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Old 06-06-16, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
Most people want bikes more modern than that. Tubular wheels can be had for free since they are so burdensome to most people. Basically, the bike is priced right or too high. As @TimmyT points out, the cost of shipping and packing is more than you expected, making the bike not very valuable to most people.
Totally agree with you Tom, @Lascauxcaveman and @TimmyT is on-point too. I really cracked open the pics and looked, once I hook up my facilitator, then pay for shipping, I'm out another $80 (as high as $120). At the end of the day, $280-$320 is way too high to buy a bike I'll need to sell after refurb (wrong size). If the tires were in great shape I could probably break even, else that would probably be the push-over given my market. It'd be easier to break even on a part-out at $280 with thoughtful disassembly and marketing, but I wouldn't have the heart to it dissect it.
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[h=2]1989 Trek 520 Touring Bike 60cm - $280 (S. Minneapolis, MN) [/h]1989 Trek 520 Touring Bike 60cm



1989 Trek 520

Great vintage touring bike with original Blackburn rack. Appears to be all original parts with the exception of the saddle.

The bike has been disassembled and cleaned. New grease/bearings in the bottom bracket and headset. New bar tape. Bike will need new tires as they appear to be original as well.

Shimano 105 hubs, brake levers and shifters
Shimano Deore crankset, derailleurs and brakes

There are some paint chips as is to be expected with a bike of this age. I tried to include most of them in the pictures.

Size: 60cm (center to center)
Standover height: 34.25 inches
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Originally Posted by francophile
Totally agree with you Tom, @Lascauxcaveman and @TimmyT is on-point too. I really cracked open the pics and looked, once I hook up my facilitator, then pay for shipping, I'm out another $80 (as high as $120). At the end of the day, $280-$320 is way too high to buy a bike I'll need to sell after refurb (wrong size). If the tires were in great shape I could probably break even, else that would probably be the push-over given my market. It'd be easier to break even on a part-out at $280 with thoughtful disassembly and marketing, but I wouldn't have the heart to it dissect it.
Personally I wouldnt feel right asking someone to facilitate a bike I was gonna flip..
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Originally Posted by exmechanic89
Personally I wouldnt feel right asking someone to facilitate a bike I was gonna flip..
Nah, I'd never ask someone to facilitate on a bike I was going to refurb and sell to a stranger, with the exception of the two bikes I had to round up for a preschool charity auction last year (netted over $1k for the school!). I had a specific person in mind this would be perfect for, possibly two, the primary of those two has higher end taste and a huge distaste for anything Simplex w/Delrin, if this were one or two models above where I thought it was, it would've been a grail bike for him.

Maybe I'm an oddball, most of the bikes I buy have a specific recipient in mind before dropping the cash. Easier to sell a bike when you have buyers you know in mind already, and alleviates the hassle of dealing with CL, which is just somewhere I don't go to sell bikes anymore. As long as I space things out and only buy bikes for myself every 3rd or 4th purchase, it keeps the wife off my case

I will say: Selling to friends, family & acquaintances has numerous benefits if your work is solid, it's typically a no-haggle transaction and I can manage to get a realistic premium out of it to refill the consumables bins in the shop. Nice way to check your work when you're only a call or text away, too...
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Originally Posted by francophile
Nah, I'd never ask someone to facilitate on a bike I was going to refurb and sell to a stranger, with the exception of the two bikes I had to round up for a preschool charity auction last year (netted over $1k for the school!). I had a specific person in mind this would be perfect for, possibly two, the primary of those two has higher end taste and a huge distaste for anything Simplex w/Delrin, if this were one or two models above where I thought it was, it would've been a grail bike for him.

Maybe I'm an oddball, most of the bikes I buy have a specific recipient in mind before dropping the cash. Easier to sell a bike when you have buyers you know in mind already, and alleviates the hassle of dealing with CL, which is just somewhere I don't go to sell bikes anymore. As long as I space things out and only buy bikes for myself every 3rd or 4th purchase, it keeps the wife off my case

I will say: Selling to friends, family & acquaintances has numerous benefits if your work is solid, it's typically a no-haggle transaction and I can manage to get a realistic premium out of it to refill the consumables bins in the shop. Nice way to check your work when you're only a call or text away, too...
Ok I get it. Sorry.
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Originally Posted by exmechanic89
Ok I get it. Sorry.
No worries brother, I wasn't taking it personally. If anything, I should be apologizing for not being clearer in the first place.
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Originally Posted by exmechanic89
Personally I wouldnt feel right asking someone to facilitate a bike I was gonna flip..
Yeah, "keepers" only.

Something like that nice-price Trek 520 Clang has posted up above -- if it was one size bigger
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Originally Posted by francophile
No worries brother, I wasn't taking it personally. If anything, I should be apologizing for not being clearer in the first place.
I wish the forums had a lot more members like you.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
Yeah, "keepers" only.

Something like that nice-price Trek 520 Clang has posted up above -- if it was one size bigger
I feel like we've been inundated down here with Trek the last couple of weeks down here. NB: I don't know a ton about the brand, so I usually don't buy and don't know what's worthwhile outside of the 660/670/170

This 60cm 612 for $195: Classic Steel Trek 614
Maybe a 62cm 6xx for $200: TREK Vintage Tri Series 600 Early 80's

The other two that popped recently in regional alerts (~250mi of ATL) are already gone. 59cm is at the high end of what I can ride, I'll only pick up a 60cm if I can stand the torture or geometry makes for a better fit.
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Could be a decent project for someone.



VITUS 979 road bike frame 57cm - vintage aluminum classic -
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Originally Posted by francophile
Totally agree with you Tom, @Lascauxcaveman and @TimmyT is on-point too. I really cracked open the pics and looked, once I hook up my facilitator, then pay for shipping, I'm out another $80 (as high as $120). At the end of the day, $280-$320 is way too high to buy a bike I'll need to sell after refurb (wrong size). If the tires were in great shape I could probably break even, else that would probably be the push-over given my market. It'd be easier to break even on a part-out at $280 with thoughtful disassembly and marketing, but I wouldn't have the heart to it dissect it.
Good decision...I think you would have a hard time breaking even in our market on this one!
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Originally Posted by exmechanic89
Personally I wouldnt feel right asking someone to facilitate a bike I was gonna flip..
Not sure why you say that...I have done that in the past...and, frankly, if someone is willing to facilitate it (and I always take care of them), I am not sure why there would be a problem. What I do with a bike that I purchase, through any means, is really up to me.
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Originally Posted by WolfgangVerne
Dont do it ! HAve a good close look at the seatpost clamp etc Yikes
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Vitus 979 Dural Vintage Road Bike
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Originally Posted by WolfgangVerne

Those were cool frames, BUT, you have to be careful with these because a lot of the earlier ones had problems with the bonding coming undone. They can be rebonded but is the cost worth it? There is a place that sells these frames brand new. In addition this frame is probably NOT the 979, this frame appears to be painted not anodized which was the heavier and cheaper Futural aluminum frame.
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If this was 1) my size, 2) local, I'd take a look.


Vintage Raleigh Sports 3 Speed 650B | eBay
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Not sure if the price is too high as i dont know much about these, but iv seen interest for these in the forums here and there.
Its in DC but theyre asking local only. $200

1980's Specialized Expedition Touring Bike Frame- 56cm






Looking to finally part ways with my old work horse, a Specialized Expedition frame. It does has some scuffs, but otherwise is still in great shape with solid structural integrity. I made the switch to single-speed a while back, and this needs a new home with someone who can log many more miles on it. Send a message on through if you have any questions/requests. LOCAL ONLY.
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If this was 1) my size, 2) local, I'd take a look.


Vintage Raleigh Sports 3 Speed 650B | eBay
Mine, actually. It's listed in the c/v marketplace at a bit of a bf member discount.
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At $1800 it ain't cheap but, yowza! Whatta beaut!

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If I had $1800 to blow on wall art, I'd hang that Somec.
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Motobecane Grand Record Frameset and parts 53cm Reynolds 531 - $30 (Williamsburg Brooklyn)

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