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1985 Raleigh Grand Prix

Old 03-24-13, 07:03 AM
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1985 Raleigh Grand Prix

After spending the day on a bike search yesterday I think I'm ready to take the plunge.what would be a reasonable offer on this Raleigh?

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3694138737.html

Pretty sure that I want to pick this up as my only option new appears t be the scattante Americano...and everything used in bike shops looks to be in either terrible condition or way over priced. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-13, 07:34 AM
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1985 Raleigh Grand Prix

Seems a bit pricey at $400. But if it fits you well and is in really good condition maybe offer $300 and try to get him down to $350.
Couple things. Its a really great looking bike. Looks like it was ridden and taken care of. So your buying from someone who is a cyclist. Thats a good thing. So many bikes i look at have been neglected and beat up by people that don't know how to ride and take care of a bike.
Go get the Grand Prix and have fun with it.
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Originally Posted by bingo26 View Post
After spending the day on a bike search yesterday I think I'm ready to take the plunge. ...and everything used in bike shops looks to be in either terrible condition or way over priced. Thanks.
Wow, one whole day? Maybe you're time pressured?

Local bike shops over priced? Performance Bike house brand overpriced, sometimes not, but IMHO, they have a narrow focus. All bike shops have rent, perhaps employee benefits, and utilities to pay so it's hard to compete with privateers.

That's a sweet looking Grand Prix and does look well maintained, and could be a BF member's bike. It is a Huffy era Raleigh, most likely built in Taiwan. They're high quality and some experts vouch for the better QC than the older British construction. It has has upgraded Tektro brakes/levers, and alloy rims, which don't come on the older Nottingham GPs.

A premium should be paid for a bike with good paint in overhauled ready-to-ride condition. But IMHO, FMV is in the low $300s. If it were in average condition, it would be a around $200-$250.

There is a nice looking two models up, but older Raleigh Competition (but for the use of white cable housing) that you can use as shopping leverage.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3662718885.html

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$400 for an ARX equipped bike is ridiculous. See the three other ARX bikes below, one for $175, one for $80, and one for $120. I spotted these on Philly C/L in less than five minutes.

Used bikes in bike shops? Of course, they either need a lot of work (as is trade ins) or they are priced high. That is to be expected. I have bought quite a few trade ins from bike shops, along with some bikes on consignment.

Been looking for one whole day? Be prepared to get taken. Finding a reasonably priced vintage bike, in your size, can take quite a bit longer.


Compare to other used options rather than new. $400 buys a lot of bike in the vintage market, I would expect to see top of the line frame material, plus high end components (Shimano tricolor 600 or higher, Suntour Superbe or higher, etc). In my experience, at the higher price points, buyers get really scarce on C/L for vintage bikes. That is great news for buyers, lousy for sellers.

Probably too big, but this is a nice option:

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3700169926.html

Another example, towards the small size, an ARX equipped Trek for $175. I would consider the Trek a better bike.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3699814990.html


Way too small, but a nice Univega equipped with ARX and desirable barcons: $120. Cables are a mess, but that is an easy fix. I would much rather have a Miyata built in Japan Univega, than a Huffy era Raleigh.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3661204220.html

Or an ARX equipped Fuji, needs some work for sure, but its only $80.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3697203865.html

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Even $300 seems high but it is pretty...still I couldn't pay that
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Thanks for all the feedback! I ended up getting the bike and the owner took 200 for it. Pretty decent deal IMO
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Thanks for all the feedback! I ended up getting the bike and the owner took 200 for it. Pretty decent deal IMO
Congratulations + enjoy!
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Nice buy for sure at that price!
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