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eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II

Old 08-19-15, 06:14 AM
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Nice '79 Trek 710 on Chicago CL:

1979 TREK 710 competition bike, 58cm, Reynolds 531, Pro Refurbished!!!

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I've seen a couple of these over the years but never one for sale.

Reynolds 531 Free Spirit

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Collectable/ridable/hipster 1978 Ted Williams Free Spiit bicycle imported only through the Sears catalog, 23"/58cm Reynolds 531 frame/fork, 10 speed(2x5) Shimano Dura Ace CRANE rd with stem shifting, alum 27x1 1/4 wheels(spokes painted gold at factory/not rusty), added 2 new tires/tubes(new Bontrager Hard Case Race Lites on it now) and the Ti vintage saddle, cleaned, lubed, tuned and ready to ride! You can Google this bike and find that it went for only ten bucks more in the catalog along with other info and fyi this price is firm as this bike is in fantastic condition and collectable! My cell is
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Wow that is cool. I had never heard of a 531 built Free Spirit until this post. Be kind of like ordering a carbon fiber dual suspension mtb through Walmart.
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link to holdsworth:

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/5148758676.html
if i were in seattle id be all over that deal.
Anyone on here and up with this? Blue Holdsworth with wrapover stays?
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Originally Posted by noglider
58cm 1976 PX10 for $349. This is what I waited for for years, but now I feel like I'm done buying old bikes. And it's right in my neighborhood!

[h=2]58cm Peugeot PX10 1976 Model - $349 (West Village)[/h]






It's a bit earlier than 1976. They moved the Reynolds sticker to the down tube in 1974.

The price seems right to me. Adjusted for inflation, that's about $550 more than it sold for new.

The missing top tube Simplex cable clip is the only flaw that catches my eye.

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Same guy with the Trek 710 has a Miyata 710. What are the chances of that?

1985 MIYATA 710 - Vintage racing road bike. 60cm, refurbished, MINT!

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I've seen quite a few nice bikes in front of that staircase on eBay.
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Originally Posted by sloar
I've seen quite a few nice bikes in front of that staircase on eBay.
Yeah, I imagine he sells a lot of bikes. He sure lists a bunch.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Yeah, I imagine he sells a lot of bikes. He sure lists a bunch.
I'm starting to wonder how some of these sellers find such an inventory of nice bikes to sell. Do they have ads posted all over town, baiting uneducated owners into parting with these for pennies on the dollar?
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Originally Posted by OldManJones
I'm starting to wonder how some of these sellers find such an inventory of nice bikes to sell. Do they have ads posted all over town, baiting uneducated owners into parting with these for pennies on the dollar?
I too have seen that stairway a lot on the bay. My guess is he spends a fair amount of time at yard sales, etc. Location is 1 hour from Chicago and not too much further to Milwaukee so a lot of opportunity. He's right near my in laws so I may need to ask to see his inventory next time I'm that way.
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Originally Posted by OldManJones
I'm starting to wonder how some of these sellers find such an inventory of nice bikes to sell. Do they have ads posted all over town, baiting uneducated owners into parting with these for pennies on the dollar?
I suspect that some of these people who refurbish/sell tons of bikes have arrangements with metal scrappers and/or junkyards which gives them first peek and a notification when new stuff arrives/is picked up. A more pessimistic theory might be that they frequent places like Swap-O-Rama here in Chicago, which is well known around these parts as the place thieves sell stolen bikes/parts.
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Originally Posted by OldManJones
I'm starting to wonder how some of these sellers find such an inventory of nice bikes to sell. Do they have ads posted all over town, baiting uneducated owners into parting with these for pennies on the dollar?
I used to do a fair amount of this locally.

I don't want to go into methods, but I would invariably offer decent $$$ on premium bikes.

Treks, Fujis, Bridgestones were often available at garage sale pricing.

I just offered take it or leave it $$$$. Most folks were just happy to get their dusty, dirty old bikes out of their garages.

Let's just remember that the greater cross section in this country want shiny new bicycles, not used garage sale bikes.

Maybe this mentality will change?

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I have a few friends who are major flippers in Indianapolis. That's their sole employment, so anytime a good deal pops on Craigslist they are on it. Being 40 miles from Indy, I don't have a chance. A really nice Centurion Turbo came up for sale last week for $50, it sold in 20 minutes. I called one of the flippers I know and he told me he bought it. It will be for sale soon for $400-$500.
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I've noticed Indy has a steady supply of vintage type bikes. Just a simple observation but probably more realistic to market priced. Listings are only for a short time. Unlike some areas where the sellers have the same posting for a year or more!

Also have seen the 'staircase' seller stuff on fleabay. Overall a nice presentation of bikes, sorted and serviced. Considering the labor time and consumables, prices seem fairly good.

Who knows but I think some flippers are legit bike dealers circumventing the cost of advertising. Either they have someone on the side selling for them or its out of their own house. I don't blame them. Though, its common many bike dealers receive free bikes and customers don't get much for trade-in. Others are acquired by people moving from the area and simply want to quickly unload a few bikes. The bike shop is a convenient drop point for a few quick dollars.

I don't know many flippers but have had good dealing with a BMX collector. He pays good for rare BMX bikes and parts. Many surpassing fine vintage Italian lightweights. I don't get the appeal but whatever. In his travels he'll acquire a few road racers and turn a quick flip. Zero servicing or clean. He's happy with just a few dollars profit and never greedy.
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Originally Posted by gomango
I used to do a fair amount of this locally.

I don't want to go into methods, but I would invariably offer decent $$$ on premium bikes.

Treks, Fujis, Bridgestones were often available at garage sale pricing.

I just offered take it or leave it $$$$. Most folks were just happy to get their dusty, dirty old bikes out of their garages.

Let's just remember that the greater cross section in this country want shiny new bicycles, not used garage sale bikes.

Maybe this mentality will change?
If you went just a bit into your methods it would help my very selfless hobby of accumulating awesome bikes to ride/marvel at.
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Not Surprised. BMX beginnings are still in the minds of many people and they want to document it. It launched a lot of careers in MB, CX and road racing.
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Originally Posted by OldManJones
If you went just a bit into your methods it would help my very selfless hobby of accumulating awesome bikes to ride/marvel at.

There is a bike flipping thread here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ing-101-a.html
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Very interesting ride for the shorter rider: Terry-style Ironman Expert.

Short Mans Centurion 12 speed road racer

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Originally Posted by curbtender
Not Surprised. BMX beginnings are still in the minds of many people and they want to document it. It launched a lot of careers in MB, CX and road racing.
Check out what some of the bmx bikes from the 80's are selling for. Some of the bikes I had growing up are worth $2,000-$3,000. I wish I still had a couple of my old Hutch Trickstars.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
There is a bike flipping thread here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ing-101-a.html
Bingo.

Lots of good info.
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'85 Trek 500. Mint, Suntour Cyclone, all original. Even has the dork disc $240.



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Conmemorative 1989 Battaglini frame.
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Very expensive, but they are also very rare to be complete and in good condition, Bowden Touriste calipers. Perfect for any 20s build.

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