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Old 07-05-21, 09:31 AM
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Sell Complete or Part Out?

I'm thinking of selling my lugged-steel circa-1990 Colnago Sprint. Although I enjoy riding the bike I'm now in my sixties and with my stiffness and soreness it's getting more difficult for me to swing my leg over the top tube. Bike is equipped with lower-end Campy components (Veloce and Mirage) and I was just wondering if it would be better or easier to sell as a frameset and or a complete bike. Frame is in good shape but has been well ridden and well loved with rust-free chrome fork and stays.
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Old 07-05-21, 12:21 PM
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Much easier to sell the complete bike, in my opinion. Parting out usually means stuck with some items.
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Old 07-05-21, 07:15 PM
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Depends. You could post pics of the bike in this subforum:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ppraisals-273/

getting more difficult for me to swing my leg over the top tube.


Not too long ago in General, someone posted a Caddyshack video of Danny dismounting his small frame by swinging a leg over the bars. I've actually started to do this, especially after a long ride. Here's the scene at the 4:24 mark.

Here's the thread, but it's now missing the video:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-c...shack-1221547/
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Old 07-05-21, 08:30 PM
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Most money and most bother selling a la carte.

one of the factors, how eclectic is the build?
the more personalized, the less attractive to a wide audience.

the Sprint as I recall was a more basic model, fastback stays, no clover cutout under the bottom bracket, slots and “noodles” for the cables. Decent frame, a journeyman racing machine.

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Not too long ago in General, someone posted a Caddyshack video of Danny dismounting his small frame by swinging a leg over the bars. I've actually started to do this, especially after a long ride. Here's the scene at the 4:24 mark.
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Old 07-06-21, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Depends. You could post pics of the bike in this subforum:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ppraisals-273/



Not too long ago in General, someone posted a Caddyshack video of Danny dismounting his small frame by swinging a leg over the bars. I've actually started to do this, especially after a long ride. Here's the scene at the 4:24 mark.

https://youtu.be/-6Ri2kr8xJU
Here's the thread, but it's now missing the video:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-c...shack-1221547/
At my age, the hardest thing for me to do when riding is clearing the saddle when I want to get off of the bike. I will try the over the handlebar dismount. Looks to be easier that going through the pain and imbalance of over the saddle.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
At my age, the hardest thing for me to do when riding is clearing the saddle... I will try the over the handlebar dismount.
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easy dismount
do it regularly
shorten those cable housings
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Old 07-06-21, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
At my age, the hardest thing for me to do when riding is clearing the saddle when I want to get off of the bike. I will try the over the handlebar dismount. Looks to be easier that going through the pain and imbalance of over the saddle.
Particularly on a bike with a rear rack, I often put my leg over the top tube.
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Old 07-06-21, 11:53 AM
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You really woh't know until you test your market - people in different regions respond differently to the same things offered for sale.
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Old 07-06-21, 12:05 PM
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Hmmm. If it were a higher grade of components, then yeah, parting out would get you more money, but I don't think there's a big market for Veloce and Mirage. I know when I recently rebuilt a 1994 Cannondale with Shimano RX100 the bits were really cheap, compared to Ultegra, or especially Dura Ace, and I suspect the same is true of the 4th tier Campagnolo stuff. Sad, really, because it's good kit and it works well, but it's just not as collectible.
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I bought a bike once for the frame. Sold the Shimano 600 Arabesque group for more than what I paid for the entire bike, so I got a free frame and wheels.
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Old 07-07-21, 12:19 PM
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Swinging your leg over the handlebars is required on a tandem. You don't want to kick your stoker!
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I am evidently an outlier here, but I think it's not right to part out a nice old bike that has survived for years with its original parts. C'mon, just leave it that way for the next owner.

If it's some kind of frankenbike, sure, go ahead. But otherwise, sell it in one piece and be done with it.
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I am evidently an outlier here, but I think it's not right to part out a nice old bike that has survived for years with its original parts. C'mon, just leave it that way for the next owner.

If it's some kind of frankenbike, sure, go ahead. But otherwise, sell it in one piece and be done with it.
So I should stop working on that ad campaign for the jonwvara chop shop?
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I've seen where some people will offer it up in various formats. Put a price on the complete bike and then give a perspective buyer other options. I don't know how well this works but I have seen others do it. I bought a bike without wheels to build up and got it for a bargain ($20) . The owner had someone offer up a lot of money for the nice Mavic wheel set and he just wanted to off the rest of the bike. I got a Motobecane Grand Sprint for $20. In this case , a lower end bike than yours , after the owner got what he wanted out of the wheels , the frame and parts were just fodder! It would be a shame to do this but some do.
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So I should stop working on that ad campaign for the jonwvara chop shop?
No, go ahead with it--I'm subject to all kinds of wild mood swings and will probably reverse position soon.

And now that I think of it--from the lofty perch of my high horse--I once sold or traded to you (can't recall which) a Nuovo Record RD that I took off my Dawes Double Blue. But I'm pretty sure particular part wasn't original to the bike, so maybe I'm in the clear.
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As someone who likes to restomod old frames with modern-ish components, I won't pay more for a complete bike than for the frame by itself unless there was some other parts on the frames I really wanted. Any unused parts go into the parts bin where they stay for eternity because I'm too lazy to sell all the parts I have that I'll never use.
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