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Old 04-01-14, 12:45 PM   #1
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1988 Schwinn Premis Heavily modified

Just wanted to get a market value ballpark here.. I'm contemplating heresy N-2.








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Vuelta Zerolite Wheelset (9 speed)
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The brooks was replaced with an Origin 8 pro saddle even before flip contemplation.

Paint has some minor knicks etc, minor surface rust I plan to clean up both of those if this is even going to be worth selling.
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Well, here's the deal. I have done similar to a Motobecane and it is a great rider, better brakes than original, derailers, shifting, etc. Easily competes with entry level aluminum beasts. Unfortunately, I could probably never get out of it what it is worth. Same might apply to yours. I hope not, and if you decide to sell, hope you make a tidy profit. But I suspect this might be a "sum of the parts is greater than the whole." All that said, are all of the upgraded components new or very low miles?
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If we are going fair market value $300. You might get someone to pay more with the STI and "upgraded" wheelset. I would have put a wider range cassette on it so you had a reason for the mtb derailleur.
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Well, here's the deal. I have done similar to a Motobecane and it is a great rider, better brakes than original, derailers, shifting, etc. Easily competes with entry level aluminum beasts. Unfortunately, I could probably never get out of it what it is worth. Same might apply to yours. I hope not, and if you decide to sell, hope you make a tidy profit. But I suspect this might be a "sum of the parts is greater than the whole." All that said, are all of the upgraded components new or very low miles?
The more and more I think about it, the more and more I'm sure I could never get parts value alone back out of it. Let alone a price that would negate my attachment to the bike... but I'm going to wait for more values to roll in, although I suspect Digger is pretty spot on for most bike markets, although with how hot the one I'm in is I suspect more like 400 but it's much harder to appraise a bike you're attached too.
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Sell a bike that you don't like as much, or doesn't ride as good. I think you are traveling headlong towards sellers remorse!
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Parts less 25% for complete bike. Typical over-improved bike (I have a fleet of them!!!), great for buyer, lousy for seller.

So here's the math. Figure out what the parts are worth on ebay, reduce that figure by 25%, and that is what the complete bike should bring. Kind of sucks.
Yeah Bill.. you pretty much just put the last nail in the coffin of this possible sale. Sidenote: the Tempo is about to get yet another rebirth.
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I keep a couple of bikes worth of replacements just for this service. Imagine trying to sell a late 1980s Japanese bike, with all 1990s Dura Ace parts (STI). Around here, it would bring about what the shifters and derailleurs are worth. Frameset, wheels, brakes, crank, saddle, bars, stem, all for free..... I can see late 1980s RX100 or 105 going back on the bike instead.
Just for the sake of knowing, say the bike was OEM other than tires/tubes/chain/seatpost/saddle any idea of value then?
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