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Old 11-05-15, 06:59 PM
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Worth the bar tape?

Selling this bike, is it worth putting $8 of blue bar tape on it? And what do you think we'll get for it?
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Old 11-05-15, 07:37 PM
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Can't see much in the photo, but it looks like a pretty low end bike. Even here in NYC I doubt I could get much more than $100 for it. Where you are, quite a bit less, maybe half. So I don't know if I'd bother.
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Old 11-05-15, 08:55 PM
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My guess is $35.
Knowing the bike, condition, components, etc would possibly change that totally random guess I just gave you.
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Old 11-07-15, 01:03 AM
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Shiny glint makes the rims look like steel, not alloy. Same with crank. $25 bike as shown, $26 if you add ten bucks worth of bar tape.
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Your bike is not worth a lot, but it appears mostly complete and ridable.

Colorful Bike Cycling Handle Belt Bike Handlebar Tape Wrap With 2 Bar Hot Sale

It will take a couple of weeks for the tape to arrive. It isn't the greatest quality, but it comes with both tape and plugs, and is functional and it will help clean up the bike.

In my opinion, it is worth $1.42.

Then, I'd get rid of the lock, polish it up, and try selling the bike for $100.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Your bike is not worth a lot, but it appears mostly complete and ridable.

Colorful Bike Cycling Handle Belt Bike Handlebar Tape Wrap With 2 Bar Hot Sale

It will take a couple of weeks for the tape to arrive. It isn't the greatest quality, but it comes with both tape and plugs, and is functional and it will help clean up the bike.

In my opinion, it is worth $1.42.

Then, I'd get rid of the lock, polish it up, and try selling the bike for $100.

Wow, that is cheap! Have you ordered from them? Is the quality OK?
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Wow, that is cheap! Have you ordered from them? Is the quality OK?
Yep it's cheap, you can even find 99 cent (delivered) bar tape on eBay, too. I just ordered a set of the black, will update after I receive it and rewrap my bars.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Wow, that is cheap! Have you ordered from them? Is the quality OK?
There are a bunch of them on E-Bay, all similar, so I just pick out the cheapest. Even a few auctions, but those are a pain for a $1.50 item.

Quality is ok, nothing special. They do not use glue, but if wrapped tight, they seem to stay in place well enough. And don't leave glue all over your bars. Like many types of tape, they start unravelling along the edges around 2000 miles or so.

Bar plugs fall out I've gone with Velox rubber screw-in plugs.

The splotchy tapes seem not to be real popular in some circles, although they may hide grease a bit more than the solids.

Anyway, I doubt they're in the same class as $30 rolls of tape, but not bad for a disposable item.
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The fresh, clean, new bar tape might actually just be the item that gets it sold or not......
Most of the people in the market for such a bike will not want to fuss with putting on new bar tape on their second hand bike purchase...
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
The fresh, clean, new bar tape might actually just be the item that gets it sold or not......
Most of the people in the market for such a bike will not want to fuss with putting on new bar tape on their second hand bike purchase...
^I agree with this completely..
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
The fresh, clean, new bar tape might actually just be the item that gets it sold or not......
Most of the people in the market for such a bike will not want to fuss with putting on new bar tape on their second hand bike purchase...
+1. At least here in DFW. I'd ask $50 and see if anyone gets in touch.

ETA- just saw that you're in Richardson. Definitely start by asking $50. It's a lot cleaner looking than most of the crap bikes people are asking $150 for, not to mention it isn't a 45cm or 65cm frame.
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
The fresh, clean, new bar tape might actually just be the item that gets it sold or not......
Most of the people in the market for such a bike will not want to fuss with putting on new bar tape on their second hand bike purchase...

I would have initially said it's not worth $8-10 to do it, but if you can get tape for less than $2 I absolutely agree. I'm going to order several rolls of black tape just to have around.
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