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10-02-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By wrk101

To the first half, I don't see a change. Car...

To the first half, I don't see a change. Car drivers have been rude, running red lights, ignoring cross walks and bike lanes for decades. No change there. Its just as bad as it has ever been.

On...
10-01-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 410
Posted By wrk101

Another GREAT example of what can languish on FB...

Another GREAT example of what can languish on FB marketplace. I have found so many great bikes there in the last couple of years. Sucks for sellers, great for buyers!
09-30-22, 03:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 740
Posted By wrk101

My. experience is different on 1980s Treks. I...

My. experience is different on 1980s Treks. I bought one from the early 1980s at Goodwill, had a tree limb growing through the rear wheel. Components were all rusty. But the frame and fork paint was...
Replies: 14
Views: 244
Posted By wrk101

This is how it is done! Congratulations! Did...

This is how it is done! Congratulations!

Did something every similar to refresh my 1988 Cimarron. Picked up a top of the line Shogun MTB, circa 1990 for $65. Parts went onto my Cimarron. Then sold...
09-29-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

That’s a good read that explains it well. Realize...

That’s a good read that explains it well. Realize savvy fraudsters will always be a step ahead. I didn’t realize credit cards make much MORE on fraud sales than real ones. Talk about the wrong...
09-28-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

The buyer winning almost every dispute is common...

The buyer winning almost every dispute is common throughout the internet. Amazon has really spoiled buyers and that has set the standard for everyone else.

Have you done a return on Amazon lately?...
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By wrk101

Most parts on bikes are not brand specific. Head...

Most parts on bikes are not brand specific. Head to a local bike shop and they can assist you with part selection. Yes, prices at shops are higher, but ordering stuff over the internet is best suited...
09-27-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

Every other site gets fewer eyeballs = less money...

Every other site gets fewer eyeballs = less money for you. In the end, you decide. Me, I don't want to learn how to prosper on two platforms, then three, and so on. I'll stick with one.

When I pay...
09-27-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

No links ever. You need to be much more discrete....

No links ever. You need to be much more discrete. eBay has no interest in marketing for other sites, unless you want to pay for ads on their site. Two ways people promote sales outside of ebay: 1....
Replies: 15
Views: 250
Posted By wrk101

Unless you are really resourceful, you will NOT...

Unless you are really resourceful, you will NOT recoup the cost of the tires and bar tape. Resourceful = cheap bar tape from China ~ $3 per bike, take off tires from a donor bike (free). I've bought...
09-26-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

Depends on the goal. If the goal is to clear the...

Depends on the goal. If the goal is to clear the space, I'd donate to a co op. If the goal is to maximize return, then I'd start listing on ebay. Ignore asking prices. Instead, focus on prices on...
Replies: 20
Views: 381
Posted By wrk101

Its a $25 bike, but if he professed expertise and...

Its a $25 bike, but if he professed expertise and made an offer that you accepted, and the money changed hands, its over. At this point it is up to you. I have screwed up and overpaid for stuff,...
Replies: 15
Views: 250
Posted By wrk101

FWIW, I bought one here locally last week for...

FWIW, I bought one here locally last week for $50, in better condition. Pedals removed to aid in transport. Updated Exage Aero levers. Actually, my pick up was a 1977, with a double butted Vitus...
09-24-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

If you are going to sell on eBay, you have to...

If you are going to sell on eBay, you have to develop a thick skin and you need to do enough transactions where if one goes south, you are still ahead.

im dealing with one right now, $50 pair of...
09-22-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

I almost always buy my parts in the form of a...

I almost always buy my parts in the form of a COMPLETE bike. Typically I can harvest the parts I want, sell some of the remaining parts, and donate the rest. I'm going through that process on four...
09-22-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

eBay doesn't care about small sellers, and they...

eBay doesn't care about small sellers, and they haven't cared for years. Their definition of small might be $100,000 a year in sales, may be even higher.

So in the end, each one of us has to...
09-22-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 610
Views: 135,131
Posted By wrk101

2022 has been the year of the US builders for me....

2022 has been the year of the US builders for me.

First came a Bernie Mikkelsen. Next was a late 1980s Mountain Goat (Jeff Lindsay). Yesterday I added a Ron Stout to the list. ...
Replies: 103
Views: 8,604
Posted By wrk101

One thing for sure, it is NOT 100% original.

One thing for sure, it is NOT 100% original.
09-22-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 466
Posted By wrk101

I would have bought it just for the headset! I...

I would have bought it just for the headset! I bought a bicycle yesterday, just for the handlebar stem (Kusuki Medallion 800)! It's a disease.
Replies: 9
Views: 370
Posted By wrk101

As I age, these despised women's style bikes are...

As I age, these despised women's style bikes are getting more attractive. Easy to mount! If someone wanted something to ride around the neighborhood, with some basic maintenance, it would be a fine...
09-22-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By wrk101

Serial 165281. I assume those bottle mounts...

Serial 165281.

I assume those bottle mounts are add ons as well. Not sure.

...
09-21-22, 08:34 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

1. you have to continually look for new sources...

1. you have to continually look for new sources as it changes over time. Estate sales are rare for me, tend to have high prices.

2. the more categories you master, the better you do. If you just...
09-21-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By wrk101

Interesting but highly modified Juvela Pick Up!

Found this today. Most of the original parts are gone, replaced by a mix oof Shimano 105 and RSX bits. Campy headset, seat post and bottom bracket are all that remain. Love the lug work and head...
09-20-22, 07:10 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

One last thing, ebay is no longer a place to sell...

One last thing, ebay is no longer a place to sell grandma's china set, they are dominated by large players anymore selling hundreds of thousands or even millions of $$ per year. Its just how it goes....
09-20-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,106
Posted By wrk101

Bearings are in backwards or are really loose on...

Bearings are in backwards or are really loose on that BB given the amount of adjustable cup showing. Or the spindle has the wrong spacing. I picked up a bike that had Dura Ace 7400 crankset and BB...
09-20-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,338
Posted By wrk101

Dozens of items over 20 years? Thats really rare...

Dozens of items over 20 years? Thats really rare to occasional use. eBay tends to hold funds for occasional sellers. Its been that way for a long time. I've been selling for almost 23 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 432
Posted By wrk101

Yes, close to 50 years old. Sellers rarely/never...

Yes, close to 50 years old. Sellers rarely/never get age right. They don't get size right either.
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By wrk101

Is that BB shell as rusty as it appears? Endless...

Is that BB shell as rusty as it appears? Endless threads on rust, but it is a fair amount of work. Sold as is will take a discount. Despite the rust, it will bring $$$$.

ebay, you will need to...
09-19-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,715
Posted By wrk101

It's just a tell tale sign of a low end bike....

It's just a tell tale sign of a low end bike. Typically will have high ten steel frame, stamped dropouts, turkey levers, etc. There are ALWAYS exceptions!

Functionally they work fine. I had a...
Replies: 25
Views: 561
Posted By wrk101

As a seller, I've had so many people "on the way"...

As a seller, I've had so many people "on the way" that never showed. C/L and FB are the land of no shows.


My basic rule is call me when you are driving, and I will hold the item a reasonable...
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By wrk101

Suggest you offer it to whoever told you it was...

Suggest you offer it to whoever told you it was rare and valuable. Typically, once the topic of real money starts, those experts get scarce.
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By wrk101

Woman's style or mans? Woman's style have very...

Woman's style or mans? Woman's style have very little value. Sears is a negative too.
09-19-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,533
Posted By wrk101

Ultimately, the market decides and those V GT RDs...

Ultimately, the market decides and those V GT RDs are now going for $40 plus. With the split cage design, I like them!

I picked up two lower end Motobecanes this AM, the V GT derailleurs should...
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By wrk101

I'm typically at the lower end price wise around...

I'm typically at the lower end price wise around here. I would jump on that deal!
09-18-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,533
Posted By wrk101

Like anything that enjoys a “collectible” premium...

Like anything that enjoys a “collectible” premium beyond basic utility, collectible premiums come and go. It’s foolish to treat them as investments: OK, rare art work can do well, but that’s outside...
09-18-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,533
Posted By wrk101

The lower to mid level stuff, waning for sure....

The lower to mid level stuff, waning for sure. The niche US builders are doing well. Paramounts have remained stable.

Really, once the SS/FG conversion craze ended ~10 years ago, that put an end...
Replies: 638
Views: 259,395
Posted By wrk101

I use my iPhone camera and sell a lot of parts...

I use my iPhone camera and sell a lot of parts and other items on eBay. Agree, lighting and background are more important!
...
09-17-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 607
Posted By wrk101

Waiting it's turn, just pulled it out for some...

Waiting it's turn, just pulled it out for some work. Got to dig out a vintage leather saddle. I'm liking how that seat post looks.

...
Replies: 25
Views: 561
Posted By wrk101

I do two things on longer drives for flips: ...

I do two things on longer drives for flips:

1. I get seller to verify seat post and stem are no stuck.

2. I arrange for multiple stops/multiple pickups.

The max I will drive otherwise is...
Replies: 20
Views: 398
Posted By wrk101

Yes, I am a basic ebay store subscription so I...

Yes, I am a basic ebay store subscription so I get free access to Terapeak (that gives me a 12 month sales history). My wife has a starter store, no Terapeak at that level.

It is also sometimes...
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By wrk101

I did not say this bike was not worth $150. The...

I did not say this bike was not worth $150. The OP has posted several bikes, some were better than this one. Its decision time.
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By wrk101

Just for clarification, its not a mixte. Nice...

Just for clarification, its not a mixte. Nice bike regardless!
Replies: 20
Views: 398
Posted By wrk101

One data point on ebay: highest SOLD price in the...

One data point on ebay: highest SOLD price in the last 12 months = $800.

On other crazy asking prices on ebay: I have occasionally used that to my "advantage." I was selling a plaque that came out...
Replies: 20
Views: 398
Posted By wrk101

Asking prices on ebay are meaningless. Its all...

Asking prices on ebay are meaningless. Its all about what items have sold for. Plenty of bikes out there with sky high, dreamland prices. Those tend to not sell.
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By wrk101

IMO, yes. Suntour indexing is less precise than...

IMO, yes. Suntour indexing is less precise than Shimano. Pre-indexing era, Suntour was the BEST. I love them. They missed the boat on indexing, and shortly after, they went bankrupt.
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By wrk101

Probably. Myself, I avoid twist grip shifters and...

Probably. Myself, I avoid twist grip shifters and that era Suntour derailleurs. So I would pass. You have posted better. Time to decide.
Replies: 5
Views: 262
Posted By wrk101

Values of PX-10s have not gone up. Few buyers...

Values of PX-10s have not gone up. Few buyers want neglected bikes in barn find condition. Those that do (like me), get a huge discount.
Replies: 14
Views: 416
Posted By wrk101

Your weight guesses are just that, guesses. I...

Your weight guesses are just that, guesses. I would expect the Panasonic and Peugeot to weigh more than those guesses.

As a practical matter, you cannot upgrade either to match what you are...
09-14-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By wrk101

+10 I can only imagine trying to find mechanics...

+10 I can only imagine trying to find mechanics in SF for a bike shop. Local restaurants in my area are closing due to lack of labor. It's a widespread problem, across many industries.

Have you...
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By wrk101

Bottom of the barrel. Not all old bikes are...

Bottom of the barrel. Not all old bikes are decent. An entire bike picture would be helpful, but you can see enough here to know. Nutted axle, steel rim, stamped drop out, claw RD hanger, bottom of...
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