DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Originally Posted by inkandsilver
Also, I'm thinking that someone who buys a bike like this will very much know what they want on the bike -- and because of this I am thinking maybe I shouldn't bother replacing cables/housing/tires/tubes/etc. like I would for a lower-end bike that a recreational rider would buy. Does this make sense?
Thanks in advance for any help.
No this does not make sense.
Depends if you are selling on ebay or locally. Local buyers want pristine bikes, ready to ride. They do not want to buy something that needs immediate maintenance. I buy bikes in that condition all the time, at a hefty discount. I love seeing rusty cables, old tires (better if they are flat), missing bar tape, rusty chain, etc. Such deficiencies = no competition from other buyers, and nice discount. The choice is yours.
On ebay, this is less the case, although a clean, polished frame is a must.
Selling on line usually means ebay. Selling on ebay takes stellar/perfect feedback, preferably including feedback on shipped bikes, a reasonable shipping fee, lots of great pics, a good listing, and some luck. Ebay is the land of variance. Some days an item takes off, sometimes it does not. I have sold items with the exact same listing, posted the exact same time, same day of the week, same starting price, etc. And I will have an item with no bids three weeks in a row, and on week four, I will get 10 bids and a nice pop at the end.
As a buyer on ebay, I have profited from this variance. As a seller on ebay, it has cost me $$.
At least, this is my experience.
+1 to below, my experience with Miyata frame sizing is C to T on the seat tube.
Last edited by wrk101; 04-29-12 at 08:43 PM.