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Posted By wrk101

Depends on location, size, and how hard you look....

Depends on location, size, and how hard you look. Celeste Bianchis enjoy a celeste premium and a brand premium. Comparable bikes that aren't that color and brand tend to be less.

Savvy buyers will...
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Posted By wrk101

A few Panasonic made bikes at the higher end. Two...

A few Panasonic made bikes at the higher end. Two Schwinn Prologues and one Panasonic DX-6000. None have original drivetrains....
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Posted By wrk101

I'd put this one at 50% more than a Raleigh...

I'd put this one at 50% more than a Raleigh Portage. Better components, much better frame, made in Japan. If it were a later LT model, I'd put the value at double the Portage.

As far as...
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Posted By wrk101

Trying to sell on ebay is a lot different than...

Trying to sell on ebay is a lot different than successfully sold. In the end, your bike is not new, it's used. Now it may be in excellent condition, that is a plus for sure!
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Posted By wrk101

Is it rare in that condition? No. Bicycles are in...

Is it rare in that condition? No. Bicycles are in the recreational/exercise category, a lot are bought and never ridden. Condition is all about how the bike was stored over the years. Once it comes...
06-28-22, 12:20 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Paid $30 for this one a couple of days ago,...

Paid $30 for this one a couple of days ago, obviously incomplete. But it has Deore DX components, Girvin suspension stem and a few other useful bits like thumb shifters.

Girvin Flexstem alone...
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Posted By wrk101

eBay sales in the last year: three complete bike...

eBay sales in the last year: three complete bike sold in the last year: the one above, one for $865, and one for $575. The only frameset sale sold for $300.

I'm a pretty active seller on eBay....
06-26-22, 04:35 PM
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Posted By wrk101

1. Most posters have no interest in selling on...

1. Most posters have no interest in selling on ebay. If they do, that opens up higher values.

2. I have access to Terapeak, which gives a full year of eBay. sales history. That $1825 sale is an...
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Posted By wrk101

First, I stopped buying new tubes on old bikes....

First, I stopped buying new tubes on old bikes. While tires are usually toast, the tubes are OK. I used to buy new tubes in bulk. No more!

Technium 450 is not going to attract collector interest....
06-26-22, 07:34 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Thanks! I'll dig through my Campy box when I get...

Thanks! I'll dig through my Campy box when I get back home. Hopefully I have something.
06-25-22, 10:23 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Nice First Generation Campy Rally RD, missing one part!

So I got a nice Rally RD, no rash, no rust, but it is missing one part. It's a key part that is the stop for the cage.

The first picture is a close up of what it SHOULD look like, the second is my...
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Posted By wrk101

Like many manufacturers back in the day,...

Like many manufacturers back in the day, Panasonic made a full product line from basic to top notch, and everything in between. They also made bikes for others. And like most of the Japanese bicycle...
06-25-22, 05:39 PM
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Posted By wrk101

My entrant. Picked up two Raleigh MTBs, the one...

My entrant. Picked up two Raleigh MTBs, the one in the background is a Raleigh Crest, $8. The one in front is a Raleigh Heat. Donated the Crest to the local co-op.

I added a take off saddle ($2),...
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Posted By wrk101

No its not as good as Tange 1. Prior to Tange...

No its not as good as Tange 1. Prior to Tange Prestige, Tange 1 was the top. Infinity is down from there. Look at the chart you attached and then look at tubing thicknesses. Its obviously not...
06-24-22, 08:10 PM
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Posted By wrk101

That same combo has sold on ebay several times,...

That same combo has sold on ebay several times, but not recently. They tend to bring $100 or more.
06-24-22, 07:53 PM
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Posted By wrk101

My Cimarron on the Hennepin Canal tow path,...

My Cimarron on the Hennepin Canal tow path, before I did the drop bar conversion. This bridge is crossing the canal.

Interesting ride, last time I was on the canal tow path, the walls were...
06-24-22, 10:26 AM
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Posted By wrk101

To anyone considering knee replacement, sooner...

To anyone considering knee replacement, sooner beats later. My father in law avoided replacement far too long. He finally gave in, but he had way too much other damage.

Like others, I am a big fan...
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Posted By wrk101

Anytime you are looking for parts value, the best...

Anytime you are looking for parts value, the best route is just look at completed auctions on eBay that have SOLD. Ignore asking prices. Subtract about 20% in fees.

Selling parts like this locally...
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Posted By wrk101

More and more, flipping is all about PARTS, and...

More and more, flipping is all about PARTS, and not complete bikes. If the bike has good components, I can get as much for just the crankset and rear derailleur as I can for a complete bike. And...
06-23-22, 06:54 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Bibs eliminate plumbers butt, if your body is...

Bibs eliminate plumbers butt, if your body is that shape (mine is).
06-23-22, 06:47 PM
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Posted By wrk101

FWIW, I find more worn cones on Shimano wheels...

FWIW, I find more worn cones on Shimano wheels than all others combined. This over a couple of thousand wheels.

For my stuff, I prefer the cartridge bearing wheels. Besides Phil Woods, Bullseye,...
06-23-22, 10:34 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Get together with a group of like minded people...

Get together with a group of like minded people and START one. Every co-op out there was started by someone. Be that someone.

I also have identified co-ops that are along the way of my typical...
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Posted By wrk101

One of a kind means far from original, as dealer...

One of a kind means far from original, as dealer mods are different than factory mods. Value should be the highest to the original dealer.


Myself, I love the patina, so that is a plus. Agree,...
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Posted By wrk101

The short answer is no. Very few vintage bikes...

The short answer is no. Very few vintage bikes are worth putting $150 or more into them, or $100 either.

If you want to get your money out of an old bike, you have to buy incredibly cheap, you...
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Posted By wrk101

$700 flip? Dreamland. You need to get flip...

$700 flip? Dreamland. You need to get flip pricing from your own research, rather than take information from the seller.

One possible ploy. OK, I'll resell them, and give you HALF of what I get...
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Posted By wrk101

And the fork is? Without original fork, I would...

And the fork is? Without original fork, I would cut value in half.
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Posted By wrk101

Value of group exceeds value of whole. To...

Value of group exceeds value of whole. To maximize $$, you will have to sell separately.

There is ample ebay SOLD history on all of it. Locally, depends on your market.

Rebuilt with 105 parts...
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Posted By wrk101

Good philosophy here! Hybirds have their place.

Good philosophy here! Hybirds have their place.
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Posted By wrk101

By 1996, the Trek 820 was a basic bike. As far as...

By 1996, the Trek 820 was a basic bike. As far as getting your leg over the bike, lean it over first. I can't do it without leaning the bike.

Investigate North Roads style bars. I have done that...
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Posted By wrk101

I'd go higher, more like $400. But it depends on...

I'd go higher, more like $400. But it depends on the location.
06-14-22, 07:47 PM
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Posted By wrk101

A lot of the relatively common old MTB wheel sets...

A lot of the relatively common old MTB wheel sets have good value. Think anything with 26x1.75 dimpled Araya rims.

As far as saving hubs, I use the bolt cutter method, can save a set of hubs in...
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Posted By wrk101

I had one, except mine was all Dura Ace 7700....

I had one, except mine was all Dura Ace 7700. It's a niche bike, very limited market locally. Because the frame is made by Merlin, it gets a better response on ebay and similar.

With it's odd...
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Posted By wrk101

Value as a "classic bike" = zero. Value as a...

Value as a "classic bike" = zero. Value as a novelty item:: $50 to $100.

If I found one for free, I would donate it. A good co op can get saddles, pedals, inner tubes and odds and ends off a bike...
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Posted By wrk101

I am trying hard to NOT buy, but I bought another...

I am trying hard to NOT buy, but I bought another one Saturday (see my Frejus thread). I pass on so many good to great deals right now.
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Posted By wrk101

Depends on location. Yours is missing original...

Depends on location. Yours is missing original fork. Forks don't get misplaced. 99% of the time, they get damaged in a crash. Do wheels match? That would be another sign. There is a complete one in...
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Posted By wrk101

Personally, I don't see $50 of value. Too much...

Personally, I don't see $50 of value. Too much good stuff out there to buy a crashed bike like this one. Seller will ALWAYS say it wasn't crashed.
06-13-22, 09:10 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Steel into steel? Bench vise with an old saddle....

Steel into steel? Bench vise with an old saddle. Get it to rotate and it will come out. Don't grab onto the stays. Head tube and seat tube. Penetrating oil of your choice first. If it doesn't start...
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Posted By wrk101

Do you have the time/tools/aptitude/pile of parts...

Do you have the time/tools/aptitude/pile of parts in hand? If not, leave it for the next owner.
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Posted By wrk101

$650 after stem is replaced with something normal.

$650 after stem is replaced with something normal.
06-13-22, 07:33 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I put a standard nut on a bench grinder, sized to...

I put a standard nut on a bench grinder, sized to fit tight. If the bolt head is too big, same grinder or a file.
06-12-22, 03:15 PM
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Posted By wrk101

First polish, looks good from five feet away. ...

First polish, looks good from five feet away.

First picture is a before picture, wow, this bike was nasty.

...
06-12-22, 02:26 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Main difference is chrome, or the lack of. No...

Main difference is chrome, or the lack of. No chrome stays, no chrome socks, no chrome head lugs.

Just weighed the frame and fork: 6.50 pounds.

I have an old 27.0 TTT seat post, fits well. I...
06-12-22, 07:53 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Sun fade is OK with me, as I like patina. 1980s...

Sun fade is OK with me, as I like patina. 1980s Shimano derailleurs have to go, they are already in the donate box. I will use some polishing compound on the paint, we will see how the red turns out....
06-12-22, 06:54 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Late 1960s Frejus Pickup

Got this frameset with some parts yesterday. Universal 61 center pull brakes, Campy headset, crankset and pedals, Huret DT shifters, and newer Shimano derailleurs. Campy drop outs.

Only chrome is...
06-11-22, 10:35 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Sounds like brake pads are backwards. The "open...

Sounds like brake pads are backwards. The "open end" of the pad needs to face the rear of the bike. If you put rear pads on the front, and front pads on the rear. you will often have the open end...
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Posted By wrk101

Depending on the mission of the co-op, this is a...

Depending on the mission of the co-op, this is a "perfect" co-op bike. It's good, solid transportation. Gets someone on the road. Straight forward mechanically. What more can you ask?
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Posted By wrk101

Anything Shimano will have Shimano date codes....

Anything Shimano will have Shimano date codes. I'd check those. Not that old. Those are trekking bars, not bullnose bars. 43,000 hits on google.
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Posted By wrk101

I've sold three of these, including ebay. This is...

I've sold three of these, including ebay. This is silly high money.
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Posted By wrk101

I would just go to ebay, do a search of completed...

I would just go to ebay, do a search of completed auctions that have SOLD. Only way to get silly high NOS money is ebay in my experience.
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Posted By wrk101

Yes, I always give buyers a year, but whether it...

Yes, I always give buyers a year, but whether it is a 1987, 1988, 0r 1989, has no bearing on value. And if the age I give the buyer is off a year or two, I've never heard a complaint. I rely on...
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