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$4494.44 for a simplex derailleur on ebay(14 posts)

$4494.44 for a simplex derailleur on ebayChainstay
Oct 27, 2003 8:02 PM

I'm gonna go look through my old parts now.
amazing, the winner paid $250 for a set of bolts &washers...rwbadley
Oct 27, 2003 9:51 PM
the money involved in chasing some of these collectible bits is astounding. I wish I had boxes of the crap laying about. Unfortunately my mother threw it all out with my collection of comix and beanie baby prototypes thirty years ago...;-)
Seller description: "This is the one that doesn't exist." ? nmbicyclerepairman
Oct 28, 2003 1:20 AM
Get some more laughsbiketillyapuke
Oct 28, 2003 4:03 AM

Follow the winning bidders feedback and see what thay bought. It's hillarious. The one above is to a set of old bolts for 250. There was a set of handlebar caps going for 150 or so.
why is it hilarious?wspokes
Oct 28, 2003 4:09 AM
What may be hilarious to you is serious business for Japanese Collector's and other collectors. Look around the retro area for awhile or hook up on a classic forum in some areas to see the seriousness and sometimes, rarity at obtaining some of these old rare parts. The Japanese have been driving up the classic market for some time and Rene Herse bikes equipped with Rene Herse original items will sometimes bring in $5K plus easily. A good investment for these japanese collector's to score a set of bolts. I personally would never pay those kind of $ for these items but they are not in my interest group of classic items so I see these numbers as extreme as well. But overall they are pretty normal anymore.
I agree....Dave Hickey
Oct 28, 2003 4:36 AM
The average Joe thinks we're all crazy for spending more than $1000 on a bicycle. How about $700 for a pair of Campy carbon cranks or $2000 for a pair of carbon wheels? These collectors seem pretty normal to me.
A different symptom of the same illness...dzrider
Oct 28, 2003 5:19 AM
People find pride of ownership in all kinds of places. Truth be told, I could survive with fewer bikes and less expensive ones. I choose not to and the choices I make have less to do with performance than it does wanting to ride bikes that I think are cool.
You have just......african
Oct 28, 2003 6:38 AM
said the most sensible thing I have read on this board ever. Thank you.
Crazy Like a Fox!bimini
Oct 28, 2003 5:20 AM
The buyer most likely will turn around and sell it for twice that in a retail store.

Unlike the modern stuff which depreciates the moment you put it on the bike, the collectable stuff appreciates the longer you hang onto it.

Wasn't Simplex the first brand of rear deraileur? If so, this explains the price.
They worked like absolute crap too. nmOldEdScott
Oct 28, 2003 6:23 AM
Oh, I don't know about that...wspokes
Oct 28, 2003 7:05 AM
You have to just learn to appreciate those lovely Delrin plastic sloppy beauties...;>
I appreciate the aesthetics, butOldEdScott
Oct 28, 2003 7:30 AM
derailleurs just didn't work well till Suntour conceived the slant parallelogram. Ahhhhhhhhhhh .......
I had a few bikes as a kid with Simplex and Huretdivve
Oct 28, 2003 7:30 AM 5&6-speeds seemed to shift fine back then. The real crap appeared with the initial index systems. No idea who made them anymore. All I remember is the insistent rattle and no way to get them to be quiet in all gears like my trusty friction shifters.
I had a few bikes as a kid with Simplex and Huretbimini
Oct 28, 2003 8:04 AM
I had a Huret and a Suntour friction shifter on my 5 speed rear. Both worked well. The Huret just looked great. Even today's weight weinies would have been impressed with it's minimalist design.

The Simplex was a little before my time.