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Old 07-27-12, 10:53 AM
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how much is a pink 86 schwinn prelude frame worth?

I recently had my schwinn 86 prelude stolen and found a replacement frame and am thinking of rebuilding the bike from scratch. I just found one that would be $125 plus$35 bucks shipping for the frame, hedset, seatpost and I'm trying to figure out two things:

1) is that a good price for a frame in pretty good condition? I attached pics of weld joints.

2) how much can I expect to put into the bike to get it in working condition if I'm willing to buy some used parts?

Thanks for any help!

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1. No, that price is steep for just the frameset.

2. Regardless of your willingness to buy used parts, its all about your resourcefulness. For example, you can go broke piecing it together buying individual used parts on ebay. Or you can find a donor bike, and do it pretty cheaply. Note, it takes a lot of hustling to find deals on donor bikes.

Figure you will be $160 into the frameset. A complete Prelude from that year, depending on condition, might bring $225, $250 max around here (I have one right now, also pink). Building it up with used parts, you would be hard pressed to do it for $65: wheels, bb, crankset, chain, tires, tubes, cassette or freewheel, bars, stem, levers, brake calipers, cables, housing, saddle, pedals, bar tape, etc. Pretty long list.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
1. No, that price is steep for just the frameset.

2. Regardless of your willingness to buy used parts, its all about your resourcefulness. For example, you can go broke piecing it together buying individual used parts on ebay. Or you can find a donor bike, and do it pretty cheaply. Note, it takes a lot of hustling to find deals on donor bikes.

Figure you will be $160 into the frameset. A complete Prelude from that year, depending on condition, might bring $225, $250 max around here (I have one right now, also pink). Building it up with used parts, you would be hard pressed to do it for $65: wheels, bb, crankset, chain, tires, tubes, cassette or freewheel, bars, stem, levers, brake calipers, cables, housing, saddle, pedals, bar tape, etc. Pretty long list.
I'd so pass on that, I think I paid Bill here 50 bucks (before shipping) For a tempo frameset, and that was only because I live in the bay area where it's murder to get nice frames for a good price. Thanks again Bill.
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If it's the seller I'm thinking of (guy in RI or MA) that's a primo Prelude frame and (in my opinion and in this market) worth the money. Figure on putting at least a couple hundred more into it for components. So, not worth doing from a resale prespective, but then who builds up a Prelude from scratch for sales value?

On the other hand, with a nice Shimano 105 5500/5600 9/10 speed group & modern wheels and tires you'd have a unique bike that would last you for decades. Sure, that's $800 or so, but it would be better than anything in a bike shop costing at least twice that much.
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Good posts so far. I have three thoughts to add:

- Make certain that it's the frame that you want with regard to size and color...I can't tell if you're crazy about the pink one

- Consider buying a complete bike that suits your need and restore it to excellent condition - it'll likely cost less. Even finding a complete Prelude in mint condition would be cheaper

- Take your time. Urgency will lead to mistakes and expense. Time is on your side.
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If it's the seller I'm thinking of (guy in RI or MA) that's a primo Prelude frame and (in my opinion and in this market) worth the money. Figure on putting at least a couple hundred more into it for components. So, not worth doing from a resale prespective, but then who builds up a Prelude from scratch for sales value?

On the other hand, with a nice Shimano 105 5500/5600 9/10 speed group & modern wheels and tires you'd have a unique bike that would last you for decades. Sure, that's $800 or so, but it would be better than anything in a bike shop costing at least twice that much.
And trust me, this guy knows primo frames so I may be completely wrong here.
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Agreed, too much for the frameset unless you have a sentimental attachment to a pink Prelude and you can't live without it. Then it's not a bad price.

Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
A complete Prelude from that year, depending on condition, might bring $225, $250 max around here (I have one right now, also pink).
Out of curiousity... What size?
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I have to say too high on the price a very nice primo framset. Yet it could cost around $250-$300 to properly build up putting total cost in the $300-400 range. For this price one could buy a mucher nicer complete road bike. Even at close to free one could end easily end up upside down building up this bike.
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Sometimes the resell mentality here drives me crazy. Read the OP's post. He's looking to recreate a loved but lost bike, not put something together to make a buck.
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