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Old 03-30-14, 09:46 PM   #1
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1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 Chrome

Hey guys, I purchased a 1980 Voyageur chrome model today, 23" frame. It's all original, but needs a good cleaning and to replace tires, tubes, lines, bar tape. I paid $150. The problem is it has a small (1/2 dime) size ding in the top tube in a very conspicuous spot.

Saw it today and had to scoop it up. Hasn't been ridden in 15 years according to the owner.

I was thinking to clean it up, replace worn items and "flip" since it's a desirable bike. Wondering if it will be worth it to invest my time and $$ into fixing it up, OR should I simply clean it up and sell frame and components as a group and list it for less $.

Option 3, to hell with it, keep it myself...

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Old 03-30-14, 10:10 PM   #2
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I was thinking to clean it up, replace worn items and "flip" since it's a desirable bike.
good luck with that. intending to profit off a $150 dented frame sounds looney tunes to me.

if it was in ready to ride and great condition (ie without dents), its worth $150-300. realistically about $200.

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Old 03-31-14, 04:01 AM   #3
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I just sold a very nice, no dents, new tires and ready to ride Voyageur on eBay for $232 plus shipping.

If I took better pictures and sold it a little later in the Spring, I may have received a little more.
People list these on eBay for $700+. I have never seen one sell for anywhere near that much.

The dent hurts value. 23" frame is easier to find buyers than a 25" frame.

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Old 03-31-14, 06:16 AM   #4
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IMHO, you probably overpaid for a bike with a dented frame like that to make money on it. If it fits you, fix it up and ride it!
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Old 03-31-14, 06:56 AM   #5
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Probably worth about what you paid for it (best case).
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The top tube dent is a deal breaker for most potential buyers. It's sad to see that kind of damage on what otherwise is a very desirable frame.

When there's a dent like that on a chrome plated frame, you can't roll it out, fill it, fair it, and paint it like you can with a painted frame.
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