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1988 Bridgestone RB2

Old 03-14-18, 09:03 PM
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1988 Bridgestone RB2

I have a red Bridgestone RB2. I would guess 1988. It is in excellent condition, always stored indoors and all original parts, but it has not been ridden in 25 years. I would like to sell it. Any guesses on a value? Best way to sell?
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Old 03-15-18, 07:51 AM
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$200- $250 local craigslist, - if you replaced tires and cleaned it up a bit, maybe $300. $350 would be max top end, if it could be verified that the bearings were serviced, fresh tires and bar tape, and nice, true wheels

And at that price, it might sit for a bit
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After sitting 25 years unridden, itís going to need serious maintenance.

Still Bridgestones get a good response. Without location and pictures no idea on value.
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After sitting 25 years unridden, it’s going to need serious maintenance.
Ain't it the truth! I recently bought a bike that was last ridden in 1979. Looks can be deceiving. Stems and seat posts can get frozen in place, anything rubber dries out, grease hardens, etc. Sometimes the challenge makes for a fun project, but not when you are paying top dollar. Much of this maintenance is good to do when you get a used bike, or for any bike you haven't ridden in a long time.
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The question of maintenance comes up often in the forum. On the Bridgestone or really any bike why does that become a factor in price. I would think anyone looking at an RB-2, a 30 yr old bike, is going to be a bike geek. And greasing bearings and trueing wheels would be half the fun of the purchase. Its never a concern of mine when I buy a bike. Even if the bike was just overhauled I would probably take it apart and redo everything anyway.

Bikes I sell are typically completely overhauled. When I explain that to a buyer it has little impression on them. In fact when I say the bearings have all been greased and adjusted I really dont think they have a clue what I am talking about.
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The question of maintenance comes up often in the forum. On the Bridgestone or really any bike why does that become a factor in price. I would think anyone looking at an RB-2, a 30 yr old bike, is going to be a bike geek. And greasing bearings and trueing wheels would be half the fun of the purchase. Its never a concern of mine when I buy a bike. Even if the bike was just overhauled I would probably take it apart and redo everything anyway.

Bikes I sell are typically completely overhauled. When I explain that to a buyer it has little impression on them. In fact when I say the bearings have all been greased and adjusted I really dont think they have a clue what I am talking about.
If the bike's been sitting, and needs a through overhaul, then yes, the price will be affected. I'm certainly not paying top dollar for a particular brand/model that needs a total going over. You want top dollar? Put the care, work, and attention into the project. Otherwise, prepare to take less, and rightly so.
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+10 maybe a newbie will get suckered into paying full price for a bike that needs work, many wonít.

Sellers who value repeat business wonít do it. At least half of my sales go to repeat buyers.
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