Is this "Retro" yet?
Bought this Ribble 653 roadbike frame in 1992 – it was the year Ribble sponsored the Barcelona Olympics and this frame was stickered up in the same style as the GB team models.
I’m reluctant to get rid as it was the first ‘proper’ bike I bought, but I’m getting sick of tripping over it. Would it be best advertised on Retrobike or ebay?
And does anyone have an idea what it might be worth? (with Shimano 600 headset/BB, Shimano 600 “boltless” stem and Campag seatpost…)
Posted 5 years ago
Ahem. Hope you don’t mind me jumping into this thread, but it is timed quite nicely. I’m about to sell a similar era Ribble, but with Reynolds 731OS Race tubing, rather than 653. Bit of a Google doesn’t throw out too much info on the tubing, let alone the frame! I was told it was Dolan-built when I got it, but no idea whether that is a common claim for Ribbles of this age.
As with the OP’s, it is fully specced with Shimano 600 throughout. Will be putting it in the classifieds, but not really sure what would be a fair price to ask? I was thinking around £500, is that a bit optimistic? Condition is very good considering the age. Just some tiny bits of paint flaking.
Posted 5 years agocrikeyMember
Nice tyres and rims…
But, I suspect you might sell it for £100, maybe £200.
The problem is that both frames date from the time when the world and his wife had road bikes exactly like that, so they aren’t in short supply, and Ribble are a bit …Halfordsish… when frames are considered.
By way of comparison, I bought a custom made 753 race frame second hand for £200 at about that time. A custom made 531 frame for me would have been £8-900.Posted 5 years agoOCBMember
This post’ll be no help whatsoever, and it’ll probably ramble on a bit (due to my age), but I knock about on an generic-steel MBK road frame of similar vintage.
It’s currently SS and just used for nipping into town on, with it’s scruffy appearance and oddly mismatched wheels, it’s not going to attract much attention.
… but having ridden it a bit more of late, I’m now on the cusp of having it resprayed, and dropping in a new groupset and some decent wheels; dunno if I missed it back along, or if I’ve changed over time, but there is very definitely *something* about the way the frame rides that’s drawing me go back to it.Posted 5 years ago
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