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Old 01-05-19, 09:11 AM
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How to best sell classic bikes?

As I am entering the Autumn of my life, I really need to thin my herd considerably.

However, my bikes, like myself, are all "classics" and tall ones at to boot.

I have numerous Cannondale 63cm bikes and frames, nearly all in the '86 to '88 era.

Some are in excellent refinished/refit condition, and a few are pretty nice original bikes.

I also have several 27" frame ST series bikes and frames, a few rather rare.


Would my task be best served (translate:bring the highest $$$ ) by selling whole or parting out??

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Unless the bike is dead nutz stock AND exceptionally collectible- you'll most always get more for the bike parted out.
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+1...Sadly, its parted out. Now decide if you are willing to do all the work of disassembly and the multiple sales involved. Don
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Hmmmm.
In this case, might be best to start by posting complete bikes here in the for sale section. Lots of taller riders in this forum, and Cannondales of that era are relatively well regarded. However, as much as I love mine, neither would bring big dollars.
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Hmmmm.
In this case, might be best to start by posting complete bikes here in the for sale section. Lots of taller riders in this forum, and Cannondales of that era are relatively well regarded. However, as much as I love mine, neither would bring big dollars.
Yeah, Dr. C.....If I remember correctly, you and I have corresponded before.
I believe I have seen a few of your restorations languish for some time on auction websites..........
I don't have any problem reducing my rides to components. Much easier to ship that way anyhow.
But, as the components are all out of date now anyways, I just don't know if it will be worth the effort.

I do have a completely stock and pretty complete 63cm Black Lightning from '87 or '88,
and a 27" ST600 from 1990, still the old oval chainstays, but unusual as it has cantilever brakes and 130mm rear dropout spacing.
Those about the only 2 which may qualify as original and possibly collectable.
I guess more research is in the near future.......

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Old 01-05-19, 12:12 PM
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List them as complete bikes on craigs, ebay, here, or all three. Give a couple to tall friends and charities. In the autumn of life, don't worry about the bottom line.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
List them as complete bikes on craigs, ebay, here, or all three. Give a couple to tall friends and charities. In the autumn of life, don't worry about the bottom line.
Great Advice! Keep the one/s you want and sell the rest and enjoy yourself.
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Easiest = CraigsList

Highest return, Most Risk & Hassle = eBay

Friendliest = here

I kind of enjoy tearing down bikes, so the eBay route; although much, much more work kind of appeals to me.
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I built every one of them but the 2 originals I listed, so I won't have any trouble disassembling them.
I am just not sure if the components will be sought after in a day and age where they are all pretty much passe.

I would find suitable homes for some among fellow riders of appropriate stature, but I am not acquainted with any locally..........

There was a dude, mtnbkr or similar on these forums who considered the 27" ST 'Dales to be the best frameset ever made for the tall rider.
I gotta see if he is still around......
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Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
I gotta see if he is still around......
Just be prepared for a long winded, and rambling, response.
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Just be prepared for a long winded, and rambling, response.
Yup.
The lad does like to go on and on................And he is not hurtin' for opinions nor shy about sharing them.......
Thing is, I agree with him most of the time............

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I see bikes cross posted on craigslist and ebay with local pick up or drop off at a bike shop for ship and pack. You get a local and global advertising. Having a bike shop do packing and shipping hopefully protects you from some of the risk and selects the more motivated buyer. Of course you lose the late night halfin the bag impulse purchasers, and you don't get to pay yourself to get creative with tape cardboard and pool noodles......
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I built every one of them but the 2 originals I listed, so I won't have any trouble disassembling them.
I am just not sure if the components will be sought after in a day and age where they are all pretty much passe.

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Its very common on nicer vintage bikes for the parts alone to be equal to or exceed the value of the complete bike. Anything Campy, Shimano 600 or higher, Suntour Cyclone or better.

But in the end, how much time do you want to spend on disassembling, marketing and selling these bikes? More and more, I have been donating my excess stuff (I've got a ways to go.....)

As far as "rare", often rare has little to do with value. Ford made over 1 million Mustangs between 1965 and 1966. So its not rare. Yet is has a lot of value. Meanwhile, rare competitor cars from that era are worth much less.

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Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
Yup.
The lad does like to go on and on................And he is not hurtin' for opinions nor shy about sharing them.......
Thing is, I agree with him most of the time............

...he has some opinions on steel frame realignment and cold setting that are far ahead of their time. And he is unafraid to go where no man has gone before.
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There was a dude, mtnbkr or similar on these forums who considered the 27" ST 'Dales to be the best frameset ever made for the tall rider.
I gotta see if he is still around......
If you really want to get ahold of him, I have his name and address from a year or two ago when he killed the then-current round of the Box o' Crap game. I mailed it to him, then he disappeared. So if you're selling him frames, I recommend cash up front.
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As for me,

I really enjoy building up and customizing bikes. I would prefer to try and find someone who can appreciate my efforts and who will ride the bike and love it. I had a Raleigh Record ace that I got from the Bike Exchange years ago and spent many hours customizing , changing the gearing, bars, brakes, wheels until I had what I considered a perfect town bike. Eventually my tastes changed and I had moved on to other projects and I reluctantly put the Raleigh up for sale. The fellow who answered the add fell in love with it at first sight. I gave him a lot of extra gear to go with it because I wanted to be sure he had everything I would want to have on it.

I didn't make any profit on the bike ( especially considering all the work I had done on it) but in the end I was satisfied It had found a good home.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
If you really want to get ahold of him, I have his name and address from a year or two ago when he killed the then-current round of the Box o' Crap game. I mailed it to him, then he disappeared. So if you're selling him frames, I recommend cash up front.
That would be G.M . if memory serves.
I don't think that rave review merits him ant consideration.

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
If you really want to get ahold of him, I have his name and address from a year or two ago when he killed the then-current round of the Box o' Crap game. I mailed it to him, then he disappeared. So if you're selling him frames, I recommend cash up front.
Yes, he got banned, I think, for his lack of diplomacy.

Because of him, I bought a Klein, though, and I'm glad of it.

Not that I enjoyed him, but I did enjoy the curious nature to "what will he write next?"
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Yes, he got banned, I think, for his lack of diplomacy.
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Not that I enjoyed him, but I did enjoy the curious nature to "what will he write next?"
In retrospect, we should elected him president of C&V, I suppose.
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He's not banned.
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He's not banned.
Cool. Not that I'm reaching out to him....
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Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
I built every one of them but the 2 originals I listed, so I won't have any trouble disassembling them.
I am just not sure if the components will be sought after in a day and age where they are all pretty much passe.

I would find suitable homes for some among fellow riders of appropriate stature, but I am not acquainted with any locally..........

There was a dude, mtnbkr or similar on these forums who considered the 27" ST 'Dales to be the best frameset ever made for the tall rider.
I gotta see if he is still around......
you could see if he is still around or you could list the bikes here for a couple months to get some bites then sell the rest locally/tear em down.

The saying time is money can ring true, it its also hardly accurate a lot of times. My time at night after my kids are in bed is worthless. Spending time tearing down bikes, cleaning all the parts to get the most $, and the taking pics and listing everything is a lot of time. While it may be done during worthless hours, it's still a good bit of time suck.

sell a bike complete here for $250 net or spend an hour tearing it down, another hour cleaning, and another hour taking pics and listing each component to sell for $350 minus ebay fees.
total hypothetical, sure, but...

30yo bikes, from what i can see, arent selling at a premium compared to a few years ago.

For what its worth, I'm certainly intrigued to find out and consider what you have for sale.
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