This is my second thread about a René Herse bike. The first one was for sale for less than 100e and sold in a matter of minutes (to someone else). This one is even more interesting but I fear that to get this one I’m going to have to put in REAL money. So, I have been offered to make an offer on this bike from a seller in another country and wanted to know what the experts think about it. Is it a real Herse (I’m 99% positive that it is but you never know)? Have I identified the parts correctly, especially the crank set (since it’s probably the most valuable part)? Will the repaint affect the value considerably?
Those pictures are all I have to go with right now. I am afraid to ask for more pictures since it has probably been offered to other buyers already and I want to make an offer before a Herse appears on Ebay (there is nothing right now).
Finally how would you go about that; He asks me to make him an offer. Obviously, I am trying to get a decent deal on this bike especially if I to go to France to get it (I have family there though). I fear that if I offer too little he is not going to answer and if I offer a lot more than he expects he is going to find it suspicious and get appraisals elsewhere. If he can’t give me a price range I was thinking of offering 500e-1000e.
Here’s what I think I have identified so far;
Age; Looks like a 50’s bike ?
Stem; Herse’s own stem
Front rack; herse?
Brakes; 2nd type cantilever brakes
Rear light; modified JOS type FU taillight for seat tube mounting
Herse front derailleur
Shift lever; eccentric lever for cyclo rear deralleur
Chrankset; Arms look like a René Herse and the outer chain rings “Spider’’ looks rounded . I would have expected triple chain rings on this bike
Rear derailleur; appears to be herse modified derailleur
Hubs; Appear to be Herse modified hubs
THANKS A LOT !