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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Does it have alloy rims?
Does it have a cromoly frame? Looks like a cotterless crank, which is a good sign.
If it has alloy rims and a cromoly frame, then it is a great deal. If not, I would personally pass on it because it is a heavy bike with little interest for resale. I paid $12.50 and $50 for the last two bikes I got (in the last week) that passed both of these tests.
+1 Fork does look tweaked, but it is a really poor picture, hard to tell.
Looks like a large frame, perhaps a 24 inch. If so, you will need to be pretty tall. (Again, hard to tell for sure from this picture).
The key phrase here: "Is the bike ready to ride?" New cables, good tires, straight rims, and so on. Getting an old bike ready to ride at your local bike shop will usually kill the value (cost more than completed bike is worth). But if it is ready to ride, then you are fine. And if you can do all the work, it doesn't cost much, just time.
If you have to put any money into a high ten steel bike with steel rims, you will never get your money back. I haven't been able to get more than $90 out of a ready to ride high ten steel bike. But again, with alloy rims and cromoly frame, you are golden.
Last edited by wrk101; 01-02-09 at 07:15 AM.
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