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My bike on Ebay - well, not mine(9 posts)

My bike on Ebay - well, not minemoneyman
Sep 11, 2002 12:39 PM

But one just like it. Mine has different bar tape, look 296 pedals, black Selle Italia Flite saddle and no reflectors or dork ring. I also had it signed by lance on the headtube when I was in Austin for the Ride for the Roses in April.

The seller calls this a collectors item and claims it was never ridden. My bike has been ridden extensively. Maybe 7,000 miles.

Bids on it are around $2,500. I will never sell mine, due to sentimental reasons.

I had someone once ask me why I was riding it when he believed it should be stored for posterity. I told him it was a bike and it was made to be ridden.

BTW - I recently read a magazine article about Jay Leno and his collection of cars and motorcyles. Deusenbergs, Bentleys, etc. He drives all of them because that is what they were made for.

My question to you: If you had a bike that could be considered a collectors item, would you ride it or hang it on a wall (figuratively speaking)?

Hang it on the wall after it gets thrashed and trashed. (nm)Quack
Sep 11, 2002 12:46 PM
re: My bike on Ebay - well, not mineDave Hickey
Sep 11, 2002 1:02 PM
If it were a bike, yes I'd ride it. However, I have a autographed copy of "It's not about the bike". Instead of reading that copy, I bought another one. Certain memorabilia I'll collect for history, investment, etc... but bicycles are made to be ridden.
Just got one for my wifeRickC5
Sep 11, 2002 1:28 PM
It's #200 of the 1999 made. Sounds like yours with black tape, black SI Flite saddle, Look pedals, and a silver Thomson seat post.

We got it from a guy in California who had only ridden it twice since he bought it new. However, it wasn't stored very well and the guy's kids did some damage to the decals, plus it was dirty, with cobwebs and dead bugs, etc.

After some cleaning and touch-up paint, it looks good.

BTW- this is her daily rider. She fell in love with the paint scheme when we saw one at a LBS (their price: $4100).

We got it for $2400, including shipping to Colorado from California. He paid $4500 for it new.

Personally, I agree with Jay Leno and feel these bikes need to be ridden. They are unique, and works of art IMHO. I'm glad we could rescue one from a life of neglect and misuse.

I buy other stuff for its collector's value, not bikes.
i would......african
Sep 11, 2002 1:38 PM
ride it like it was my girl aaaaahhhhh friend.
It needs some pedals...Lon Norder
Sep 11, 2002 3:40 PM
Definitely ride it, unless...OffTheBack
Sep 11, 2002 4:16 PM
unless it were something absolutely unique and irreplacable, like the bike Merckx won his first TDF on.

(Dang, I ended a setence with a preposition again. Grr!)
Definitely ride it, unless...Geko
Sep 11, 2002 6:23 PM the bike on which Merckx won his first TDF. ; ) Thought I'd help ya. hehe
Well, I am not a collector, andelviento
Sep 11, 2002 8:20 PM
Frankly, I don't see it as a collector's item. Fact is it was made as a commercial endeavor to make some extra money and the fact is it's not sold very well. R&A were closing out those frames fro around $1400. For Trek factory, it's just some yellow paint and some slightly different decals.

Sure lance won a tour after cancer, but it was not won on this version bike, and certainly not the very bike you own. The actual bike ridden by lance would qualify as collector's item in my books.

So if I don't ride it, then I wouldn't need it.