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Old 04-08-11, 08:36 PM
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Help! Chance to score a deal?

So I saw this posting and my interest is piqued. Anyone have any advice for me? I'm meeting the guy at a storage unit to see a bike he doesn't have any info for. What should I look for and what kind of ballpark should I spend if in good shape?

All he knows is that it's a racing bike and that it's ~15 years old.

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HAVE A RARE PINNARELLO BICYCLE ALREADY PUT TOGETHER IS ANYONE INTERESTED?
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Old 04-08-11, 08:42 PM
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There are so many variables, and you offer so little info, there's no good answer. If it's in crappy shape with crappy parts, maybe $50. If it's in excellent shape with full C Record, $1000+

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Advice...make sure it fits. Check to see if there are cracks, rust and if the frame is straight. Check the components for wear, and obviously type.

Without photos, size, condition, model and components it's difficult...

I feel comfortable saying somewhere between $75 and $5,000.

Pinarellos aren't especially rare, though the name recognition does sometimes give them a premium.
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Old 04-08-11, 08:54 PM
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Tough one. The first and by far the most important is size. If it doesn't fit, don't buy it unless it's such a steal that you can quickly re-sell it at a large profit. You have his ignorance on your side if he doesn't know anything about it. Maybe other forum members have, but I have never actually seen a Pinarello with crappy components on it. Don't be put off by flaking decals, almost all Pinarellos suffer from this affliction. If all looks good (as in straight, test ride if at all possible although the tires are likely flat if it's been in storage. Bring a pump with a presta valve!), offer him $200 and go up from there? If it's full Campy you can't go too wrong, even if you need to part it out later.
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Old 04-08-11, 08:59 PM
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I've seen Pinarellos with middling parts...105 and such. Not even all Campy is worth much for that matter.

If you don't know what you're doing, you're playing with fire. Good luck.

Also...meeting a guy at a storage unit who doesn't know what it is? That sounds like it's on the up and up.
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I published a couple of feature articles on how to determine bicycle quality, how to buy bikes and how to buy bikes on line. You can access lots of information, pertaining to your question, by visiting some of those pages.

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^ you are the operator of "MY TEN SPEEDS" ? that is a great site
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So ended up being a bust. The guy was gonna meet me but instead went to the LBS and got some advice on the bikes. I met him there and rode the bike. It was a full Campy Chorus Treviso. It had some dings and a bit of rust from where the chain stay was scraped up but other than that it was in good shape.

He ended up asking $650 for it which was more than I wanted to invest.

What do you think? Is that still undervalued?
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More than I'd pay.
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Without photos this is impossible to answer. It's very possibly a good price, probably not a steal of a century.

I would want to know why a guy with a Pinarello doesn't know what it is and I'd be careful.
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