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Old 02-17-12, 06:34 PM   #1
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Picked up a couple frames today

No real intention to sell these, but they are bare frames and will either need some investment to build them up or, failing that, I may have to sell one to fund parts for the other. So, what I've got:

- A Japanese-built Schwinn Le Tour, sky blue, in very nice shape. Made sometime in the 1970s from what I can find.

- An American-made Raleigh R500, 7005 butted aluminum with a Cro-Mo fork. Decals are somewhat chewed, but the frame is in good shape (and incredibly light). I'm guessing late 1990s or so.

I'm in the metro NYC area, so the market around here is pretty high, at least for compete bikes; hard to say what a bare frame might bring. Anyway, thoughts on values for these two and (if it comes down to it) which would be better to hang on to, would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-17-12, 08:45 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about NYC, but in Chicago, bare frames are a tough sell.
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Nice frames but as said bare frames are a tough sell. I don't think either of these frames is special enough to garner a high price. Depending on size and condition you can probably only get $75-100 for these if they are framsets with original forks and headset. If just bare frames only about $50 a piece.
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+1 Not sure about your area, around here, no one wants frames, they want complete bikes. And the frames you have are nothing special.
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About what I figured. Like I said, I'm not really looking to sell them, but it always helps to have an idea of valuation before you start building something. Parts to do so will accumulate eventually, I suppose. FWIW, both have the original forks and headsets.

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In New York on the Manhattan part of CL, there have been several similar frames that have not sold at $45.
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Note to you BLOWHARD MORONS out there: The fork is not bent. Most PEUGEOTS of the '70s forks DID NOT line up with the head tube angle. This is normal. The last pic is from the 1972 Dutch catalog showing this EXACT MODEL in diagram. Keep your comments to yourself......
It's pronounced, "Co-burn."
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If your raleigh has 7005 tubing I have serious doubts that its american made. Most 7005 tubed bikes were tiawanese.
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If your raleigh has 7005 tubing I have serious doubts that its american made. Most 7005 tubed bikes were tiawanese.
The seat tube sticker reads "Made in USA of US and foreign components".
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If that is the case the frame is likely one built by Reliegh bicycle company of America, when is was a division of Huffy sometime between mid 80's and 93/94.
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