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Ever Had Seller's Remorse?

Old 04-25-10, 05:44 PM
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Ever Had Seller's Remorse?

I assume this has happened to others, and would like to find out if I took it more personally than I should have.

I recently sold a bike to the son of a coworker, and just found out that it has been desecrated (not fully drewed yet, but it's a distinct possibility in the future).

It was a Centurion Accordo, certainly not the top of the line bike, but a nice Chromoly frame, and it was in great shape mechanically as well as the paint. When I sold it I asked what his plans were for the bike, and he indicated he'd be riding it with his Dad, and getting into riding more. Because he was the son of a friend, I made nothing on the sale, and figured it was worthwhile since it was going to a good home.

My friend came to work the next week and said that he came home to find that his son had stripped everything off the bike and spray painted it flat black....Rims, spokes, hubs.....everything. His Dad helped him get the parts back on it, but he said it looks bad, really bad. I wish he hadn't told me.

I think in the future I'm just going to sell anything extra I find on CraigsList to people I don't know so I'll never become aware of the atrocities that might be committed to these beautiful old bikes.

Let's hear your stories....
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Old 04-25-10, 05:55 PM
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As long as he's enjoying it.
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Old 04-25-10, 08:20 PM
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I paid good money for a Centurion Prestige frame, loaded it up with 600 tricolor, had it looking great, but couldn't get it to fit.

Sold it on eBay.

A year later, it's back on there, trashed. He even went to flat bars. He sold it for what he bought it for.

I didn't buy it back, was a little ticked, but hey, it was his bike. I supposed I'd sell it again, same guy, same price.

But now I know people who ride that size, there'd be no need. They'd take a Prestige in a heartbeat.
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It's simple. If you love a bike, don't sell it. If you sell it, don't love it.
Ask yourself, what's worse, selling a bike to Drew or selling it to some dude who rides it twice, then hangs it up in his garage because he decided he didn't want to ride. I'd rather folks ride the bike no matter what.
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I just had an interesting one. Picked up a 70's Bottec. Professional frame last year at a swap meet. It was on the rack for a while, but I couldn't really justify keeping it with limited space and money, so I built it up as a single speed with a mix of stuff on it, and sold it local CL. The guy I sold it to was really cool, and got back in touch with me after a while saying he loved it and was thinking of Campy-ing it up a little - would I put on some brakes and pedals and such for a few bucks if he came to me with the parts. Just this week, put the stuff on, topped it off with silver Fizik tape, black housing on the white frame...oh man, so sweet. I rode it to the LBS to pick up some Kool-Stops to finish the job, and by the time I got home I was pretty upset I had to give the thing back.
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Old 04-25-10, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jebensch View Post
.......The guy I sold it to was really cool, and got back in touch with me after a while saying he loved it and was thinking of Campy-ing it up a little - would I put on some brakes and pedals and such for a few bucks if he came to me with the parts. Just this week, put the stuff on, topped it off with silver Fizik tape, black housing on the white frame...oh man, so sweet. I rode it to the LBS to pick up some Kool-Stops to finish the job, and by the time I got home I was pretty upset I had to give the thing back.
I'd go for that kind of remorse over what I've got now. My biggest regret is that another person had expressed interest in the bike, would have paid more for it, and would have left the original paint at least. I'm glad to hear that your Bottechia is not only being restored, but done nicely.
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Old 04-25-10, 10:42 PM
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My first really nice bike- my first new bike- was a 1979 Univega Viva Sport, bought by dad as a high school graduation present. It was a revelation. I never knew that bikes could be that good. I rode that bike everywhere. Bought a crank puller to make sure the bearings would remain properly lubed, toeclips because that's what real riders used, bikes shorts because I was now a real rider. 6 years later I sold it to my brother in law. He never finished paying me for it, rode it only a few time & kept it outside in the backyard to decompose. When he divorced my sister, the bike just sort of vanished in the confusion, probably stolen by some asswipe who was hanging around.

I would still be riding it today if I'd kept it. Never realized the sentimental value until it was lost. Never have seen another like it in 20 years.
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I've got a Univega Viva Sport frame (I believe thats what it is), black with red decals/lettering in my shop. I rode it a couple times before it became a donor for another project. What size was yours?
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I sold my Bridgestone MB-Zip to a friend for FAR less than I should have -even to a friend. I sold it to him for $100.

At least he rides it every day as his main mode of transportation. But he also knows how much it is worth.
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Old 04-26-10, 11:20 AM
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This probably happened to many of us who were around in the early to mid '80s. After Breaking Away, I worked and saved and worked and saved and got that bright red Masi GC. A '71 Milano. I rode it. I raced it. I loved it. Then, around '80 or '81, I heard about these crazy guys named Fisher, Ritchey, Klein and that Eisentraut fella who were taking their old beach clunkers, fitting them with derailleurs and bombing up and down Mt. Tam with them. That seemed like something I really needed to try and in '83 I bought my first Stumpjumper. Not too long after that, the Masi was hung in the garage behind the Bowflex, breadmaker, and other things that no longer got any use. In the mid '90s, it came time to upgrade my Stumpy with a new S-Works, Deore XT, front shock, yada yada and sold the Masi to fund it (I still had an old Raleigh Pro and SR Semi-Pro for the very rare times I used a road bike). It was only several years later when the longing for a beautifully crafted road bike returned that I started kicking myself and never really stopped. I've owned a lot of nice bikes since, but never quite got the same feeling I had on that red Masi.
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Originally Posted by CMC SanDiego View Post
I've got a Univega Viva Sport frame (I believe thats what it is), black with red decals/lettering in my shop. I rode it a couple times before it became a donor for another project. What size was yours?
I believe it was a 58cm. First road bike that I had that fit me, too. Mine was a root beer color with the original style logo.
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Old 04-26-10, 12:57 PM
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that just ain't right
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Sell enough bikes, and you will no longer have those feelings. Keep the nicest ones for the family fleet. Once someone else buys it, its theirs to enjoy/screw up or what ever.

If you really want to get bummed out, spend eight years carefully restoring a 1906 home, putting back all original/period correct parts. Then sell the house, move, and drive by a couple of years later and see what the idiot new owners had done. Just like bikes, once the original features are gone, its gone for good.

My latest home restoration project will stay with me the rest of my life....
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Selling a 70's hand built Pogliaghi. Yea I regret it.
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