Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 1970s Tyler ten speed? Worth $150?
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02-24-11, 10:17 PM
I've searched and could find anything but Tyler children's bikes. Seller claims it has never been ridden and was "found in a box" in the attic. Has Shimano Eagle parts, which I've heard very polarizing opinions on. i'd probably try to talk down to $80-100 since seller doesn't seem to know anything about bikes. What do you think?
Here are the pics:
02-25-11, 03:28 AM
I know little about those bikes, but if it were me, I would continue looking .
02-25-11, 05:50 AM
I would try and go lower. it looks like a cheap bike from the '70s to me and new or not I dom't think it is worth over $100. look at the how the stamped dropouts and crimped into the stays.
I do like the shorty fenders.
that Eagle with the integral protector looks lke the one on my fabulous but cheap Royce Union I had in .... well lets say a few years back (giggle)
While they're entry level, the Eagle is robust, dependable derailleur. As suggested this bicycle is decidely entry level, and probably from the 1970s and a chain store. It does look to be in very nice condition but I couldn't envision paying $150 for it. In my region, it would bring $50 now, maybe $75 in season.
Bottom of the line, department store bike. Pass.
02-25-11, 06:33 AM
I would try and go lower. it looks like a cheap bike from the '70s to me and new or not I don't think it is worth over $100. look at the how the stamped dropouts and crimped into the stays.
That Eagle with the integral protector looks like the one on my fabulous but cheap Royce Union I had in .... well lets say a few years back (giggle)
I was thinking the same. My first 10 speed bike was a Royce Union. The Eagle derailleur was the only good thing about it. They are bullet-proof. My American Eagle/Nishiki still runs one proudly. What I remember about the Royce Union was that the steel on the bolts was so soft that all the bolts stripped within the first 6 months.
I wouldn't buy this Tyler to ride, but if you are collecting it, its good condition makes it worthy of purchase. It probably sold for $50 new. $150 sounds too high. Try to bargain them down, if you can't, then only you can decide if it's worth that much to you personally. Your named price range is probably right for you.
The one red flag I notice is that they said that they found it in a box. If it was new and unassembled, why did they assemble it? Collector wise, it was probably worth more unassembled and in the box.
02-27-11, 11:22 AM
Really low-end department store bike. Possibly imported from Poland. If you are an avid cyclist, why bother? Go for an '80s Japanese bike, Schwinn from the '80s, or similar bike that offers both higher build quality and value in the current market. Some early '90s hybrids are still a good value right now. As far as the Tyler is concerned, I bet trying to get those steel rimmed wheels (26" ?) properly trued will drive you to drink. Just a little too much torque on the anchor bolts will also cause them to pop, since the metal on that thing isn't exactly "premium" stuff. Unless this is "the" bike you had as a kid, bringing back "warm and fuzzy" memories, "fuggedahboutit"! BTW, plenty of great deals on bikes with modern components for about $200 ($199 Schwinn Willy at Nashbar, for example). Bottom line...get something you will like to ride.
02-27-11, 11:58 AM
Yep, as others have said, PASS. It's a very low end department store bike using the lowest grade components an frame and the infamous steel rims.
02-28-11, 05:44 PM
Gee, I forgot about how bad those Tyler made rims were. Extremely difficult to seat the tires on the rims without them blowing off. $50 tops. Very low end made in Poland bike. Look for some other brand, other than this one, best advice.
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