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Bertin Road Bike 1973

Old 11-02-11, 03:54 PM
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Bertin Road Bike 1973

Found this bike on my local craigslist... buyer is asking for serious offer... not sure what a serious offer is.

Bike is a 1973 Bertin... looks to me to be an entry level model with simplex components, pivo stem, and cottered crank... that what I could gather from the photos. No size or tubing info posted.

What is a fair offer? I'm not super interested (been more into 80s treks of late) but if I can get a good deal I could be persuaded. But this is probably a case of I think my vintage bike is worth $1,000 when it really is worth $200.

Here is the linkhttps://fortcollins.craigslist.org/bik/2682022489.html
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Old 11-02-11, 04:20 PM
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Looks like a C70 I think that was the model, missing its pump.
An alternative to a Peugeot UO8, well a bit better, better fork blade tubing, I think Durafort. Not the seamed tubing of many UO8's. And a full diameter seat post, and a slightly better saddle.
59 to 60 cm it appears center to top. 58 at the smallest.
Rode nice for their price, 27" steel rims...
I have had no luck with the plastic Simples derailleur staying together at this stage in their life, more luck with the rear.
$80 to $100.
But I am sure the seller thinks its worth much more.
If you go look at the bike, observe the trueness of the front chainrings, the material was soft.
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Old 11-02-11, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
$80 to $100. But I am sure the seller thinks its worth much more.
+1, that sounds like a fair price to me. But the seller likely knows nothing about it and is hoping for some huge number.

When I see ads like this I just ask the seller what they want for it to see if we're in the ballpark. It's stupid when they don't list an asking price.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:46 AM
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I ask the seller what he wanted for the bike but no response... I agree with the old plastic simplex stuff. It will likely just sit on craigslist and get re-listed a million times. Thanks for the input
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I might go to 150 if I really wanted one. But I think the 80-100 is about right.

Seller prolly thinks he has something worth a bit, but has no idea how much it is actually worth, and is hoping someone will come along with something ridiculous.
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These threads remind me how over priced the Seattle market is.
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it's a nice looking bike, so if you want a wall hanger, it's great. This is the kind of bike that I wouldn't really have wanted to work on when I was a bike mechanic. Cottered cranks, plastic derailleurs, what is there to like?
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