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My Katakura Silk barn find

Old 06-07-15, 06:15 PM
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My Katakura Silk barn find

I bought an old home and found an old bike buried in the shed. Thought I would post here to try and get some info about it. Thanks in advance for the help.








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Old 06-07-15, 08:13 PM
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It's a beauty. Suntour derailleurs & Sugino crank. Frame looks like high tension Ishiwata steel. Weinmann center pull brakes. As is you could ask $75 - $100. Refurbished with all new tubes, tires, chain, pads, tape, ball bearings, grease & cables maybe $275 - $300.
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This is not a $300 bike with a hi tensile steel frame, turkey levers, suntour honor rear derailleur, rusted center pull brakes, and what looks to be an inexpensive crank. This is a $25-$50 bike as it sits and without a lot of upside once fixed up. Not saying it can't make a good rider, but it's not a $275-$300 bike.
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Try to sell it for $40 and move on. Mention the components, mention that it is complete, and mention it is priced low so it can be refurbished.
I wouldn't think it would be worth even $150 when completely rebuilt. I fully refurbish better quality bikes that sell for $150+- each month or so.

I don't understand the appeal of the phrase ‘barn find’. I get that it gives off a sense of nostalgia, Ameicana, and harkens to a simpler time. It also gives off a sense of neglect, full project, and too cheap for previous owner to care enough to bring it with them or sell it.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
I don't understand the appeal of the phrase ‘barn find’. I get that it gives off a sense of nostalgia, Ameicana, and harkens to a simpler time. It also gives off a sense of neglect, full project, and too cheap for previous owner to care enough to bring it with them or sell it.
Agreed - it is neglected and they didn't bother to take it with them.

I guess I would say that I DONT ride and am not looking to. I was going to throw away the bike when I realized it had a unique look to it and I started looking at it more closely. It looked kind of strange and old to me and frankly I'm more intrigued about what it is than anything else. I wasn't really too concerned with value per se. I also thought maybe it had some hard to find parts that someone might need.

I appreciate all the replies - bikes are BIG where I live so I'll find a local shop that would like a project and give it to them for like $50 and be done with it...
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Wow, never seen one of these before, then 2 of them within a week of each other.
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