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Old 05-18-11, 05:04 PM   #1
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Two Bikes: Bianchi and Raleigh

Steel Bianchi Road Bike, no idea on year, doesn't appear too "vintage" though, but I figured here's as good of a place as any
http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/2388228403.html


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http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/2388571485.html
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There is actually a place to post items you feel are worthy of the forums attention and not looking for a valuation.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...art-II/page407
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I'm asking for appraisals so I could possibly pick one up for myself, I just included the link incase anyone wanted more information
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Did you ask the seller of the Bianchi for some more details and better pictures? Like.. is it Dura Ace or Sora? Big difference. Are you going to be the end user of either bike? Are they your size?
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sent off e-mails for more info on both.

both are roughly my size, maybe a little small. the raliegh is more of a project though, maybe help a friend fix it up and ride it. The bianchi would be as a second bike for myself. Not looking to profit on either
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it's a Bianchi Brava, which I think means it's sora parts.

looking at the decal and the color, I'm guessing it's 2001?
http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...rava&Type=bike

so obviously it's not worth the $400 asking price (reynolds 520 and sora), problem is I'm not really sure what it's worth. original msrp was $750 and I'm not interested in paying extra for the bianchi decal.

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Never forget rule #1 in sales. A product is worth exactly what a buyer will pay for it and not $.01 more. In other words, $400.00 is high to you, perhaps because you don't want it badly enough. Somebody else might. The seller listed it at $400.00 but that doesn't mean that is what he expects to get for it.

I sold a bike last night for what I asked. But that was because I put an eminently fair price on it initially. I had lots of prospective buyers. I could have listed it for what I actually believed it was worth and waited a few weeks to test the waters. I've done that before and sometimes the right buyer comes along and sometimes not.

That bike looks very nice. It is 8 speed, so that is automatically cause some to pass it by. Shame, because Shimano 8 speed groups were some very nice-shifting, reliable components and you can still get replacement components fairly easily should something break.

If you are interested, really interested in the bike, offer $300.00 and see what happens. If $300.00 still seems high to you, then you obviously don't want that bike and could probably do much better with your $300.00 as long as you are patient. Timing is everything and believe me, the second you buy a bike off of Craigslist, a better one for the same price will appear almost instantaneously. That's just the way it goes. Good luck in your search.
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