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Old 05-15-15, 02:24 PM
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Eddie Merckx

I posted this the other day, originally the guy wanted $300, then $200 and now his rock bottom is $170, seems a little fishy. Is the $170 worth it? Just looking for last minute advise, I'll be going to view it tomorrow. Thanks in advance.



Here is the original ad: https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/bik/5008023994.html
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Old 05-15-15, 02:52 PM
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why is it "fishy"?

should sellers raise their price when their products don't sell?

i would buy that bike, fully refurbish it, and sell it for over $400.

it's orange, so it would go quickly in my town.
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At $170, go for it. That's a good price. No one seemed to have a problem with it in the other thread so I don't think there's anything "fishy" about it. It's just a decent, mid-range road bike from the 1970s.
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Nothing fishy. Ad mentions Made by falcon.
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If I lived in the same state, I'd buy at $170. I told you why in the prior thread. Why wait?
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Nothing fishy. Ad mentions Made by falcon.
The Falcon-made ones didn't end up as collectible as others, right? I know that if it were in my area, I would have snagged it pronto.
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does not sound fishy but I'd still consider the schwinn if I were you. the merckx is gonna cost you another $100+
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Old 05-18-15, 01:35 AM
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In the early 70's a lot of European bike manufactures made amateur racing models.

Sometimes they were just entry level bikes with sewup and a few other performance features. In other cases they put a "racing" geometry fork on an entry level bike and added sewups plus a few other alloy items.

For example, Peugeot PA-10, Gitane Interclub and others.

In any case, those frames were made of plain carbon steel which usually weighed a pound to two more than an all alloy steel frame with butted main tubes.

This bike looks like it has a frame with racing geometry and some entry level alloy components. The bike appears to have sewup tires. If you're not into sewups you'll have to replace the rims or the whole wheels which may be cheaper.

It looks to be in decent shape but without a view of the dirty, obscene right hand side with all of the important drive gear visible it's not possible to judge the components.

Like jetboy said, it can cost you another $100 to $200 to get the bike in shape, especially if you have to pay someone to do the work. Add that to the purchase price and you may better off looking for a better quality bike.

If it had say a Reynold 531 frame then it would be worth investing some money to improve it. As it stands, you'll have a pretty orange low end bike.

I'd offer the seller $150 max.

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