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specialized sequoia is this considered a museum piece?

Old 03-30-15, 11:03 AM
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specialized sequoia is this considered a museum piece?

I was wondering what my specialized sequoia would fetch in los angeles. lso i was wondering what makes a bike a museum piece?
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Old 03-30-15, 02:08 PM
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No, its not a museum piece. Very few if any 1980 Japanese made bikes qualify as museum pieces. They are nice bikes, and the Sequoia is a good one. I have one myself. Yours is missing some of the original parts (mine is too).
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I think yours is an early one, based on the decals. Agreed with Thrifty Bill - great riders, but not museum pieces. Mid-sized frame will appeal to lots of buyers. Non original pieces hurt value; $350- $500 is a guess. Painting with a very broad brush here, but Southern Calif is a bit of a Vintage wasteland - nobody wants anything "old" down there!
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Ok, so the phrase museum piece refers to the rarity of the bike not the condition its in.

i assume the seat and wheels are not original anything else?
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my guess was 650.

everyone i talk to to down here in la is into steel frames

thanx for the replys
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Originally Posted by bmwfan3
my guess was 650.

everyone i talk to to down here in la is into steel frames

thanx for the replys

$650 is very high, in my opinion. The wheels are nice but not original. I'd put a price of $400 on it and try and get $350.
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Clearly a museum piece but it's in my size. I'll gladly pay for shipping and keep it stored in my "museum" of vintage bikes. Otherwise around $400 sounds right. You can take a shot at $650 but there will be some pretty nice bikes out there at that price. Yours may languish at that price.

If you want top dollar, you'll need to do a good job with presentation. Have the bike properly adjusted, write good ad copy, and make it look good. That bike looks a bit tired in these pics and needs some cleaning.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect
$650 is very high, in my opinion. The wheels are nice but not original. I'd put a price of $400 on it and try and get $350.
you have got to consider, its from california and it has 0 rust
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Originally Posted by bmwfan3
you have got to consider, its from california and it has 0 rust
Zero rust is expected, not an extra bonus. If it had rust I'd advice you to go cheaper. I live in NYC, the market for steel bikes is very, very high here. Higher than LA, where I previously lived for 5 years. If you get $650 for it it will be a miracle. Just trying to give honest advice, I hope you don't take it as an insult.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect
Zero rust is expected, not an extra bonus. If it had rust I'd advice you to go cheaper. I live in NYC, the market for steel bikes is very, very high here. Higher than LA, where I previously lived for 5 years. If you get $650 for it it will be a miracle. Just trying to give honest advice, I hope you don't take it as an insult.
thanks for your opinion, 650 is too high and i will be going less on the price.

just trying to have a little fun, no insult taken.

would you say the market is high cause there is a shortage of non-rusty bikes?
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Do a search for completed auctions for Specialized Sequoias on eBay and you'll get a pretty good idea of its value. Sale prices on eBay are generally close to the top of market value, not considering the amount lopped off for fees.
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Originally Posted by bmwfan3
thanks for your opinion, 650 is too high and i will be going less on the price.

just trying to have a little fun, no insult taken.

would you say the market is high cause there is a shortage of non-rusty bikes?

I'd say the market here is high because there are a lot of people who want bikes, especially this time of year. The amount of good bikes is lower than the number of people who want them, hence prices go up.
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In a hot market, if I wanted one, I'd probably be willing to pay $500-$550. That said, I agree with the $400 figure above, though I'd maybe say a touch higher...that's about its average market and what I would probably expect on one if selling. $650 seems a touch on the high end.
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No, not a museum piece. Museum pieces are bikes that are rare/sought after and also in showroom condition. This is a really nice bike in "as-found" condition: sitting for years, dirty, and needing a complete overhaul of the bearings and cables to be in riding condition again. Probably needs other consumables like new tires and brake pads as well.

$650 is way too high, even in LA. It might go for $300 around here and maybe $400 in LA as pictured. Keep in mind people most want bikes that are ready to ride, not needing a ton of work. Realize if you start putting regular miles on the 20 year old grease in the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset, those bearings will be quickly destroyed.
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Originally Posted by FastJake
No, not a museum piece. Museum pieces are bikes that are rare/sought after and also in showroom condition. This is a really nice bike in "as-found" condition: sitting for years, dirty, and needing a complete overhaul of the bearings and cables to be in riding condition again. Probably needs other consumables like new tires and brake pads as well.

$650 is way too high, even in LA. It might go for $300 around here and maybe $400 in LA as pictured. Keep in mind people most want bikes that are ready to ride, not needing a ton of work. Realize if you start putting regular miles on the 20 year old grease in the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset, those bearings will be quickly destroyed.

I agree with you thanks for the logic, i have started the overhaul today will post when done.
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