Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 1980's raleigh team usa
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11-06-10, 08:30 PM
i have the opportunity to purchase this bike and i am wondering if it is close to worth what the guy is asking for it. i took it for a ride and ultimately i am willing to pay for it based off of the feel of the bike. i have done my research and i just wanted to get some second opinions. the guy is asking 370. it is a raleigh team usa 555sl. any thoughts?
i plan on adding better components over time but this is what the bike comes with...?
Seat tube (size): 54cm c-to-c
Suntour 5000 front and rear derailleurs
Suntour friction shifters
Raleigh double crankset 52/42
Freewheel 6-cogs 13/23
Araya 27" x 1-1/4" wheels with stainless steel spokes
11-07-10, 10:48 AM
$370 seems pretty high to me, but I will defer someone more experience with Raleigh pricing.
It isn't completely fair to compare to this price, but here (http://cgi.ebay.com/Raleigh-team-usa-mens-road-bike-/280580481101?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item4153e6604d) is a Raleigh USA that sold for $150. If I had to guess a good price, I would say $250, in ready to ride shape.
For just a bit more than your seller is asking, you could possibly find a Competition, which is a far more collectible bike.
11-07-10, 01:26 PM
Way to high. $150 max....I'm mean seriously, it has stem shifters.
11-07-10, 01:44 PM
Very low end bike with very low end parts; maaaaaaaaaaaybe $100 on Independence Day.
11-07-10, 02:03 PM
ha. wow. thanks for your comments i am actually not getting this bike now. to be honest ive been riding for a long time but never really gotten into the history of or really even quality of ride. Ive built a lot of bikes for absolutely no money and that is what i have ridden for years. Usually huffy frames with pedals off another bike. Im in the process of looking for a relatively cheap bike to tour across the US. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as i said i am very uneducated as to what might be a good starting bike that i could replace components over time. hoping to take off in april 2011
11-07-10, 02:10 PM
What area are you in? Do you plan on doing a supported ride or are you loading your bike up?
11-07-10, 04:01 PM
i am loading the bike down but not with too much of a load. I will be working at farms across the country so carrying food and things of that nature wont be necessary. I will only be taking the essential camping items and very little else. I imagine i will be sleeping on the road about 3 or 4 nights a week and staying at farms give or take some weeks for the other nights.
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