1.) Original condition is
very important, in both parts and finish, including decals.
Restoring, in other words 'repainting', damages a great deal of
that might have been there. Repainted bikes are harder to sell
to collectors, no matter how good the paint job is... A good
guide: if you choose to repaint your bike, do it for yourself,
not for any enhancement of it's future selling price.
6.) It is difficult to predict what the selling price
for your bike might end up being. On occasion,
a particular bike might sell for a very high $ amount, but we
cannot assume all similar models will match that high price. To find out
what a similar item has actually sold for (not just what was
check "sold items" in
eBay Advanced Search.
7.) Owners often exaggerate their bike values (it must be an ego thing?) In the end, your bike is only worth what a specific person is willing to pay, right now, today. Anything other than that is just wishful thinking. Be realistic!
8.) If nicely asked and supplied with very good pictures (see #2 below), most vintage lightweight bicycle enthusiasts will give you an opinion/an educated guess of what your bike might sell for. It takes a little research to find those people. Unfortunately, as per the rules, the Classic Rendezvous Google forum members are not allowed to be asked "value". But the individual members could be asked privately.
2.) Many high quality digital pictures are needed, of whole the bike plus many details of frame, decals, and components. Find a very plain background and shoot on a slightly overcast day. (Avoid "scenic" backgrounds; grass, trees, seascapes, etc. and do not shoot outside on bright sunny days) Use natural light and no flash. It's best to upload these pictures to a photo-hosting web site like Flickr, Google photos, Smugmug, etc. and then offer link to potential buyers. They can also be linked in some online selling sites. A secondary benefit is that good pictures can start discussions in online forums, then stimulating interest in new potential buyers. Onlookers can learn & discuss your item, this then helping your selling effort.
3.) List and describe in detail the make , model and dimensions of every component part.
4.) Include precise physical dimensions
of the frame. At minimum, include the seat tube length center-to-center
and center-to-top, the top tube c-to-c, the bottom bracket height,
the stand over height at
center on top tube, the chain stay length and the fork rake or offset. Ask any cycling enthusiast to help if you
do not understand this stuff.
2.) VIA Online Contact
Best of luck!
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