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Raleigh Carlton factory mixte.....value ?

Old 05-26-13, 07:09 PM
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Raleigh Carlton factory mixte.....value ?

This came in as one of the nicer donations to our bike coop.

I'm trying to set a price for it, and have little idea of what such things sell
for, because I'm mostly a road bike person.

As you can see from the photos, it's small, kind of a nice color, has at least
one Reynolds tubing sticker (with which I'm unfamiliar), and relatively durable
and functional Japanese components. Wheels are straight on Shimano hubs
that are pretty good, alloy rims. The rear dropouts are Suntour forged with
adjusting screws.........

We don't want to rob anybody, but it's a pretty popular setup for ladies arond
here, and we have a certain fiduciary responsibility to sell donations at somewhere
near market pricing. I wish I knew a woman it fit who was looking for a bike, because
it really is a very pretty bike, in very good condition. Not really old enough to be
collectible, I think........just a very sweet mixte in good shape made by Carleton.


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Old 05-27-13, 10:35 AM
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88 views with no responses thus far........probably indicative that most of you don't pay much attention
to such bicycles either, or just haven't seen many around. So let me approach it another way....do you
think 300 bucks is too high based on my Bay Area NorCal location ? $250 ?

We're not talking e-bay pricing, rather CL and walk in traffic to the shop. And again, other than the chain
needing either cleaning or replacement, everything works.
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I have never seen on of these. Looks interesting, as mixties go it looks reasonably well appointed, with a rack, it would look better level if there is the adjustment to allow it, but so it is. As is, I would guess $250 for the utility. While not "correct" I would locate some better looking wheel reflectors, or be even more incorrect and lose them.
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I really like this bike. Reynolds SMS tubing appears to be plain gauge Reynolds 531 tubing but I've never seen a sticker like this before: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...lds-SMS-tubing. The Bay area is a hot market for bikes and there is real demand for quality mixtes. I don't think $250 is out of line for the bike.
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Thanks very much. I think we'll go with $250. the trick is to price it high
enough that some self proclaimed genius flipper does not intrude and put
himself in the loop between us and the eventual rider....yet low enough that
it ends up with an appreciative new owner who will care for it, ride it, and
maybe pass it along intact to another appreciative rider in time.

This is not always easily done..........it's easier if someone we actually know wants to buy it.


And yeah, the rack angle is a little jarring, correctable with P clips, I think.
The reflectors look just awful enough to be original equipment, but ought to go quickly.
The photos are as received, right out of my transport car.
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I sell a lot of mixtes, mostly French, at high dollar in NYC and Ann Arbor. They are garden variety Peugeots and Motobecanes, but they are polished, with paint that would score at least an 8 or better out of 10, and new whitewalls, grips, pads, and frequently a saddle. The mid 1980's one below sold today well north of $250 to a Nuyawker. PM me if you want the exact number.

In my experience, Raleigh mixtes, just don't have the same cache, as the real French bike, and sell for low $200's. I've sold 2-3 Raleighs, but I get no calls on a couple of high $$, near 9+ condition Sprites with Fenders.

IMHO, if your Coop wants $250 for that bike, it needs to be cleaned pimped out, new bar tape, a female derriere friendly saddle, and polish up the aluminum components. Given the huge pricing umbrella of $800 for a PublicBikes mixte in SF, you can do well with the Raleigh with a clean vintage feel.

BTW, those vintage round wheel reflectors are worth some stupid money.

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I saw that last night but all I could really say was "Great Looking Mixte" but you already knew that. I wish it was a 59ish
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I saw that last night but all I could really say was "Great Looking Mixte" but you already knew that. I wish it was a 59ish
Sorry.........seat tube's a 21" from crank center to top of seat lug.

I know what you mean, though. I want the bike to go to someone who can appreciate what it is, and what it is not.
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