Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 93 Bridgestone RB-1 -- Is this a fair price?
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I'm just a looky loo, but this were 500, it would be mine. "they" say this a sweet bike, but I don't know much about it. What say ye?
11-24-10, 01:37 PM
not my cup of tea, but i think the price is fair.
The Thin Man
11-24-10, 01:41 PM
I agree, not a bad price for the shape/components. There was a CL deal here in Portland that started at $1,000 and eventually dropped to $700. The buyer still didn't get any bites so he popped it on eBay and after two auctions he eventually ended up with $699 for it (http://cgi.ebay.com/Beautiful-1993-Bridgestone-RB-1-Ultegra-Ritchey-/330495929695?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item4cf317ad5f).
Shops have overheads that they must clear and that's why I stay away from them when it comes to purchasing used bikes.
Keep watching, you'll find an RB-1 at a fair price ($500 is a pretty great price, in my opinion).
11-24-10, 01:47 PM
I recently sold a '92 57cm with Dura-Ace 8-speed STI for $550. This is in SF Bay Area, and it lasted more than a week on CL. It did have a small dent on the top tube. Sold to the first person who came to test-ride it.
11-24-10, 04:47 PM
$750 sounds a bit pricey to me, $600 sounds more like it to me. $500 would be a bargain, methinks.
As a former owner of a 1992 RB-1, I can tell you that the ride is first-rate. Others have disagreed with me, but I still think the RB-1, in its day, gave the most bang for the buck. Grant Peterson/Bridgestone had a very well designed frame and made very smart choices in kitting it out. It's a good bike, and a well-maintained or refurbed one would be a great rider, but it is not the be-all and end-all that some folks would have you believe it is, IMHO.
11-24-10, 05:01 PM
This is an rb-1/8, which makes it more desirable to many folks, due to the modern rear spacing. It also has rebuilt wheels, with the original hubs and decent new rims. The co-op wouldn't rebuild the wheels if the originals weren't shot. Is this a great price for the bike? No. Is it a fair price for it? Absolutely, and i feel confident that they'll get that price for it if they're patient. I find it interesting that ppl on this forum think that we should mind our own business when it comes to shady sellers on CL, but who think that a non-profit trying to get top-dollar for a desirable bike is somewhat questionable. FWIW, the fact that this is being sold by a co-op (which may seem reputable to potential buyers) rather than some creep on CL or ebay will help them get their price.
11-24-10, 05:05 PM
friend of mine in dallas just sold one on ebay for that number
Wow - it's gorgeous, rare, proceeds going to a non-profit...I'd love to own it.
BUT: $750 can take you a long way in the bike world. I love vintage steel, but a lot has changed since 1993. Something to keep in mind.
12-05-10, 10:54 AM
if it was my size I would buy it in a second.
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