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Old 01-31-17, 10:07 AM
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Prepping bike to sell

In all likelihood, I'm going to be selling one of my bikes. It's a nice Reynolds 531 frame from 1985. The bike was originally bought as a frame and built up to the previous owners specs. Most of the components are Shimano 600, but since it is a rider, I changed out the shifters to brifters and swapped a 7-speed freewheel in for the 6-speed. My questions is this: should I swap all the orginal parts back in before selling it or should I leave it as is? Which might be the best way to facilitate a sale (given that the price is fair)?
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Old 01-31-17, 10:11 AM
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Is it a classic bike that would have a collector? Is it in pristine condition? Would it most likely be bought by someone looking to commute on it because the paint has some wear and/or it's not a super desireable but still nice frame? Do you have a project in mind that you could use either set of parts?
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I flip a lot of bikes (3-4 a month) and sometimes on the higher end bikes I list them as they are built but offer the other option in the listing to try and pull in a wider range of buyers.
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Old 01-31-17, 10:39 AM
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Is it a classic bike that would have a collector? Is it in pristine condition? Would it most likely be bought by someone looking to commute on it because the paint has some wear and/or it's not a super desireable but still nice frame? Do you have a project in mind that you could use either set of parts?
It's in good condition, but not pristine (Gazelle Champion Mondial). There are a few paint chips, but no red flags. For it's age, I would say it's close to "excellent" or "very good" but not mint. In all probability, it will serve someone as a great, fast rider. I have another project in the works, but I have all the components covered on that one, so I don't need the parts right now.
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I tend to have a high opinion of Champion Mondials (though I know there are a couple of different types) despite having never seen one in person or ridden one. I suppose as what I would consider to be a nicer bike, it might sell better original even though I personally would prefer to buy as a frame because I have this really bad habit of putting modern components on classic bikes.
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Old 01-31-17, 11:05 AM
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Offer the other option in the listing to try and pull in a wider range of buyers.
+1. That would make it more appealing by far.
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2+ for @ratfink76 .
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Thanks for all the suggestions, so far!
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Personally I would think that unless it's considered a classic, it would probably sell better with the brifers. People are generally scared of down tube shifters, IME.
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