Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - $400 Vitus 979?
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Found a Vitus 979 local on craigslist and was thinking of inquiring into it. Was gunna make an attempt at offering 250-300. Do do think thats a fair price? First bike for me, and light forum research indicates it to be a good bike from that era?
Vitus 979 classic road bike in excellent condition
Cinelli handle bar and stem
Shimano 600 sis rear and front derailer
dura ace hubs
Hes entertaining $250 which is pretty much as high as I can go in any case.
Any advice on the bike? Questions I should ask? Would appreciate responses before I pick it up if he agrees!
Looks clean. I'd buy it for $250 if it fit and I was going to ride it. To resell, maybe not.
A Vitus in good-excellent condition will usually go in the $200-500 range. I'd say anything under $300 would be considered a good price. I have a Vitus that I bought for about that much, and despite the reputation, I'd say it's considerably nicer than most vintage steel bikes in the same price range that I've experienced. In other words, I think they're a deal.
04-27-12, 03:45 AM
If you can get the bicycle for $250, or $350 buy it! They are wonderful bicycles, however; they are not for heavy people. I found my Vitus 979 (http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/Feature_Bicycles/Feature_Bicycles_France/Vitus_979/VITUS_979_1_Start.htm) to be very flexible. Even though I loved the ride quality and feel, I was worried about breaking the frame. I am just too heavy for such a wonderful bike...
04-27-12, 08:54 AM
Is this thing aluminum or carbon tubed? (I'd feel better about riding on Al) Either way, $250 is a good price. Go for it.
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