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Old 10-09-22, 12:58 AM
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Help me price my Titicaca mini velo

I bought this Titicaca from a friend because it was unique, quick to spin up, and heck, it says Titicaca on it. But it is a little small for me and my 65-year-old knees/hips... need more room to stretch out. Would fit best someone 5'6 to 5'9. Anyway, I see a lot of folders for sale but not many mini Velos. I'm a bike mechanic by trade and it has been gone through top to bottom. All new: cables and housing, ultra-light brake levers and new soft pads, new 50 tooth chainring, new ergo grips, new 8-speed Gripshift, and new Panasonic 20 x 1 1/8th inch, 170g tires. Likely to be sold without pedals, but might include some lightweight platform pedals.. The bike can be set up with a front derailleur and left side grip shift easily for a 16-speed. The guide /cable stop and adjuster are there.


What would be a reasonable price to ask?







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Originally Posted by ClayH View Post
I bought this Titicaca from a friend because it was unique, quick to spin up, and heck, it says Titicaca on it. But it is a little small for me and my 65-year-old knees/hips... need more room to stretch out. Would fit best someone 5'6 to 5'9. Anyway, I see a lot of folders for sale but not many mini Velos. I'm a bike mechanic by trade and it has been gone through top to bottom. All new: cables and housing, ultra-light brake levers and new soft pads, new 50 tooth chainring, new ergo grips, new 8-speed Gripshift, and new Panasonic 20 x 1 1/8th inch, 170g tires. Likely to be sold without pedals, but might include some lightweight platform pedals.. The bike can be set up with a front derailleur and left side grip shift easily for a 16-speed. The guide /cable stop and adjuster are there.


What would be a reasonable price to ask?






Litepro chainring and crank arms?
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Old 10-09-22, 04:00 AM
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Litepro chainring and crank arms?
Chainring Litepro, stock arms. I just received some Litepro arms for another project today and they are sweet!
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Chainring Litepro, stock arms. I just received some Litepro arms for another project today and they are sweet!
You should know that this channel has its air share of very discriminating connoisseurs who often turn up their noses at anything coming out of the PRC, including Litepro. Tread with caution. They might low-ball your rig because it didn't have Renee Herse or whatever his name is. Caveat emptor.

I, myself, have used the stuff since 2016 with very few regrets or problems.

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Old 10-09-22, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by ClayH View Post
I bought this Titicaca from a friend because it was unique, quick to spin up, and heck, it says Titicaca on it. But it is a little small for me and my 65-year-old knees/hips... need more room to stretch out. Would fit best someone 5'6 to 5'9. Anyway, I see a lot of folders for sale but not many mini Velos. I'm a bike mechanic by trade and it has been gone through top to bottom. All new: cables and housing, ultra-light brake levers and new soft pads, new 50 tooth chainring, new ergo grips, new 8-speed Gripshift, and new Panasonic 20 x 1 1/8th inch, 170g tires. Likely to be sold without pedals, but might include some lightweight platform pedals.. The bike can be set up with a front derailleur and left side grip shift easily for a 16-speed. The guide /cable stop and adjuster are there.


What would be a reasonable price to ask?





Its difficult to give a price because there is little demand for this kind of bike.

Many people think small wheels are slower and not good for a race bike.

Actually, such small wheels, not folding race bike only sell well in Japan.

Components seems also not very coherent, only 8s derailleur and I have some doubts about the compatibility of these lightweight brake levers with road calipers ? They look like V-brake levers like most flatbar lightweight levers..
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Hi, that’s a nice bicycle. I have a minivelo for sale also. It’s not attracting a lot of interest. The market for these in North America is probably small. Hence the lack of availability. You have to be patient. I don’t think a very low price will attract buyers. Someone looking for a minivelo is willing to pay for it. Keep in mind that to get one from Asia or Europe you have to pay high shipping rates. Also Bikes direct sell’s the Nano for about $350 and requires upgrades of 75-100$.

your’s has 451 (?) wheels. It s the performance minivelo. 406 is more common.

Most bikes and components are made in Asia. I’m not worried about the quality of Litepro.

What material is the frame? OLD front and rear?

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Although I can't help with the valuation question, I can say that I have paired the Litepro Ultimate Levers with caliper brakes and they work just fine.
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For those who don't know, there are two kind of brake levers, those made to work with road calipers and those made to work with V-brake.

The difference between the two is the cable pull.

A big distance between the lever pivot and the brake cable attachment in the lever like on the picture is typical of levers for V-brake.

An example below of the two types from Ridea, the levers for calipers (and short V-brakes):


The lever for classic V-brakes


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Regarding lever throw, the Litepros work well with these road calipers. In order to have solid contact at about 1/2 pull to the bar you just set the caliper up with the pads further from the rim. The bike came standard with Avid two-finger levers with a similar pull ratio.

The frame is chrome moly and yes, I removed the front deraileur and left side grip shift as it was broken. I have the original dual chainrings and will include them in the sale.

The bike weighs 22 lbs. I installed some litepro pedals that arrived yesterday. Pretty sweet for the money.

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Originally Posted by Ron Damon View Post
You should know that this channel has its air share of very discriminating connoisseurs who often turn up their noses at anything coming out of the PRC, including Litepro. Tread with caution. They might low-ball your rig because it didn't have Renee Herse or whatever his name is. Caveat emptor.

I, myself, have used the stuff since 2016 with very few regrets or problems.

For a cheap bike like this or a fixie I'd have no problem using Litepro components. The crank arms I got are very attractive and light as are their pedals. My other bikes are a full Ultegra carbon Madone, a full Campy Colnago and Casati. I understand the discriminating connoisseurs!
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For a cheap bike like this or a fixie I'd have no problem using Litepro components. The crank arms I got are very attractive and light as are their pedals. My other bikes are a full Ultegra carbon Madone, a full Campy Colnago and Casati. I understand the discriminating connoisseurs!
Yes...it seems that you equate 'discriminating' with ostentatious, prestige and status. Looks that you'll fit right in here. Good luck with the mini-velo sale.
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BTW, just sold the bike within 3 hours of posting on Facebook marketplace for $325.00.
Wow! Somebody got a great deal.
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I don't have a problem w/Litepro or any PRC company. If they offer something good, I'm interested. The reason I wasn't interested in this bicycle you were selling is that I prefer tires in the 406x50mm size and V-brakes. Lack of drop-bars is also a minus but those can always be changed.
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Originally Posted by Ron Damon View Post
You should know that this channel has its air share of very discriminating connoisseurs who often turn up their noses at anything coming out of the PRC, including Litepro. Tread with caution. They might low-ball your rig because it didn't have Renee Herse or whatever his name is. Caveat emptor.

I, myself, have used the stuff since 2016 with very few regrets or problems.
This thread has a total of ONE person making any effort to cause negativity towards Litepro or PRC. You're a troll, I don't understand why you haven't been banned for this crap yet.
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Yes...it seems that you equate 'discriminating' with ostentatious, prestige and status. Looks that you'll fit right in here. Good luck with the mini-velo sale.
You know Ron, I do fit in here. And just about anywhere I dare to tread. At work, I tune 30-dollar Tourney derailleurs to work great for college kids riding to school and XX1 AXS for gents that have more money than time to ride. I can appreciate that a Suntour Winner freewheel was a better than a Regina back in the day and I have SImplex friction shift levers on my 86 Casati that is otherwise full Super Record because that is what a discerning racer would have done in 86. I didn't say my bikes were expensive(read ostentatious) , having only paid $600 for my Madone. SO I don't equate discerning with ostentatious, but I do recognize timeless quality, hense, 1976 Colnago Super, Full Campy! - paid $400!
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Originally Posted by GeezyRider View Post
Wow! Somebody got a great deal.
He was so stoked when he saw the bike. He'd been looking for a mini velo for a while. Glad it went to an enthusiast!
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Although I can't help with the valuation question, I can say that I have paired the Litepro Ultimate Levers with caliper brakes and they work just fine.
yup yup it does work pretty well if you setup nicely. im using the ultimate with my ciamillo gravity too
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I’ll pay $330 for that bike… oh wait. I did!



Thanks Clay!
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