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Early 80s Gary Fisher

Old 03-04-13, 10:04 PM
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Early 80s Gary Fisher

Ive come across an early 80s Gary Fisher, and I have no idea what they go for. It is said to be in great shape, but I havent seen it for myself, so I'm sorry for the vague information. I am not sure of the age, but it does have a dual crown fork and riser bars if that's any clue. Seller claims its around 20 pounds. Given the uncertainty for how original the parts are, any thoughts on what I might safely pay for it and what they are worth in good original shape? Any guesses at all are appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Really hard to tell without pictures, as mountain bikes changed vastly during the 80s.

I can tell you for sure that 20lbs is nowhere near what the bike weighs, if it's actually from the early 80s. Those early steel MTBs were closer to 30lbs. Only a really high end road bike from that time would be in the 20lb range.
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Read up: https://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/Fisher.html

You might be able to suss it out if you can get a sense of what the components are from the owner- RD? U-Brake?

FWIW: Sounds like you're taking about a biplane fork- a dual crown is something different.

I can't imagine you'd go too far off base offering around $200 sight unseen (as long as it's still a functioning bike). That should be enough money to raise an eyebrow from the owner for a bike that's been sitting for decades, and it'd have to be a gross misrepresentation by the owner (then again, he thinks it weighs 20#...) to be something you couldn't recoup that amount from if you absolutely had to part it out.
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Old 03-05-13, 02:27 PM
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Thanks very much! The craigslist ad is back up so I can share photos now. I started a thread in the main c+v forum.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ary-Fisher-MTB
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Ad provides very little relevant information, including no real info on the actual brand of the bike. My advice is to go look at it. I doubt it's worth $300, but if it's a Stumpjumper or a really early Fisher with Deore or XT it might be worth the money.
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Old 03-05-13, 04:26 PM
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That seller in Chesterfield, MI has several listings, 66 to be exact for maybe 35-40 items. They are a PITA overposter with some 24 bikes that have been on the market for over 12 months. They may be cleaned up and the tires drenched with Armorall, but they are all pretty much low end, and all are waaaayyyyyy overpriced IMHO. Examples:

A Trek 820 hardtail and rigid fork $285.
A Trek 800 $285
A low end Iron Horse MTB $185.
A ladies Univega Rover 304 $275.
A ladies Specialized Hardrock $265.

The above bikes, and the Gary Fisher you are considering are worth about 1/2 the asking price, assuming they have been tuned, recently overhauled, and are ready to ride. The C/L seller's Cadillac payments must be very high!

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Old 03-05-13, 05:49 PM
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I would agree that the sellers prices do seem on the high side for some pretty basic bikes.
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I've actually called on this bike and he told me it was a Bianchi but, like all flippers he knows nothing about it. It does appear to be in good shape though....
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That bike has been on the market for at least one year, so obviously not at FMV. I flip and I think know one or two things about what I sell.
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Old 06-04-13, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
This comment is based on what knowledge? Lots of flippers on this forum, many of whom provide endless information on bikes people are asking about.

I see you have FIVE flippers (including me) that have responded to this posting alone.

Realize the most successful flippers really know their product, whether they are flipping cars, houses, bicycles, guitars, whatever.

And guess who has the best read on what the market value of a vintage bike is? Someone who routinely buys and sells vintage bikes? Or someone who just has a couple in the garage, and really likes them..

I have routinely bought from DKO flippers, bought a bike from one this morning. He obviously finds bikes super cheap, and just wants to move them quick, make some money, and move on. He had no interest in doing any repairs or cleanup., which is OK by me.

DKO = dirt knocker offer. Typically finds bikes cheap from whatever sources they have, and turns them fast. I have bought quite a few bikes from a DKO flipper in Charlotte. Guy sells over 200 bikes a year. The only tool he owns is an air pump.
I'm Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Maybe it's just the "flippers" in my area that don't know anything. When scouring Craigslist I often 20+ adds from the same people most of the time they don't give you any relevent info and a close up of a quick release
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Old 06-04-13, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by simpleton. View Post
I'm Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Maybe it's just the "flippers" in my area that don't know anything. When scouring Craigslist I often 20+ adds from the same people most of the time they don't give you any relevent info and a close up of a quick release
Those are DKOs

But where are the pics of the bike in question?
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Originally Posted by simpleton. View Post
I'm Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Maybe it's just the "flippers" in my area that don't know anything. When scouring Craigslist I often 20+ adds from the same people most of the time they don't give you any relevent info and a close up of a quick release
Heck, I'm a flipper** in the OP's area and so is Auchencrow, on occasion. So we don't know anything?

** Prefer to be called a collector and hobbyist.
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Actually Oddjob I would consider you Work, Auchen and most of the others here resellers, since you do it for fun, adventure and to make a little extra cash. I actually think the term flipper has a slight derogatory inflection and makes me thing of guys looking to simply make a quick buck.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Those are DKOs

But where are the pics of the bike in question?
https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/bik/3783931156.html
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Ii could be an '84 Bianchi Alaska but I would not be surprised if this was a Ross sans decals.

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