Hello all, I have a couple of MTB's here that may or may not be worth be saving for prosperity, but I really don't know a huge amount about them, and wondered if the collective wisdom of retrobike might shed some light on it n
I'm considering the idea of getting rid of them and updating to newer bikes. But I wondered if either of them would be of interest to anyone who collects this sort of thing, or if they are simply fodder for a the sub £50 section on a card in the local shop window.
Both bikes were bought new by me, in 2000 or 2001, and have been used very sparingly since, hence, apart from a few scratches here and there, they are both immaculate (no dents or cracks either), and both pretty much original. They even still have the original chains and rings on them, and I'm embarrassed to say they have planty of life left in them. (I changed the bars on both for more comfort, and the Schwinn now has an air shocker on the back - all the original parts and the shock are still kicking about in the garage somewhere though.)
Both bikes were subject to a complete stripdown, total clean, and rebuild with all new bearings in 2009, and they have only been ridden once since. The Schwinn was a pain in this respect, as that rear end contains 8 seperate ball bearings, all of which had to be pressed out and pressed back in... Soooooo comfortable though...
I'd be interested (obviously) in what they might actually be worth, but also in any history or links to relevant data about them.
Your opinions are welcome, thanks
The Schwinn four banger, last year.
The Giant, mid rebuild.