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 05-25-11, 12:51 AM   #1
lellamy
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is this bike worth it?

It's for sale for 125, and I just need a commuter bike.

This is what the ad says: "I have a vintage Raleigh Record Ace Woman's Bicycle for sale. Not perfect, but a nice bike for a resto project. I have seen them go as high as 300.00+ fully restored. Asking 125.00. Email me if interested"

Is this a fair price?

Attached Images
File Type: jpg bike.jpg (103.0 KB, 34 views)
lellamy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 02:23 AM   #2
frantik
Chainstay Brake Mafia
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: California
Bikes:
Posts: 5,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
someone will know more about the bike itself but if i wanted a bike and i liked that one, and it works, i would buy it.
frantik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 06:09 AM   #3
wrk101
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
Posts: 19,976
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Key word in that ad: "Project". Do you have the tools/time/aptitude/parts to rehab it? Otherwise, forget it, as you will be way upside down on the bike by the time you finish. Ad is fiction, at least around here. That bike is entry level, high ten steel frame, steel rims, etc.

Fully rehabbed and ready to go around here it would bring $125 to $150 tops.

At that budget point, you are really better off with a rigid frame mountain bike. Much lighter weight (at least the good ones), much better components, lots of tire choices, etc.

Or get a better mixte, one with a cromoly frame and alloy rims, fully rehabbed and ready to ride, for $200 (market price).

One thing about deals on bikes, they almost always require work. That work can make a "good deal", a lousy deal, particularly if you pay someone to do the work.

Last edited by wrk101; 05-25-11 at 06:13 AM.
wrk101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 07:13 AM   #4
frantik
Chainstay Brake Mafia
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: California
Bikes:
Posts: 5,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
high ten steel frame, steel rims
ok, i take back what i said in my 1st post
frantik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 07:26 AM   #5
barkersoldbean
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK
Bikes: Canyon Dura ace, Pinarello Asolo Super Record, Holdsworth Nuovo Record, Ibis Tandem, Brompton
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are you kidding? Even more so if it is US$ you are talking and not UKú. That's about the most gorgeous frame ever made - its a French design, with the lateral that goes all the way to the rear axle. Motobecane made it famous. When we visited Annecy in 2009 during the TdF, i saw a few and thought "wow" what a beautiful frame. It took me a year to find one in the UK and i paid considerably more.
Just buy it - it's beautiful and unique.
barkersoldbean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 08:34 AM   #6
frantik
Chainstay Brake Mafia
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: California
Bikes:
Posts: 5,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by barkersoldbean View Post
Are you kidding? Even more so if it is US$ you are talking and not UKú. That's about the most gorgeous frame ever made - its a French design, with the lateral that goes all the way to the rear axle. Motobecane made it famous. When we visited Annecy in 2009 during the TdF, i saw a few and thought "wow" what a beautiful frame. It took me a year to find one in the UK and i paid considerably more.
Just buy it - it's beautiful and unique.
mixtes aren't that unique..
frantik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 11:23 AM   #7
tmh657
Senior Member
 
tmh657's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: SoCal
Bikes: A few BSO's.
Posts: 2,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
I see "project" mixtes often on the local CL priced around $100. Sellers know they are popular but I leave them alone unless the cost of a project bike is low enough to make it worthwhile.
Clean ones sell easily to girls/women. For some reason it seems that a lot that show up on CL have not been taken care of.
tmh657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 04:01 PM   #8
ScottNotBombs
Senior Member
 
ScottNotBombs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Joliet, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 405
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn't pay more than $50 for it, and $50 is pushing it. If you look around you can find something with aluminum rims for $125.
ScottNotBombs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 06:27 PM   #9
formicaman
Senior Member
 
formicaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Everybody seems to want a Mixte these days. This one might not be chromo, but it is quite striking and those old English Raleighs were great. I am of the firm belief that if you just want something to ride for commuting or pleasure, any good condition vintage bike you like is worth up to $150. Why? Because your time is worth money too. Different rules apply if you are buying a second or third bike, a bike to baby and upgrade, or are buying something to resell. Now, this one says "Resto Project" and I don't know what that means. It LOOKS like it's in great shape from the picture, but it's a small picture. If it is ready to ride or maybe just needs tires, then $125 is fine. Just don't expect to make a profit "restoring" it.
That said, the Huret derailleur that was on many of these bikes is truly horrid - make sure you don't mind the way it shifts. I couldn't stand it.
formicaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 06:35 PM   #10
frantik
Chainstay Brake Mafia
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: California
Bikes:
Posts: 5,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by formicaman View Post
I am of the firm belief that if you just want something to ride for commuting or pleasure, any good condition vintage bike you like is worth up to $150. Why? Because your time is worth money too.
i tend to agree.. if you dont know anything about bikes, a complete working vintage bike in good cosmetic condition that you personally enjoy riding is worth 100ish no matter the quality of the components. (this excludes mountain bikes which seem to have almost no demand right now)
frantik 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 08:36 AM.