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Old 03-13-14, 08:30 AM   #1
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Bikes you should have never sold...

Sort of a commiseration thread here, I recently had to list a bike for sale that I never thought I would since those pesky bills just keep coming! After putting a dent in the bills it should hopefully go for enough to fund a new project at least. But anyways, what bikes have you sold that you wish were still around? Ever have a chance to get one back?

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Old 03-13-14, 08:44 AM   #2
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The only bike I regret selling was a 1895 wood rim bike. I got it pretty cheap and someone offered me a crazy amount for it.
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up until a few weeks ago it was my 1973 Raleigh DL-1, but since then i found one thats older and in better shape... so i'm in recovery now
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What is this "selling" of which you speak?

My stable just keeps growing... I have traded some bikes, and feel that I got similar value in the trades, but at least one I wish I hadn't because I don't ride the bike I got in trade... even though I never rode the bike I traded away either.

I would have preferred to keep the Ross Signature instead of the Raleigh Sport I got in trade... But, that is mostly because it was a reasonably nice American built bike that I sought out for just that reason. The Sport actually matches my style of riding more closely. Maybe I'll have to get the Sport out on to a rail trail this year, and that should take care of my regrets. So, I guess I am fine with what I have traded away.
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I haven't gotten around to the selling part much, yet. Just CL bikes that I picked up super cheap because, well, they were super cheap. And had a set of fenders I wanted, or a triple crank I was looking for, or a nice set of rims, or...

All of them went out the door later at prices a little better than I paid for them, after I took what I wanted. Couldn't wait to see them gone. My hometown market is terrible for selling, so moving a few of my better bikes to pay the bills is just not an option. I'd make more efficient use of my time by begging on a street corner.
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None.

Sure, I loved my 2006 Allez triple, but my Podium 2 has better components and is equally as good of ride. I also didn't really lose much since I sold the Allez for what I bought it, and I owned it for 2 years. Only had better tires and a seat bag
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Old 03-13-14, 09:59 AM   #9
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Bikes I've sold and regretted:

Bikes I've sold or traded away:

'Nuff said. Maybe I need to start selling.
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I've sold two guitars because I needed the money. I've regretted selling a couple of basses- I sold them because I wasn't using them.

Bike-wise... I vaguely regret selling my 1984 Trek 420. But it went to one of our son's friends as a college bike- and he rode the snot out of it- I haven't seen him in a few years- I hope it's still with him.
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I have sold five, (if you count frame sets)

I was able to buy one back, so that regret had an end.
One I almost sold decades ago for I needed the cash, I am very happy we could not come to a deal.
Another I sold and do miss but the proceeds went to a worthy cause, my education.
Another would be fun to have on occasion, I won many races on it… but so it goes.
The other two were sensible to sell. I miss them for aesthetic value, but one cannot keep everything…
I should sell a few more.
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My mid seventies Tour de Suisse. It was my grandfathers. I left it at my brothers house for years and basically forgot about it......... came to find out that he had just sold it to a co-worker for $25. I constantly remind him of this.
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I should sell a few more.
But first, I wish you would show them to us, Repechage. I could have missed it, and likely did, but I don't think I've ever seen any of your bikes. And would like to.
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1974 Raleigh Competition. Bought it brand new, and loved that bike. Kind of wish I still had it.
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Just a couple of shots I have handy that have left the herd. Mainly because of offers I couldn't turn down...
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In retrospect I should have kept this PSV10 even though it was a little bit too tall for me.


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But first, I wish you would show them to us, Repechage. I could have missed it, and likely did, but I don't think I've ever seen any of your bikes. And would like to.
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In retrospect I should have kept this PSV10 even though it was a little bit too tall for me.
That bike would be too tall for everybody.
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That bike would be too tall for everybody.
IIRC, it was just a 63!
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The only bike I ever regret selling is a time trial bike I used to race as a teenager. Sophomore year of college, while sub-letting an apartment over the summer with my then-girlfriend/now-wife, I sold the bike in order to make rent. I think I got ~$275 for it, sold through a campus bulletin board in the pre-Ebay/CL days. Sadly, I have no pictures of it and the maker has been lost in the recesses of my memory. (The loss was painful, so maybe I blocked it out.) It fit me perfectly and was really fast. I bought it used from a Cat. 1 Senior racer on my old race club. Begins with a "Z" if I recall correctly, but I haven't been able to place the maker since I've gotten back into riding. It was an obscure handmade Italian frame made of Columbus SL tubing. I'd never heard of the maker at the time I bought it, and never saw another frame by the same builder in all my racing days. The frame had flanged headtube like a Laser, areo seat stays, curved seat tube around the rear wheel, and a beautiful metallic silver paint, and outfitted with full Dura Ace 7400, Mavic TT bars, Cinelli Volare saddle, blue Ambrosia rear disk, 26" front wheel. My decision to sell my bike helped prove to my girlfriend that I was potential marriage material. She still to this day brings up the fact that I was willing to make such a "responsible choice" as a credit to my maturity and testament to my commitment to our relationship. I wouldn't trade my wife for any bike in the world, but she has no idea how much I still miss that bike!
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I've only sold one bike, and that was a gas-pipe all steel '74 Fuji Special Tourer when I bought my S-10S. I don't regret that sale one bit! Oh, wait... Last year I sold a Trek 1100 that was two sizes too small for me. I don't regret that sale either!
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I regret Selling my 74 Raleigh Sports and my Rawland Drakkar. A little OT but I also regret selling my DW collector series Drum kit. Sold it for money to buy bikes. Oh well.
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This bike was one that I totally restored from top to bottom and wasn't anywhere near my size, but I should have kept. Click on the picture and see how bad it was when I got it. One of my best before and afters. I listed it on E-bay and it sold in about an hour. The buyer was lucky to get it. I really didn't want to sell it. Peugeot PH501.

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What is this "selling" of which you speak?

My stable just keeps growing... I have traded some bikes, and feel that I got similar value in the trades, but at least one I wish I hadn't because I don't ride the bike I got in trade... even though I never rode the bike I traded away either.

I would have preferred to keep the Ross Signature instead of the Raleigh Sport I got in trade... But, that is mostly because it was a reasonably nice American built bike that I sought out for just that reason. The Sport actually matches my style of riding more closely. Maybe I'll have to get the Sport out on to a rail trail this year, and that should take care of my regrets. So, I guess I am fine with what I have traded away.
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