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Old 05-14-08, 05:38 PM
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an old Riviera...worth anything?

I bought this bike for $60, used. I'm planning on stripping everything off and building it up as a fixed gear. Has anybody heard of Riviera bikes? The guy said it was from the late 70s-early 80s. I want to know if it's worth investing time and money to build up for either personal use, or to sell on CL.

The guy I bought it from said it was a 'top of the line' bike back in its day...

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Old 05-14-08, 05:51 PM
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Never heard of it, but certainly aint "top of the line" stuff by the looks of it, I see an ok looking frame at best with low end parts on it, not a bad score for $60 bucks though, at least over in Toronto anyway.
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+1 doesn't look top of the line. I would not put much money into it. You can probably clean it up, replace cables and ride it or sell it. Are the wheels alloy? Can't tell for sure.

But any bike for $60 sounds like a good deal.

Shift levers look like the cheap simplex ones (I have a set myself).

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Very cheap frame, but more then ideal fodder for fixie conversion.

Perfect choice of bike for that venture - looks spiffy, not particularly valuable, will take less effort to convert to fixie then to put decent drivetrain components on it, and nutted brake mounts gives you the ability to mount older vintage brake calipers to it if you wish (and since the frame isn't too special, I dare say nobody would cringe if you drilled the fork for recessed brakes).

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Are the wheels alloy? Can't tell for sure.
I'm not sure if the wheels are alloy, how do you tell? It doesn't really matter, because the rear wheel is pretty bent.

I plan on replacing the wheels. Will 700c wheels fit on this frame (they're 27" right now) ?
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A magnet will tell ya what you're rims are made outta, I imagine they are alloy, well it would be pretty sad if they arent.

Judging by the position of the brake pads on the calipers you should be able to get 700c's to work.
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