Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-24-10, 04:40 PM   #1
bds34
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wilmington, DE/Philadelphia
Bikes: some kind of 1989 Cannondale road bike
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Early 1970s Raleigh Professional Mark III

My father has a Raleigh Professional Mark III that's been hanging in his garage pretty much since they moved into the house in 1984. He bought it new in 1970 or 1971. What should he do with it? Is it worth any sort of attempt to restore or sell as is?
bds34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-10, 04:49 PM   #2
auchencrow 
Senior Member
 
auchencrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Detroit
Bikes:
Posts: 10,330
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bds34 View Post
My father has a Raleigh Professional Mark III that's been hanging in his garage pretty much since they moved into the house in 1984. He bought it new in 1970 or 1971. What should he do with it? Is it worth any sort of attempt to restore or sell as is?
That is a very desirable bike - Pics would help some of the experts in this forum make an assessment as to value.
Whether you restore or not has to do in part with what your own intentions are for it . Eg., Do you intend to use it/ simply turn it for cash.
auchencrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-10, 05:25 PM   #3
EjustE
sultan of schwinn
 
EjustE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 3,594
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If it fits you or your father and want to ride it, it is a great bike. They will be some cost to get it to ride ready shape (clean up, new cables, adjustments, lube, tires, tubes) and any bike store can do it. If you do not like it, you will find many willing buyers, but I would suggest to take it to your local bike store for the above items before you sell it. You will recover at least double the cost of what you spend for it. On the other hand, if you want to sell it, parting it out might be the way to go, as it has a full Record component group on it.

Last edited by EjustE; 03-24-10 at 05:29 PM.
EjustE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-10, 06:28 PM   #4
mkeller234
Rustbelt Rider
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
Posts: 8,295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn't part out a bike that nice if it is mostly original. Sure, you will probably make more money that way but it's more hassle and it's better (IMO) to keep it together. Like the others have said, it's a valuable, sought after bike. Post up some pictures and we will be able to help with a dollar amount.
__________________
|^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
|......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
|_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
"(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)
mkeller234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-10, 06:32 AM   #5
rhm
multimodal commuter
 
rhm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
Posts: 15,818
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 107 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
I wouldn't part out a bike that nice if it is mostly original. Sure, you will probably make more money that way but it's more hassle and it's better (IMO) to keep it together. Like the others have said, it's a valuable, sought after bike. Post up some pictures and we will be able to help with a dollar amount.
+1

Depending on this and that, I'm not even sure I'd recommend restoring it. The buyer might very likely want to do that him/herself.
rhm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-10, 07:19 AM   #6
bds34
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wilmington, DE/Philadelphia
Bikes: some kind of 1989 Cannondale road bike
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks everyone. I took a closer look at it last night and it's in pretty rough shape appearance-wise, not sure about mechanics. It has Campagnolo stuff on it. The pedals are missing but my dad thinks they may be around the house somewhere... he took them off to hang the bike but isn't sure if he put them on another bike at some point. Not sure how that might affect things. I will be looking to take some photos this weekend possibly.
bds34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-10, 08:43 AM   #7
5cagm
Senior Member
 
5cagm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: 1984 Nishiki Landau, 1991 Merlin Titanium, 199? Lotto MBK Team
Posts: 494
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
By rough shape do you mean rusty and the paint is chipped? If those aren't the issues and it has been hanging in a garage for all these years, just take it down and cleaning her up will do lots of good. Again, pictures please.
5cagm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-10, 12:09 AM   #8
mkeller234
Rustbelt Rider
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
Posts: 8,295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am with rhm. I would consider selling it as is, especially if you are not familiar to bike maintenance.
__________________
|^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
|......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
|_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
"(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)
mkeller234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:32 PM.