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Old 02-27-18, 06:32 PM
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Help me with the value for De Bernardi

I am about to complete one of my winter projects and want to come up with some idea of what it's worth. The bike is a mid-ninties De Bernardi Veloce which comes with a Columbus Aelle frame and is 57cm in size. Drivetrain (8 speed), brakes/shifters, bottom bracket, headset and hubs are Veloce. Handlebars and stem are from Modolo and rims are Fir 700c.

The parts are in very nice condition and the frame has only some minor cosmetic scapes and scratches.

This manufacturer is new to me and I am not finding many of these bikes being offered for sale.

Will some of you be kind enough to offer some thoughts about how to price this bike?

Thanks for your help.
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Those frames sold for around $250 when new. Had a rep of being nice riders.
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That’s a good looking bike. De Bernardi is a quality marque and generally well respected. Your bike is mid level tubing and components. I would put value at $400-450, maybe a little more because of the nice condition.
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Thank you to the two of you have responded to my request. However, given that I live in central Pennsylvania and that I intend to list this bike on CL, I was hoping to see some feedback from those of you who reside in my neck of the woods.

I have never used the big auction site and prefer not to start now. I typically get responses from the Baltimore and Washington areas so I am optimistic that the bike will garner some interest down there.

Thank you to those who have responded and I am looking forward to a few more before I post on CL.
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Pretty bike. I would try red bar tap.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
Those frames sold for around $250 when new. Had a rep of being nice riders.
paid about $500 for mine in early 1996 --- at the time an SL frame was around $900 and a MXL frame or EL-OS frame was around $1200
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For completely irrational reasons , DeBErnardi is my favorite brand (Was my first "real" Italian race bike )

The PEarl white one looked exactly like yours --- yours is very well preserved, --- mine looked like it was rode hard , put away wet AND beaten with an ugly stick -- (Italian paint), so I decided to restore my old steed, knowing it wouldn't translate to more value ---- But I had the lettering changed from black to orange when I ordered new graphics to set it apart a little bit





My blue one (purplish blue) I set up with the upright stem and a Campagnolo Veloce triple drivetrain with the thought of using it on longer, hilly rides ----



About a month ago I scanned the importer's full catalog -- Zar international imported DeBernardi, Ciocc and Guerciotti, but this is the Aelle page



Because i'm moderately insane, I cant offer you much advice on the value , only a comment on the performance, ---- I have ridden more expensive and lighter steel framesets in the years since, but the performance of this bike is on par with any of them, with the exception of the DeRosa SLX in my collection. In the nineties, I thought it was the unsung bargain of the year
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As presented I think you could get $350-400 on a local sale. Tidy up the cabling and nicely tape the bars and adjust the bars and seat to typical position take a nice pic of it off the stand so it looks ready to ride and I could see $500-550 and a easier sale. Buyers on local sales don't have much imagination and details and presentation make a big difference.
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Those pictures were taken this past weekend and I had not yet taped the bars. All I need to do is the final tuning of the drive train and it will be incomplete and ready to list for sale. It's too big for me or else I would ride it for awhile.

Thank you very much for all of your information. Very helpful.
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LOL -- that bike is so nice , I have been wracking my brain thinking of who I know who could fit so I could PM you , ----- but alas, most of my cycling friends are either full-carbon roadie nerds, gravel bike guys, ---- or on here in virtual cycling land !

That bike needs a good home with the type of guy who would thrash it in-mercifully like I did to mine when I was younger ---- LOL


--- As a side note: I just don't know what it is about some of these old steel frames --- some just seem to "speak to you" -- and others don't so much .
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I'd list it at $550 OBO and see what happens... Realistically, I don't think an Aelle tubeset bike is worth much more than $450...
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Thank you so much for all of your feedback folks. You've led me to the conclusion I have a somewhat desirable steel bike that needs a good home. So I now have to decide whether to let it go or park it in my basement along with the rest of the steel bikes that I have.

I have found that this hobby is a sickness. I enjoy acquiring new projects and then refurbishing them. I don't like letting them go.

Thanks again for your help.
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Originally Posted by Caliwild
I'd list it at $550 OBO and see what happens... Realistically, I don't think an Aelle tubeset bike is worth much more than $450...
I was thinking try it at $550 too. Sometimes you find a cool bike is worth more to you than the money you'd get, even if you don't ride it very much.
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Thanks for the feedback Spaghetti. I am giving consideration to putting it out for sale on this site. I would really like to see it go to someone who really appreciates these older steel bikes.

I have no intention of riding this one because it's too big for me. Besides, I have a number of other steel bikes that do fit me and are ready to ride so I will have no problem letting this one go.
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Nice!
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