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Old 03-21-21, 02:54 PM
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Surly Steamroller

Neighbor is thinking of buying my old (2008) Surly Steamroller (54/55). Just the frame and fork. Local bike builder brazed in SNS Couplers so its been repainted (rattle can but a decent job with clear-coat over paint and new decals). Its a bit too small for me and I want to ask a fair price but looking around they seem as scarce as hen’s teeth in any 55-57 sizing. I think $300 is fair but want to get your opinions...I’m not trying to make $ on this....just don't want to be surprised later by what it was worth....or how badly I overcharged for an old tig welded frame...
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How well do you like your neighbor?
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How well do you like your neighbor?
LOL...I like him, he’s a good guy...I’m actually ok giving him the frame—I sure got my $ out of it and he likes it so much—but I still have a few components out on my eBay watchlist that are asking for funding. I have the SNS coupler suitcase for it too which I’ll throw in....just want to come out moderately fair on price.
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frame was altered and poorly repainted? drops value significantly. I personally wouldnt pay more than $100.

just my opinion after rehabbing bikes. getting fixer-uppers are rarely worth it in the long run. id rather pay more for a frame in good condition with original paint then put in extra time and money to get something repainted for example.
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Old 03-22-21, 04:19 AM
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frame was altered and poorly repainted? drops value significantly. I personally wouldnt pay more than $100.

just my opinion after rehabbing bikes. getting fixer-uppers are rarely worth it in the long run. id rather pay more for a frame in good condition with original paint then put in extra time and money to get something repainted for example.
I fully agree on your comments on the repaint (although Surly paint back then was extremely poor to the point you could almost scratch it off with a thumbnail). The frame ‘alteration’ however (I should have been clearer) was a definite upgrade of S and S machined couplers so you can pack the bike into an airline sized suitcase and not pay addtl fees—-I travelled with that bike to Finland, Greece and Mexico—worked well. Still....if he isnt going to use it that way then in a sense they are valueless.
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frame was altered and poorly repainted? drops value significantly. I personally wouldnt pay more than $100.

just my opinion after rehabbing bikes. getting fixer-uppers are rarely worth it in the long run. id rather pay more for a frame in good condition with original paint then put in extra time and money to get something repainted for example.
I fully agree on your comments on the repaint (although Surly paint back then was extremely poor to the point you could almost scratch it off with a thumbnail). The frame ‘alteration’ however (I should have been clearer) was a definite upgrade of S and S machined couplers so you can pack the bike into an airline sized suitcase and not pay addtl fees—-I travelled with that bike to Finland, Greece and Mexico—worked well. Still....if he isnt going to use it that way then in a sense they are valueless.
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Purchase and installation of S&S couplers is usually in the $600+ range. The travel case is at least $200. I'd say $300 would be a very generous price.
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Waterford cycles charges $850 for S&S couplers.

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I paid $300 for the S and S couplers (2008) and a local bike builder (Bob Brown MN) brazed them in beautifully for $200. 10” x 26” suitcase was $150 I think. Since it was a fixie it was a breeze to break down and pack.... I’d recommend that set up to anyone who travels
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Whoops!.....Brian3069 comments made me go look up S&S couplers....now $600! and the backpack/suitcase is $320!!..... ahhh....maybe I just hang on to the frame to save the couplers for a future project.... Anyone have a nice fixie frame with lots of tire clearance in size 54-56 they can sell to my neighbor??....

Geez...thank you forum members!!!!
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Whoops!.....Brian3069 comments made me go look up S&S couplers....now $600! and the backpack/suitcase is $320!!..... ahhh....maybe I just hang on to the frame to save the couplers for a future project.... Anyone have a nice fixie frame with lots of tire clearance in size 54-56 they can sell to my neighbor??....

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If your neigbor isn't going to use it as a travel bike, move it along to someone who will. Kind of like owning a convertable, but never taking the top down.

Seems like your $300 price was more than fair.
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Agreed. He is just looking for a beater single speed with good tire clearance for occasional neighborhood runs, so I told him today there are a ton of frames out there at half the price I’d ask for the Surly with the S&S couplers. He’ll keep looking.

Thanks again for everyone’s input.
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I think $300 is about right.

Surly fanboys are rampant and seem to keep values higher than they should be. Here in the Seattle suburbs, it would sell on CL at the that price within a week.
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Interesting that a 2008 Surly is considered C&V... but then again the local LBS lads and gals see me as some sort of Methuselah riding a museum piece when I roll up on a bike made in the 1980s, so....


Edit to say that I wish I had neighbors like you!
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Old 03-24-21, 04:42 PM
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LOL
1) Newsflash ....80’s ARE now Vintage (...not necessarily Classic)
2) Surly brand is definitely not classic....but the Surly Steamroller is pure class...IMHO
3) I’m NOT a great neighbor....I told him I couldn't sell it because I wasnt going to be able to afford new S&S couplers...will just have to travel with that smallish Surly.....but I did redeem myself, sort of—I found a solid 80’s Azuki fixie conversion for $100 in his size and will sell that to him (if he’s still talking to me...). Its a real diamond in the rough.
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Azuki 55/57 with good brakes and wheels
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