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Old 08-31-14, 05:17 PM
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Trying to sell my mother's bike, I need help!

I have a 1991 vintage Fisher Mountain bike, women's, bright pink, and have no idea where to begin? Is there a price estimate or a site I could be pointed to? The bike is hardly used, new chain, new brakes, valued 1000$ in 1991, I want to make a nice profit.
I'm a small, 19 year old girl who has no idea what she is doing, and am afraid of being taken advantage of by a dealer, so any info to give me an edge would be great! (I'm canadian, so I'm dealing with the can. dollar)
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Do a search on ebay for "completed auctions". You may find a few that way which will give you a rough idea of current demand.
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A lot of flippers here, they'll give an estimate in this forum... Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries

Come in with pictures.
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1991 Paragon was a pinkish orange. $150-400 USD here, depending on condition (fair-near mint). Would probably take a while to get a buyer for a near mint one at $400.

1992 Procaliber was pink with black rear triangle. Maybe $200-1000 for that. Its MSRP was way higher, though. $2800.

Those are wild estimates, best I can do with no pics or parts list.
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You will need more info than just 1991 vintage Fisher Mountain bright pink.... good picture the model, list of components and size are important.. For Shimano, XT was the top components for that year, then Deore DX.. Sun Tour the best components were XC Pro, then XC Comp. The original rigid fork are more desirable to most people, than early after market front suspension forks.

Another good site to get info on vintage MTG is retrobike.co.uk
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As far as being taken by a dealer, few if any dealers are going to be interested in a 23 year old mountain bike. Doesn't matter how expensive it was way back when. The vintage mtb market sucks. There are only a handful of rare bikes that bring value, the rest go pretty cheap to the recreational bike market (cheapskates).

Lower end mtbs that might have retailed for $300 way back when might bring $25 less than one that retailed for $900. So as a buyer, the high end mtbs are a deal, as a seller, not so hot.

Half of what you get will depend on your marketing skills. Its actually a lot of work to get anything close to fair market value for a vintage bike.

I have bought a lot of older bikes, probably close to 600. Hardly used is the norm. Most bicycles either fall into the "best intentions" or the "New Years Resolution" area. People buy them with all kinds of plans but end up not riding them. The same is true of all exercise equipment: treadmills, stationary bikes, weight sets, etc. What does make a difference is how the item was stored over the last 20 years. Tossed under the deck, and even a lightly used bike can rot away to nothing.

Realize not ridden for 23 years = not maintained for 23 years. Grease, bearings, tires, cables, brake pads, etc. all age whether a bicycle is ridden or not. People want bikes ready to ride, rather than bikes with 23 year old grease, bearings, and tires.

+10 If it has a suspension fork that is bad news. Fork technology has changed dramatically and forks do not age well. Rebuilding a fork on an old mtb can exceed its value.

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