Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 1972 Schwinn Super Sport, lady's model
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Hey, I don't have a photo yet, but you all know the bike. This is the second one I've pulled from the same dumpster; I gave away the other one, and will probably do the same with this one.
Chicago built chrome-moly frame, fillet brazed, looks like electro-forged but isn't.
Huret derailleurs, French hubs, aluminum rims and bars and stem.
It looks complete, but will need a lot of work on the cables, overhaul and oxalic acid bath for some of the parts (such as the crank), and so on. Red paint is intact but weathered to a pastel pink. Handlebar tape is also original, but scratched up and looking tatty, not sure if it can be saved.
I know, it's a classic. But it's a lady's model.
It needs tires, cables, new chain, probably needs new seat and handlebar tape, probably needs brake shoes, and so on. Worth it?
09-15-09, 09:25 AM
Free is always worth it.
+1 I don't get the question, is it worth pulling out of a dumpster? Yes. I will even pull out crappy XMart bikes.
+1 I don't get the question, is it worth pulling out of a dumpster? Yes.
You're right, I neglected to actually ask a question.
Try this: is anyone going to want this bike enough to make it worth the time it takes me to fix it? Don't ask what my time is worth. But if I competently fix everything that needs fixed, making it functionally as good as new but without any over-the-top restoration or anything, how much can I expect to get for it?
I will even pull out crappy XMart bikes. So do I, but what do you do with them? How much work are you willing to put into them, or do you just mine them for useable bits?
I take the crappy XMart bikes directly to my favorite thrift shop and donate them. They rarely have anything useful on them and there is no market for one in good ride-able condition around here. If there are any decent parts (tires, seats and pedals) I will mine them first.
As to the SS, if you can manage your costs carefully (internet tires, tubes, cables, brake pads, that kind of thing), then your efforts will be rewarded. My average spend on refurbishing a complete bike is less than $25. Of course, this does not include time.
Assuming you do not have major frame flaws, finished the bike should get about $150. If it was a men's style, I would put the value around $200. I sold basically a NOS Supersport earlier this year for $250, but it was perfect. It really depends how chipped up the paint is. With polishing compound, you should be able to get the paint looking OK to good.
Given your description of the bike, I would budget around $35 for parts and consumables. But I have donor seats and other donor parts laying around (garage sales and what have you).
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