/ Bike dilemma

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Martin W on 05 Apr 2013
I have a 2004 Trek 6500 Disc which I've upgraded over the years with a better fork & wheels. Last year I acquired a 2011 Specialised TriCross Sport which is better suited for pootling around the local area (street, cycle trails and some land rover tracks). So the MTB is getting rather neglected these days, and to be frank it is taking up valuable space in my garage. I'm thinking of moving the Trek on, but I need to weigh that up against the convenience of having a suitable bike to hand if I ever need to venture in to rather wilder territory - I've not been to a trail centre for a number of years but the MTB has come in handy for approaches to some mountain crags and Munros. I guess if I thought I might get a reasonable wodge of cash for it then that might sway the balance towards disposal.

Anyone got any idea what I might get for the old bike, or able to offer any other advice or guidance?

TIA
JonathanHilton - on 05 Apr 2013
In reply to Martin W: probably about 200 but it depends on what you have upgraded the different parts to.
balmybaldwin - on 05 Apr 2013
In reply to Martin W:

The problem is you are thinking about this in the wrong way... really you should be asking the question "How many bikes do I need?"

The answer to this question is always N+1 (N being the number of bikes you currently have)
Frank4short - on 05 Apr 2013
In reply to Martin W: The rule of thumb is generally speaking half off in the first full year of ownership and then a further 20% of the remaining value for each full year thereafter. So odds are unless you've really outdone yourself with the upgrades on the forks and wheels, so it's worth buying and breaking, it'll only be worth a couple of hundred quid at most.
George Fisher - on 05 Apr 2013
In reply to Martin W:

I just sold a Cove Stiffee with Fox, Raceface, Hope brakes, which was a more expensive bike that yours but it was in need of quite a lot of tlc and a few bits that I'd robbed for my new steed.

It went for 250 to a mate who put it back together for his son.

I'd say yours was worth 180 - 200
Martin W on 05 Apr 2013
Hmm, that's quite encouraging: 200 ono is rather better than I'd thought.

What's the best place to sell bikes: eBay, Gumtree or a bike-specific forum?

In reply to balmybaldwin:
> ... really you should be asking the question "How many bikes do I need?" The answer to this question is always N+1 (N being the number of bikes you currently have)

I've often wondered about this "N+1" philosophy. At what point does a healthy, self-reliant, eco-friendly cyclist turn in to an acquisition-driven slave of the neo-capitalist consumer society propping up unsustainable and environmentally destructive manufacturing industries?

Although in my case the actual problem is that I don't have N+1 storage spaces available...
Martin W on 05 Apr 2013
FWIW, the forks are RockShox Tora 318 Solo Air, the wheels are Mavic 317 Disc rims with Shimano Deore LX hubs.
JonathanHilton - on 11 Apr 2013
In reply to Martin W: ebay would probably be best

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