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Does "original" matter if it's not collectible?

Old 10-13-16, 04:49 PM
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Does "original" matter if it's not collectible?

Behold this Super Le Tour:
Vintage Schwinn Super Le Tour 58cm 18 Sp Super Clean

SFAICT, it's a 1981 frame. Not the nicest year for this model, hi-ten frame & Altus LT shifting. But then you see that it's been given a Cyclone RD and the Sugino AT triple, and maybe you get a little more sympathetic. Still, what to make of it? Is someone just going through the parts bin? It doesn't have that look. Was it maintained and upgraded? Which owner put on the nicer parts but then which owner put on the townie bars?

Would you offer less for this bike than you normally would, because it's not original, or more, because it's upgraded?
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Old 10-13-16, 05:00 PM
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Upgraded? It's a botched-up mess of a build!
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Would you offer less for this bike than you normally would, because it's not original, or more, because it's upgraded?
I think you should offer double the asking price and see if the seller accepts.

I think the bike looks nice and clean. As you mentioned, only a mid quality Schwinn...

My big question is what your plans with the handlebars is. If you like the flat (moustache) bars, then it is fine, and appears to have a reasonably good conversion.

On the other hand, if you want drop bars, then you have to replace both the bars and brakes, and probably half the cables and housings. Not a big deal, but the bike is no longer "ready to ride".

Personally I don't worry about all original parts, although, perhaps I'll do a full retro build/restoration sometime. My old bike has certainly evolved over the years, and I'm just fine with that.
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I see a set of upgrades that were probably aimed at providing an owner with a more enjoyful riding experience. The Cyclone outperforms the Altus, the triple provides wider gearing and the bars provide a more upright position. I believe that anything that makes the bicycle more enjoyable is a valid change. My only personal caveat is not to do anything irreversible, as the bicycle will eventually go to someone else who may not share your vision. Values of modified bicycles will depend on how well they suit your personal needs.
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I see a set of upgrades that were probably aimed at providing an owner with a more enjoyful riding experience.
Pretty much the way I see it also. I, personally, seek original but the upgrades to the bicycle seem well done and well intended. If you do want to return it to its drop bar config, think another fifty to a hundred dollars for bars, stem, brake levers and cables.
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Those are Northroads bars, not mustache. Swap out the rubber block pedals, bmx hand grips, and saddle and you have an attractive town bike.

Decent city bike for less than $200 is not a bad deal. The crank and RD are worth about half the bike value.
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