Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-09-12, 10:34 PM   #1
Smallwheels
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Smallwheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: I'm in Portland Oregon
Bikes: Xootr scooter
Posts: 1,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Help Me Correctly Value My Smooth Hound

A while back I got help here regarding the price of shipping my bicycle across the country. Without a regular account at Fedex or UPS it will be about $140. I'm going to try to sell it locally first in Montana using Craigslist to avoid shipping it. Since I don't own a car it would be really inconvenient to get it to Fedex or UPS. I suppose I should set the price of the bicycle differently than I would listing it on ebay because there will be no shipping fees.

I went to ebay looking for completed sales of Dahon related things and didn't see any Smooth Hounds or Hammer Heads (similar but higher spec'ed for speed). There were some newer models listed in completed auctions but without sales. The prices listed were much higher than the original retail price of my 2007 model so they didn't help.

The 2008 Smooth Hounds dropped the front Q-fork suspension and added the feature for taking the frame apart. The 2007 doesn't fold. It just has an easy to remove stem and quick release pedals so it can stow away in a skinny space.

I made a video of it that shows some blemishes and features. If you care to look at the video, or if you're very familiar with the values of bikes like this, please let me know a good price at which to sell this.

Thank you for your help.

http://youtu.be/9COTmMWk6I4
Smallwheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-12, 09:59 AM   #2
itsmoot
in cog neato
 
itsmoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Missouri
Bikes:
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No help on pricing but an observation after viewing some of your video: having your saddle's nose down will put greater weight on your wrists (which you say are hurting in your video's description). Have you ever tried adjusting it so the nose is 1/2-inch or so higher that the back edge?
itsmoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-12, 01:28 PM   #3
Smallwheels
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Smallwheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: I'm in Portland Oregon
Bikes: Xootr scooter
Posts: 1,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes I did try that method for a while. I elevated the rear of the seat because it put my weight on the sit bones instead of my crotch. The Brooks saddle isn't totally broken in but it is getting more flexible. My sit bones would slightly sink into the saddle. When it was new they wouldn't do that at all. They were on top of the hard seat.

Strangely my wrists have a carpal tunnel like pain even though there is no carpal tunnel problem. The neck is pinching the ulner nerve and the other one (I don't remember its name). That causes the same symptoms without the actual damage being present. I have a traction device that tugs on my head for a few minutes per day that helps alleviate some of the symptoms. Riding with my body leaning forward causes the neck to bend and put pressure on those nerves. If I could ride everywhere while staring at the front wheel then I'd be fine.

So without any suggestions I'll be pricing the bicycle at somewhere over $400 for my local market. Will it be too much to get interest or will I be losing money for such a cool bicycle? Only time will tell.
Smallwheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-12, 05:53 PM   #4
rodar y rodar
weirdo
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Reno, NV
Bikes:
Posts: 1,962
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
So without any suggestions I'll be pricing the bicycle at somewhere over $400 for my local market. Will it be too much to get interest or will I be losing money for such a cool bicycle? Only time will tell.
There ya go- free to post and no penalty if it doesn`t sell. I`ve sold a few things through CL that I wasn`t sure how to price, so just started with a big dose of optomism and was prepared to repost later at lower prices. Good luck with the sale.
rodar y rodar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-12, 01:46 AM   #5
badmother
Senior Member
 
badmother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 3,085
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would buy that bike if it was not hopelessly far away from where I live. Transport would cost more than the bike. I think a lot of peopel would like it, but lets hope somebody living close to you want it. Posting the video is a good idea. Best wishes.
badmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-12, 08:00 AM   #6
brakemeister 
New usename ThorUSA
 
brakemeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Southern Illinois USA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Smoothhound is sold out since a year or two now ..... and no direct replacement available. You should be able to get top dollar for it .... Than take it apart as far as it goes and find a small enough box for shipping.... weigh it and measure it and find a good shipping rate.... than offer the bike with free shipping..... add the weight and dimension to your listing and just tell the buyer, if he has a better way to get it than you will refund him 40 50 or whatever for shipping....

thor
__________________
www.thorusa.com
Dahon : Freedom Unfolds
Tern : all about the ride
brakemeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-12, 08:04 AM   #7
Azreal911
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Wheeler Mtn bike, Strida 5.0, Tern Link Uno, FSIR Spin 2.0, Dahon Mu P8
Posts: 838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Sounds like for any future bikes you would either be using a recumbent or an upright seater bike (city bikes, strida's, pederson's, etc...)
Azreal911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:11 PM.