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Posted By wrk101

Not a mixte, but nice condition! If you are in a...

Not a mixte, but nice condition! If you are in a large urban area or a college town, could have some value, maybe $100. Everywhere else, less. Where I live, $25, $50 max if you get really lucky....
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Posted By wrk101

In my experience, the Tourney XT crankset last...

In my experience, the Tourney XT crankset last appeared in 1984. Shimano bought Takagi and the brand disappeared. They were quite nice, and attractive. IMHO. The crankset value is close to what you...
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Posted By wrk101

As an ardent picker myself, its best to stick...

As an ardent picker myself, its best to stick with your circle of competence. Expanding that circle is always a good idea, but it starts with picking a new category, learning, and THEN buying.

I...
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Views: 968
Posted By wrk101

I'd be tempted to put it up on ebay, in as found...

I'd be tempted to put it up on ebay, in as found condition, for an even $1,000, maybe more. If I attempted to restore that bike, I might lower its value. So I wouldn't. Collectors like original, with...
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Posted By wrk101

Just shipped a pair of wheels from NC to CA...

Just shipped a pair of wheels from NC to CA yesterday. $57 via Fed Ex. The challenge was the width (depth) of the box. I got it down to 12 1/2 inches, which in the world of shipping is 13 inches. Set...
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Views: 371
Posted By wrk101

Yes, ebay sends you a 1099, depending on how much...

Yes, ebay sends you a 1099, depending on how much you sell. Note the GROSS sales amount is reported income, which includes shipping. So the income will not match your actual income, and they have no...
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Views: 361
Posted By wrk101

Selling low end bikes like this on line? Forget...

Selling low end bikes like this on line? Forget it. To sell on line, you have to pack (carefully) and ship at a low price. Low price shipping means cutting the box down in size, which takes more...
11-21-21, 09:22 AM
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Posted By wrk101

"I'll check it now thanks. It feels like it's...

"I'll check it now thanks. It feels like it's already been serviced . Bearings give you lots of warning before they damage anything unlike tires and tubes ; "

Actually, I have found just the...
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Views: 322
Posted By wrk101

Not much value here. Need to be selective, as...

Not much value here. Need to be selective, as Goodwills and other thrift stores tend to be full of low end stuff with a rare gem.

If you want to do a light refurbish, get some used tires, cheap...
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Views: 413
Posted By wrk101

Original beats restored on pretty much...

Original beats restored on pretty much everything: furniture, cars, bicycles, you name it. Want to destroy the value of an original Stickley furniture piece? Get it refinished.

The "profit" is...
11-19-21, 09:05 PM
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Views: 555
Posted By wrk101

Yes, you need to find 7400 STI levers, which are...

Yes, you need to find 7400 STI levers, which are pretty expensive. And hoods are unobtainium. So get a set with nice hoods.
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Views: 265
Posted By wrk101

I'd be checking date codes. Even in 1989, the...

I'd be checking date codes. Even in 1989, the Epic was lugged carbon. Base offer on what the components are worth to you. They do look clean. Me, I'm more like $200.

I would consider it not being...
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Posted By wrk101

Great detective work by T-Mar, as always! ...

Great detective work by T-Mar, as always!

Bravo!
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Posted By wrk101

Dents are value killers. If you are seriously...

Dents are value killers. If you are seriously planning to repaint, then that small dent can be repaired. A quality repaint is serious $$. Myself, I avoid repaints even more than dents. If you are...
11-14-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 470
Posted By wrk101

Miamijim posted a good tutorial. #1 Count on...

Miamijim posted a good tutorial.

#1 Count on cutting and folding a bike shop box to get the postage rate down. Bike shop boxes tend to be too large. Cutting the height of the box is job one, as...
11-08-21, 10:26 AM
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Views: 742
Posted By wrk101

I've been using a brake hone to clean up seat...

I've been using a brake hone to clean up seat tubes for years. They work well.

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11-03-21, 11:42 AM
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Views: 2,572
Posted By wrk101

When working on bikes, NEVER force anything and...

When working on bikes, NEVER force anything and whenever possible, thread parts by hand (no wrench until final tightening), At this point, find a replacement drive side crank arm, ebay, bike co op,...
11-02-21, 03:53 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Only you will know. I have matched the distance...

Only you will know. I have matched the distance from the nose of the saddle to my handlebars on all of my bikes: road, touring, and drop bar conversion. With the longish TT on most MTBs, I have...
11-02-21, 06:22 AM
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Views: 6,287
Posted By wrk101

One of my beliefs is that some small businesses...

One of my beliefs is that some small businesses are small for a reason: "they are poorly run." Most if not all BIG businesses all started as small businesses, and grew from there. And most did not...
11-01-21, 06:26 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I like the 510 but it is missing too much stuff....

I like the 510 but it is missing too much stuff. So given a choice between these two, I'm getting the 400. NOS? Nope. Prices seem high to me.
10-30-21, 07:06 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Finished up the 1984 Diamondback Mean Streak....

Finished up the 1984 Diamondback Mean Streak. Don't know what I will do with it. Parts are worth more than the whole. 26x2.35 Fat Frank tires, there is room for something even wider. Cartridge...
10-22-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By wrk101

itís not a collectors piece. If you like it and...

itís not a collectors piece. If you like it and the price is reasonable, go ahead. Originality has zero impact on value.
10-21-21, 06:35 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Reviving this Diamondback Mean Streak to its...

Reviving this Diamondback Mean Streak to its former self. Missing some original parts, but I have piles of stuff. Fake bi-plane fork. Love the XC-II pedals. Crankset missing small ring and it has...
10-21-21, 02:50 PM
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Posted By wrk101

So far from original, I would have zero interest...

So far from original, I would have zero interest personally.
10-21-21, 06:59 AM
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Views: 482
Posted By wrk101

On older bikes, I always ASSUME they are not all...

On older bikes, I always ASSUME they are not all original. Occasionally I do come across one that is all original, but that tends to be the exception. Also define "original". Does that include tires,...
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Views: 540
Posted By wrk101

On middle of the line vintage rigid frame MTBs,...

On middle of the line vintage rigid frame MTBs, financially, part outs yield the most money. Its not really hard to do either. Thumb shifters, triple crankset, wheels, and the frameset are all...
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Views: 750
Posted By wrk101

When it comes to something I want, I separate...

When it comes to something I want, I separate market value from value TO ME. Sometimes, stuff is worth MORE to me than the market at large. That is OK, and I will pay that price. The fact it is worth...
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Views: 750
Posted By wrk101

If you want a cool bike, buy one. Donít delude...

If you want a cool bike, buy one. Donít delude yourself in thinking of it as an investment. Itís not. Vintage bikes can go up and they can go down. Meanwhile you do not receive any income from the...
10-06-21, 09:59 AM
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Views: 1,622
Posted By wrk101

In the world of stuck seat posts, everything...

In the world of stuck seat posts, everything works "SOMETIMES". Do enough of them, and you will end up cutting one out. Its just how it goes.

Endless threads on how to get stuck posts out,...
10-06-21, 09:50 AM
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Views: 709
Posted By wrk101

Here in the USA, FB marketplace. Find a lesser...

Here in the USA, FB marketplace. Find a lesser known brand with excellent parts. Buyers tend to focus on particular brands and models. As a result, these lesser known brands can linger. Bought a...
10-06-21, 09:39 AM
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Views: 7,286
Posted By wrk101

Love vintage Suntour stuff, but to me, its a tie...

Love vintage Suntour stuff, but to me, its a tie between Suntour Blaze and Edge cranksets.
...
10-05-21, 06:24 AM
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Views: 476
Posted By wrk101

Staying in the Schwinn family, I'd add a Cimarron...

Staying in the Schwinn family, I'd add a Cimarron to your list. Easy gearing, good brakes, higher handlebars, great for this senior rider. Of course, I am a big fan of drop bar conversions of these...
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Posted By wrk101

Sold one in Greenville myself a few years ago for...

Sold one in Greenville myself a few years ago for $200. I found the Greenville market to be solid but not hot. And if you are not close, buyers donít want to drive far.
09-26-21, 11:56 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I'm on a vacation trip, and like any road trip, I...

I'm on a vacation trip, and like any road trip, I tend to pick up bikes and other stuff along the way.

My favorite pickup this trip is this messed up 1983 Diamonback Mean Streak. Its missing the...
09-24-21, 07:41 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Vintage steel + canti brakes = MTB drop bar...

Vintage steel + canti brakes = MTB drop bar conversion. Just pay attention to top tube length, many have crazy long TT which can make fit difficult. Typically, the earlier you go (think mid 1980s)...
09-23-21, 08:32 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Nothing is ever as good as it used to be. Thats...

Nothing is ever as good as it used to be. Thats the way things go. I compare ebay NOW, to my alternatives NOW. ebay gets me access to global customers, and higher prices, than any of my alternatives....
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Views: 1,367
Posted By wrk101

If it were all original, local sale, $750 to...

If it were all original, local sale, $750 to $900. Given its issues, $500. Lack of care in using the wrong decals, as repops of the correct ones are readily available.

With sellers this far off,...
07-26-21, 10:55 AM
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Posted By wrk101

No idea on exact year. Came to me exactly as you...

No idea on exact year. Came to me exactly as you see it here. Based on S#, I am guessing 1975. Certainly with no bottle bosses and no rear brake cables guides, its before 1980.

OK I will let...
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Views: 2,599
Posted By wrk101

Basically little to no flip potential, unless you...

Basically little to no flip potential, unless you are in a red hot market.

its incredible how low a price you have to pay to prosper on flips. Maybe $75 on this bike. I bought an Expert model last...
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Views: 2,243
Posted By wrk101

I accept offers until I have bids. Once I have...

I accept offers until I have bids. Once I have bids, I accept the outcome of the auction process. I feel itís unfair to end early once people are bidding.

its up to you,

And this is day one....
05-18-20, 08:52 PM
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Views: 16,310
Posted By wrk101

Me too. It has return with the box now open...

Me too. It has return with the box now open written all over it. Original sealed box typically has higher value. Myself, I avoid NOS and original sealed box as I would rather pay LESS for a lightly...
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Posted By wrk101

Get in your car and go get it. Early BSA track...

Get in your car and go get it. Early BSA track bike with chrome frame, skip tooth crank, and wood rims. What's not to like.
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Views: 1,255
Posted By wrk101

$300 +/-, could take a while to sell. It will...

$300 +/-, could take a while to sell. It will take the right buyer to appreciate that this is a fine bike!

I've used Cane Creek hoods on those levers and they worked out fine.
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Views: 1,846
Posted By wrk101

"Where are places I can learn/refer to when...

"Where are places I can learn/refer to when estimating how much vintage bikes are worth? What scares me is that I'm calling out really bad shots on the pricings, I don't want to get robbed."


...
05-09-20, 05:07 PM
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Views: 5,292
Posted By wrk101

Forget $8 for 9 ounces. Buy a 1 pound tub from...

Forget $8 for 9 ounces. Buy a 1 pound tub from the auto parts store of your choice for ~$5. I just checked O'Reilly Auto Parts, $4.99 for a 1 pound tub of marine grease. Typical home gamer a one...
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Views: 1,892
Posted By wrk101

Sprint was the lowest of the low, below the...

Sprint was the lowest of the low, below the Schwinn World. Often didn't even show up in Schwinn catalogs. Yours is likely a 1985 model, made by Giant. If local pickup you mean eBay, forget it. Sell...
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Views: 513
Posted By wrk101

Do nothing! You risk decreasing value (not only...

Do nothing! You risk decreasing value (not only risk, but probably WILL decrease value). I personally would sell it as is. One person's cleaning is another person's patina DESTRUCTION. Why do you...
05-05-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,287
Posted By wrk101

I have been selling on eBay for over 20 years. I...

I have been selling on eBay for over 20 years. I have not seen fees go up and up in the last few years. I'd like to see some data and facts there. The last big change was when the final value fee was...
05-05-20, 06:32 AM
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Views: 9,219
Posted By wrk101

+100 That Raleigh needs some time and very little...

+100 That Raleigh needs some time and very little money invested into it. Bar tape is a must! Cabling needs to be fixed. Great pictures sell bikes. Lower saddle an inch or two, level with handlebars...
05-03-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,642
Posted By wrk101

For many years, I kept a row of frames that were...

For many years, I kept a row of frames that were mistakes hanging in the corridor to my workshop. I called it the "walk of shame", that simple reminder NOT to make that same mistake again!

Having...
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