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    Senior Member Mr. Embrey's Avatar
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    How do you determin the value of a Franken fixie?

    Not so much Franken, but...

    ...nothing's original. I have no idea how much I have tied up in it. I've never considered selling it as an option.

    It's one of my favorite bikes. I need to sell it to fund another project. I've built this frame up several different ways now, and I've become somewhat attatched to it. I't was my first "keeper".


    How do you detatch and come up with a "reasonable" value of something like that?

    What do you all think the value of this might be?

    It's an 86/87 schwinn world sport. It's a suprisingly decent 4130 Cro-mo frame. It has a new Fuji alloy handle bar, bar tape, new Tektro long reach brake calipers and aero levers, new cables & housings, new left side crosstop brake lever, new (<300 miles) 700x32c Serfas Tuono road slicks on a new set of Weinmann LP18 flip/flop alloy wheels, a new Shimano 105 headset, Sakae SX crank (40x18/18) and a Zoom micro adjust seat post.



    Schwinn World Sport Fixie/SS Conversion by Mr. Embrey, on Flickr


    Schwinn World Sport Fixie/SS Conversion by Mr. Embrey, on Flickr


    Schwinn World Sport Fixie/SS Conversion by Mr. Embrey, on Flickr

    Here are a couple of it's previous incarnations.


    1987 Schwinn World Sport by Mr. Embrey, on Flickr


    Schwinn Urban Sport by Mr. Embrey, on Flickr

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    i love it. it looks great fixed, road, whatever. i suggest you keep it, as the value of it to you will be greater than the value of it to someone else.

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    Thanks. But I need to raise the funds, and thin the herd, in order to gain approval and facilitate the new project.

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    +1 on keeping it... find something else to sell, it looks a heck of a lot more useful than what you'd get...but if you needed to sell it, I've seen schwinns here in PDX go for as low as $150 and as high as $300, but thats pushing it... If I were selling it, I'd price it around $225

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    Senior Member Mr. Embrey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    +1 on keeping it... find something else to sell, it looks a heck of a lot more useful than what you'd get...but if you needed to sell it, I've seen schwinns here in PDX go for as low as $150 and as high as $300, but thats pushing it... If I were selling it, I'd price it around $225
    Thanks. You reassured my guess. I was thinking $200-$250, but I'm a little biased.

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    I would say $200 would not be crazy.

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    If I were in a good mood on a pay day (which is usually when I buy stuff), I'd probably drop $250. If I was waiting on pay day, then $220.

    I love vintage Schwinn frames though.
    Go bike yourself.

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    I'd say $200-250 would be reasonable on craigslist, considering the nice condition.
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    Buy low, sell high. St. Joseph, MO...I would imagine you could fetch a decent price, depending on demand.

    I'd toss it on CL for $300, do the expected haggle, and shoot for 250-ish. Two-fifty because of the fresh white tape. Thing looks virginal.

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    Try for 3, i've seen people pay 5 for less....

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    I said screw it an put it on ebay.

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    Something like this would go for significantly more than $200 in my area. This clean with new wheels etc, this bike would fetch 300+ in TN

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    up to 300 in SF, 200 in modesto lol (IF that)

    kind of depends on how affluent the area is. i used to live in san francisco, and people tend to overcharge altogether on anything fixed gear there (on craigslist) so 300 for that would seem like a good deal, comparatively.

    where i live now, where basically the only college educated and salaried people work at 1 of 2 places and the rest seem basically unemployed or working dead end low pay jobs, no one has money for fixed gear bikes, except for highschool kids with allowances. and not many of those have even 200 to spend on a bike.
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    Is it up yet? I can't find it by searching Schwinn World Sport or Schwinn fixed.

    Tough to say for portland. I'd probably ask $300 in fixed config, $450 in road config. Unless those road bits are really fancy then maybe more. And be willing to accept $75 less than asking to sell it quickly.
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    Where did the straps go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge_Walker View Post
    Where did the straps go?
    They were white and got a little dirty so I had them soaking in bleach.

    I had it scheduled to start a little later, it's up now though. KC market sucks!

    I have to say though, the condition of the paint is only "ok". It has the typical nicks, and scrapes on the forks and chain stays, and at some point it had braze on cable stops.

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    Value of Bike = [How much you want]*(0.70)

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    It's a nice looking WorldSport. I'd say $250 is good--hope you get it.

    <OT>IDK why people will spend $500+ on a Steamroller or whatever when something like this is so versatile, reliable and good-looking.</OT>

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    That would go for 300 easy in my area

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    Sold it for $200 yesterday. KC market sucks!

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