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1960's Chas Roberts Vintage Light Weight

Old 12-16-11, 02:25 PM
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1960's Chas Roberts Vintage Light Weight

This bicycle has been in my family for many years , I inherited it from my late Uncle. It was his old road bike from his years in Belguim. I truly do not know much about it other than it is a vintage Chas Roberts , believe its a Reynolds frame ? Has all original Campagnolo gear from top to bottom , derailuers ,hubs , forks , bars and seat post etc.

It was in my uncles garage for atleast 30 years and I have had it roughly the past 10 years or so. Im trying to get a rough general idea what it may be worth ? and any other info I could possibly get .

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Thank you , hope someone can help me with this , I have been curious for years.
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Old 12-16-11, 05:22 PM
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Nice bike! I believe that Roberts is still in business today. As far as value, it's hard to say. That's a top quality bike (70s?), but the name doesn't have a massive following and the size will keep you from fetching premium dollar, or at least slow the sale down a bit. Are the rims tubulars? A lot of us don't mind tubulars, but that would shrink your market further. And, although I'm fond of centerpull brakes, Campy sidepulls are worth more.

In Chicago, I'd ask $400 for it, as is (assuming that it has tubulars). $500-600 if rebuilt, given a good cleaning, and with new tires? You can probably get a bit more by parting it out individually.
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Old 12-17-11, 07:31 AM
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Im not sure it has tubular wheels , I'll have to look at it today. I dont think it does but I;ll double check
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Old 12-17-11, 10:03 AM
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Nice bike with very good set of early 70's parts. I would say its worth $400-500 depending on market. If you have any interest in bikes at all I would say value shouldn't matter much on this bike as I would advise against selling it considering the personal history with the bike you would regret getting rid of it and wonder did I get enough for it maybe I should have kept it.This is fairly rare bike you don't see many European road bikes from the 70's with vintage original Campy record stuff and you would be hard pressed to find a similar bike in the future.
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Old 12-17-11, 11:32 AM
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Actually, it's no older than about 1974. Based on the way those tires have flattened out, they certainly appear to be tubulars.
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Old 12-17-11, 01:07 PM
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+1 I'll bet a beer those are tubular tires.

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This is fairly rare bike you don't see many European road bikes from the 70's with vintage original Campy record stuff and you would be hard pressed to find a similar bike in the future.
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If I inherited this bike it would definitely be a keeper even if it didn't fit me. Would be a perfect one to restore and hang on the wall. Unless you have no sentimental attachment to it or need money that badly I'd keep it.

Value? $400 sounds about right, as-is. Narrow market though, considering the size and rarity of the bike. It might take a while to sell.
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if I got a bike like that for $400, I'd feel guilty about it. Granted, if it's a local sale you are pretty much stuck with what the undeserving will pay.

I like the double eyelets. I also hear stories like this and think I would keep it.
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That's a Charles Roberts. Chas, the son, didn't start putting his name on the frames until many years later. I bought my first Roberts frame, for $300, during the summer of '74. His bikes were very workmanlike, reasonably priced, and quite popular among the cat 2 and 3 racers at the time. That first one was amazingly light for how stiff it was.

This one is obviously more of a sport-touring design. I like the Universal Mod 61 center-pull brakes.

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