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Miele Road Bike - $390 Worth it?

Old 03-18-13, 06:14 PM
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Miele Road Bike - $390 Worth it?

Hello everyone,

I have very little knowledge about road bikes and I was wondering if anyone could help me to figure out if the bike posted on craigslist is properly priced. The asking price is $390.
I am not looking for a really fancy bike since I am a beginner, but I would like to find a decent bike I could ride for a few years
without having many problems.

The link is below

https://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...643992973.html

Thanks! I appreciate for your help!
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Old 03-18-13, 10:36 PM
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Thanks for your help! I will try and see if it fits me.
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Old 03-19-13, 12:51 AM
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I'd keep looking...You can score a good deal if you have the patience. I've seen it before and I don't know why they would replace a hub...should last a lifetime if it is maintained properly. Could signify larger issues with maintenance.
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The subject bicycle appears to be a circa 1985 Miele Beta with replacement bar tape, saddle and pedals. While Vancouver is a hot market, I think this bicycle is priced about 10-20% on the high side.
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Thanks for the help guys!
What do you think about this miele bike? It's even more expensive ($650) but I like the look of it.


The detail
https://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...686822426.html

Here's a Sweet Italo-Canadian Vintage ride from 1986 loaded with Campagnolo components.
The parts on this bike alone would fetch close to $1000 on ebay.

54cm Columbus Tre-Tubi with a beautiful Columbus pentographed chrome fork. Super Slick!
Campagnolo Triomphe cranks,
Campagnolo Triomphe bottom bracket,
Campagnolo Triomphe pedals,
Campagnolo Triomphe derailleurs,
Campagnolo Triomphe hubs,
Campagnolo Triomphe seat post (aero),
Campagnolo Triomphe headset
Cinelli stem
Campagnolo Gran Sport brakes
Ambrosio Elite rims - recently re-tensioned at Dream Cycles for $50.
Regina Freewheel
Vittoria Rubino kevlar tires

no rust, no dents, some small chips in the paint
All the bearings have been recently overhauled

Cheers!
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Understanding Vintage Bicycle Value is a tricky business. In the case of the first Miele presented and considering the Vancouver market, the asking price is pretty normal, in my opinion. One must also consider the fact that you get a U-Lock and fenders with the bike, which would set you back close to $100 purchased new. The seat post, however; should not be placed much higher than it already is.

The second Miele is a little over-priced even though it is offered in the Vancouver Market, but the Campy parts are not worth $1000.00 on Ebay, in my opinion. Best I would go for Miele #2, even in Vancouver, is $800.00. Also...

When considering price, one must also understand that it is or almost is Spring in Vancouver and that drives prices up, once again supporting the high prices quoted in either Craigslist listing.

What do you intend to use the bike for? As a regular commuter, or something you will be parking, to be left unattended frequently, you might want to think the "theft thing" through. Either of those bicycle will be a theft magnet in Vancouver.

Anyway, the above is just an old guy's opinion and good luck with your quest to Find a Vintage Bicycle.
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IMO, #2 is overpriced even more than #1. While an SL tre-tubi frame and Campagnolo Triomphe components have more snob appeal they're actually quite comparable to what's offered on #1 and frankly, I prefer Shimano New 600EX. #1 is looking like the better deal, though make sure it actually has been "overhauled" and not just tuned-up.
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