Originally Posted by mdeeble
So here's my question. I just sold a Univega Sport tour from about 1985 for 50 dollars, was that bike worth anything more? It was in good condition but the seat post was seized. I ask only because so many people responded so quickly to my add. One person I talked to on the phone restored bikes as a hobby and was very familiar with the bike. The person who bought it knew, when I talked about it being a Sport Tour as opposed to just a sport, immediately pointed out my decorative lugs.
I think it's really hard to figure out what the "right" price is for a bike. I just bought '86 Univega Arrowpace for $75 at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. They were asking $95 and I think they would have been happy to get $50 after it sat there a couple of days.
Their craigslist add was light on details and had no pictures. The garage sale they were selling it at was held during the week and ended at 5 pm both days. They sort of handicapped themselves.
I don't know much about Sport Tours. The bike I bought is an odd mix of entry, mid-level, and higher end components. The frame is decent quality but nothing spectacular as far materials go (chromoly main triangle, forged dropouts). Aside from the tires it was in very good condition. It also has a nice candy apple red/silver paint scheme.
So while I did have a little buyers remorse thinking I could have got it for $50, life is too short to worry about the $25.00 difference.
You got the price you wanted and the buyer was happy to pay it. Everybody wins.