Re: Bike values? Experts?Dave Mayer wrote:
> "Larry Havens" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>I picked up 2 mint condition bicycles at a yard sale last week and was
>>wondering what they might be worth? Thanks in advance!
>>Huffy 26" Dr. Pepper Mountain Bike Special Edition
>>Made in USA, serial number 5C232336745
>>Brittany Free Spirit 26" Made in China
> Larry: here a posting I made in Usenet a couple of years ago regarding yard
> sale bicycle valuation:
> Here is my heuristic set for screening potential valuable yard sale finds.
> Think of this as a killfile for bikes so that you do not have to slow down
> at every sale on your Saturday rides. Cut out and tape to your bars.
> Just keep rolling if you see any of the following:
> A kickstand
> Suicide levers (aka brake extender levers)
> Nutted wheel axles (i.e. no quick releases on wheels)
> Shiny steel rims
> A cottered crankset
> Crankset with riveted rings
> Zinc-plated (non stainless) spokes
> Steel sidepull brakes
> Nylon (plastic) platform pedals
> Steel chainrings
> Steel hubs
> A steel seatpost with those horrid steel seatpost clamps
> Stem mounted shifters
I would agree on some things, considering that most bikes have a
kickstand, even some high end bikes. It also depends on the age of the
bike, many mid-level 1970's bikes had suicide levers and most high end
bikes from before 1975 had cottered cranks. Virtually any bike from
before about 1970 will have nutted wheel axles and steel rims, and
before 1985 QRs were only on very high end bikes.
It depends on what your planning on doing with the bike though, if your
doing a rebuild, then none of these items really matters, except maybe
> Or has the name:
> Free Spirit
I'll agree with the list, although Schwinn was good at one time....
> If you see any of the following, lock up you wheels and try to get your
> wallet out while coming to a rolling dismount:
> De Rosa
> Keep at least $50 in your wallet at all times for a deposit. Know how far
> the local ATM's are at full sprint.
Chances are people with these items, know what they are worth, and