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Old 07-27-10, 11:30 PM
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Raleigh Super Course

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any idea what year this super course is and how much you think it would be worth. I've looked around a little and I think it might be a 1985, but I'm not entirely sure. I don't know much about bikes, but I think it is in pretty good shape. Both tires are blown, but other than that their is only minor cosmetic wear on the frame, etc. Thanks!
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Old 07-28-10, 12:06 AM
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'85 had a chromed fork and stays. Not sure what year that is. Kurt will probably chime in and let us know!


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Looks like an 83 to me. Here is mine I sold a while back.
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Old 07-28-10, 06:20 AM
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Cool, thanks funkflex, I appreciate it. How much did you end up selling yours for?? Would $75 be an alright price for the bike since both tires are blown??
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Old 07-28-10, 06:42 AM
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Cool, thanks funkflex, I appreciate it. How much did you end up selling yours for?? Would $75 be an alright price for the bike since both tires are blown??
If the frame, fork, cranks, and rims are straight, go for it. Also, before committing to buy, make sure the seatpost and handlebar stem can come out easily.
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Old 07-28-10, 06:49 AM
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$75 is a steal. If it is advertised locally, it is probably long gone. But if it is a word of mouth sale, head over there right now and pick it up. We routinely get posters on deals like this, that do not grab it immediately, and when they go back, the seller has changed his mind. Do not give them time to change!!
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Old 07-28-10, 07:05 AM
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Haha, well I'm the one selling the bike, so if $75 is a steal, I'm assuming I should raise the price a little bit? Any ideas on what I should price the bike at??
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Old 07-28-10, 07:11 AM
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fyi there's a separate subforum for appraisals and such; I imagine the mods will move this thread there.

Personally, I think you'd do much better selling a bike of this quality if you put some decent tires on it. How much you are able to charge depends in large part on where you're located. Are you in a major metro area with an active Craigslist bike section?
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I'm located in Iowa City, and I actually have someone that said he would pick the bike up today for $75. I'm not sure if I should just sell it as is for $75, or try raising the price a little bit. And the buyer was found through craigslist.
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Old 07-28-10, 07:24 AM
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I'm located in Iowa City, and I actually have someone that said he would pick the bike up today for $75. I'm not sure if I should just sell it as is for $75, or try raising the price a little bit. And the buyer was found through craigslist.
Well, I'm not your Sunday school teacher, but once you've accepted an offer...

It probably would have been best to ask about a proper valuation before striking a deal with a buyer.
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If you advertised the bike at $75 and have a buyer, then now is a little late to be getting an appraisal. That is the kind of thing that those of us who look for old bikes hate, sellers who change their minds. But if you put the ad out there with a 'Best offer' that's different, of course. And I'm pretty sure you will get a better offer than $75, esp now that the worldwide conspiracy, I mean membership, of C&V knows about it. It's a nice bike but don't imagine it is a gold mine. On the other hand flat or blown tires are *nothing* to someone knowledgeable about old bikes.
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Old 07-28-10, 07:37 AM
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Well, looks like I'm selling it for $75 haha
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Old 07-28-10, 07:53 AM
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Old 07-28-10, 08:11 AM
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Very true. It was a friends bike anyways and he was just going to throw it out. So I guess some money is better than no money, and it least it will get some use!
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Very true. It was a friends bike anyways and he was just going to throw it out. So I guess some money is better than no money, and it least it will get some use!
Just consider it "a little bread cast upon the waters", and be assured that one day it will return to you.

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Old 07-28-10, 09:45 AM
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$75 in that condition isn't a total loss or bargain. In my good market I'd get $200 tops, most likely $160. That's after installing new tires, truing the wheels, cleaning, polishing all the alloy parts, cleaning the freewheel & chain [or replacing], replacing the brake pads, and replacing cables. That work would take 1 - 4 hours.
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Old 07-28-10, 10:11 AM
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A Supercourse made with Raleigh 555 tubing doesn't have the value of one made with Reynolds 531. You're in a smaller market, and it needs tires. I don't think $75 is way off the mark.
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Research before setting the price, that's true with anything.

Bikes sell best in ready to ride condition: good tires, tubes, cables, etc. Its not in that condition, but $75 is a really good deal as is.
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Old 07-28-10, 11:17 AM
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Like the others have said, never set a price without doing the proper research. IMO selling at $75 is giving someone a really sweet deal. Always price a little high at first. If it doesn't move, then lower the price accordingly. Saying that, I feel bikes being sold should be in "ready to ride" condition. Faulty cables, tires, tubes, should all be replaced prior to selling. My market is CRAZY to say the least! My bike sold for substantially more.

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I've got a mid-80's Super Course that has been hanging in the garage for many years. I've gotten back into outdoor riding, and cleaned it up, changed the tubes (original tires, believe it or not, are still in good shape) and brake pads, and have put a couple hundred miles on it. It still rides very nice, although it is a bit heavy by today's standards. It's the 555 frame, made in Japan. Looks great.
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