Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 1980's Mercian 531c with campy nuovo record
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I am thinking about selling my old Mercian bicycle. It was made for me in the early 1980's. My local bike shop gave me a description to put on Ebay. What price sould I ask for it?
52 cm Mercian frame made of Reynolds 531 tubing
full campy nuovo record
needs 700c tires to ride
12-10-08, 01:58 PM
Hrm, put up some pics and check out this site for current and previous listings of Mercians; just go to "cloud" and choose "Mercian": http://www.jaxed.com/cgi-bin/mash.cgi?cat=cpbike
If I were you, I would list it locally on Craigslist first as eBay can sometimes be a hassle. When you take photos, get some close-up shots of the lugs because, if I know Mercians, they are going to be very ornate.
12-10-08, 02:01 PM
this is a very difficult question .
i myself and a few other people i know have had framesets & whole bikes on ebay in the last couple of weeks and no bidders . Not one sale !
Christmas time is coming and people are holding onto their money .
i would keep it if i were you . but if you must sell it try in the spring time . the sping cycling will start up and people will be looking for new rides , or aditional rides and im sure it would be easier to sell and possibly make a bit more than expected .
it really depends on what condition , componentry , age, collectability and so on , and ofcourse listed the at the right time . pictures would be a great help and a bit more detailed info .
hope that helps ,
12-11-08, 03:57 PM
When you take photos, get some close-up shots of the lugs because, if I know Mercians, they are going to be very ornate.
That's just it; Mercians range from quite simple in design to quite elaborate. They are almost without exception, however, well made. It would really help to know the lug type - ideally via pics. Condition also makes a big difference. Unfortunately, Mercian's are some of the most undervalued bikes on the vintage market. This is especially odd since they're not an obscure marque.
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