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 the pictures mentioned in #6, 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 bike and many details of frame junctures, 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 in sunny days) 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 refer potential buyers to those pictures. They can also be linked in your online auctions or selling sites. A secondary benefit is that good pictures can engender discussion which in itself can stimulate interest in new potential buyers! This can help your selling effort and onlookers can learn & discuss your item.
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
center-to-top, top tube c-to-c, bottom bracket height, stand over at
center on top tube, chain stay length,
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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