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Old 11-17-15, 07:37 AM
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Schwinn Sierra for $4000, plus $150 shipping. Sent the seller a PM to try to clue him in, total, complete, waste of time.


VIN SCHWINN SIERRA 21.5"BIKE -G0585 STAMPED -MOUNTAIN SPEED BIKE 26" ARAYA RIMS
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Schwinn Sierra for $4000, plus $150 shipping. Sent the seller a PM to try to clue him in, total, complete, waste of time.


VIN SCHWINN SIERRA 21.5"BIKE -G0585 STAMPED -MOUNTAIN SPEED BIKE 26" ARAYA RIMS

Just waiting for the guy who had one as a kid and always wanted it back to win the lottery!
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This isn't too wacky but the seller needs a bit of training on how to sell.

Centurion Master iron Man Dave Scott road Bike
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Old 11-17-15, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Schwinn Sierra for $4000, plus $150 shipping. Sent the seller a PM to try to clue him in, total, complete, waste of time.


VIN SCHWINN SIERRA 21.5"BIKE -G0585 STAMPED -MOUNTAIN SPEED BIKE 26" ARAYA RIMS
Did you see this one for only 50% more?

Vintage Schwinn Mountain Speed Bicycle Bike 19.5" Frame 26" ARAYA RIMS BEAUTIFUL

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Originally Posted by tmh657
This isn't too wacky but the seller needs a bit of training on how to sell.

Centurion Master iron Man Dave Scott road Bike

wow that is classic. gonna cross post this to the Ironman thread for laughs.
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Old 11-17-15, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
That is sweet. And at only 50% more than the other one I'm sure it'll be snapped up quick. I noticed the seller mentions they arent an 'expert' on bikes but they still managed to price it right.
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Old 11-18-15, 06:04 AM
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Though we might call this "plausible deniability" I'm going to guess that the seller really is clueless about what the bike is worth. She probably just saw the Sierra listing posited by another used-clothing eBay dealer and thought "Hey, these must be collectible!" and "Well, this bike is in much better condition than the other one is, so I can list for twice the cost. The pb_bikes effect is also in evidence.

Whatever the case, the listing is really optimistic.

Japanese and Taiwanese collectors aren't really looking at mass-produced mountain bikes right now. IMO The only truly collectible Schwinns are the muscle bike rarities, the Sting and pre 1980s Paramounts.
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Nice bike, but very optimistic pricing.

Vintage 1984 fuji club - $899

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Originally Posted by sloar
Is it that unrealistic? It seems to be in line with what they've sold for in the past on eBay. Of course, you'd have to convert it back from fixie, but the original parts are included.
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Originally Posted by SloButWide
Is it that unrealistic? It seems to be in line with what they've sold for in the past on eBay. Of course, you'd have to convert it back from fixie, but the original parts are included.
I can't quite make out the decals, but something doesn't appear to be original there either.

I'm a roadie at heart, so I groan a bit at all these SS/FG conversions. But, if they're popular, why not? It is not like all these old bikes are worth fortunes. Often a whole bike with 2 wheels costs less than a quality new bare frame. Why would one need to convert back?

I'm going to try a S3X conversion soon. I've got a battered $50 donor bike picked out, and no doubt the "build" will be worth more than the original.

All that, and only 25 MPH?
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Originally Posted by SloButWide
Is it that unrealistic? It seems to be in line with what they've sold for in the past on eBay. Of course, you'd have to convert it back from fixie, but the original parts are included.
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I can't quite make out the decals, but something doesn't appear to be original there either.
It's hard to be sure from the single poor photograph provided, but it appears to have started life as an Atala "Grand Prix." This was in the middle of Atala's line in the 1970s, and retailed for around $180-$200. The frame would have been seamless, straight-gauge, high carbon steel -- nothing fancy but a cut above gas pipe at least. The original cottered steel crank appears to be intact, but not much else. Derailleurs would have been Campagnolo Valentino, brakes Weinmann centerpulls, hubs Campagnolo "Tipo." I converted one to fixed gear many years ago and found it to be a pleasant ride. Sold the frame here on BF a couple years ago (was it you, sloar?). $400 strikes me as "optimistic."
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
It's hard to be sure from the single poor photograph provided, but it appears to have started life as an Atala "Grand Prix." This was in the middle of Atala's line in the 1970s, and retailed for around $180-$200. The frame would have been seamless, straight-gauge, high carbon steel -- nothing fancy but a cut above gas pipe at least. The original cottered steel crank appears to be intact, but not much else. Derailleurs would have been Campagnolo Valentino, brakes Weinmann centerpulls, hubs Campagnolo "Tipo." I converted one to fixed gear many years ago and found it to be a pleasant ride. Sold the frame here on BF a couple years ago (was it you, sloar?). $400 strikes me as "optimistic."

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Old 11-18-15, 02:41 PM
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That Schwinn actually has the 24" wheels which does make it relatively uncommon. A little battered for the asking price though.

'74 Schwinn Varsity 10 speed - just reuced to

I did see one recently, and was amazed at how heavy it was for such a small bike
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
That Schwinn actually has the 24" wheels which does make it relatively uncommon. A little battered for the asking price though.

'74 Schwinn Varsity 10 speed - just reuced to

I did see one recently, and was amazed at how heavy it was for such a small bike
Yes these are heavy the few I have come across where actually as heavy maybe even a bit more than the full size Varsities basically a 40lb mini.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
Nice bike, but very optimistic pricing.

Vintage 1984 fuji club - $899
This guy has been posting bikes for about 5x their actual value for years. He's basically Ohio's own "Budget Bicycle Center."
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Oh, another person posting from Eugene. :-S

The Wacky World of Craigslist and eBay Ads - 20" bmx Siamese bicycle NEW - $40 (Veneta)

What I think happened to that bike is that someone wanted 2 headesets, forks, and front wheels for a project, maybe a steerable trailer, so he went out and bought 2 cheap BMX bikes, and cut the front ends off of the bikes, then is trying to sell the rest as "artwork".

The two tires an wheels are probably worth $40, new.
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I love CL

Where else can you find:
--15 different ways to spell Schwinn
--spelling and grammar so bad that it takes minutes to figure out what the poster is trying to say (sometimes you never do)
--crappy pictures so bad they make you laugh and are posted here under the heading, photo of the week.
--so many rare,vintage, collectable bikes and statements like, "they had one of these on nose pickers (or ebay) for....."
--fantastic marketing ability in ads that say something like, "I won't answer a lot of questions so don't ask."
--$200 well used Huffys and Varsities
--ads that say something like, "Bike," or "Green Bike," with no photo, price, or other information
--ads that list "Schwinn" bike with Roadmaster printed in big letters on the down tube (one local ad in my area lists a Schwinn Roadmaster)
--any other site that has such an active following on Bike Forums!

and my personal favorite, Spammers will be reported! Wow, talk about action. You can just imagine how this will terrify any spammer.

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All from the same seller in Taos who seems inordinately proud of his stash:

Schwinn Racer vintage 1966 sweet

Triumph bicycle 1969 super rare gem

Peugeot 1959 vintage artist's bike

Raleigh bicycle, black 1971 collector's item - $1500
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Those are all very nice "builds". And, assuming greased and lubed, and no pits, they would compare favorably against a similar bike store bike that might run $500 to $1000 new.

But, yes, they're very old, and should be going for $200 to $300 tops.

Things like the old generator lights are just obsolete.
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This has been on CL since the summer. I really want to e mail the seller and ask him to give it a proper burial.

[h=2]Shimano 105 front hub - $4 (Irvine)[/h]with skewer.

some rust and oxidation, i bought it a while ago for a project that didn't pan out.
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Originally Posted by tmh657
This has been on CL since the summer. I really want to e mail the seller and ask him to give it a proper burial.

Shimano 105 front hub - $4 (Irvine)

with skewer.

some rust and oxidation, i bought it a while ago for a project that didn't pan out.
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...8.html?lang=ca
If the cones are ok, it may be able to be restored. Most people want to know the number of holes when buying hubs.

I usually expect some pretty nice stuff from TheProsCloset, but this one has me wondering a bit.

Phil Wood Bike Rear Hubs 36h 126mm Threaded Road Mountain - $24.99, no skewer | eBay

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Originally Posted by tmh657
This has been on CL since the summer. I really want to e mail the seller and ask him to give it a proper burial.

Shimano 105 front hub - $4 (Irvine)

with skewer.

some rust and oxidation, i bought it a while ago for a project that didn't pan out.
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...8.html?lang=ca

You should low-ball him instead.
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