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Franklin bike with Campagnolo components needs TLC

Old 11-19-15, 01:03 PM
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Franklin bike with Campagnolo components needs TLC

This bike was donated to our all-volunteer charity. We will sell it to help pay our expenses. Again this year we will hit the 2500+ bikes given away to the needy. Check out our web site.

This bike was donated to us last summer. As you can see from the photos, it needs a lot of TLC. We would appreciate opinions as to value in this state and value after TLC. Meanwhile, I will get some better pictures, serial number, frame material if I can and contact Franklin to seek an opinion also. Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-22-15, 01:04 PM
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Looks like some of the bikes i used to build when i was in college -- i had no money, so i would buy left over or back stock Campy stuff from the local bike shops ( bike had to be ALL CAMPY)

-- Anyway, it looks like a bike someone took some time in making sure was all Campy too, but the components cross a couple of generations from the late 80's to mid 90's (Not that there's anything wrong with that )

I'm guessing was a mid to late 80's build originally that someone upgraded to Chorus 9 speed shifters, rear derailleur and back wheel in the mid 90's to keep the bike up with current technology

Its a big bike and i'm not sure who Franklin is, but Campy generally isnt installed on big box store frames, -- I'd guess its a $350 bike cleaned up as it sits unless there is some provenance to the Franklin name
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Its a big bike and i'm not sure who Franklin is, but Campy generally isnt installed on big box store frames, -- I'd guess its a $350 bike cleaned up as it sits unless there is some provenance to the Franklin name
Franklin Frames is a very well respected custom frame builder based out of Ohio. OP, I'd suggest giving the builder a call to see what you can determine about the frame. Phone number is on his contact page: CONTACT If I remember correctly, from what I've heard he tends to not respond to emails very fast, but is very helpful on the phone.
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Originally Posted by PatTheSlat View Post
Franklin Frames is a very well respected custom frame builder based out of Ohio. OP, I'd suggest giving the builder a call to see what you can determine about the frame. Phone number is on his contact page: CONTACT If I remember correctly, from what I've heard he tends to not respond to emails very fast, but is very helpful on the phone.
Indeed. That is a nice frame and if it were my size I would be all over it. Jack will likely be very helpful.
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If you sell it as-is, you will likely get pounded on the market. Maybe $200 to $300.

If you take the time to clean it and tune it, new chain, maybe some nice tires. You could easily invest a $100 in the chain and the rubber... And quite a bit of time. But, the payoff would likely be a $500 to $800 bike for the right buyer.

Also, this is a tough season. Christmas is coming. College students are on campus. But, it isn't the best bicycling season in the great white north.
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Originally Posted by PatTheSlat View Post
Franklin Frames is a very well respected custom frame builder based out of Ohio. OP, I'd suggest giving the builder a call to see what you can determine about the frame. Phone number is on his contact page: CONTACT If I remember correctly, from what I've heard he tends to not respond to emails very fast, but is very helpful on the phone.
For something like that it might be better cleaning everything up and parting it out then. I'd get rid of the mismatched componentry on ebay , then put the frame on craigslist in Ohio - (or possibly put the whole shootin' match on ebay with an explanation of who Franklin is )
Problem with a small shop custom frame is there won't be any name recognition outside of the home region. We have a wonderful framebuilder in Oklahoma who makes "Freddie" frames - they are the quality equivalent of any other high end steel frame out there, but i bet only a handful of folks outside Oklahoma even know what a Freddie is
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