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Old 08-08-05, 12:07 AM   #1
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Pricing My 2003 Bianchi Pista

Hey all,

I have a conundrum that I was hoping you all might contribute your thoughts on. I have a 2003 Bianchi Pista that I am very attached to, although I am fairly certain that it's not really the right size for me (it's a 53 cm frame; my other two bikes are 55 and 56 cm, respectively). I'm seriously considering buying a mountain bike this summer to add to the collection (I think it would probably be geared, despite my misgivings about deraileurs and shifters, etc.), and I think something has to go in order to keep the peace in my apartment. I recently finished building up an old Nishiki frame into a beautiful single speed beast (52 x 16), which I am thrilled with and riding daily.

I don't know if I can convince myself to part with the Pista (it's been through a lot with me and it's a great bike), but if I were to sell it, what price should I ask for it? It's a 2003 (the battleship grey color with black decals). My only additions to the stock setup were a set of nitto pursuit bars, a Tiagra front brake with a CrossTop lever, and a set of Shimano M520 pedals (probably less than 100 bucks worth of investment, all told). I think I paid a little less than 500 when it was new. There are a few nicks in the paint, although I've kept it wrapped in old inner tubes for much of its life. What would you be willing to pay for such a ride? I'm in Chicago, and I have no doubt that it will sell if I put it up on Craig's list. I just want to know how much y'all think I should ask for it.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 08-08-05, 12:45 AM   #2
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The way Pistas are selling right now I would say $350-400. I bet someone would go for it. Some hipster wanting a "vintage pista".
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Old 08-08-05, 11:18 AM   #3
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The way Pistas are selling right now I would say $350-400. I bet someone would go for it. Some hipster wanting a "vintage pista".
vintage pistas are lugged by the way.

350 to 400 sounds reasonable.
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I know they are. If this one was lugged you would get even more.
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If you get out of your conundrum and decide to sell your '03 pista, I'd be very interested in taking it off your hands.

Would you be willing to ship? I know it's an added hassle, but think of the overwhelming joy you'd be providing for a newbie/first time fixie purchaser!
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