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Old 03-31-09, 02:05 PM
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Can't make up my mind...

Hey all,

Ive got a bit of a issue that im working on here.

I currently own a 1983 Nishiki Rally touring bike. Weighs a ton, paint and components are in decent (7/10) shape, and ive put a bit of work into it, cleaning up the components, installing new brakes, etc.

My wife came home from the thrift store with a late 70's/early 80's Raleigh Record Limited bike. Paint condition is excellent, componentry looks a bit lower end (Shimano on the Raleigh, vs. Suntour on the Nishiki) put rims are true, and it rides really well.

I need to sell one of these bikes. I just can't pull the trigger either way! I love the Nishiki, cause of all the work Ive put into it, and its character... but the Raleigh is "Newer" faster, and better looking...

Is one of these bikes drastically better from a brand standpoint? My research says no, but I would love it if anyone could give me advice either way.

Eech. Thanks for the vent.

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Old 03-31-09, 02:08 PM
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Don't Sell it.
Give it away to someone that can really use it.
That is what I did.
Just tell them to pay it forward someday.
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Old 03-31-09, 02:10 PM
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why not keep em both...thats what I'd do at least.

I mean think of it this way. Neither of those bikes is worth a helluva lot on Craigslist or Ebay. Under 100 bux at least....you'd likely get more than $100 worth of good times out of both those bikes so why short change yourself?



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no, don't do that. that would probably result in one of the bikes getting thrown at you
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Old 03-31-09, 02:15 PM
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Don't Sell it.
Give it away to someone that can really use it.
That is what I did.
Just tell them to pay it forward someday.
You would make four people happy.
Wife
You
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Old 03-31-09, 02:25 PM
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I'd think that keeping it is or should be an option. I assume theres no room for both? I know I'd ride more if I had a 'beater' bike to ride that would be ok to leave somewhere.
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Old 03-31-09, 03:20 PM
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Why not put swap the parts over between the frames and sell the Nishiki. Or keep both and thank your good lady for giving you an extra bike!
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+1 Either keep them both, or swap the components. Swapping components is a great way of upgrading the keeper bike. Meanwhile, the valuation of the bike getting the lower level components is probably not hurt much at all. Buyers around here show little interest in component grades. Most are just looking for a good looking, clean, ready to ride bike.
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Old 03-31-09, 04:31 PM
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If you HAD to get rid of one, keep the Raleigh & put the better components on it.
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What size is the Nishiki?
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If you alternate riding both, they will each take half the wear & tear, thereby lasting twice as long-so you save $$$ in the long run
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If you alternate riding both, they will each take half the wear & tear, thereby lasting twice as long-so you save $$$ in the long run
And when you've got 27 bikes, they hardly get any wear at all - why am I still always buying bike parts??? !!!
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Old 04-06-09, 02:00 PM
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There is a certain joy in looking around to decide which bike to ride on a given day. Should I ride the one in the bedroom or the one behind the t.v.?
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My wife says as long as she don't see a bike in the living room or bedroom I'm good to go.....it's getting tougher everyday
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change out the low end fixin's on the Raleigh...then give the other away.
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Keep the bike unless you're hurting for cash or room!

At first I thought having one bike was fine, but I realized my passion for cycling spills over to others due to my rampant bike talk and riding. So after I build up my second bike I can have any visiting friends/family come over and ride around town .
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what if you hang it on the wall and call it 'Art'?
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Post #18 and finally someone says the obvious: Keep both, sell the wife.
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