'84 Centurion - More valuable original or modified?
I have an 1984 Centurion LeMans 12 that has basically never been ridden. It's all original with a few additions (mirror, rear rack) - which were added at the time of purchase. It's my size, which is huge (26.5" frame). So, if I were to sell it (I have two other bikes its size already), would I get more money (net) for it selling it as it is, or if I swapped some parts out on it?
When I was thinking about keeping it I was going to lighten it up (drop the kick stand, the chainring guard, the casette guard, the saddle and seat) and update the breaks, bar tape seatpost, saddle, chain and casette. But I'm wondering if its worth my time and $ doing those things if I won't recoup the cost of the new brakes, etc. For the sake of argument, lets assume I'm not putting on the bottom of the line, but the not the top components, either.
The other argument is that I could throw out all the parts and make it a fixed gear/singlespeed, but that would require wheels and more labor and it's currently shifting very well, which makes me want to leave it intact.
Let me know what you think; what you would do; what would make you feel most satisfied (this can include keeping it).
Here's a link to the catalogue:
And a pic of the bike as it currently is. (only a few very small nicks. no rust except on a few bolts and in those nicks)