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Old 08-29-12, 06:17 AM   #1
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80's miyata

picked this up a while back, finally got aound to fixing it, tryin to sell it for 120, but i haven't got anybites yet...maybe to late in the season for rochester ny

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if you're looking for tips on how to get $120 for your bike, my first suggestion is to find a better location to take pictures
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Level your handlebars.

Level your saddle.

Move the quick release on the front wheel to the left side.

Find a nicer, less cluttered background to place the bike in front of.

Don't use of the word "rare" in your ad as it doesn't really apply to this bike.
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+100 on better photos, after all, you are in the hometown of the company (KODAK) that invented photography for the masses. Some from a ground hog's perspective would help.

You may have the bearings, brakes, and mechanicals in good shape, but the bike looks very, very, tired.

Spend $5 on a tub of Mother's aluminum polish (Walmart) and 45 minutes to make the brake calipers, levers, stem, seatpost, cranks, handlebar, and hubs shine. $20 on two new gumwalls from Niagaracycle.com would help too. Then you could ask and get $150.00.

A small point, but braze ons are for accessories, not "options."
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Old 08-29-12, 06:48 AM   #5
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+200 on the pics, loose the splash bar tape for a solid color. Everything the replies have told you. Good luck with the sale.
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thanks for the info..... lol @ the kodak remark... you have more of a kodak presence at your local drug store then rochester has right now... actually they are shutting that portion of the business down now.... ha

actually i like the splash bar tape.. wanted it to pop.. ill go over it again... thanks again..
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I found your ad

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Selling a Selling a Classic

Miyata 100 Road Touring bike

this is a steel cromo double butted, lugged frame

get this rare touring bike, hard to find, and light weight!!! also a rare smaller frame

Tires are in good shape, and brake pads are solid

this 52cm frame is built for a rider 5'5" to 5' 10" in height

has been completely overhauled, bearings in bottom bracket, headset and hubs have all been cleaned and regreased,
cables have been re run and derailluers have been adjusted.
this bike just hums down the road , on its 27" rims, which are true and solid

this bike is full of options, frame mounts for bottle cage, and optional rear rack,

lots of fun... great for men or women

serious inquiries only!! email is best, i receive messages on my phone so i will be quick to respond

120 or Best OFFER

don't miss your chance to have a gorgeous vintage bike
You've got *way* too much "marketing speak" and very few details about the bike. You need to make your pictures do the marketing and use the words to fill in the details.

For the pics, find a bright spot with a clean, neutral background. Wash the bike and maybe even wax it (get spray car wax and put a lil bit on a rag) Stand the bike up straight and line up the wheel with the frame. Include pics of the decals and a close up of the frame tubing sticker.

I would have chosen a more "vanilla" bar tape (the idea is u want to appeal to widest possible audience) but don't replace it now. I would consider replacing the tires and tubes though. New tires make an old bike look a lot better. You can increase your asking price if you mention these things are new

Are you sure that is an 1985? Doesn't look like the catalog http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...600/img090.jpg
If the bike is really 52cm, it'd fit shorter riders than your ad suggest too

Here is the text I would post (I would add more details about components though)

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1985 Miyata 100 - 52cm Road Bike

Seat tube is 52cm ~ fits riders around 5'2" to 5'7"

This bike has brand new cables and all bearings have cleaned and regreased. Tuned and ready to ride.

27" wheels
Double-butted cr-mo steel frame

Asking $120 or best offer
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Visit flickr and look up the many (MANY!) excellent groups dedicated to various vintage bicycles to see how users set up their bike photographs. There are a lot of very good examples that will help you to make better decisions about how to best frame up and depict your two wheeler. Here are just a couple of good groups:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/oldcycles_/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1866540@N23/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/610631@N25/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/moltocolnago/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1368725@N23/
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thanks for all the advice.. sold it today to some college kid... i asked him if the pictures were ok, he said yeah, he knew what it was and was excited to buy it... i think you guys place too much weight on pics lol...
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thanks for all the advice.. sold it today to some college kid... i asked him if the pictures were ok, he said yeah, he knew what it was and was excited to buy it... i think you guys place too much weight on pics lol...
Dude, you can take the advice or not (obviously), but the people on this forum are pretty knowledgable. I suggest that if you don't want the advice then don't ask for it in the first place. Yeesh.
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My advice was going to be to list it where college "kids" will see the ad.
Rochester being a college town, the price was fair.
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thanks for all the advice.. sold it today to some college kid... i asked him if the pictures were ok, he said yeah, he knew what it was and was excited to buy it... i think you guys place too much weight on pics lol...
congrats you can have no pics and still make a sale. but better pics lead to more/quicker sales (imo)
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Better pics and better bike prep work and you could have got more for that bike.

Just sayin'.
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Level your handlebars.

Level your saddle.

Move the quick release on the front wheel to the left side.

Find a nicer, less cluttered background to place the bike in front of.

Don't use of the word "rare" in your ad as it doesn't really apply to this bike.


You'd think the basics would've been covered? A local flipper does that except he uses a nice backdrop.
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i doubled my money on the thing, it wasn't much to look at, had alot of paint chips/surface rust... i was hoping for at least a 100, and i did better, and some college kid who had to walk to meet me is thrilled.. so its a win all around...plus i keep a decent bike out of a land fill..
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