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Help pls this rookie - match pair Bianchi SLX

Old 12-03-23, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by jem01
…. and a few more pics:







....reflections of a life gone by.

By the look of the bikes, you had some cool parents.

When you check prices on ebay, make sure you're looking at Completed sales (under Advanced Search)..obvious, I know, but worth mentioning. Things on ebay sell at higher prices due to the global audience and it being an auction format. The down side is you'll need to hassle with shipping/insuring (and the potential fallout from that) and excessive(?) ebay fees. Even with a higher selling price you may end up netting the same as a local sale at a lower price, and have less hassle. I'd list them on CL, FB Marketplace, and here on BF in the spring. Throw the extra bits and bobs you found in with the sale. All three listing sites will still have a reach well beyond "local" to you. Many folks, myself included, are willing to drive 5-10 hours each way to pick up an item if it's what I'm looking for. One long day is worth years of smiles. Been there, done that, more times than I can remember. Your photos are good..include both the full bikes(from drive side, as you have) and individual component pics in your ads. A distant buyer will want to see as much as possible before committing to a long drive. Communicate all the plusses and minuses to potential buyers. Photos always look better than the real thing. There shouldn't be any surprises when a (long distance) buyer arrives. You'll get lots of responses on CL that are brief, generic, and go something like, "blah blah, text me" or "blah, blah, call me or send me your phone number". Regardless of their offers to buy it today!, delete them without response, every one. If someone is interested, they'll write something personal and to the point. The others are scammers collecting phone numbers. ..and a nice touch..be considerate and work with people in the order they respond. I personally detest sellers that could care less and have the attitude of "ya..well..I know it's a two hour drive..but, whatever...first one to my door with cash gets it..."
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Great advice to check completed auctions on eBay under “advance search”. So many current listings have insane prices that remain listed for months (years!) without selling and don’t reflect actual market value. Those are really cool bikes and your parents had great taste!
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This just gets better and better, what a great time capsule.
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Originally Posted by fishboat
....reflections of a life gone by.

By the look of the bikes, you had some cool parents.

When you check prices on ebay, make sure you're looking at Completed sales (under Advanced Search)..obvious, I know, but worth mentioning. Things on ebay sell at higher prices due to the global audience and it being an auction format. The down side is you'll need to hassle with shipping/insuring (and the potential fallout from that) and excessive(?) ebay fees. Even with a higher selling price you may end up netting the same as a local sale at a lower price, and have less hassle. I'd list them on CL, FB Marketplace, and here on BF in the spring. Throw the extra bits and bobs you found in with the sale. All three listing sites will still have a reach well beyond "local" to you. Many folks, myself included, are willing to drive 5-10 hours each way to pick up an item if it's what I'm looking for. One long day is worth years of smiles. Been there, done that, more times than I can remember. Your photos are good..include both the full bikes(from drive side, as you have) and individual component pics in your ads. A distant buyer will want to see as much as possible before committing to a long drive. Communicate all the plusses and minuses to potential buyers. Photos always look better than the real thing. There shouldn't be any surprises when a (long distance) buyer arrives. You'll get lots of responses on CL that are brief, generic, and go something like, "blah blah, text me" or "blah, blah, call me or send me your phone number". Regardless of their offers to buy it today!, delete them without response, every one. If someone is interested, they'll write something personal and to the point. The others are scammers collecting phone numbers. ..and a nice touch..be considerate and work with people in the order they respond. I personally detest sellers that could care less and have the attitude of "ya..well..I know it's a two hour drive..but, whatever...first one to my door with cash gets it..."
Thank you… will take your advice to heart! And “Reflections….” Yes! Thank you! Lots of great stories (and some not so great)…. But I know that is true for most of us!

I just as soon skip the whole eBay route and do more local… so I will give your other suggestions a whirl first! Have done my share of Marketplace and CL… not hard to spot the scammers, but they are annoying. Will also look into how I go about selling things thru this forum. Thanks again!

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There are slightly formed aluminum plates for the pedals and fasteners that secure the toe clips. My guess the missing toe clip got crunched.
appears the smaller bike’s toe straps are there, good.
chain was probably too short for revised gearing on one of the bikes, so a longer chain required, hence replaced.

ebay is a quandary. The economics and rules have changed much, consider that they want “final value fees” that include the shipping cost is just greed.

there is FB, and offer up, Craigslist. Each has their own issues.
your locale makes difference.
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^^^^^^
Jem)!,
Great looking bicycles.....Keep in mind that while E-Bay sales may present the highest prices they will involve a lot of extra work for you. To me the time and cost to pack and ship is not worth the effort, there are also fees to the bay etc. You may choose to have a local bike shop pack them for you but there will also be a fee paid to them. With regard to shipping, there is also a risk of damage OR buyer complaining of damage etc.

I would also add that a "few" high prices on the bay may only indicate that a few people are?have been willing to pay the price of admission, so if you list them there be prepared to to wait for "your" price.
In the end, if they were mine I would try to sell them locally.....less trouble and headache involved.

Good luck selling them.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Looks like the chromed handle on one pump has abraded the paint on the underside of the top tube and has caused a rust spot to form. I had a celeste Bianchi with the same pump attached in the same position and neglected the rust spot until it became a major problem. Perhaps someone posting here can suggest the best fix.
Thank you… I just checked closely and there is no rust. There’s just some scratches in the paint.
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You have a pretty good audience here if you want to try the Marketplace. May not get top dollar but you should be able to collect a fair price. Craigslist has been no-mans land lately.
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Originally Posted by jem01
Thank you… I just checked closely and there is no rust. There’s just some scratches in the paint.
There’s a seller on EBay that has touch up paint that’s a near perfect match to this era of Celeste.

I wish, for you, that they fit you and your hubby, because they are awesome bikes.

I also would advise selling locally. You can always list on EBay later on.

Used vintage bike prices are in a bit of a funk at the moment, so perhaps spring.

And the pedals could be offered as extras, or put up for sale separately (as could the two Regina freewheeled, Dura Ace ones and the chainring. Most serious used bikes are pedal free in the sale.

I would imagine most shops will charge $100 for packing, but they will then be liable.

As for value, I think getting $600-700 each would be the going market rate in most places, $800 would be a both sides happy transaction and $1000 would be a whoopee for you but the buyer might feel they paid a premium.

i would hold onto them for anything under $600
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
There’s a seller on EBay that has touch up paint that’s a near perfect match to this era of Celeste.

I wish, for you, that they fit you and your hubby, because they are awesome bikes.

I also would advise selling locally. You can always list on EBay later on.

Used vintage bike prices are in a bit of a funk at the moment, so perhaps spring.

And the pedals could be offered as extras, or put up for sale separately (as could the two Regina freewheeled, Dura Ace ones and the chainring. Most serious used bikes are pedal free in the sale.

I would imagine most shops will charge $100 for packing, but they will then be liable.

As for value, I think getting $600-700 each would be the going market rate in most places, $800 would be a both sides happy transaction and $1000 would be a whoopee for you but the buyer might feel they paid a premium.

i would hold onto them for anything under $600

All great info … thank you so much!!! I’m convinced that selling locally is the way to start! I appreciate your time to help me with this! Thank you!
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Another option if you end up going the eBay route is to list the bike(s) as 'Local Pickup Only,' instead of offering shipping. This will no doubt reduce the size of your selling market but if you are in or near a large metro area that will mitigate that issue somewhat.
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Originally Posted by Maxey
Another option if you end up going the eBay route is to list the bike(s) as 'Local Pickup Only,' instead of offering shipping. This will no doubt reduce the size of your selling market but if you are in or near a large metro area that will mitigate that issue somewhat.
This does address Shipping, but does not help with Ebay fees, not sure that you gain anything in market size over listing on offerup, craigslist and facebook?
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
This does address Shipping, but does not help with Ebay fees, not sure that you gain anything in market size over listing on offerup, craigslist and facebook?
My experience has been that in general the better selling prices on eBay more than offset the fees -- not always, but the majority of sales I've made in the past have been much higher than I would've reached selling locally. With the caveat that I don't live in a large market to begin with. Different strokes for different folks as they say.
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Originally Posted by Maxey
My experience has been that in general the better selling prices on eBay more than offset the fees -- not always, but the majority of sales I've made in the past have been much higher than I would've reached selling locally. With the caveat that I don't live in a large market to begin with. Different strokes for different folks as they say.
…. Good to know… thank you!!!
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Honestly it comes down to value and convenience, versus maximum $.

You would make a significantly larger amount parting both bikes out and selling the frames separately on eBay, but that would require a patient approach, though shipping a frame and wheels is easier than a whole bike.

Older Campy seems to be still increasing in value.
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It depends to a great extent where 'local' is. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area , or Greater LA, or NYC, you can sell the bikes without too much trouble. But if you are in a sparsely populated rural area, it could take you forever to find buyers. In which case Ebay might be worth you while.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
These are hazardous toxic waste, and are putting you in grave danger. I will help by taking them off your hands for free.


No, seriously, these are very valuable bicycles in apparent mint condition. I suspect they might actually be worth quite a bit more than you have been quoted.

I've owned a slightly lesser version of the smaller one since 1987. I would not let go of it, but if I did, it would take a lot of $$$.
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I’m literally in Estes Park right now!

The CO market is tough, especially right now. There is a guy trying to sell a very nice Bianchi Specialissima / Superleggera and I think it was first posted at $1100 or so, and has dropped all the way to $600 and was there for weeks. They still might be trying to sell it. That was surprising to me. There are more bikes that come to the market than there are buyers, and many buyers are having e-bikes promoted heavily to them.

These are both lovely bikes and I agree with randyjawa that a buyer might be likely to pay $600, but maybe not, especially right now in wintertime. If you bring these to market in May/June as people are getting interested in bikes again it may help.

I wish you only the best to find some great new owners. You might want to call the Golden Velo in Golden, CO and tell them what you’ve got and send some pictures. These bikes are that shop’s bread and butter.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
I’m literally in Estes Park right now!

The CO market is tough, especially right now. There is a guy trying to sell a very nice Bianchi Specialissima / Superleggera and I think it was first posted at $1100 or so, and has dropped all the way to $600 and was there for weeks. They still might be trying to sell it. That was surprising to me. There are more bikes that come to the market than there are buyers, and many buyers are having e-bikes promoted heavily to them.

These are both lovely bikes and I agree with randyjawa that a buyer might be likely to pay $600, but maybe not, especially right now in wintertime. If you bring these to market in May/June as people are getting interested in bikes again it may help.

I wish you only the best to find some great new owners. You might want to call the Golden Velo in Golden, CO and tell them what you’ve got and send some pictures. These bikes are that shop’s bread and butter.
Hi! Yep… Estes is an incredible place and a gift just to wake up here every day!! Hope you enjoy your time in Estes!

Great details and insight regarding current market in this part of CO… thank you so much! You are very kind. Also, I will plan to give Golden Velo a call and see what they have to say. Blessings!
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If it helps, 1986 Giro was equipped with Dura Ace
I Sold this 59 cm Original Giro in Summer last year for $1200 (CDN) in Vancouver.
Im 6'2 and I actually find my long legs work better on my 62 61 and 63 cm bikes.
If this Giro I had was a 61 or 62 I would have kept it.

But $1200. Had lots of interest.


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Hi,
I’m a fan of quality vintage bikes and a former resident of your area, Boulder, currently in Salem, Oregon. I volunteer at our local bike co-op. Our primary market is MTBs, hybrids, cruisers, etc. I have taken on the task of marketing the specialty bikes. Last fall We sold a Bianchi Veloce for $750. It was a lower model than yours, but in similar condition. Plus it had some fancy, upgraded Campagnolo wheels.
Here’s my suggestions,
1. Wait until spring.
2. Spruce it up like others have suggested.
3. Prepare a listing for Craig’s List.
Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs.
4. Include pix of DS, NDS, drive train, cockpit, seat tube with saddle, major components.
5. Write a detailed list of components, brand, model, type, etc.

I‘ve found that people looking for specialty bikes will travel to good distances for them. You may also want to offer to meet in the nearby metro areas for test ride and/or delivery. In seven years I have only had two people out of 20+ reject a bike a meeting.
GLWTS!
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