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Centurion Le Mans RS and Dawes

Old 07-16-15, 10:57 PM
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Centurion Le Mans RS and Dawes

Hello,

I recently started getting into restoring bikes and I've been browsing Craigslist a lot. (Both in San Diego where I am for the summer, and Waco where I will be for school). I've mostly just been trying to educate myself on bike values and when a bike is worth checking out and stuff. I saw this post on Waco CL today.

https://waco.craigslist.org/bik/5061210383.html

Looks to be ~87 Le mans rs and maybe a Dawes Echelon? I know the pics are rough, but anybody have an idea of both the current value of the bikes, (I believe the $250 is for both) as well as the value when completely restored. Again, I'm not really looking to build up these specific bikes myself (cause I won't be in Waco for another couple weeks), just trying to get a gauge for value.

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 07-17-15, 05:13 AM
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You will be upside down if you buy low end bikes at "retail prices." Start looking for bikes where you can add $50 in consumables, at least $100 for your time, and still sell them for $200-$250. Clean paint and no frame rust are imperative.
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Old 07-17-15, 05:20 AM
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Bikes are both rough and in "as found" condition. Both are low- mid models - certainly nowhere near top or $1k.

$25 to $50 each if they fit and you feel like you need a project.

"I have two top bikes cost over 1000 ea. one need a seat. 250 or obo/////
• Durable Aluminum Double Walled Alloy Wheels////////////
• Lightweight Alloy Discovery frame Forks: Lightweight alloy with off-set blades Gears: Shimano M511 Deore rear mech and Shimano M530 front Shifters: SL-M511 rapid fire pods Chainset: Truvativ 5D cranks with 48 38 and 28 tooth chainrings Brakes: V-Brake alloy Wheels:"



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Old 07-17-15, 07:05 AM
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If your doing this for fun you will be spending a lot of tuition money fixing up bikes you can't sell. I gave this hobby up real quick. Unless you have room to keep a dozen or so bikes and lots of spare parts it is not a good way to make a few extra bucks.


""• Durable Aluminum Double Walled Alloy Wheels////////////
• Lightweight Alloy Discovery frame Forks: Lightweight alloy with off-set blades Gears: Shimano M511 Deore rear mech and Shimano M530 front Shifters: SL-M511 rapid fire pods Chainset: Truvativ 5D cranks with 48 38 and 28 tooth chainrings Brakes: V-Brake alloy Wheels:" ""

Anyone know what the seller is talking about here? Sure the wheels are aluminum but what it 'lightweight alloy with offset blades'? the rest looks like he cut and pasted it from a Bikes Direct ad or something. Neither bikes seems to have rapidfire or triple cranks.
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Old 07-17-15, 07:25 AM
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Waco - Is it pronounced Way-co or Whack-ho?

It certainly is a tiny market, only 80 bike listings total? There are some flippers who list 1/2 that many here in metro Detroit.

As there would hardly be a Waco without Baylor, you have about a 6-8 week window to sell a lot of bikes, August and September. After that you'll die. Ann Arbor is about the same population, but at least half the student population of 40,000 doesn't show up in any census count, because they are dependents.

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Old 07-17-15, 08:49 AM
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Seller is completely clueless. These aren't bad bikes but they're overpriced. They're WAY too expensive if you want to flip them for money. Even as riders that I intended to keep I would not pay more than $50-75 per bike.
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Old 07-17-15, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the advice! Doing this as a hobby is probably not going to happen until after I graduate. So I'm just trying to learn as much as I can now! What's are some of the resources to determine quality of brand and model? I've slowly been starting to learn some, but there are still tons of brands out there I have never heard of or have no knowledge on any of the models
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Old 07-17-15, 11:16 PM
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Fully agree that regardless of the name on the bike, it comes down to finish and components.

But that's for people who know what they want as buyers.
A world sport from 79 is nothing like one from 89, even though the name is the same.

But if one intends to fix up and sell the bike instead of parting it out, I think ignoring the brand and model can really hurt.
A Bridgestone just isn't well known around me. I had to talk people into agreeing that it was a legit frame and discuss why as well as the history of Bridgestone making bikes.
That doesn't happen with a Schwinn, Specialized, Trek, etc. Common buyers know those as brands.

I see great bikes by brands that aren't commonly recognized udervalued a lot and I think it's because of that lack of name recognition.
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The centurion is a very decent bike, Tange 2, and a cyclone fd at least. If you bought that for $50 you would be getting a good deal.
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