Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Valley Village, CA
Bikes: 2004 GT Avalanche 2.0 / 1987 Falcon Europa / 1992 Giant Innova
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I think the answer as to what's a good price is usually what you
decide it is. $150 seems to be in line with what people are asking on eBay right now, but I've heard of some people getting these bikes for $30 and up. For me, what I think is a good price depends on how close to being rideable it is. If it's in need of a complete overhaul and a lot of parts, I would want to pay a heckuva lot less than if it just needs air in the tires.
I paid $80 for mine because the guy I bought it from knew the Bianchi name, but right now it looks like a sow's ear. Mind you, this is exactly the type of project I'm looking forward to doing myself, even though I know I'm going to sink way more dough into it than I'll ever get back out of it if I should sell it.
The bike in your CL ad looks relatively clean (except that chain), but I'd recommend taking a test ride before buying. (I'm not particularly heartened by the seller's guarantee of "TUBES HOLD AIR.") It looks like it's pretty much all original parts, and some of those are going to be problematic and you'll probably want to swap out: the steel rims are heavy and will be a bear to try to brake when wet; the dynamo generator on the front wheel looks cool but is more trouble than it's worth to try to make it functional.
But if you love the bike... who's gonna stop you? And so it comes back to you decide what you think it's worth.
Best of luck with your purchasing decision!
Last edited by PadawanWrench; 05-23-12 at 09:21 PM.