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what's it worth? (frame)(7 posts)

what's it worth? (frame)tarwheel
Dec 30, 2002 5:46 AM
I'm thinking about selling my old Bianchi frame on RBR classifieds but I'm not sure what to ask. Any advice on pricing? Here are the specs:

Mid-80s Bianchi Nuovo Record lugged steel frame, Celeste green with blue decals, Columbus tubing (decal partially worn off by type begins with "Tretu.." Forks have eyelets for fender mounts or racks. Frame details include inscribed Bianchi logos on front fork crown and seat stays. Size 57 c-c seat and top tubes, w/ angles estimated at 73 degrees, longish chain stays (42 cm), and horizontal rear dropouts. Frame and fork together weigh about 6.75 pounds.

Condition very good for a frame this old, but the usual nicks and scratches in paint (mostly touched up). The frame had some minor rust that bubbled the paint under the top tube several years ago, which I sanded off, treated and repainted with matching Celeste. Repair not noticeable unless you look for it.

Selling frame with matching Celeste green Silca frame-fit pump, water bottles, cages (Ciussi), seat bag.

I'm not a fixe/SS buff, but it seems like this frame would be ideal for building a single speed -- with the horizontal dropouts (w/ adjusters) and eyelets for fenders. A little on the heavy side, but very smooth riding and comfortable.
repaint it redGregJ
Dec 30, 2002 7:41 AM
Paint it red and stick some Bridestone decals on it and you should get several hundred. Seriously, I would start it at 150 and see if you get any takers. Be prepared to lower it after a week or 2.
I think that my wife just hired a hit man.Spoke Wrench
Dec 30, 2002 9:36 AM
I'm not sure if it's for me or for you. You've got me thinking.
you lost me there, Spokie (nm)tarwheel
Dec 30, 2002 10:21 AM
vely intelestingJS Haiku Shop
Dec 30, 2002 10:53 AM
my size, too! :)

but, that bubbling paint...when i was looking at a used serotta touring bike, i called serotta for a primer on what to be wary of when giving it the once-over. they said a little surface rust is no biggie, but any bubbling paint indicated a very deep rust problem. is this the case? is there any way to inspect the inside of the TT, or is it sealed?
well ...tarwheel
Dec 30, 2002 12:23 PM
I had some bike shops look it over, and they recommended that I just sand off the paint and rust, treat it with rust remover (Naval Jelly) and repaint. When I sanded the paint off, the rust was very superficial -- that is, on the surface only. It was easy to sand off and no rust has reappeared since repainting. The frame is dissembled now and it's easy to see inside the tubes, with no rust problems evident.
ah, cool...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 30, 2002 12:32 PM
sounds like 'twas a different kind than they suggested at serotta. do you have any pics of the frame?