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Old 06-26-22, 07:25 AM
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1988 Raleigh Technium 450

Just picked up a near-mint 1988 Raleigh Technium 450, looks like it was stored indoors and practically never ridden. I checked out a few threads on these bikes and have a general sense of their construction (weird Aluminum/Steel bonded frame, even stranger than my old Specialized Epic Pro) and relative value/positioning in the lineup (lower-end downtube indexed shifting). I'm curious if anyone has any specific thoughts on how much condition might affect value here - is it worth trying to market to a wider audience, or should I just sell it in my local small college town and move on? I'll put new tires and tubes on it, but everything else is in such good shape that I don't really want to mess with it.
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Old 06-26-22, 04:13 PM
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First, I stopped buying new tubes on old bikes. While tires are usually toast, the tubes are OK. I used to buy new tubes in bulk. No more!

Technium 450 is not going to attract collector interest. I'd sell locally instead.
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Old 06-27-22, 04:25 AM
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^ Like he said. Nice bike but typically not one that someone is going to pay a premium to have shipped. Condition is what will actually bring a sale as opposed to the poorly maintained bikes listed in the same price range.
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Old 06-27-22, 07:15 AM
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I owned a Technium 460 and sold it to a college student who was really, really excited about it. It is always satisfying to see a nice bike go to someone who is passionate about it. I agree that the bike should probably be sold locally.
Condition obviously matters and should be reflected in a higher sale price.
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Old 06-27-22, 08:21 AM
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I sold this 450 earlier this year. Small town market. Excellent mechanical condition. I'd give the paint a 8.5 of 10 score. I felt lucky to find a buyer willing to pay my $165 asking price.

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Old 06-27-22, 10:52 AM
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^ Somebody got a heck of a deal in my opinion. Pretty bike.
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Yeah, the more I think about it the paint scheme is probably going to appeal to a college crowd, so if there's no collector interest I'm sure I can sell it locally for a reasonable price. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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