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1953 Follis

Old 03-07-20, 08:53 PM
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1953 Follis

This bike was featured in a recent thread detailing its rehab. It was a fun project, and always enjoyable to learn more about this brand and vintage from knowledgeable Forum members.
Its clear that Iíve taken it as far as Iím interested; and my wife isnít interested in riding it.
In short: all bearings rebuilt ( headset, bb, pedals, hubs), new Newbaums handlebar tape, new brake pads.
Any ideas about the value of a bike like this?


Lots of ďpatinaĒ


Berceau style frame

Front Simplex suicide shifter
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Old 03-08-20, 06:35 AM
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Thanks very much for posting - great to see it again.

Notice it now shows mixed wheels, is that "as found"?

Would expect front might be original...

When do you next become an islander?

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Old 03-08-20, 01:00 PM
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This is one of those bikes that to the vast majority is not worth much.
To the few who would appreciate it, a reasonable amount.
Matching rims would be best, but you know that.
$200-250 to the RIGHT person.
Half that to the unwashed masses.

Possibly worth more parted out? of course.
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Old 03-08-20, 01:12 PM
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It actually does have a set of the original matched wheels. These photos were taken when I was changing between a set I had on it to ride and the original set. Didnít realize I had one of each on it for photos.
Back up to Orcas at some point early in April to start the spring clean up and repairs
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Old 03-08-20, 01:17 PM
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Iíd love to send this bike along to a Forum member whoíd like to finish up the restoration; (paint and chrome). Anyone interested?
I have a membership, and could move this to the sales thread if need be...
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I'm not your buyer but I love the widows back step though frame set which looks to be well done. Very good chance there is buyer here on the forums if you go $150 plus shipping Not your dream price but good chance you will sell it in a couple of days.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
This is one of those bikes that to the vast majority is not worth much.
To the few who would appreciate it, a reasonable amount.
Matching rims would be best, but you know that.
$200-250 to the RIGHT person.
Half that to the unwashed masses.

Possibly worth more parted out? of course.

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...would think that the Juy Randonneur model manual front mech is worth that on its lonesome...and especially if seller were willing to ship to Honshu...







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Old 03-09-20, 11:37 AM
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...would think that the Juy Randonneur model manual front mech is worth that on its lonesome...



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Yes, you are correct from referencing, Girls bikes always get short shrift.
The rear mech would probably do well too... it's the way of things.

It is too big for my wife, and my daughter would not use it.
I like it.
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Maybe sell the mech's the crank set, pedals,, bars stem levers and then build it up as classic 3speed with upright bars, fenders and a nice rack? Then there's a good chance your wife or daughter would use the bike if not ride it yourself. I road a similar dorky looking larger step though setup as a 3 speed for daily rider for about a year one of the nicest riding bikes I have owned.
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You don't see bikes that old pop up that often on BF. It is likely worth more as a part out but I hate to see that. I think it must be worth some coin on the 'Bay to the right buyer but you will likely need to be patient. This bike has style and patina.

There's no real market price for something like this which is why it is hard to value but I think it's worth in the neighborhood of $400 to the right buyer. That's a serious price but it's not crazy money.
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Thanks all! Iím not planning to part this bike out; that would be a shame
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Thanks all! Iím not planning to part this bike out; that would be a shame
Sold a complete 60's Frejus project on local cl for $400. That you have it back to riding is a plus.
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+100 To the right buyer, that bike could be $500 to $750. Its all about finding that right buyer. Its a beauty! Part out would be sad, as it would be nearly impossible to rebuild with the right parts later.

I am not opposed to part outs in general. But they tend to be high volume bikes with common (but desirable) parts. Or they are incomplete bikes where obtaining the missing parts would be cost prohibitive. Yours is neither.

The patina is a PLUS to me. Love everything about that bike (except the rear skewer).
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Old 03-11-20, 02:54 PM
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I do have the original rear wheel for the bike, it just wasnít mounted when I took those photos
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Wow, I want myself the same
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