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Old 12-13-17, 01:48 PM
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Old Giant Rincon

I have a Giant Rincon that was given to me back in the early 90's it is still in very good shape is there any market for these old bikes or just scrap it?
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They have value, but that value depends on whether you're selling it as-is or are willing to put some work into it. If you're planning on selling, having a shop do the rebuild will cost a fortune, so it's better to refurb yourself if you have the skills, or just sell as-is.

I pick these up for $20-40 needing work. I completely refurb them, replace needed parts, clean and dial everything in, and charge $135. At this age, bikes typically need cleaning and repacking of bearing surfaces with fresh grease as well. Costs very little but takes time and effort.

You can also turn them into urban bombers. Replace the original knobby MTB tires with hybrid or slick tires, and now they are utility bikes meant for city riding as opposed to hitting the trails.

One thing to watch out for. You didn't say whether your Rincon has a suspension fork or a rigid fork. Suspension forks greatly complicate matters if they need work; parts may not be available, and if they are available, sometimes not cheap, which makes a rebuild not worth the effort. Rigid forks are better for reselling. I stay away from buying into bikes with suspension fork problems if I can help it.
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Bought for $10, cleaned, greased hubs, tuned, one tube, resold for $100 mid summer. Photo as picked up.
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If you don't want to bother with the bike, put it on the curb with a "free" sign on it. It won't last long.
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It reminds me of a surfing safari to Rincon Beach in the sixties. No sand at all, just rocks. It was hard on my feet and on my board.
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I was so excited to get a rusty old clapper, I believe 1990, gaint Rincon. It needs cables repack, love and how do you get out rusty scratches. I was always drawn to it. I paid 30 Canuck bucks, I won the lottery. I have 6 newer treks I roll, I am not a fan of the newest offerings just yet, my older son is into his 3 Giants, nothing steel, so looking forward to seeing his reaction when I am done. I donít know what sort of theme or flavour to make this one, just something enough to be special. I will try to send a pic when done, thanks for the tread.
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Here is an example that my 85 year old Dad bought new back in the 1980's. He left it behind at the Condo we bought from him a few years ago. Since I have very little tools (at our vacation home), nothing has been done to it - just RIDE IT in SW Florida!
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Originally Posted by tjfastback66
Here is an example that my 85 year old Dad bought new back in the 1980's. He left it behind at the Condo we bought from him a few years ago. Since I have very little tools (at our vacation home), nothing has been done to it - just RIDE IT in SW Florida!
Are you sure that bike was bought in the 1980's? I own that same bike in that red splatter paint color scheme and I thought mine was a 1990.
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Are you sure that bike was bought in the 1980's? I own that same bike in that red splatter paint color scheme and I thought mine was a 1990.
NOPE - I am not sure
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