amazing to me.

I seem to recall someone posting about the RAMROD ride doing it with fixed gear.
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Views: 326
Posted By wrk101

Prices for SOLDS are not higher than Shimano 600....

Prices for SOLDS are not higher than Shimano 600. Do those shifters need the obsolete braze ons?

Solds for 600 group sets are running 50% to 100% higher.
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Views: 747
Posted By wrk101

Really dirty bike = eliminates competition (other...

Really dirty bike = eliminates competition (other potential buyers). I love buying dirty bikes with flat tires. But I expect a hefty discount.
02-13-23, 09:48 AM
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Views: 714
Posted By wrk101

I tend to sell frame sets with headset and seat...

I tend to sell frame sets with headset and seat post, rather than complete bikes, for a couple of reasons.

1. Infinitely easier to pack a frameset, and shipping can be about 1/3 of what a complete...
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Views: 759
Posted By wrk101

FWIW, I found a similar DX-5000, via FB...

FWIW, I found a similar DX-5000, via FB marketplace, at a very low price. But condition was not as pristine as the one above. Patient buyers can find incredible deals on FB marketplace. FB...
02-10-23, 02:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,674
Posted By wrk101

In the 1960s and 1970s, Schwinn and Raleigh made...

In the 1960s and 1970s, Schwinn and Raleigh made a lot of crappy bikes and an occasional good one. Buyers tended to buy on price, so there is a lot more crap than gems. As far as time, everything...
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Views: 294
Posted By wrk101

Ebay for sale is meaningless. Look at bikes that...

Ebay for sale is meaningless. Look at bikes that have sold. Active ebay sellers get access to Terrapeak, that gives up to TWO full years of sales. Tires are rotten.
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Views: 667
Posted By wrk101

It rarely makes economical sense to have a bike...

It rarely makes economical sense to have a bike shop do work on a bike to prepare for sale. And this one it would not make sense. With that many broken spokes, it really needs all of them replaced.
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01-28-23, 12:27 PM
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Views: 647
Posted By wrk101

"Lucky Bike" which is one of the co ops in the...

"Lucky Bike" which is one of the co ops in the area. Pick something out of their dog pile. I picked up an Ironman there once, frozen seat post and stem, no wheels. It was never going to be rebuild by...
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Views: 679
Posted By wrk101

FWIW, there are other Tesch for sale right now....

FWIW, there are other Tesch for sale right now. One slightly larger, full Campy, but its an auction with a day left. If it were my size, I'd be sniping that one.

This last year, I have been...
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Views: 679
Posted By wrk101

I do hate the ad, calling it a grupo. Geez. On...

I do hate the ad, calling it a grupo. Geez. On the other hand, beautiful frame. Should ride just fine with that mix of parts. I wouldn't be surprised frame and headset alone are worth asking price.
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Posted By wrk101

Be sure to inspect carefully, particularly the...

Be sure to inspect carefully, particularly the tapers. Its not unusual to find worn out tapers on cranksets in that condition.
01-14-23, 03:26 PM
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Views: 572
Posted By wrk101

Other than the wheels, that's a winner. Many of...

Other than the wheels, that's a winner. Many of them came with Swiss BB threading. In fact, I continually pick up Motobecanes just to get parts.
01-14-23, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 295
Posted By wrk101

On insurance, just realize any of the carriers...

On insurance, just realize any of the carriers will claim "poorly packed" and decline your claim. Then they will wear you out, asking for pictures of the package itself, pics inside, etc. Then they...
01-14-23, 03:16 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Dremel at the rust bubbling, treat with rust...

Dremel at the rust bubbling, treat with rust converter, then touch up with Testors. I've had worse and did these steps. I love patina, but I hate rust.

I have multiple 600 sets in my bin, so I'd...
01-13-23, 03:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,068
Posted By wrk101

On ebay, forget used wheels. For the cost of...

On ebay, forget used wheels. For the cost of shipping alone, you should be able to find a local alternative. Buy local, via donor or just wheels, used can be a BIG bargain. Depends on how resourceful...
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Views: 772
Posted By wrk101

DT shifter bikes tend to hit a price ceiling,...

DT shifter bikes tend to hit a price ceiling, unless they are something really desirable (think Italian or Chicago Paramount as examples). Otherwise, the vast majority of buyers out there HATE DT...
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Posted By wrk101

Short answer: No. Longer answer: First,...

Short answer: No.

Longer answer:

First, its a private label branded bike, which limits value. Secondly it has low end components. Third, its in poor condition.

If someone gave me that bike...
01-07-23, 12:19 AM
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Views: 1,250
Posted By wrk101

Highly modified asian Schwinn. That Shimano FFS...

Highly modified asian Schwinn. That Shimano FFS is awful.
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Posted By wrk101

Looks a lot like a Lotus Classique to me. I'd...

Looks a lot like a Lotus Classique to me. I'd either build with Shimano 600 arabesque or a higher end Suntour (Cyclone generation 1 or higher). Yes, Champion 1 is good stuff.
01-01-23, 10:06 AM
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Views: 1,392
Posted By wrk101

To fake one at that price point and with those...

To fake one at that price point and with those good parts makes zero sense. I'd be driving right now. I would not pester the seller with a bunch of questions, that just puts you at the bottom of the...
12-30-22, 11:32 AM
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Posted By wrk101

It's kind of sad, but nicer vintage MTB parts...

It's kind of sad, but nicer vintage MTB parts tend to exceed the value of the complete bike. It's not close. I have my eye on two for sale in my area right now. It's not unusual for me to see a...
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Views: 692
Posted By wrk101

The main reason I would sell on ebay is to get it...

The main reason I would sell on ebay is to get it into the hands of someone who will either restore or rebuild it. If the OP is that person, do it. If not, rather than collect dust or ruin it, I'd...
12-15-22, 09:57 PM
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Posted By wrk101

My highlights were finding several US built...

My highlights were finding several US built bikes: A Mikkelsen Criterium, a Mountain Goat, and a Stout. The Goat is gone, but the other two are still here. I have found a variety of other bikes,...
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Views: 538
Posted By wrk101

eBay dreamland asking prices should never be used...

eBay dreamland asking prices should never be used as "selling prices". Highest ebay SOLD price in the last year was $270. Next highest was $177.

I use a 50% of ebay pricing for my local sales. So...
12-03-22, 11:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By wrk101

Assuming price is low, this is one of those grab...

Assuming price is low, this is one of those grab now, study later bikes. I love finding bikes that no one has heard of (including me), as the price tends to be very attractive.

The worst thing you...
12-03-22, 10:57 PM
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Views: 291
Posted By wrk101

Hazard's Cyclery, Santa Barbara ...

Hazard's Cyclery, Santa Barbara
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12-03-22, 03:18 PM
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Posted By wrk101

1970s Juvela Pictures and Some Reference Information

Perhaps to help someone in the future, I thought I would list some information off the 1970s Juvela I found. Sadly, most of the original parts were gone. But it did have some of the following...
12-02-22, 11:50 PM
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Views: 16,098
Posted By wrk101

I feel like this thread needs to have more...

I feel like this thread needs to have more pictures. I picked up this Stout earlier this year. 2022 has been the year of US built bikes for me. Started with finding a Mikkelsen, then a Mountain Goat,...
11-26-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By wrk101

Yes, I have taken dozens of "free" bikes I have...

Yes, I have taken dozens of "free" bikes I have picked up directly to the co-op for this exact reason. There the bike can get "free" donated consumables, and "free" (volunteer) mechanics time. Those...
11-26-22, 10:44 PM
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Views: 2,024
Posted By wrk101

As a collector of stuff for almost my whole life,...

As a collector of stuff for almost my whole life, early on the original stuff was an incredible bargain, where utility far exceeded cost. So buying the old vintage stuff was cost effective. In the...
11-26-22, 10:22 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Many assume the brands themselves create and...

Many assume the brands themselves create and support these sites. That is not the case. It takes a dedicated volunteer, someone willing to collect ($$) and then scan in all the material, and then...
11-25-22, 03:28 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Cheap digital calipers can be had on Amazon or...

Cheap digital calipers can be had on Amazon or other sources. The more you need to do stuff yourself, the more you need basic and accurate measurement. devices and tools.


Here in the USA, Amazon...
11-24-22, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By wrk101

Head to the nearest bike shop and order the...

Head to the nearest bike shop and order the parts. It's OK to buy at a shop. Sure it is more, but with the price you get useful advice. If you don't, find another shop.

No idea if Australia has...
11-23-22, 11:23 PM
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Views: 476
Posted By wrk101

One more try. Picked up part of a Frejus as a...

One more try. Picked up part of a Frejus as a resto project. Dealt with some rust, hit the parts bin hard, and itís basically done. Iím not going to finish it as I donít need another keeper. But it...
11-23-22, 11:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,400
Posted By wrk101

Iíd use the original headset cable stop that is...

Iíd use the original headset cable stop that is still installed on the bike. Iíd investigate the angle of the straddle cable. Iím going to sag it at 135 degrees. I start at 90 degrees.

Almost all...
11-19-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By wrk101

I had to ground down a 16mm socket on a bike I...

I had to ground down a 16mm socket on a bike I bought at a co-op. They put a Shimano crankset onto a Stronglight BB and reused the 16 mm bolts.
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Views: 1,006
Posted By wrk101

Need to research SOLD prices on ebay. ...

Need to research SOLD prices on ebay.

Typically local pickup kills the sale, but since you are in a big city, I would consider that.

Pitfall #1: Seller does not disclose defects.

Pitfall #2:...
11-17-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,129
Posted By wrk101

When I see a ruined frame, I just value at the...

When I see a ruined frame, I just value at the two best parts on the bike. So if it is priced at that level or below, I'm in. Higher than that, I let someone else buy it. I already have enough parts.
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Views: 1,006
Posted By wrk101

Sadly, in a local market vintage bikes often go...

Sadly, in a local market vintage bikes often go for just a fraction of the parts. Do not be surprised if a local buyer ends up parting it out and then tripling his money.
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Views: 1,006
Posted By wrk101

First choice is eBay where you can reach the...

First choice is eBay where you can reach the broadest market. Since you have eliminated that optionÖ.

Second choice is discount until it sells here. Presentation and Price are the two variables...
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