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    1975 Norco Monterey Appraisal

    Hi--

    I recently received what I'm assuming to be around a 1975 Norco Monterey road bike from a friend. Unfortunately, it's way too large for me. I am in desperate need of a bike! It's my main form of transportation (I am a college student) and I also enjoy riding recreationally on the weekends (nothing extensive- around 20 mile or so trips). I don't know much about bikes and I'm not looking for anything fancy. Just something that will do the job. I have been riding this around recently, although I know it's quite dangerous to do so with an incorrectly sized bike. I'm looking to get some money for this bike so I can purchase another one (used) as soon as possible. Could anyone tell me what I can get for this bike (if anything)? Even if it's just for parts or going to a bike shop for a trade-in. I would greatly appreciate any help!

    Also, any recommendations for what kind of bike I should be looking for in the future would also be helpful! Much thanks!!

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    The Norco Monterey is, at best, a mid level bicycle and one that does not have a sought after name. That said, it is a good bicycle and worthy of riding for recreational or commuting purposes.

    Vintage Bicycle Value depends on many things, some of which have nothing to do with the bicycle in question. Where you live, how strong the market is there and how good your marketing skills are will all help to define the bike's value. And, for what it is worth, I have a near mint one right now that I will sell for $100. In fact, it is already sold - all I have to do is let it go.

    Recommending a bike is a foolish way to go since you might never find the one recommended. It would be better for you to develop an understanding of what it takes to make a good bicycle and then search for those qualities. Finding a Vintage Bicycle is not really very difficult if you are willing to look.

    Good luck with the bike.
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    Bike appears to be newer than 1975, more like late 1980s+/-. Pictures are not good enough for me to tell the exact year. Newer is a plus as bikes in the 1980s were better in general than bikes from the 1970s.

    Value is hurt by some basic stuff, like the bar tape falling off.

    And it really depends on where you live.

    As to looking for another bike:

    Step 1: determine the size you need and learn how to measure bike size. Sellers rarely/never get the size of the bike they are selling right. Being able to judge size from a crappy picture is a skill that can be easily learned with a little practice.

    Step 2: Study Randy's guides.

    Any style bike can work for you given the description above: a road bike, a hybrid, and even a mtb (one without a suspension and with smooth tires) can all do those tasks. Your choice depends on personal taste and the deals you find. In general, mtbs and hybrids sell for less than road bikes.
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    The Norco Monterey was an entry level bicycle. This sample appears to be from the very late 1980s. As previously mentioned, there is insufficient information to properly appraise it.

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    I would good mid-80's, since single bottle mount and non-aero brakes.

    Thinking around a Franklin for price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdmiliotti View Post
    Hi--

    . . . a 1975 Norco Monterey road bike . . . Could anyone tell me what I can get for this bike (if anything)? Even if it's just for parts or going to a bike shop for a trade-in. I would greatly appreciate any help!
    I think it is 1986 model year. The fade paint job and the Tange900 tubing put it after the 1985 model.

    [Edit:] The serial number can help confirm the year of manufacture.
    Last edited by Hummer; 03-06-14 at 02:09 PM. Reason: request information

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    Around here, $100 is the territory for tired-looking Schwinn World Sports with turkey levers and stem shifters. This Norco seems to be on the next tier above that. Once you clean it up, it wouldn't hurt to start a bit higher: $150-180. Make sure to raise the seat when you take photos (drive side photos please). A buyer might think "stuck" when they see at a slammed seatpost like that.

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