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Pre-War Hercules Racer Style Looking to sell, but what price?

Old 06-23-13, 09:44 PM
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Pre-War Hercules Racer Style Looking to sell, but what price?

I got this earlier this year and did a lot of elbow grease to it. Cleaned up the metal, repacked all moving parts, I'm just down to reduing the seat and wheels.

It's a Hercules frame, New Departure D rear coaster, racing style handlebars, Metal Clad wood rims.

What do you guys think it's worth? I know it's not original, but it was rat-rodded back in the day probably prewar.

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Old 06-25-13, 12:43 PM
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no ball park of what it's worth?
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Old 06-25-13, 01:09 PM
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I'll defer on commenting on the price, as I might be interested in this. My first bicycle was a Hercules of roughly the same era, which I inherited from my grandfather. I immediately converted it to an English racer, then sold it a couple of year's later when I got my first lightweight.
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No idea, really cool bike though. I'm going to go with "a lot."
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Pretty interesting construction with the bolted-on seat stays and "dropouts" consisting simply of flattened chainstay and fork blade ends. The lugs are huge, and not thinned at all.
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I haven't got a clue as to what this may be worth, but I checked eBay. Someone had ~20 similar era, similar shape bikes. Most of them went for $100-$200, though one got $760. See:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/Complete-Bic..._dmd=1&_ipg=50

Your $750 seems a bit steep to me...
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Yes, I put a crazy number on it because I didn't know what it was worth. I was hoping someone would have a number who's more into what these are worth. I'll drop it a bit on ebay. I did put a make an offer...

It also has the a front fender it came with but I forgot that in the photos.

Thanks for the help so far.
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Really cool bike but really rough incomplete condition to the right buyer there may be a couple here on the BF $300-400. If it was complete and a little better condition that number would be double.
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thanks Zukahn1. All it needs is a seat and rims/spokes. Everything else is there. I was debating putting on a new coaster/wheel set up, but I'd rather keep it with the vintage coaster on it and just get a modern steel wheel and clinch tires. I can't find a bent seatpost/small seat clamp to fit an old leather saddle I have.
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I think your best bet to obtain a reasonably accurate value may be to get an appraisal from Copake Bicycle Auctions.
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okay, I've oiled, greased and fixed just about everything on this bike now. I put 27 vintage steel wheels on it and laced the original coaster to it.

I'm selling the bike minus the wood clad wheels and license for $225.00. Sound reasonable?
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Originally Posted by Happy Hooligan View Post
I'm selling the bike minus the wood clad wheels and license for $225.00. Sound reasonable?
Are we talking eBay, CL, or something else? If eBay, U.S. shipping? If the previous is true and it rides, I'd say that's probably reasonable. Pix please (not so much for appraisal but I just wanna see =D )!
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okay, I've oiled, greased and fixed just about everything on this bike now. I put 27 vintage steel wheels on it and laced the original coaster to it.

I'm selling the bike minus the wood clad wheels and license for $225.00. Sound reasonable?
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sorry. I wasn't trying to hock it here. It was for the photos.
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It's not a question of what's a fair price, but what's an eager buyer going to be willing to pay. Without the wheels, I think $225 is pretty optimistic. I don't think you'll get more than half that. I also think the frame with the license is worth more than the two separately.
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