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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-23-05, 05:24 AM   #1
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Fair price for a used frame?

I have an 70's classic steel lugged 10 speed frame that I just stripped down and primered only to figure out that it's not gonna fit me. It's a chinese made "free spirit" with semi horizontal drop outs. What would be a fair price to ask for this frameset? I'm not looking to get rich on it, just tryin get another rider hooked!
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Old 05-23-05, 05:32 AM   #2
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not much at all but it all depends on you. what does it mean to you and work from there. research and the foundation begins to build.. good luck and keep riding.

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If you want to get another rider hooked, then just give it away. Free Spirit was the Sears brand of dept store bikes. Some of the earlier ones were made by Austro Daimler in Austria and were pretty decent. You could get a Sears bike with full campy! However, chinese made lends itself towards bottom rung of the ole bike ladder.
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Old 05-23-05, 12:54 PM   #4
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My frames have been purchaced for $50.00 or less.

I have an Austrian made "Free Spirit" frame. It makes a nice fixie.
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I have an Austrian made "Free Spirit" frame. It makes a nice fixie.
I had a early 60s German made sears three speed - It was quite nice, lighter than the Brit bike of the same era with a Torpedo rear hub and some alloy parts(!). It would have made a nice fixed frame - too big for me so I sold it. ($75 for the entire bike with groovy banana seat!)

I'd say $25-30 is right for that frame. Maybe $10 more if it is dead mint cosmetically.
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Hah. If this guy is in Greenbelt, then I just bought the frame off of him. I'm setting it up with a coaster brake, unless of course the drop-outs aren't long enough.
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Old 05-24-05, 11:33 AM   #7
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Hah. If this guy is in Greenbelt, then I just bought the frame off of him. I'm setting it up with a coaster brake, unless of course the drop-outs aren't long enough.
you didn't pay $40 for it tho, right?
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Hah. If this guy is in Greenbelt, then I just bought the frame off of him. I'm setting it up with a coaster brake, unless of course the drop-outs aren't long enough.
That's what I was wondering... I saw it on CL yesterday evening. $40 seems high to me. I got a complete Shogun 12-speed with Tange tubing for $20 last week
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$40 bucks doesn't seem like an exorbitant amount.

Let's make a deal. I won't make fun of the fact that you live in NOVA, and you won't make fun of the fact that I paid 40 bucks for a Free Spirit frame!
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$40 bucks doesn't seem like an exorbitant amount.

Let's make a deal. I won't make fun of the fact that you live in NOVA, and you won't make fun of the fact that I paid 40 bucks for a Free Spirit frame!
FWIW, my fixie is built from a similar quality frame and is an awesome ride. So it's not like you're getting a piece of junk. Just probably no bragging rights.
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I'm using this as a commuter/bar bike. I definitely don't want a bike with bragging rights for that! Plus I'd like to use my coaster brake wheel, so it won't be a fixed gear. I've already got a fixed gear as it is.
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$40 bucks doesn't seem like an exorbitant amount.

Let's make a deal. I won't make fun of the fact that you live in NOVA, and you won't make fun of the fact that I paid 40 bucks for a Free Spirit frame!
I didn't make fun of you but you obviously assumed I would so perhaps $40 was a bit much even for you to rationalize?

I lived in DC for nearly 10 years before moving to VA... face it, this whole area stinks. enjoy your new frame.
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I lived in DC for nearly 10 years before moving to VA... face it, this whole area stinks. enjoy your new frame.
Hmmm... I like this area a lot! It's a fun place to live. Except for the crime and traffic.
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Old 05-24-05, 12:32 PM   #14
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True enough! DC does tend to get old after a while. I grew up in Maryland, which is no great shakes, and there's a natural rivalry with Virginia.

It's called buyers remorse. Couple that with two people saying that they wouldn't pay that price doesn't help any.
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