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Posted By wrk101

Back in the day, many department stores, tire...

Back in the day, many department stores, tire shops, and more were in the bicycle business. They would get decals applied to bikes made by others and "instantly" they had their own bikes. I bought a...
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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

Wall art at this point. Is that a large dent on...

Wall art at this point. Is that a large dent on the lower section of the down tube?

To the right person, it still might have some value as wall art. I sold a wall art Chicago Paramount recently....
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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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Posted By wrk101

Trades are rarely to never "fair". I've told...

Trades are rarely to never "fair". I've told people that wanted to trade with me "you can get more selling yourself." The person trading is transferring the work of selling their bike to me. No bikes...
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Posted By wrk101

Keep your original saddle as the one on the...

Keep your original saddle as the one on the Raleigh is dreadful. Me, I would not make the trade, as the Marathon is bottom of the barrel, and I would assume it needs full maintenance, including...
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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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Posted By wrk101

Depends on your location. A local sale in my...

Depends on your location. A local sale in my market would be around $300. Ebay might be double that. Note, subtract fees, time spent packing and the pesky ebay 1099 (income tax) and much of the...
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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...
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Posted By wrk101

Value of parts is pretty well established on...

Value of parts is pretty well established on ebay. These do have some relatively minor condition issues: obvious rash on the RD body and some pitting and rust on the shifter bolts. Still should do...
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Posted By wrk101

Value on BMX is all over the map. And where you...

Value on BMX is all over the map. And where you obtain value is key. In my local market, BMX tends to go way. under market. But on ebay, they can bring top dollar.

Model, condition, originality...
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Posted By wrk101

Given condition issues as noted already, $25 in...

Given condition issues as noted already, $25 in my market. Hopefully your market is better! Replacement fork steer tube is too short, hence the lack of any spacers.

The one for sale above has the...
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: 215
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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Posted By wrk101

Similar to above, I would have bought it and...

Similar to above, I would have bought it and dropped it off immediately to the local co-op. If I refurbished the bike, I would lose money on it. Instead, the co op can take donated consumables and...
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Posted By wrk101

I usually compare the Rambler Marlin to the Ford...

I usually compare the Rambler Marlin to the Ford Mustang. They made less than 15,000 Marlins in 1965 and 1966. Meanwhile, Ford made over 1 million Mustangs.... One is very rare. One is very valuable....
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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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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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Posted By wrk101

Kleins are all about the paint. The more...

Kleins are all about the paint. The more dramatic, the higher the price. Add Dura Ace 7400 parts, and a color matched fork, I think $600 is fine. Now for a single color Klein, not so much. 7400 group...
11-18-21, 08:21 PM
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Posted By wrk101

84 Whitneys tended to be chrome with Deerhead...

84 Whitneys tended to be chrome with Deerhead components and Tourney XT crankset as I recall. Most of the early Ross MTBs were nice, this one is as well. Rack is backwards as mentioned earlier.
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Posted By wrk101

I agree, at $300 you should be in your car...

I agree, at $300 you should be in your car already. $500 is realistic. Some might hope for $750. Top of the line touring model, which got better throughout. the 1980s and into the early 1990s.
11-18-21, 03:11 PM
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Posted By wrk101

I have found several, including Lightspeed and...

I have found several, including Lightspeed and Merlin, at very attractive prices. They all have moved on.

I bought one Merlin just have a donor bike (it was full Dura Ace 7700).

If you look...
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Posted By wrk101

You are attempting to converse via a thread with...

You are attempting to converse via a thread with someone who last posted over 5 years ago, and has only posted 12 times. Odds of reaching that person now via the forum is very low.

Save a search...
11-16-21, 03:47 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Just a couple of observations, having dealt with...

Just a couple of observations, having dealt with dozens of stuck posts and stems. The vise and twist method can sometimes work, but I can put more twisting force on a frame is designed to take. As a...
11-16-21, 03:38 PM
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Posted By wrk101

I've done 7 with 8 speed 6400 STI several times....

I've done 7 with 8 speed 6400 STI several times. Not perfect, but works. I would think the 5 and 6 speed spacing is asking a lot. 7 versus 8 is about 4% off. 6 versus 8 is more like 15% off.
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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

Older 26 wheel suspension fork mountain bikes...

Older 26 wheel suspension fork mountain bikes tend have little value here. Thudbuster has value if you choose to deal with it separately, maybe $75 for the Thudbuster on ebay. The entire bike,...
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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, 10:39 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Yep, that particular post design is the worst for...

Yep, that particular post design is the worst for getting stuck. Huge flutes allow massive amounts of water intrusion.

Myself, I prefer original paint with scratches over pristine. I'm a patina...
11-14-21, 10:21 AM
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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...
11-13-21, 06:42 PM
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Posted By wrk101

Bike has had 34 years for changes. Owners...

Bike has had 34 years for changes. Owners sometimes make really strange changes. Trying to figure out now what they were thinking is time for a Magic 8 ball. Check date codes on the various parts.
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Posted By wrk101

I have had lousy to miserable luck SELLING on FB...

I have had lousy to miserable luck SELLING on FB marketplace, but great deals buying. It doesn't help that bicycles for sale are not just listed in one area. Instead they are listed in areas such as...
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Posted By wrk101

In that condition, in my market, its donation...

In that condition, in my market, its donation fodder. What is your time worth? Again, my market may be $25 to $50. Hopefully your market is better!


I don't like to go through the headache of...
11-12-21, 08:08 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Once you learn how to spot deals, finding deals...

Once you learn how to spot deals, finding deals is no problem. Passing on them becomes a problem, or reselling them to avoid hoarder status becomes a problem. In weaker markets, you have to either...
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Posted By wrk101

Value is VERY market dependent. I've seen them...

Value is VERY market dependent. I've seen them and passed for $100 in weaker markets (its still for sale two months later). Yous is missing original RD which is too bad as it was a nice one.
11-08-21, 10:26 AM
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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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Posted By wrk101

The sentimental value of keeping my dad's bike...

The sentimental value of keeping my dad's bike (if he had one), would far exceed any monetary value. As far as selling stuff, eBay tends to yield the most, but you have to be willing and able to pack...
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Posted By wrk101

Deserves a nicer seat post, not that straight...

Deserves a nicer seat post, not that straight bore post with the clunky steel clamp on top.

With a nice fluted post, in CA, desirable size, I can see it going for $400. Bianchi name plus Celeste...
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Posted By wrk101

It's all about location. If you live in a strong...

It's all about location. If you live in a strong market, great. In soft markets, not so hot.

Meanwhile, vintage parts are doing as well or better than ever. Sadly, some of the nicer stuff, a part...
11-03-21, 01:23 PM
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Posted By wrk101

I'd like to see a weight picture on this one....

I'd like to see a weight picture on this one. I've owned a lot of MTBs from that era, none were 22 pounds.
11-03-21, 11:42 AM
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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,...
11-03-21, 11:12 AM
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Posted By wrk101

I have bought two of the Park Tool professional...

I have bought two of the Park Tool professional truing stands USED. I spent less than $140 for the two combined. Start watching FB marketplace and C/L in your area for used ones.

I did the same on...
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Views: 1,240
Posted By wrk101

There is a guy selling bikes in my area. He does...

There is a guy selling bikes in my area. He does all the repair work, and his repairs are bad. The key with him is buy a bike BEFORE he does his repair work. I've bought several of those from him....
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Views: 501
Posted By wrk101

I think the prices above are on the high side,...

I think the prices above are on the high side, but I hope they are right, as I have a couple of boxes full of tri-color parts.

I'm picky on the condition side. I see a lot of rash, no crankset...
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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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.
11-01-21, 06:19 AM
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Posted By wrk101

Here's the cure: 1. Buy bikes that are not...

Here's the cure:

1. Buy bikes that are not your size. Makes letting them go so much easier.

2. Evaluate any addition against your current fleet: one bike in, one bike out.

3. Set a realistic...
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Views: 1,240
Posted By wrk101

I'm with BG here. Anymore, I choose my projects...

I'm with BG here. Anymore, I choose my projects carefully. I run out of time before I run out of stuff to work on. If it had some good parts, I would buy just for the parts. But this time, parts are...
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