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Old 12-28-10, 09:09 AM   #1
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What's a good offer for his/hers bicycles?

Not sure if I'm in the right place for this, but would anyone have an idea what would be a reasonable offer for these two bikes as a pair?

1969 - Raleigh Superbe with a Dyno Hub, Lockable fork, Famous Stormy Archer 3 speed, Full Polished Stainless fenders, Brooks seat, Rear rack, Chain Guard, Side stand

1972 - Raleigh/Rudge Sport - with a Dyno Hub, Famous Stormy Archer 3 speed, Full fenders, Lockable fork, Chain Guard, Brooks seat, Side stand

I haven't seen them in person, but the photos show them in good condition.

Thanks in advance.

Here are the photos.


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Old 12-28-10, 10:17 AM   #2
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These bikes are 40 years old and depends on what you want them for. If you are a Follower of old Bikes then it is what you are prepared to pay for them

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What Value is a 40 year old bike? Not much in my view. Think cheap and go cheaper if they are for you. If they are in good condition then they will ride well enough--Providing the fit is right.
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The vintage forum is definitely the place to ask. My wife's grandfather had a similar pair of his/her Raleigh 3-speeds from the 1960s. They were a beautiful brown color and in excellent condition. One even had the original Brook's leather saddle bag hanging off the Brooks saddle. I discovered these bikes in his garage when my wife and I first started dating about nine years ago. We were visiting him in Southern California and I commented on how they were collectors items and to let me know before he gets rid of them. He seemed surprised that anyone would care about such old bikes in his garage. He moved not long after that and the bikes disappeared. He isn't even sure what happened to them. I was very sad, because I had plans to give them a good home. But yeah...I don't have any idea what they are worth. If you can find a similar model on eBay it might give you some idea. I do know that vintage Raleighs have a following, but with all things collectible the value is in the details. If there is something about either model that makes it rare, or if it has original parts and accessories that are in excellent shape, it will help the value. That vintage Brooks leather saddle bag hanging off the back of one of the bikes I mentioned might have been worth more than the bike itself since the leather seemed like it was in pretty good shape. And being an original accessory it definitely would have added to the overall value of the bike.
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I wonder if a Famous Sturmey Archer hub is more desirable than a plain old Sturmey Archer hub?
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These bikes are 40 years old and depends on what you want them for. If you are a Follower of old Bikes then it is what you are prepared to pay for them

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What Value is a 40 year old bike? Not much in my view. Think cheap and go cheaper if they are for you. If they are in good condition then they will ride well enough--Providing the fit is right.
Thanks. Yeah, I'm not a vintage bike connoisseur, but these look like a nice easy-going set. I may just send the seller a "cheap" offer.
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Depends on the part of the country and whether you have an informed seller. I have seen pairs like that sell for as little as $75 and as much as $500. The men's bike appears to be a 23" frame which is harder to find than the more common 21". IMHO that makes it worth a bit more. The polished fenders are interesting...

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