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Is this bike worth $300?

Old 08-14-13, 06:07 PM
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Is this bike worth $300?

A 1980s english well regarded maker road bike Reynolds 531 tubing.
Looks to be in good condition with no dents paint is fair.
Shimano 600 components I will likely be swapping most of them out.
Is it worth $300?
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Old 08-14-13, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
A 1980s english well regarded maker road bike Reynolds 531 tubing.
Looks to be in good condition with no dents paint is fair.
Shimano 600 components I will likely be swapping most of them out.
Is it worth $300?
Probably not, especially if you're planning on swapping most of the components. Impossible to say without seeing it though.
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Old 08-14-13, 07:57 PM
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Might be a bit high. Can't tell much without pix. I tend to think any full 531 frame in good condition with solid components is worth at least $200 though, so it's probably not way over. (And depending on what we're actually talking about, it could be a good deal.)
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Old 08-14-13, 08:04 PM
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Without pics and an actual brand name there's no way to know.

Sears actually sold a Reynolds 531 framed Ted Williams bike back in the day, I seriously doubt you'd get $300.0 for one simply based on the frame material.
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Maybe, maybe not. Need pictures and the maker to know. But I think it's in the ballpark. It's not like anyone is just giving away 531 bikes.
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Pick one:

a. yes

b. no
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
well regarded maker.
And this is?

Maker or Manufacturer?
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Old 08-15-13, 10:39 AM
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Since you will be changing out the components I would say no. $300 is a lot to pay for basically mystery frame with fair paint.
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The bike in question is a Mercian.
From the pictures I believe it is the Olympic model.
Today I drove 100 miles and back to see it. Although there were no dents the paint was scraped off all over and the parts were pretty much worthless. I rode it and thought it was just ok.
I used to have Mercian in the 80s. it was a beautiful bike and I remember it having a nice ride.
I passed on it thinking I didn't want to spend $300 on it and now question the whole idea of buying a vintage bike.
To me, steel bikes are heavy, sluggish and don't ride all that well. I currently have an 80s Viner made out of Columbus tubing that I am fixing up for a friend and I can't say I care for the ride. My S-Works Tarmac SL3 blows the doors off it in every way which I guess shouldn't be a surprise. There is a gorgeous Mercian Vincitore on Ebay right now and I would buy it in a heart beat but I am sure the winning bid will be well above my budget.
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
the bike in question is a mercian.
From the pictures i believe it is the olympic model.
Today i drove 100 miles and back to see it. Although there were no dents the paint was scraped off all over and the parts were pretty much worthless. I rode it and thought it was just ok.
I used to have mercian in the 80s. It was a beautiful bike and i remember it having a nice ride.
I passed on it thinking i didn't want to spend $300 on it and now question the whole idea of buying a vintage bike.
To me, steel bikes are heavy, sluggish and don't ride all that well. I currently have an 80s viner made out of columbus tubing that i am fixing up for a friend and i can't say i care for the ride. My s-works tarmac sl3 beats it in performance metrics i measure which i guess shouldn't be a surprise. There is a gorgeous mercian vincitore on ebay right now and i would buy it in a heart beat but i am sure the winning bid will be well above my budget.
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
The bike in question is a Mercian.
From the pictures I believe it is the Olympic model.
Today I drove 100 miles and back to see it. Although there were no dents the paint was scraped off all over and the parts were pretty much worthless. I rode it and thought it was just ok.
I used to have Mercian in the 80s. it was a beautiful bike and I remember it having a nice ride.
I passed on it thinking I didn't want to spend $300 on it and now question the whole idea of buying a vintage bike.
To me, steel bikes are heavy, sluggish and don't ride all that well. I currently have an 80s Viner made out of Columbus tubing that I am fixing up for a friend and I can't say I care for the ride. My S-Works Tarmac SL3 blows the doors off it in every way which I guess shouldn't be a surprise. There is a gorgeous Mercian Vincitore on Ebay right now and I would buy it in a heart beat but I am sure the winning bid will be well above my budget.
You sound a bit conflicted. You hate steel bikes but like Mercians. I'd pass on this since you didn't like the way it rides.
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Old 08-18-13, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
The bike in question is a Mercian.
From the pictures I believe it is the Olympic model.
Today I drove 100 miles and back to see it. Although there were no dents the paint was scraped off all over and the parts were pretty much worthless. I rode it and thought it was just ok.
I used to have Mercian in the 80s. it was a beautiful bike and I remember it having a nice ride.
I passed on it thinking I didn't want to spend $300 on it and now question the whole idea of buying a vintage bike.
To me, steel bikes are heavy, sluggish and don't ride all that well. I currently have an 80s Viner made out of Columbus tubing that I am fixing up for a friend and I can't say I care for the ride. My S-Works Tarmac SL3 blows the doors off it in every way which I guess shouldn't be a surprise. There is a gorgeous Mercian Vincitore on Ebay right now and I would buy it in a heart beat but I am sure the winning bid will be well above my budget.
I hope you didn't expect it to feel anything like a modern bike. Because no old steel bike will. But some people like that.
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
There is a gorgeous Mercian Vincitore on Ebay right now and I would buy it in a heart beat but I am sure the winning bid will be well above my budget.
.......so long as others among the population continue to value them more than do you, this will continue.

But, of course, you know this already........................nice troll.
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