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Old 03-17-08, 05:08 PM
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New paint on an old bike.

Does taking an old frame and splashing new paint on it detract from its nostalgia? What about the value be it + or -, does it make it worth any more or less. I ask because I sold my bike to a guy this weekend that like many of you is familiar with tearing down and cleaning up bikes. He told me that he has an early mid eighties vintage Trek 420, that was his main ride, (until he bought my Miyata Gran Touring) that he redid recently and new that it would fit me better and offered to sell it to me. He said he bought the bike for $125 and new that he would never get the money back for the sandblasting and painting but if I am interested to make him an offer. So what do I do if I like it. I don't want to insult the guy by offering way lower than he wants, but in the same token I don't want to spend much to begin with. I am going to take it for a ride tomorrow, any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Since no one is responding to this, I'll start.
There are a lot of different opinions about repainting. IMHO, repainting, unless its the original color with new decals, does not enhance value. But that's my opinion and reflects what I like in a bike, I know others will not agree. As for functionality, a quality repaint job on a bike that has rust problems can enhance value because it arrests rusting.
As for your freinds bike, if you like the bike, tell your freind to quote a price, make your decision from the value he assigns.
IMHO, I think $125 for a Trek 420 in good condition is a really good deal. I know if I had one I was selling it would be priced higher, around $175-200 cause that's what they get around here.
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If the bike is a common one and/or if the paint is hopelessly shot, go ahead and repaint it.
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Like the others have said, it depends on the condition of the bike and your own personal taste. I have no problem putting a fresh coat of paint on bikes that have a lot of rust or that the chrome is flaking off.
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But on others that just have little scratches or a few rust spots I leave as is. Some bikes just looks great showing their true age.
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Old 03-19-08, 05:23 AM
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Oh yeah...Did you get the bike?
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I recently acquired an '84 Centurion that had some rust problems. So I stripped it and powdercoated it.

I color matched as close as I could, but in the end it was about functionality to me...which is the ultimate value enhancer for a bike.

I realize by powdercoating this frame, I have condemned myself to a special corner of C&V hell. I confess my sins, and admit that I have compounded them by the installation of an outboard bearing 105 compact double crank and bottom bracket assemby.

Yea verily, the mark of the demon is upon me and upon my bike.

Not to threadjack, but it's almost done. Before and after pictures should be up within a month. As for the bike you intend to purchase, the new paint may be better than the old. Perhaps the owner had some good reason to re-paint, and buying this bike actually saves you the trouble of doing what I did.

And if you like the color and the fit, it doesn't matter too much. It's not like he's trying to pass it off as a collectible uber-expensive Italian racing bike and sell it for as much, and leaving you to guess with the new paint if it really is. I think it probably sounds like a good deal.
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Oh yeah...Did you get the bike?

No. It was beautiful though. The guy did and awesome job. He needed a little more than I wanted to spend. His price was good in my opinion, but I wasn't looking to spend that much (currently unemployed). I ended up buying a Raleigh Technium 450 off craigslist instead. Might flip it though to go back and buy the Trek. The Technium is OK, but I still prefer STEEL.

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