eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby find_bruce » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:36 am


Seller is not good at maths - 2 gears on front & 7 (maybe 8) at rear = "24 speed"
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby KGB » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:36 am

Re: changing fork on Kaze.

No. The head tube angle and steered tube angle would be all screwed. The handlebars would flop from side to side and it would be dificult / $hit to ride. Plus, your seat tube angle would be screwed as well.

I used to have a kaze, geez they were a cool bike. I sold it because it was too big for me, wjish I could have kept it!
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby frailer5 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:16 pm

Nice enough 70s Pug. For a taller Sydney-ite.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby rebilda » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:11 am

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/321283498203 ... 1423.l2649

Have been looking at this, with interest.

Then I thought "why would a bike of this vintage have Carbon forks?"

Then I looked closely at the pic of the frame (which is a little difficult, due to the distracting background)

.......is this frame bent???
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Dezza » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:48 am

Where is the bend? It's an Alan frame i.e. bonded - hence the flaring of the tubes at the ends which you can see. something else I'm missing?

Carbon forks and aheadset rather than quill stem are much more modern than the frame. All that black spoils the vintage look IMHO.
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Postby QuangVuong » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:31 pm

Bent out the front. The top tube and down tube does look a bit curvy, and it doesnt seem like it's from lens distortion. It sure is hard to tell, and maybe he even tried hiding the fact that he's front ended the bike. Nice bike if it werent wrecked.

Another example is this dude. He's posted a thread here on BNA and the fork steerer is bent out badly. The bike aint worth the asking price, and he doesnt state the issues it has.

I thought I had posted this link, but I guess I forgot to.
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/granvill ... 1034146162

I assumed it was Ironman Master from what I could see. Stuck around for a few weeks and he relisted wih a lower price, and I grabbed it. Turned out to be the Triathlon Master(same thing, but export model hence a different name). I believe it is 100% original, from the Nitto stem and B115 bars, 6400 group, Turbo saddle, and Araya CTL-370 rims. Kinda weird geometry though, being a 57cm ST(c-c), and a 59cm TT(c-c).
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Another Iroman Master with a broken rear wheel. But cheap, and what looks to be 600 arabesque.
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/summerla ... 1034288477

Anyway, I spotted this up on ebay a week ago again. Bought it for $85, and tries to resell for $500 bidding or $1000 BIN only weeks after he buys it. Messaged himi asking about buying it for the same price he bought it for, but he tells me that the guy at his LBS told him its a rare bike, and he'd be better off selling it to buy a newer bike. Now after my message, he decides to keep it. :roll:
QuangVuong wrote:Did someone here buy this Look? I think its a Bernard Hinault Look(Reynolds 653). The Tri A is still available for $85 though.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby rebilda » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:29 pm

Dezza wrote:Where is the bend? It's an Alan frame i.e. bonded - hence the flaring of the tubes at the ends which you can see. something else I'm missing?

Carbon forks and aheadset rather than quill stem are much more modern than the frame. All that black spoils the vintage look IMHO.


I could be mistaken (hope I am), but, look closely at the top tube, half way between the rear brake cable securing point and the head set. Is there a bend there??

I am aware of the Alan frame construction and was pretty excited when I saw this. Then I thought I saw a bend in the frame after realising the forks had been changed to a modern Carbon set up, with a modern threadless headset and clamp on stem. It poured cold water all over my enthusiasm.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Kermit TF » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:37 pm

Quang, that saddle looks terrible on the centurian...it doesnt suit.
Please sell it to me ! :mrgreen:
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Postby grantw » Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:10 pm

You don't see nice tandems everyday so here one is
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Postby barefoot » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:23 pm

grantw wrote:You don't see nice tandems everyday so here one is


Hehe.

I used to have a Gitane tandem. Mixte-style rear. Random Mafac and Simplex bits. No reason to think it was anything other than gaspipe.

Didn't notice until we'd been riding it for years that the tubes were creased just behind the head tube, which combined with the mismatched fork and 27" front wheel (inch size on a French bike?! Sacre bleu!) makes it pretty obvious that she'd taken a pretty solid hit in the front. *shrug*. Still rode okay. A bit twitchy on the steering when riding solo, but I figured that was just a fact of tandem geometry.

In other news... did anybody on here grab this one?

I had a watch on it, but it came time when I was in a theatre with my phone on silent, and I forgot all about it. Only one bidder. Would have been an interesting one to have in the collection... availability of front tyres aside...

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Postby find_bruce » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:04 am

grantw wrote:You don't see nice tandems everyday so here one is
barefoot wrote:Hehe.

I used to have a Gitane tandem. Mixte-style rear. Random Mafac and Simplex bits. No reason to think it was anything other than gaspipe.

You get a huge variation in tandems, from clunkers to race machines, with most of them at the gaspipe end. This Gitane tandem appears to be a reasonable touring bike, a drag brake at the rear and cantis up front, brakes and an eccentric bottom bracket. 5 speed, so my guess is that it is 85-86 - a 1984 Rallye had the chainrings at the front & by 1986 had the chainrings at the stoker. By 87 they dropped the horizontal tube on the Rallye. Still likely to be hi-tensile tubing though.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby QuangVuong » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:10 am

Kermit TF wrote:Quang, that saddle looks terrible on the centurian...it doesnt suit.
Please sell it to me ! :mrgreen:

Whats a Centurian? :| Looking at the components and bike manufacture year(mainly 89 and 90 parts and bike), I do believe its all original, and I plan on keeping it like that. Unless you wanna pay half a grand for it :mrgreen:

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Postby find_bruce » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:26 am

I think I might have a different definition of near new - Shogun with wishbone seat stay will look quite nice one you ditch the tri-hard bars.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby QuangVuong » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:01 am

That was up for $500 initially, and when I enquired he said $200 is the lowest he'd do. All I wanted from the bike was the tri-hard bars, but I bought one elsewhere. Wonder what sort of bar tape is long enough to wrap them though.
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Postby akq » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:08 am

Anyway, I spotted this up on ebay a week ago again. Bought it for $85, and tries to resell for $500 bidding or $1000 BIN only weeks after he buys it. Messaged himi asking about buying it for the same price he bought it for, but he tells me that the guy at his LBS told him its a rare bike, and he'd be better off selling it to buy a newer bike. Now after my message, he decides to keep it. :roll:

Isnt that just the way it goes,someone buys a bargain and then sells it (or tries to) for what its actually worth,cant see anything wrong with that
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Postby koen » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:08 pm

QuangVuong wrote:Whats a Centurian? :| Looking at the components and bike manufacture year(mainly 89 and 90 parts and bike), I do believe its all original, and I plan on keeping it like that.


It wasn't such a rough diamond back then.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:31 pm

Restore it and you have a classic Malvern Star worth mega bucks!
that what the seller says, so must be true.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby rebilda » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:08 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:Restore it and you have a classic Malvern Star worth mega bucks!
that what the seller says, so must be true.



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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby koen » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:08 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:Restore it and you have a classic Malvern Star worth mega bucks!
that what the seller says, so must be true.

Yeah thats one of my favourites. He couldn't possibly be sending up any other sellers on gumtree :D
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Postby bychosis » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:53 pm

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby wqlava1 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:07 pm

dubrat wrote:Ok then

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/spreyton ... 1034953203

Dreamer will dream atmo


I thought the seller was very honest when he said "highly priced" rather than "highly prized" :-)
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Postby ldrcycles » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:23 pm

dubrat wrote:Ok then

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/spreyton ... 1034953203

Dreamer will dream atmo


Is anyone else noticing the lack of an 'a' in the decals? :?
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Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:02 am

ldrcycles wrote:Is anyone else noticing the lack of an 'a' in the decals? :?

it is for that guy in the bookshop
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