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    How about an '89 cannnondale's worth?

    Hello vintage gurus. I have an '89 Cannondale R700 I'd like to know the value of. It has a few knicks and a decent scrape on the chainstay area and a pretty good one on the fork while carrying it on a rack. I thought about getting some white paint and clearcoat to conceal it a little. The R700 came with Wolber wheels. This one had a Mavic rear put on in the early 90's. I put a 1 1/8 adaptor on and connected it to a modern 90mm stem. Right now, it has straight handlebars and some bmx style brake levers to give it the city/commuter feel. I have a cheap rear rack on the back. I also have the road bars and levers. An original brake lever has a good scratch on it. I had a new bottom bracket installed about 2 years (or 1000 miles) ago. By the way, the '89 R700 had 2x7 gears and downtube shifters. Looking at vintagecannondale.com and what I remember of the bike, it is mostly suntour components and stuff. It's a 58 cm. That should have it covered pretty well, minus pictures. I have my own ideas, but I may be partial, so let me know what you think or what else you need to know. Thanks alot

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    Maybe around a couple hundred bucks.
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    Pictures would help, but in your area, $200 would be a stretch, locally. eBay may bring that, but likely not, with shipping a factor. If it was original with normal wear and tear, $200 would be fair. Your best bet is to find a commuter looking for a bike.
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    Senior Member bassic wilson's Avatar
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    I may get some photos on this evening. Thanks for the info, regardless. The bike is in pretty good shape- very ridable. cheers

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    Senior Member bassic wilson's Avatar
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    Here are some photos. The blemish on the fork is the worst, by far (chainstay scratch is the other biggie). That's a Fuji Velo seat, Ritchey alu 25mm offset post, cheap pump mounted off the cage, and a Cateye Strada cadence computer. You can see the straight bar with new grips and new BMX levers. The old road levers are scratched up pretty good, hoods are kind of cruddy. Just imagine the front
    wheel has a used ridable tire and I have road bar tape. Hope the pics work, I'm pc challenged!
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    Hard to tell for sure with your pics but it appears that your chain is to short.

    I'll stay with my estimate of about $200.
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    Senior Member bassic wilson's Avatar
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    Hmm, the chain was put on a year ago but I see what you mean. Hopefully it's just from me fooling with the pedals and rolling the bike backwards. Anyhow, just wanted you to see it wasn't ready for the junkpile or something. I was thinking 200 plain, maybe 250 with both bars, the rack (which ended up being a Trek), and the Cateye computer. Thanks, Wilson

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Pictures would help, but in your area, $200 would be a stretch, locally. eBay may bring that, but likely not, with shipping a factor. If it was original with normal wear and tear, $200 would be fair. Your best bet is to find a commuter looking for a bike.
    I'm currently flipping a 91, R-400 that's been upgraded with 7X2 Sora brifters and I've kept an eye on the local vintage C-dale prices since I have three, including the 91. After reading the OPs thread and before I read Robbie's post, I was thinking exactly what Robbie said. $200 would be a good price in original condition, maybe you can ask a tad more, but with flat bars, $200 is a stretch. By all means try for it, but understand that's high. I just helped a freind flip a 96 flatbar aluminum Cannondale. He tried for over $200, landed up selling for around $175. That bike with Flat bars is competing with high quality, low priced rigid fork MTBs that sell for around $100-125. With road bars it's competing with older friction shifting road bikes that are selling for $100 to $200. A nice Cannodale for $250 might sell to someone looking for an entry level road bike. If it were mine and I already had the parts, I'd convert it back to a road bike and sell it that way. But that's me.
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    I think I will try to sell it. I'm thinking I'll go a little higher and include all the stuff that can go with it. With the Cateye computer, rack, and original bars/levers, I agree that more may be feasible. I'd like to use this logic: original bike=200 + other bars,rack,decent computer. I'll put it on Craig's list for 250 and either sell it or keep it.
    It was originally my deceased step father's bike. He gave it to me a few years before he passed. I need several things to improve my racing chances and think he'd be cool with getting rid of it. Because of the circumstances, I'm not interested in selling it cheap, I'd rather keep it. I bet it'd go in the spring, but I'll probably be over the financial hump and/or racing by then and won't wat to sell it.

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    +1 $200 would be a stretch around here, with drop bars. With flat bars, less. Rack and computer add no value a far as resale.

    Around here, everyone is looking for a decent bike for around $100. Somewhere in the $150 plus range, the interest level falls off a cliff. And it needs to be clean, ready to ride, tuned up and adjusted, with good tires (at $100, it can have a few defects in this regard).
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    There are some bike brands that people will pay a little premium for. I believe Cannondale to be one of those.

    Of course, there are many, many variables to this, too. The bike's condition, location, and the time of year you are trying to sell a bike will make a big difference in a bikes desirability.
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