Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - how much is this bike worth?
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08-30-11, 07:38 PM
08-30-11, 09:57 PM
No photos and "No saddle. Will probably need new tires, cables, wraps, and a good tune-up" is Craigslist code for P.O.S.
08-31-11, 06:22 AM
I would agree, I can't see Central Iowa being a hotbed of bicycle buying right now. plus a 24 or 25" frame is pretty big you need to be 6' 2"
08-31-11, 06:34 AM
Also: Vista Pacer = no-name brand, possibly something sold in non-bike shops (Walmart, KMart, etc)
'made in Japan, possibly by Giant' = dishonest. Giant = Merida, Taiwanese company. Early 80s Taiwan production was low-end copying of Japanese work; the work quickly got better but this is unlikely to be a 'better' example.
Even for $60 this does not sound like any kind of deal.
08-31-11, 05:59 PM
I used to be $50. Now it's $70.... I'm passing that one
how about this one? http://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik/2564427234.html
That bike would sell for maybe $125 in very good condition where I live and prices are high here. It's hard to tell the condition of this bike but with the amount of grease/grime on the dropout I doubt anything was done to it besides new tires.
Is it what you want? Is it your size? If it's yes to those 2 questions, if it's in very good shape and you can get it for less than perhaps it's a good deal for you. Also if the pickins are slim in your town and you are in a hurry to buy a bike.
What's your budget? Not in a hurry? Have you looked on ebay where you can shop for about 200,000 bikes?
This is an OK deal if you don't need gears and it fits you>http://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik/2552299852.html
Do you have deep pockets?>http://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik/2575784612.html
You want basic transportation? I see mountain bikes for $40 on your CL and they can be just fine to get you around.
Decide what you are looking for and that should help you make choices. Best of luck.
Claw derailleur hanger, stem shifters, steel rims, galvanized spokes. That's a really basic low end bike. What are you seeking, and what is your budget? Myself, I would aim higher if my budget allowed for it. Around here, the basic bottom end stuff might bring $100, while a bike that originally cost 10X more, with a lot better frame, better components, better wheels, etc., might go for $200. So if you can swing it, the $200 bike could be night and day better, and well worth the extra $100.
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