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How much for a reynolds 531

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by colcazal, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. colcazal

    colcazal New Member

    Location:
    Bonnybridge
    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering how much shoud I pay for the following Early 90s or late 80s racer.

    Thompson 23" racer with Reynolds 531 frame and forks
    Suntour gearing
    Steel wheels with Q/R
    Alloy crank, Brakes, Seat post and stem.

    The paint work on the frame is ok. Some areas are tarnished and could do with a good T cut and polish to bring it back to a shine.

    The guy wants £100 for it!! He reckons it is worth £150??

    Deal or no deal?

    Cheers,

    Col
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I'd be thinking nearer £50.

    Steel wheels are such crap you wouldn't want to ride them, especially in the wet. To get an accurate idea of the age, you need to tell us a bit more. How many sprockets are on the back wheel, are the gears indexed and what brand are the other componants?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    colcazal

    colcazal New Member

    Location:
    Bonnybridge
    Hi,

    6 sprockets on rear wheel. Gears not indexed. Thats about all I know.

    Never heard of a Thompson! Cheers, Col
     
  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Mid seventies to early eighties I would guess. A bottom end Decathlon wouldn't cost much more than the asking price and would knock spots off it.
     
  5. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    IMO it's worth about £50. However, you do regularly see bike like this reaching daft sums of money on the likes of ebay. Especially if they've been converted to singlespeed/fixed wheel.

    If you like the bike then £100 isn't a bad price. Unless you're into retro parts you're essentially just buying the frame here. (The bits sound rather naff.)

    -gf3
     
  6. OP
    OP
    colcazal

    colcazal New Member

    Location:
    Bonnybridge
    yeah thats what I thought. The frame is the only draw to this bike and my firt impression was that it was nowt special.

    How much should I pay for a Reynolds 531 frame.

    Col
     
  7. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Hello Col..
    I got a 531 Raleigh Clubman for £25 off a carboot sale.
    Generally it was in poor order, so if the components on the one you're looking at are ok, then £50 no problem i'd say.

    Beware though...your looking at some expense if you start upgrading. Very satisfying, but it costs.


    See this....

    http://www.cyclechat.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=9017
     
  8. OP
    OP
    colcazal

    colcazal New Member

    Location:
    Bonnybridge
    Nice rebuild gbb! I am stuck between doing two things. Getting a good 531 frame to use as a base for my own build and start from scratch. Or doing up the old bike I have with new components, but I am worried that I will just be dressing up my bike. Mutton dressed as lamb springs to mind.
     
  9. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    531 is just the material, it all depends on what bike it is!. As restoring an old bike can be a real money pit I wouldn't want to go over the £50 mark unless it was something special.

    Also worth remembering that old bikes don't always use the same size fittings as modern models do so upgrading / replacing parts can often be a complete nightmare. for example, ever tried finding 27" tyres/tubes?
     
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    No more than £50. Tops.

    You can find parts - you just need to know where to look.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    colcazal

    colcazal New Member

    Location:
    Bonnybridge
    Cheers Dave, but Spill the beans on where to look.
     
  12. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    as a benchmark, if you will, i got a 531 frameset (in good condition) + stem and bars for £50 from lbs. hear hear to the moneypit description.
     
  14. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    Save your money, then save some more, then buy something new or recent 2nd hand...
     
  15. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Well, I know a cycle restorer. He knows everyone else. :angry: