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I've done it. I finally "thinned the herd".

Old 07-21-14, 05:11 PM
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I've done it. I finally "thinned the herd".

And it feels amazing.

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Hampsten Mudpig-Independent Fabrication Planet X-DeSalvo Monstercross Disc-Soma DC Disc-Raleigh Team Cross-Klein Attitude Comp
Wicked Fat Chance-Bill Boston Tandem-Centurion Cinelli-Eddy Merckx MXL-Raleigh Sports-WTB Phoenix ti-Hampsten Crema-Serotta Concours - Serotta Legend

Hampsten Mudpig - sold
Raleigh Team Cross - given to a friend
Klein Attitude Comp - given to a friend
Eddy Merckx MXL - sold (as a frameset...still have the tasty alloy Campy 10 bits)
Serotta Concours - sold
Serotta Legend - sold
GT Edge - sold before it even made the signature

The Fat Chance, Raleigh Sports and tandem don't get ridden. In fact I haven't even built up the Fat since purchasing it three years ago. It will likely go eventually but the Sports (and sort of the tandem) has sentimental value and is here to stay.

The bikes that remain get ridden hard (except the Cinelli, which I haven't finished building yet since getting the frame back from paint from forum member sloar and component group back from thirdgenbird for cleaning and polishing). I haven't missed a single one since I sold them and haven't even been checking cragislist or the forums for replacements. I even have two spare Campy alloy 10s groups and haven't even been looking for frames to hang them on. I might just be cured. (except now I'm spending all my money on upgrading my car...)
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Old 07-21-14, 05:15 PM
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I managed to sell two this week myself but most of the money went to the landlord to try and get a month ahead.
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well done. i have five right now, so i should sell two. i just don't yet know which two. and summer's runnin' out. need to get my 'stuff' together...
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I've also been slowing thinning things out over the last year or so. Now I'm down to the really tough decisions about what stays. Sentimentality is a beast when it comes to collecting anything!
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Old 07-21-14, 07:37 PM
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Thinking of doing the same. Was up to 8, now 7. I'm thinking 5 might be a good enough number.
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Old 07-21-14, 08:31 PM
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Sell 'em.

Most of them won't even be missed.

Save a solid half dozen, with some rotation of course.

In addition, this is the most I have ridden in five years.

I barely wrench anymore.
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Old 07-21-14, 09:12 PM
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Sold six in the last six weeks. Only problem is I was too successful at selling, and have only two C&V keepers left but both are a long ways from complete.
Good thing I am enjoying my new Salsa Vaya3.
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Old 07-22-14, 09:52 AM
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I have been working on it also, two down, one listed right now, probably two or three after that.

Locally I have found that the market is definitely softer than it was a couple of years ago.
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Locally I have found that the market is definitely softer than it was a couple of years ago.
Some surprises in the market this year for sure. Two of mine went to the Toronto market (80miles) and two to a university town. (50miles)
The quickest to sell were 2 HiTen Mixtes a Raleigh and a Sekine. The Raleigh also garnered thebest dollars($220) of the six sold. A pair of emerald Raleigh Sprites sold easily.
The commuter converted ridged MTB did well at$150.
The hardest to sell was a higher end pristine Sekine CroMo road bike. Go figure.
The ads and signage containing the word "vintage" got the quickest interest.
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Old 07-22-14, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by vjp View Post
I have been working on it also, two down, one listed right now, probably two or three after that.

Locally I have found that the market is definitely softer than it was a couple of years ago.
Yep, the local market stinks here for what I am selling.

I was able to move a few on the local mtb board, but that was three weeks of effort.

Word of mouth has been best for me on three boards, including this one.

When I get home I will offer three nice Italian framesets and another couple of completes.

I am finally getting some room to breathe in the bike dungeon.
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A few years ago I could list a frame/fork, say a '81 Colnago Super in Saronni Red in fair shape and it would be gone in an hour or less for $600-$650. Today it is closer to $500 or less and there might be a couple of interested parties. There was a lot of interest from people that were interested in fixies and then vintage and they seem to have moved on to other interests.

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Yep, the local market stinks here for what I am selling.

I was able to move a few on the local mtb board, but that was three weeks of effort.

Word of mouth has been best for me on three boards, including this one.

When I get home I will offer three nice Italian framesets and another couple of completes.

I am finally getting some room to breathe in the bike dungeon.
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Old 07-22-14, 10:37 AM
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I currently have the opposite problem. I have too many incomplete projects and no townie bike for in town. I also have no guest bikes. So I hope to have your problem soon.
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A few years ago I could list a frame/fork, say a '81 Colnago Super in Saronni Red in fair shape and it would be gone in an hour or less for $600-$650. Today it is closer to $500 or less and there might be a couple of interested parties. There was a lot of interest from people that were interested in fixies and then vintage and they seem to have moved on to other interests.
I'm in that other interest category.

I started riding off road quite a bit and sport tourers caught my attention as well.

I still have some nice racers, but to be honest, all I ever ride are the two Chris Kvales.

Might as well sell the remainders........
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
I'm in that other interest category.

I started riding off road quite a bit and sport tourers caught my attention as well.

I still have some nice racers, but to be honest, all I ever ride are the two Chris Kvales.

Might as well sell the remainders........
Yup.

I sold off all of my fancy skinny tire road bikes and replaced them with the Hampsten Crema which is currently sporting 32s + fenders. It does everything they did and more.


I need a few small bits to finish the Cinelli but I will post some pics when it's ready. Well actually, I think the only thing I need now is a bolt for the stem... I will work on it but I worry that once it's done, I will have almost no desire to actually ride it since my Hampsten is so damn nice. It's pretty enough to be a wall hanger, but my wife isn't into that so it will just sit out of sight and un-ridden in the basement. I still think I will hold on to it though.
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Old 07-22-14, 01:28 PM
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You guys are killing me. Where am I going to go to thin my heard if all we here about is N-1???
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If you ever start looking for a new home for the Fat Chance...
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Sell 'em.

Most of them won't even be missed.

Save a solid half dozen, with some rotation of course.

I barely wrench anymore.
This is me. 3 vintage roadies, 3 modern (Campy 10) roadies + something for the trails. Keeps me happy for now.
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Top work.
wrench less, ride more, that's my new motto.
Now, just got to finish off my Merckx SLX.....
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Oh dear ...
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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars View Post
And it feels amazing.

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Hampsten Mudpig-Independent Fabrication Planet X-DeSalvo Monstercross Disc-Soma DC Disc-Raleigh Team Cross-Klein Attitude Comp
Wicked Fat Chance-Bill Boston Tandem-Centurion Cinelli-Eddy Merckx MXL-Raleigh Sports-WTB Phoenix ti-Hampsten Crema-Serotta Concours - Serotta Legend

Hampsten Mudpig - sold
Raleigh Team Cross - given to a friend
Klein Attitude Comp - given to a friend
Eddy Merckx MXL - sold (as a frameset...still have the tasty alloy Campy 10 bits)
Serotta Concours - sold
Serotta Legend - sold
GT Edge - sold before it even made the signature
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Where did the Serottas go?
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Sold 2 Ritchey's and a Salsa El Mariachi. Will end up with 3 road bikes and a vintage mountain bike. Glad to move the bikes on to people who really enjoy them.
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I need to do this. I really need to do this.
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I need to do this. I really need to do this.
You could thin your "herd" and fund a nice yacht to retire on...I thinned mine and funded a 10 year old Audi wagon.
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You could thin your "herd" and fund a nice yacht to retire on...I thinned mine and funded a 10 year old Audi wagon.
Nah, none of my fleet is that high end. My employer doesn't pay that much despite your previous tuition bills!
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Me too, sold a '72 BSA to a fellow in Brooklyn on Sunday. 5 is the magic number for my wife and I - 2 road bikes, 2 Raleigh Sports and my PX-10 commuter.

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