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Old 06-30-11, 09:52 AM   #1
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Would you sell a bike with cheap or nice tires?

I have a bike that I'm considering selling that needs a tire replaced due to a tear in the bead. I didn't care for the original tires, Continental Ultra Sports, so I was thinking about getting a new set instead of just replacing the single busted tire. I kinda wouldn't want to sell the bike knowing that the person who gets it will be as unhappy with the tires as I was, but I also don't know if they would notice tire quality as much as me.

What would you do?
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Old 06-30-11, 10:10 AM   #2
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Let them decide by pricing the bike needing a new tire.
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Old 06-30-11, 10:11 AM   #3
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is it a cheap or nice bike?
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Ultra Sports are generally well-regarded, it's not like you're selling a death-trap. If you plan on selling the bike, I wouldn't bother replacing the good tire. If you do, you'll just end up with an extra tire you'll never use.
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In general, I'll throw in whatever is on there. Unless the tires are super nice... then I'd probably keep them.
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Somewhere in the middle....
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If the tire needs replacing (i.e. definitely busted), then you should replace it, since you don't want to sell someone something with broken parts, unless that's explicitly stated. Otherwise, if the tires are fine, just leave it.

I would suspect that anyone who is knowledgeable to care about the tire quality would end up buying their own anyway, which would make putting brand new tires on the bike kind of a waste.
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Ultra Sports are perfectly acceptable tires, so whoever ends up with the bike may not mind them at all. I'd replace the torn one with new and sell it that way. As others have mentioned, anyone who needs a $50+ tire is going to have specific enough taste that (s)he'll probably just buy new ones anyway.
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i just sold a bike with no tires.


then again it also had no brakes so it was more a 'hey thanks for buying my bike, but don't go ride under a bus until you think about it first' move.
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Bro, selling 101.

If you were buying a car, you would expect it to have suspension, tires, et cetra.

Quality of the parts, may or may not, have an effect on the price. But it is still expected to be there. Someone shows up for a test ride.

Mmmmmm....you'll have to bring a tire?

Just throw on something and let the buyer decide. Every buyer is different. Just need one. Ultra sports may be high grade to one, while a 23c tire may be a new experience all together.

Caveat---unless we're talking about something high end. Then, no tire sale may be possible. But still, as a buyer, it would be nice to have a quick run around the block.
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