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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Inflation calculator makes no sense to me in valuing a bike.
$250 is on the high end. The Wyoming was not really a touring bike. I know it was marketed as one, but it is missing the common basic features of a touring bike such as a triple crankset, cantilever brakes, etc.
Its a good, basic, entry level bike of that era.
BTW: All original is not a selling point for me. Would you be attracted to a 25 year old car that was all original, meaning it had 25 year old oil, hadn't been greased in 25 years, the belts and hoses were 25 years old, the gas in the tank is 25 years old, etc? All original to me = has not been maintained in 25 years. Cables, housings, tires, tubes, bearings, grease, brake pads all degrade with age, even when the bike is idle. I would make sure that these consumables have all been replaced recently, or you will be replacing them on your dime. Call around to local shops and find out what this type of service costs, around here, you could spend $200 doing it.
At that point, the bike is definitely a bad deal. At $250, that's at the high end for this bike if all of the consumables have been replaced.