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Old 11-24-18, 03:43 PM
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Pivo stem/bars with Mafac levers and other stuff


okay, I’m in the process of purging a bunch of spares and a few things may have some value, so any guidelines or input would be appreciated.

The stem and handlebars say Pivo and Made in France, the brake levers say Mafac, and the barend plugs have a Motobecane M-logo on them, so I’m fairly certain these came off some Motobecane with a bad frame. I probably have the wheels as well.

And as you can see I’ve also got an assortment of steel and aluminum handlebars, ten years of accumulated derailleurs and whatnot and assorted wheelsets (maybe 20-30 wheels) or assorted sizes and such.

So, generally, does the Pivo bar/stem have any value to make it worth the hassle of selling it? As to the handlebars I’m thinking $1-$5 each depending upon what they are, with the Soma Pursuit and the Profile aero bars getting a bit more.

Any general guidelines would be appreciated. Once I’ve got this latest purge sorted out I’ll probably just do a bulk lot sale or donation to someplace that won’t just throw it all in the scrap metal bin.
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I tend to use 80/20 rule or even 90/10 rule on left overs. 10% of the left overs will probably have 90% of the value. Sometimes its 20% have 80% of the value. Either way, its not worth trying to sell everything. Focus on the 10% to 20% that have the most value. I sell the most valuable cut, and donate the rest. Sometimes I will do an initial 10% cut, then a second 10% cut. I also do a reverse cut, get rid of half of the ones with minimal value, then get rid of half of what is left. Fortunately, we have two co ops in town, one or the other can benefit from usable parts.

French stems tend to have some value, not a huge amount. Maybe $25 to $30 on fleecebay. Mafac levers also have some value. Complete with unique lever hood is a plus.

BMX sized alloy road stems can also have minor value. A lot of old Schwinns and 1970s Japanese bikes had BMX sized stems (0.833 OD)

I tend to pull out a French stem or two and a BMX road stem or two, put them on eBay. Eventually they will sell, and then I pull out another one. Realize you will be helping someone out supplying them that one part they need to finish a project.


My other rule of thumb on fleece bay, if I can't get a minimum $25 for an individual item, its not worth the effort. Those will go to the donate pile.
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Thank you, that helps.
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For what it is worth, it can be hard to find aluminum French handlebars (with a 25 mm clamp diameter). If you have those, they should sell for a decent amount.

Check all of the stems carefully for cracks at the top of the slit(s) for the expander bolt. Any cracks, they go on the Wall of Shame.
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Thanks, I’ll measure and do a close inspection. We’ve got a recycling yard a few block away that takes steel and pays for amuminum, so anything cracked or bent ends up there.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post

okay, Iím in the process of purging a bunch of spares and a few things may have some value, so any guidelines or input would be appreciated.

The stem and handlebars say Pivo and Made in France, the brake levers say Mafac, and the barend plugs have a Motobecane M-logo on them, so Iím fairly certain these came off some Motobecane with a bad frame. I probably have the wheels as well.

And as you can see Iíve also got an assortment of steel and aluminum handlebars, ten years of accumulated derailleurs and whatnot and assorted wheelsets (maybe 20-30 wheels) or assorted sizes and such.

So, generally, does the Pivo bar/stem have any value to make it worth the hassle of selling it? As to the handlebars Iím thinking $1-$5 each depending upon what they are, with the Soma Pursuit and the Profile aero bars getting a bit more.

Any general guidelines would be appreciated. Once Iíve got this latest purge sorted out Iíll probably just do a bulk lot sale or donation to someplace that wonít just throw it all in the scrap metal bin.
Vintagerando was just looking for some French bars, you might could PM him.
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You might try your local Craigslist, although it would be a shot in the dark finding someone locally in need of specific parts. Might be worth a shot before fleabay.
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Does anyone have any best guesses on the age of this Simplex front derailleur?
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Does anyone have any best guesses on the age of this Simplex front derailleur?
Should be 1990-1995 according to Velobase
VeloBase.com - Component: Simplex 302
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Should be 1990-1995 according to Velobase.
Thank you, that helps.
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