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1985/6 Bridgestone Carmel mixte

I picked this up several years ago and my wife just isn't comfortable on it.

Beautiful unrestored original condition. I can't seem to get any local appreciation for it so I'm looking for a realistic valuation. Bridgestones have limited followers, and mixtys even fewer, so those factors are working agsinst it.

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No love for the mixte I guess. Oh well, back to the wall hook it goes to hang out for another winter.
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$100 +/- High ten steel frame, steel rims, steel seat post, steel crankset, nutted axles, Suntour 7 derailleur. Really low end. On the other hand, its really clean. Need to find a college student, timing is good right now.

If it doesn't move at $100, then go down a notch. Some forumites don't realize in some markets, vintage bikes are dead. I stopped playing around with bikes of this ilk for this reason. If I find them cheap, I just donate them to the co-op. Got one in my truck right now to deliver tomorrow. Pretty much same build quality as you see on this Bridgestone.


$200 asking price = no wonder it hasn't sold yet. In my market, a $200 mixte would have a better frame, be a more attractive color, and a more recognizable name. My guess is this one weighs over 30 pounds.

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I love that thing. PM me if you wish.
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Yes, I would love to give that a home as well. However dismantling and shipping hassles/expense would not leave much room for an actual offer, for me, anyway.
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Yep, packing and shipping would be an issue. I've had it posted locally off and on with zero local interest.
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I'm in your area (recognize the Wares sticker). A few thoughts that might help sell:

Different saddle and grips would dress it up. Leather look would be nice.

Play up the fenders and easy-on-the-back ride.

Drop the price and advertise as a utility bike and/or commuter. You want to catch those folks who need a back-to-school bike or something to get to work. I find in this area, the back-to-school and commuting interest starts now, well before Labor Day. I'm already getting inquiries from parents wanting bikes for their high school or college kids. Sell them your bike before they find something else.
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Hello,
I understand what you're saying. The c&v side of me wants to keep the original grips and saddle with the bike. If I swap those for something more trendy or current then I'll also replace the tires and tubes. Decisions ....
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No, your buyer will want it as is. Here, it would go in a snap.

I agree it is problemactic, too much steel, not enough cr-mo and alloy to be a regular rider. Still, in Norcal you'd sell it in a afternoon. If you can figure out shipping, (Bikeflights.com), you can should have an easy solution on eBay.
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Yep, I'll measure it up this weekend.
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https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik...234935355.html

$200 is a rich asking price for a bike in need of an overhaul, despite it's pristine condition. Also, the backdrop for the bike photos basically suck. You're selling to a girl or woman. Make it romantic looking, so she thinks of a farmer's market or the French countryside when riding it.

$135 firm with better photos.
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Thanks for the critique. Maybe I'll move it to in front of my wife's flower garden. I was thinking of an uncluttered backdrop instead of the traditional white garage door.
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Thought a bit more about it and I think I'll pull it off the posting and give the bearings a refresh and at least make it comfortably road worthy. Once I've given it a going over then I'll decide about brakes and tires and cables and then figure out the best place to put it. I appreciate all the input.

Edit: putting the Sheldon page link here so I can find it again

Http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgest...ne-carmel.html
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In Seattle the bstone name carries a premium and I am guessing it would get snapped up quickly - if you swap out the grips, keep the originals they might fetch some interest on ebay.

I have built up a few mixtes and I am not sure why but "chicks dig the basket" Having a wicker basket up front like the ones the bikemanforu sells (or a cheaper version) might also drive some interest.
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And it is gone. Went to a woman who drove a few hours to come see it. She currently has a Bridgestone RB2 road bike and wanted something a bit more upright for around town. Well versed in things Bridgestone so it went to a good home. I also gave her a deal on it to help cover her gas round trip.
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Bridgestone Carmel Special Edition?

I recently inherited a Bridgestone Carmel S.E. mixte, assume it means special edition.
I can't find any mention or pictures of one online, only the standard version.
Here are the unique features;
Alloy wheels, standard has steel.
12 speed instead of 6.
Shimano lightweight alloy pedals, Adamas AX Fullfit.
Suntour VX GT derailleurs, instead of Suntour 7.
No chainguard, possibly because of 12 speed?
Dark blue metalflake color.
Does anyone have any info on this model including year of production? I looked at Sheldon Brown's info and I'm guessing it was made between the 1982 and 1985 models that he has in his brochures.
The bike is in good condition with no real rust, only some scratches.
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I have no info on a Carmel SE but the manufacturing date can be determined from the serial number. It would be unusual to see Shimano on a SunTour equipped model and I strongly suspect the Adamas AX pedals were an owner upgrade, as some cyclists prefer platform pedals for comfort.
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Hi T-Mar. Thanks for the reply. You may be correct about the pedals. I have the serial number, how do I decode it to determine the manufacture date?
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