Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Marinoni Special
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03-09-09, 10:50 PM
Some guy gave me this Marinoni Special. I think it's from the 80's. It's in great shape. The only thing wrong is a little bit of dry rot on the tires. I believe everything is original, even the decals are almost perfect. I wanna know how much could i expect to get for the bike if i sold it? I don't know what components on it to list, or where to find them on the bike haha. If I'm not gonna get a lot for it I'd love to keep it cuz it's way cool but if it's valuable I could use the money for school. I will probably be moving to Chicago so maybe it will be worth more there than in Cleveland?
03-09-09, 10:52 PM
and heres the bike
03-09-09, 11:18 PM
It's a good idea to take some better pics and describe the components a little bit. I'll try to help from what I remember.
The rear derailer is a Gran Sport, I think the front derailer is also. The tubing is some kind of Columbus, I think I remember seeing "Special Tubing". Unfortunately, I didn't take a good look at the bike and that is all I remember of it.
I don't understand the need for new wheels. If your plan is to sell it, and you are handy, then replace the tires, install new cables and bar tape, polish and clean it up, and sell it. With good pictures and well marketed, this could be a winner! Make sure that seat post is not stuck, and raise the seat so buyers don't wonder about it.
Even though the bar tape looks OK, I would install new yellow tape that would make a nice contrast to the blue bike and the yellow logo decal. Pic below is of two bikes that I used yellow tape on. With yellow cable housings as well, I think they turned out nice. I pay less than $5 for bar tape. Others pick it up from PBK for less than $3.
Read the flipping 101 section for tips on finding reasonably priced parts.
If you are looking for an estimate of value, you will need to list out components: brand and model, as well as some good close up pictures. You will need all that anyway if you want to maximize sales price.
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