Ah, Friday! Finally enough time to read and write without being rushed!
Time of the year to clean out the bike stable a bit. Just sold my Jamis carbon fiber frame this week. Bought the frame to build up and got it built up just enough to know that the geometry and fit weren't going to work for me. Bought a Specialized Roubaix frameset and, while that build isn't done yet, seems like it's going to be very nice indeed!
Now I've realized that after 3+ years and many good miles, it's time to sell my '04 LeMond Buenos Aires, too. The frame's just a bit small, just enough off for me to always be noticing. Question is, do I sell just the frameset or do I sell the whole bike? It's in great condition, and I love the carbon/steel blend, but other LeMonds of the same model & year, also in great condition, are only selling for about $800 on eBay for the complete bike. A frameset for the same model/year goes for about $350.00. And shipping a complete bike via UPS, even when taken apart for shipment, runs about $100.
I think I'm really answering my own question here, and I'll end up taking the parts off the LeMond, selling the frameset, then putting the parts on something like a Jamis Eclipse frame, if I can find one up for sale (Jamis doesn't make the Eclipse anymore).
Guess that unless you buy something like a Waterford, the resale value of even really good bikes isn't that great compared to the original price. Steep depreciation. Kind of a shame, but I guess that's just the way things work.