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selling a C&V bike is heartbreaking!

Old 12-20-10, 05:48 PM
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selling a C&V bike is heartbreaking!

Turns out you can't have all the bikes in the world, and practicality has won. so to finance my new bike, i've had to sell both my beloved carlton raleigh competition and gios. i can't afford to be a museum, and with one income to support myself, my wife and our beautiful daughter it's really not an option to collect the set.

i know all this, yet i feel like theres a rock in the pit of my stomach while i'm on the phone arranging shipping for my competition. it's absolutely heartbreaking.

i need a hug.
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Old 12-20-10, 05:50 PM
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what's the new bike?
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Think about how happy you've made the buyer. He'll treasure that bike the way you did.
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Old 12-20-10, 06:28 PM
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Old 12-20-10, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
Think about how happy you've made the buyer. He'll treasure that bike the way you did.
+1... Who knows, maybe in a few weeks or so you may run into it here..
-lol- JK. I feel your pain my friend.
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Old 12-20-10, 07:20 PM
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Hang in there. I sold my only brifter bike - a 1997 this year and don't miss it. However, I haven't had the guts to sell any of my vintage ones yet. That day will come I'm sure.
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It is difficult to let a nice bike go and I have been doing just that lately.

Sold the Gardin to a fellow in Montreal, last week...


And the ALAN will be on its way to Thailand, along with a Raleigh Condor, next week...
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Old 12-20-10, 08:04 PM
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I think it feels a little better to sell one of your babies knowing that it's going to somebody that will appreciate it and hopefully maintain it, rather then someone that is going to chop it up and turn it into a fixie, but that's just me. What feels really bad is when one of your bikes is stolen, which just happened to me last week. My 86' Peugeot folding bike got jacked. That was a sad day.
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Old 12-20-10, 10:03 PM
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You're not alone. If I don't find a job or get a contract extension then most of my keepers and all my lessor bikes will be hitting the auction block in a month or so.
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thanks all. i know the guy buying it appreciates it for what it is. if he's in it for the money, he might split it up and sell the parts, but i got a fair price so i trust he'll be riding it and enjoying it.

Zaphod, i'm embarassed to say, but it's brand new and made out of crabon fibre. but i will be able to keep up the miles, commute the living hell out of it and not be so concerned with maintaining it's pristine condition. it'd be nice to have one of the oldies for the sunny weekend noodles, but just not an option.

drisee, sorry to hear about your bike, nothing worse than a good thing in the hands of someone who doesn't deserve it. hopefully everything comes full circle for the f*cker who took it.
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Old 12-20-10, 10:12 PM
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What you planning on getting? Have you been selling bikes on ebay? I see some from your neighborhood.
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Old 12-21-10, 12:58 AM
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hi 531phile, seems sacrilegious to talk about it here, but i'm getting a giant TCR advanced. the 2010 models are priced really well now, crazy discounts.

i recently sold my gios evolution to a guy in taiwan via ebay, and i've found a nearly local buyer for the raleigh, so pulled it off ebay today.
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Originally Posted by remotelocal View Post
i'm embarassed to say, but it's brand new and made out of crabon fibre.
bah don't be embarassed...just watch out for exploding bikes

No, Seriously though I think the idea of commuting on Crabon is kinda cool. I don't see that too much. Does this mean you'll be fitting a rack and panniers?
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Old 12-21-10, 11:01 AM
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It can also be heart-warming.
I sold a Motobecane Grand Sprint to a young lady in search of her first road bike.
nlener had steered me to it via a craigslist posting. I bought it, overhauled it, rode it in a couple of charity rides, and over the course of a few years realized that other bikes in the fleet were a better fit. It went out the door fully re-built and with rubber with only a couple of hundred miles on them. I more than doubled my money and came in under the girls budget.
I was happy, she was happy, her mother was happy, and the Moto got a good home.

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Old 12-22-10, 01:22 AM
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+1 I have not sold any of "my" C&V bikes yet, but so far I have derived great pleasure from matching up the right C&V bike to the right buyer. So far, I've been blessed with some really nice customers.
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Old 12-22-10, 10:58 AM
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I have managed to sell a few. This year I sold my PX10 and most recently my '63 Raleigh Lenton Sports. The difficulty I found was that, knowing all the bike's defects, I felt compelled to mention them all to the prospective seller; and this made it difficult to put a price on them. I sure didn't come out very far ahead financially (if at all), but I just can't keep this many bikes around.
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Old 12-22-10, 11:04 AM
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I've moved a few frames and parts lately and it felt great to pair down. I too, tend to undervalue mostly everything I sell. Which at least is why I'd rather sell it to someone here so I can pass on some sort of deal.
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Old 12-22-10, 11:22 AM
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I've offered this list in other threads, but here it is again: In the last few months I've sold a PX-10 frameset, a '51 Raleigh Clubman, a '72 Raleigh International frameset, a Vitus 979 frameset, and a late 50s Clark's of Harrow British frameset. Each spent time in the fleet, got rehabbed, ridden, enjoyed, and then moved on to new homes. It's the C & V cycle of life!

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I too have suffered the feeling of loss after selling a vintage bike. My antidote has been to buy two more. After selling my 1971 International I purchased a Motobecane Team Champion and a mid-50s Legnano. I am completely cured!
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I've bought and sold over 100 in the past 30 months. At the moment I'm down to a dozen or so and they all have Dura Ace, Record, Reynolds 531 or Columbus SL. As Retyred said, "sell 1 buy 2" and you'll feel better.
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