Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 1973(?) Schwinn Tandem (copper)
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03-22-12, 09:34 AM
I will need to check the serial number to verify the build date. This bike is in fair condition. All parts are there, but chrome is slightly pitted and a few scratches and dings.
Not asking for an appraisal, just wondering how much work I should put into it and how I can go about determining its value before I put it up for sale.
03-22-12, 11:00 AM
Well how much work you put it into it is going to depend on how much you want to do with it. If you're going to keep it then I guess go as far as you need to go to be happy with it.
If you're going to sell it - you'd probably be lucky to get $200 or so for a nice one, so you probably don't want to go all out. If it were mine I'd replace the tires if they're old/cracked/worn out, repack the bearings with new grease, oil the cables and adjust the brakes (if it has any - some only had coaster brakes) and pretty much leave the rest as is other than cleaning off any dirt or grime/obvious dirtyness.
If you start going all out replacing the chains, seats, cables, etc. you'll easily spend the worth of the bike.
03-22-12, 01:50 PM
Thanks for the advice. That is probably what I will do and leave it to someone who either just wants a nice serviceable ride OR let them do a full restoration.
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