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how much should i sell "best bike in the world" for?jlira
Sep 6, 2003 9:50 AM
i have a Seven Odonata
(Outside magazine proclaimed, "There is no nicer road bike in the world.") with top-of-the-line Campagnolo record carbon fiber groupset. the bike was purchased in 1997 and ridden less than 100 miles. it cost about $7000 as i recall. it would need a tune up and air in the tires but other than that it's still in perfect condition.

i doubt i will ever ride it again. my question is, how much should i sell it for?
unless you've had it hermetically sealedJS Haiku Shop
Sep 8, 2003 10:20 AM
no offense intended; difficult to read "tone" in a text message:

all the bikes i've seen that "haven't been used for (1-3) years" and "need only tune up and air in the tires" need a full cable and housing refit, new tires/tubes/rim strips to replace dry-rotted sets, handlebar tape, and sometimes a saddle. six years, difficult to say.

I recall reading that after xx years (1-2) the resale value is half the original sale price, then subtract 10-15% (in that range) for every additional year.

your best bet is probably to have it professionally "tuned-up" and made ready for the road ($100), then put it on ebay with detailed pictures and a very accurate description.

good luck.
re: how much should i sell "best bike in the world" for?innergel
Sep 10, 2003 2:10 PM
May I ask why you spent $7000 on a bike and then were only able to ride it 100 miles? It seems like a lot of money spend to just have sitting it in your garage unused. If I had purchased this bike, I'd find any excuse possible to ride it. My wife would not appreciate it not being used either :-)

I'm not insinuating anything odd or unseemly on your part, just curious as to why it's being sold.
Sep 11, 2003 5:11 AM
marek996699DOTcom email me, i may be interested.

Hmm... something doesn't sound rightFez
Sep 11, 2003 9:34 AM
You claim to have a bike that was purchased in 1997 and was ridden less than 100 miles. Odd.

Even more odd would be the alleged carbon groupset. I don't think anything like that existed in 1997.

Get your story straight, post some detailed photos, and be sure to purchase an ad here if you do have something to sell.
Here's the real answer:shirt
Sep 15, 2003 3:20 PM
I'd pay you about $2500 for it, because I feel I could get something better for $3000. If you can get a six year-old Outside magazine quip to convince somebody to pay more, all the power to ya!
A further quipSynchronicity
Sep 16, 2003 4:06 PM
Also, I'm certain selle italia SLR saddles weren't available in 1997; nor were Carbon fiber seat-tubes & stays popular. So unless some deranged cat-burgler from another dimension has sneaked into your garage in the intervening time & swapped the whole bike over for a newer one, then I'd contend that you didn't buy it in 1997.

I hate to disappoint you, but it isn't "the best bike in the world". No one agrees what is. There is no consensus on that. A few people have paid EVEN more that what you paid for that bike, believe it or not. It IS a very nice high-end bike, however.
But the people you intend to sell it to won't be sold on that advert. In fact they'll realise you know nothing about cycling (no offence intended, really) & then they'll get you to lower your price as you don't know any better.
Sep 16, 2003 4:15 PM
It breaks our hearts to see a bike like this being abandoned for so long. That is why we probably seem rather terse. It is like owning a Lamborghini Diablo and not using it.
Now it is worth under half what it was originally, and it has just been sitting there idle. Think of how many places that bike would have gone if it belonged to someone else. You should feel guilty, very guilty.

You're obviously very rich or very stupid - either way you'll be used to a comment like that. You should have bought a bike for around $1000-$2000 (maximum) & figured out whether you liked cycling first. You're the worst kind of cyclist. When you did ride it, you probably got off & pushed that bike up hills didn't you?