From our old friend Maynard.
From our old friend Maynard.
Interesting story, I guess. A few quick reactions, based on not much real info.
"fine old British handmade racing bikes" is almost a turnoff, at least to a C-L crowd. Admittedly the author wouldn't have wanted to give away too much info in his column about his connection to that ebay offering. Still, this could be anything from a top-line Mercian or Carlton to a Raleigh Gran Prix. We can suppose he listed the model and manufacturer, but it might still have smelled bad to a savvy buyer. Too many ads call anything with dropped bars a "fine British racing bike".
We also don't know what he was expecting. Perhaps there are well-heeled gentlemen waiting around for collectibles but those folks aren't necessarily going to be riders. The bikes being ridden will more likely go to "ordinary folks" for whom old steel bikes are an intriguing (and nice to ride) hobby because they are inexpensive. I'm not a collector and all my bikes are either franken or set up as faux-restoration riders, so maybe I don't count. But when I peruse ebay for bikes or frames I won't even look at something high-priced.
Mostly that article just seemed like he was, shall we say, disappointed and venting because it didn't sell. I don't know what else to make of it.
Real cyclists use toe clips.
Thanks, it is an entertaining read. But I agree with Jim. Without knowing more about the bike there's not much more to say about it.
Klunker King wannabe
That was not a good read. It was a bunch of useless hot air.
1 Super Record bike, 1 Nuovo Record bike, 1 Pista, 1 Road, 1 Cyclocross/Allrounder, 1 MTB, 1 Touring, 1 Fixed gear
Well, if your going to compare the sales value of a dinged-up Raleigh Super Course to a Trek 720 or even 520 (and it sounds like he may be) then you'll find the "clean old Trek touring bike" wins every time."One of the questions dealt with the tiny paint chips. The questioner, who did not bid, said he knew what the usual base coat under the paint looks like on these bikes."
"A rider or collector who finds his way to this ad will know what the bike is. Heíll understand why itís worth more than a clean old Trek touring bike."
● 1971 Grandis SL ● 1972 Lambert Grand Prix frankenbike ● 1972 Raleigh Super Course fixie ● 1972 Peugeot UE-18 Mixte ● 1982 Motobecane Jubile Sport ● 1983 Nishiki Landau ● 1984 Peugeot PH10LE ● 1984 Bianchi Limited ● 1985 Peugeot Vagabond ● 1985 Trek 600 ● 1985 Shogun Prairie Breaker ● 1985 Raleigh Elkhorn ● 1986 Univega Nuovo Sport ● 1987 Schwinn Tempo ● 1996 Kona Lava Dome ● And a Bike to Be Named Later ●
I have read his stuff in other places. I always came away thinking he was not a skilled writer and miserable.
Here is his ad: Hetchins "Keyhole" Bicycle 22 1 2" 1975 | eBay
High starting bid plus a reserve. "Cracked and useless" saddle. Tubular rims probably don't add to the appeal for most people. Presentation is ok, but the paint could use waxed and there's some dust on the frame and grease on the chainrings. And this is just a thought, but most people looking for a Hetchins are probably looking for a model with the curved stays. Not too surprising he hasn't had any serious interest.
The listing also shows shipping at only $23.11, which is a major red flag.
Meh...that looks as though it could be a repaint and the gear levers are mounted too low (says me in a grouchy mood)