| I'm not up on road bikes, but the local thrift shop has a Batavus Monte Carlo that seems to be in nice shape. It is a fairly tall lugged frame that has Huret components. Is this worth picking up or is it best left where it is?|
| This is a brand made in Holland, I believe. With Huret components (other than Huret Allvit line), sounds like a good middle-quality bike. I would buy it if the frame were the correct size and costs less than say 40-50 dollars.|
| Thanks for the info. They have a set price for bikes - kids bikes are $10 and adult bikes are $15.|
| What is going on with VLW prices. A Raleigh Grand Prix just went for over $200 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7213907963&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1).Okay it had a Brooks saddle but still that is a lot to pay for a bike with a nice saddle. I've got to find some boxes and get in on this. Buy it at the Thrift for $10 sell for $200. That's just crazy!!|
| This price escalation has been going on for the past few years, as supply dwindles and demand continues or increases. I just paid a bundle for a 1960 Capo, having paid only $20 for my 1959 Capo several years ago.|
| Even the thrift stores are raising the prices. Of course, finding a VLW at all in a thrift store is rare event. But of the stores that usually keep a supply of bikes - I have noticed the prices have gone up quite a bit. |
And the e-bay thing! I need to get moving, too....I need to thin the herd anyway. My past few experiences selling on e-bay haven't been all that good......just barely got my money back out of the bikes. I have done much better selling locally - but I have found there - that I will have a spell where I will sell a few bikes.....then a very, very, very long spell where I won't even get a single call.
Maybe it's time to list that Bridgestone RB-1? No way! But I might list my Raleigh Grand Prix's.
| That's no "butted frame" in my books. |
I think this bids an anomaly as well. Have a look at the bidding...a little shill going on?
| For those of us who need to "thin the herd", there is good news and bad news. The good news is that as oil prices skyrocket and the American economy confronts the "limits to growth", people will start beating a path to your door. Absent a serious manufacturing base for bicycles, Americans will, in the near future, come to accept *whatever* they can get .... locally. (Petroleum at $100/bbl will not be compatible with shipping a VLW from Seattle to Miami and at $200/bbl from China to America.) They won't be fussy about Reynolds 531 decals or box lining either. The bad news is that by the time when that watershed moment arrives, you may already have come to regard your bicycles as a better repository of your wealth than the the federal reserve notes proferred for them.|
And now .... back to our normal obsessing over the status and recreational qualities of VLW's.
| No butted frame - that's for sure. I have one just like it in a little taller frame.....hmmmm...I wonder what kind of bids I might get?|
| I am seriously considering selling my 57cm 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, since 55cm is my size. However, as a near-perfect compromise among the competing demands of fun and practicality, it fills a unique position in my stable.|
| Whoa, folks, it appears our hobby is now an investment. I'm hanging on to the quality frames, and the ones I rolled many miles on. I've sold several Peugeot U8s and while not making a major profit, the guys who got them really appreciate the ride. I've even given a few low end, but rideable, VLWs away just to get the grin of seeing folks getting back on the saddle. Good rides..spring's coming|
| My original plan was to sell a few here and there - enough to support my hobby - so that basically, my bike hobby wouldn't cost me anything. Well, I'm nowhere near there yet.....but I'm not that far off either. |
| I have a 50cm Centurion Frame and fork for sale. Frame is Tange Infinity double-butted Cro-Mo and comes with brake calipers, bottom bracket, Sugino VT cranks 165 52-40, alloy seat post w/saddle, fork and headset. The paint is chipped in spots and there are spots of rust on the seat stays from the rear rack, but I could find no dings or dents on the frame. I picked the bike up for the wheelset, and handlebars and don't need the rest. Total cost is $20. Local pickup only (Baltimore Area) since I don't have a box yet. When I get a box, I'll re-post before going to ebay. Photos avalable on request|
| I have an old bike - frame has "Standard original" or "Original Standard" painted on it. Maybe a "K" on badge. Weard rod?? front brake. Hubs and sprocket have oil/grease fittings. Can anyone help? |
| You might try the English roadster forum. What size tires has it got? |
| Does anyone know the years of manufacture of the Schwinn Ranger? I see references to them up til the 50's but no specific info. Thanks!|