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    Good Price for Ladies Raleigh/Hercules 1969 Cruiser?

    Hi all. So I am totally new to the world of bicycles - I'm just looking to get something to use for commuting and riding around on some paved trails nearby and learn as I go. I've been looking on Craigslist but I seriously don't know anything about anything. I'm looking at this Ladies Raleigh/Hercules 1969 3 speed Cruiser - asking price is $60. I am female, 5'5". The seller claims all the gears and brakes work, the wheels are straight and tires are good. I haven't actually seen it in person as I've been just doing a bit of online research first. I'm intrigued by the idea of fixing it up and making it all pretty sometime down the road, but for now I just want something very basic that will work with just a bit of tune up and tlc. Is this a decent price? Thoughts? Thanks, any advice is greatly appreciated

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    Pics are 2 years old, I see lots of rust, so its hard to tell the condition. If the rear hub was kept lubed its likely OK but ????? With all the rust on the rims 2 years ago, I think moe like $30 in my opinion, but I am usually low in these cases.
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    Is this a single speed or a three speed? If it is a single speed, forget it! Three speeds are plentiful and regardless of how "flat" it is in your town, the additional two gears are very handy to have! Realize riding on flat ground against the wind is just like riding up a hill!

    These comments only apply if it is a 3 speed:

    A nice one, with fresh tires, pristine, shiny, looking perfect, around here is $150. Discount from there. And if you are in one of those hot urban markets, prices are higher (SF, NYC, Portland, OR, Toronto, Vancouver, BC, etc).

    As far as fixing it up yourself, 3 speeds are pretty straightforward. So they can make a good choice as a project.

    Pictures may not be two years old, seller might be camera challenged. I know I never get around to setting the date on my camera.

    The great news at the $60 price level, lets assume it is a mistake. You are only out $60. And surely its worth something. The risks really go up when you spend more money. Spend $500 on a bike that was a mistake (I've done it, and I think I know bikes pretty well), ouch!

    As a reference point, I sold a rideable but in need of full restoration ladies Raleigh 3 speed a month ago for $40.
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    Yes, if the pics are indeed 2 years old that could be a worrisome sign. I am going to message the seller and ask for more info, possibly from there go take a look at it and see how bad the rust may be. Thanks for the input! It is a 3 speed. I do live in a "hot urban market" so the good news with that is that - being Friday now, there's about a million more CL postings for me to sift through as well if this is a bust.

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    If it fits rides OK and the 3 speed functions correctly and the brakes work this isn't a bad deal. Not a great bike but just OK 3 speed step throughs often times sell for a half to a third what they should and there is zero love for preacher frames so you may get a pretty good bike dirt cheap.

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    I think $60 is a decent price. I have sold 3-4 from $80-$115. That being said, I picked up the bikes from free to $20.
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    they are good bikes but a cheaper version of A raleigh Sports. They were made by raleigh to be distributed by AMF but aren't exactly the best quality. There is a noticeable difference between the wheels of that bike and of A raleigh branded bike of the same time era. It's still a decent fun bike that is very easy to work on. Check for loose or broken spokes and be wary of rust inside the wheels. rust on the outside is not a deal breaker as I have had bikes that were sitting for 50 years clean up nice and ride perfectly( after a little work on my end) for what it is I would offer 50 bucks myself. I have a couple of these also and they are just fine.

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