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Old 01-21-22, 05:15 PM
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Ebay and the Long Haul...

For several years now, perhaps more than several, this bike has been offered for sale or auction. I am not sure why it sticks in my mind, but it does and got me to wondering if any other long offered items come to mind with other forum members. The bike in question looks to be close to mint and I cannot understand why it has not been purchased. Anyway, this is the bike and your thoughts would be interesting to an old fellow like myself...
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That saddle isn't doing it any favors.
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Old 01-21-22, 05:31 PM
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Well, one thought that immediately comes to mind: what's the asking price?

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Entry level bike from a less recognized brand. Would need to be priced very low in my market to sell. It takes more than being vintage. People tend to be looking for the better stuff which this is not.

Despite the "Italian" sounding name, this is a made in Japan bike. Stem shifters, steel chain rings, etc.

A bike like this has to be sold locally, as the cost to ship will exceed the value of the bike. Air up the tires, swap out the seat, take great pictures, and it might bring $75 locally.

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Old 01-21-22, 05:41 PM
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Saintropez ....imported by Rand quite a few years ago
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I've been watching this one for the last 6 months, reposted every two weeks. It's the only ad up by the user, so not part of a bigger stash of parts they're trying to unload. I'm really tempted to buy it, if only to meet the legend.
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Old 01-21-22, 06:13 PM
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no cool appeal, either classic or counter-cool

really ugly seat, stem shifters look plastic and cheap, handlebars are awkward

picture not sharp, bit of odd location to position bike for picture
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Old 01-21-22, 06:33 PM
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ditto to squirtdad
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Old 01-21-22, 06:57 PM
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This thing has been for sale on craigslist for years. Many years.
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Old 01-21-22, 07:17 PM
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individualized, Big frame, might need a rear tire. Way too expensive now to ship, especially in that frame size.
Local sale best hope.
Be great if owner had original parts.
( and 80's paint scheme)
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Old 01-21-22, 07:19 PM
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I too would assume that it may be the initial bidding price and if it was a local pickup only. Those two things would require the right person to maybe looking for it and for all the stars to align.

There was a Takara Deluxe Touring on eBay just like the one I had in high school for quite a long time. The opening bid and buy it now prices were not so terrible that I probably wouldn't have paid it, but I wasn't willing to drive to Topeka for it and shipping even if available would have been more than the bike was worth. I don't know if it finally sold or if the seller gave up on someone feeling nostalgic enough like me to pay that price for a high tensile bike boom bike and be willing to go the trouble to get it home. Long story short, had it been within an hour drive from my house I would have probably bought it like I have for a couple of other old Takaras that were more local to me.
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Old 01-22-22, 08:27 AM
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Saint Tropez La Riviera GT bicycle

I'm not sure of the current ebay fee structure but at the time I looked at the listing the seller had 94 items listed including a couple of other bicycles. Is there a flat rate for an ebay store?

Perhaps he just keeps relisting everything for a certain price?

If the $69 minimum bid snagged it and even with $90 shipping,
my take is you could do worse for $159
especially if you were a casual cyclist and it fit you.

If the buyer were near Plymouth, Wisconsin where it shows to be located to pick up locally it might be considered a bargain if $69 took it.

Then again perhaps he has a minimum price much higher but I did not see one.

For my preferences if it fit I'd rather ride that bike than some of the mega store mart type bikes I've seen.
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
I've been watching this one for the last 6 months, reposted every two weeks. It's the only ad up by the user, so not part of a bigger stash of parts they're trying to unload. I'm really tempted to buy it, if only to meet the legend.
Ugghhh.that ad.Im tempted to buy it and place it on a shrine as the dumbest CL thing ever listed.
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Old 01-22-22, 09:24 AM
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The Saint Tropaze I showed has been relisted many times over several years. I am not positive but the first time it was listed at approximately $250 US, a price I thought to be way too high at the time. With subsequent relistings the price came down to less than a hundred dollars now.

I agree with many comments regarding the saddle and where picture was taken. My guess is that it will never sell as it has been offered for so long and, apparently, attracted little interest.

My main concern was not the bike but the fact that it has been offered for a long time. Thanks to the folks who mentioned other long haulers on Ebay. That is what I was most interested in.
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
I've been watching this one for the last 6 months, reposted every two weeks. It's the only ad up by the user, so not part of a bigger stash of parts they're trying to unload. I'm really tempted to buy it, if only to meet the legend.
Im pretty sure thats cheese on that burger, which is worth another one fiddy. Run dont walk!
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It's like dj vu all over again Ebay Long Haulers - sooner or later...
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Old 01-22-22, 10:53 AM
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This ones been on and offf sale at least a few years now for $180, I think the fork is bent.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...434562463.html




Motobecane Grand Touring frameset, CrMo steel, 58cm, adjustable dropouts, made in France.
Top tube is approximately 58cm. Very comfortable ride, was my spare 22.4 lb bike.

Included with the set are:
3ttt Synthesis 120mm stem w/ 26mm clamp, 276g, made in Italy;
Strong 225mm seat post, 260g, made in Japan;
SR Apex-5 170mm crank set and 52/42 chain rings (looks like 70s Campagnolo Nuovo),
custom spacers on both rings to make it compatible w/ Campagnolo 10spd, 636g, made in Japan;
Tange SI 35xP1 bottom bracket, rebuilt, smooth, Swiss thread, made in Japan;
rebuilt Japanese headset.

I have some pictures of my spare bike built with these components, but do not want to confuse anyone by posting them in this ad.
I can e-mail them upon request though.

$180 firm, no trades, no shipping.
Please include your phone number for a response.
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Old 01-22-22, 11:01 AM
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Many, many years of reposting

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/b...425467739.html


Dont know why it won't sell, who needs a front wheel when you have a stumpy...
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
It's like dj vu all over again Ebay Long Haulers - sooner or later...
A few years ago, I would have been surprised that I had repeated myself. Sadly (or not), these days with an old and worn out memory, I am not surprised at all. Sorry for the doubling up.
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This thing has been for sale on craigslist for years. Many years.
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A few years ago, I would have been surprised that I had repeated myself. Sadly (or not), these days with an old and worn out memory, I am not surprised at all. Sorry for the doubling up.
To be fair, I read the older post to inquire if anyone else knows of long term for sale ads. The new posts inquires as to why this particular bike has not sold. At least that's how you can spin it.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66 View Post
Many, many years of reposting

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/b...425467739.html


Dont know why it won't sell, who needs a front wheel when you have a stumpy...
This is the one that came to mind for me, I have a similar Stumpjumper, not as mint, but still, so this one caught my eye back in the day. I can't imagine listing something for this long without dropping the price or even just deciding not to sell.
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I've had the same random stuff listed on Craigs for probably two years. It's all in one listing now. It used to be two. I sold a bunch of stuff recently, but only the nicer parts that had the word "Campagnolo" on them. I don't mind the requirement to update the listing once a week. It's nice to have a small presence on Craigs. I meet some good folks into the same vintage vibe.
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This thing has been for sale on craigslist for years. Many years.
I blame global warming.
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The original Specialized Tarmacs were oddly half carbon fiber and half aluminum, split horizontally, so that half of the had tube is carbon fiber, and half aluminum. There is a guy in my town who has been trying to sell one for over $2000 on CL for AT LEAST 4 years. Looks mint. He just keeps reposting. I always imagine a guy being yelled out by his wife for spending thousands on a bike he never rode.
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