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Old 08-10-10, 04:35 PM   #1
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Selling some bikes I've had sitting to buy 1 nicer bike. Need help pricing.

Posted this a couple days ago, but have since gotten some pics and found the proper forum. I was going to get rid of them for the space, but after a chat with the g/f, space won't be a problem in a month or so, but I decided to sell them anyway to get a nice classic road bike. Anyway... I haven't cleaned these up at all, so they'll look a little better when I post/sell them.

1953 Schwinn: This one is rough. Definitely some rust issues, but no deep rust. I know the seat and front tire/tube aren't original. Don't know much else about it. No idea of value.


1978? Motobecane Mirage: Good looking bike. Hardly seems like it was ever even ridden before I got it. I put on a new saddle, bars with "safety brakes" and new bar tape, and swapped the wheels out for a straight set of aluminum wheels with 6 speed upgrade. Bike is smooth and quite. Nice clean ride. I still have the original parts in original condition if that matters at all. ~$150 w/ original parts or $200 with aluminum wheels?


Bridgestone Sport Touring 300. Not sure of the year on this one. Late 80s/early 90s? I currently have this set up as my around towner/grocery getter, so it's got flat bars and a rack. I have the original bars and brakes if that matters. No idea who many miles this bike has gone, but it's recently tuned up and in really good riding condition. New cables, tires/tubes, and saddle. Rides nice and smooth. I like it better than the Motobecane. It has the same Bontrager saddle as the Motobecane. ~$200? Didn't find much to go off of with this one.


1973 Free Spirit 3 speed. The cheapo department store beater, but I actually enjoy riding this bike. Anyway, it's kinda rough, but decent. Rust on fenders, but I'm sure it'll clean up with a little steel wool. The rust on the wheels I'm not sure about. Painted areas of the bike are dirty but pretty good condition (dirt on the chain guard, not rust). Some rust on rear dropout area and rusted kickstand clamp-thing. ~$65 if I can get it?


And last but not least, I have a black Schwinn world 10 speed that I took the wheels for the Motobecane from that now has steel wheels, no rust, rides well, and this Peugeot Mixtie in blue, minus the front rack, different chain ring, different headlight/generator, and with road tires.
http://www.bikecult.com/works/archiv...eugeotMXT.html

Thanks in advance to anyone who might want to chime in.

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Old 08-10-10, 05:20 PM   #2
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First bike: Severely bent fork, bent top tube, lots of rust = no value. Are you sure it is a Schwinn? Doesn't really matter in that condition.

Motobecane: Looks to be in really nice shape. Around here, with alloy wheels: $165, with steel wheels: $125.

Bridgestone: Would have good value in original configuration (drop bars, with proper levers). In current state, maybe $100. Pristine, with the right bars and levers, ready to ride, maybe $200 to $225.

Free Spirit: with quite a bit of rust, $25 bike around here.

Schwinn World with steel wheels: $100 in pristine, ready to ride condition.

Peugeot mixte: $200 in pristine, ready to ride condition.

I would start on the Bridgestone, Peugeot and Motobecane. I would donate the rest (maybe mess around with the Schwinn World if I had the time), and possibly offer up the Schwinn as a resto project (cheap).

All is based on my market.

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Old 08-10-10, 05:27 PM   #3
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I thought it had a bent fork too, but now I'm just not sure. I've seen a couple pictures of other old bikes like that too when searching for info on this one. Both sides of the fork are exactly identical, so I don't Think(not Positive) anyone managed to bend them that way. Top tube is also made that way from the looks of it. I bought it and another bike together from a 76 yr old guy that got it when he was a kid. I actually asked him about the fork and the fact that it had a Huffy seat, to which he said that that's the way it came(in reference to the fork), and that he put an aftermarket seat on it (he thought in the 80s) and a new front tire/tube. When I did a serial number search it came up as a 1953 Schwinn, which is when the old guy said it was from. Unfortunately he painted it when he was ~19. Thanks.

I figured the Free Spirit wasn't worth much. My g/f left it outside for a winter when she was going to school. Oh well, I still enjoy riding it once in a while.

Both of those were bikes I got for next to nothing just because I liked them, so no biggie.

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When you run a bike straight into a wall (or other fixed object), it will bend both fork legs the same amount. But maybe this is something unique.
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Weird that the Motobecane would be worth less than the Peugeot. It's a Much better riding bike. Maybe it's just the way it's set up with cruiser-ish bars and spring seat. I have the original bars/brakes for the Bridgestone. I planned on putting them back on with fresh wrap before selling it and ditching the rear rack. I just set it up that way for short trips to the store with my g/f on her cruiser, etc.

Do you think the Motobecane matters if it has those bars on it vs. the original with the rubber fake leather? I took off the whole set up including the stem in one piece so I wouldn't have to cut the rubber/leather just in case.

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OK, I searched it out and it is a 1953 Schwinn Traveler. I also Think it does indeed seem to have a bent fork, and it must have been at least somewhat common because I found a couple other pictures of them that look just like mine, but no mention of the bent fork. They must not know either. One that someone bothered to repaint and fix up all nice but with said bent fork. In any case, I guess I'll just throw the 3 speed wheel and rack from the Free Spirit on it, a ligher fork that I have that I'm pretty sure will fit it with a lighter front wheel, spray paint the frame/fork pretty well and ride it for fun with my g/f when we go out and she rides her early 60s Murray cruiser that's actually in decent shape. It's a fun enough bike to ride that I'd rather just throw some spare parts on it than toss it in a dumpster.
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Weird that the Motobecane would be worth less than the Peugeot. It's a Much better riding bike. Maybe it's just the way it's set up with cruiser-ish bars and spring seat. I have the original bars/brakes for the Bridgestone.

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Not weird at all. Mixtes sell at a hefty premium. Peugeots enjoy a premium as well. The Motobecane is a pretty low end bike: stem shifters, high ten steel frame, originally had steel wheels.

The value of bikes has very little to do with which one is the best riding bike. There are people that buy bikes because of the color, or the style, or it has fenders, or whatever. Buyers love mixtes, and they are difficult to find. Sold my last two mixtes to two college roommates. I run out of mixtes a lot sooner than I run out of people looking for them.

And I think that old Schwinn has a bent top tube. Just one guy's opinion.
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Your opinion about the top tube may well be correct. As for the mixtes, that's interesting. I guess I should start grabbing them when I see them. Out of the free bike scores I've had that were decent bikes, 2 of the 4 were mixtes. one being the Peugeot that I have and the other being another Peugeot (almost the same but slightly newer) that I had before I liked road bikes at all that I gave to a friend because his bike had a flat tire and a slightly warped back rim. I think it ended up rusting out behind his garage. We were young and dumb.
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I just sold a peugeot mixte like yours for $170, but I got more in the past. The motobecane is worth about the same price. The Bridgestone I am not familier with. you say its touring. If thats a road touring frame with flat bar handlebars it could be worth $250 plus. If its just a mountain bike frame $100. The Old Free Spirit has seen its better days. grabs some parts off it and recycle it. I'm in the Seattle area, so the market is pretty good here, but not as good as last year. You have to consider what the market will bare in you area.
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Bent fork, rusty frame, or no, a '53 Schwinn is worth $ parted out on ebay.
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