I trust the people in this forum. Why? I don't know. But whatever...
The other day I came across a bike for $15. I don't need another junk bike so I bought it for the sole purpose that it had a Brook Team Pro on it. The idea was to take the saddle, put a crappy one on, and flip the bike for $30
So that's what's happening. The thing is, I'm getting calls from college girls about it since it's cheap and a ladies size. I hadn't planned on doing any work to it. Now though, I'm compelled to get the bike in good running shape before I give it up for a new home. Should I put the work into it or not? My fear is that someone would buy it and not fix it. It's not in bad shape. It needs cleaning bad and some oil and grease wouldn't hurt it. I want more bikes on the road, but I feel bad letting one out there that's is not entirely road-worthy. Is it my problem or not?
if i had a bike that needed work, and the tools and the time, i'd do it just for the fun, relaxing pleasure of doing it. make it smoothe and a little bit prettier, somebody buys it, maybe somebody falls in love with it. go for it.
i agree that you should get it roadworthy if you're inclined to do so. it's not a high percentage of people that have the know-how to bring a bike back from the dead. even among those that are capable, it's rare to find someone who does it just for the sake of getting more butts in saddles. it's a beautiful thing.
if for whatever reason you can't or don't want to fix it, it's perfectly okay to sell it cheap and tell the buyer that it needs some work before it's completely safe to ride. most people buying $30 bikes expect this.
EDIT: if you do fix it, definitely sell it for more than 30 bucks. your motives may be pure, but your time's still worth something.
I got a really nice fork for free the other day to finish a conversion I'm building for a friend. I guess I owe the cycling gods a bit of good karma. I'll make her a worthy, around town beater.
doing a conversion for a friend too? good man (or woman, your profile doesn't say). best of luck.