I know it is quite easy to sell a road bike that's ready to ride away, as sites like eBay are full of them. But how easy, practical and lucrative is it to sell a road bike minus the wheels?
Why do I ask? Well, I'd been planning to sell my road bike for a while: I barely ever ride it and usually store it indoors. When the in-laws came round for the weekend, I left it in the back yard with the frame but not the wheels locked - and of course, when I came back to it a few days later, the wheels were gone. The saddle was left alone, which implies to me that the thieves were opportunists.
I still want to sell the bike, but I'd prefer not to buy new wheels (+ tyres + cassette). This leads me to some specific questions:
Is there demand for a mid-range road bike without wheels? I don't think I've ever seen one for sale before. We're talking a 2011 bike with aluminium frame, carbon fork, mostly 105 components - decent, but nothing special.
What kind of discount should I be offering to compensate for the lack of wheels?
How should I explain the situation to potential buyers? I know the bike is legit and belongs to me, but they might think it's stolen. I also know that the frame was locked with a very sturdy lock, so the thieves will only have touched the wheels - but potential buyers might suspect the thieves damaged the frame.
Would I bring in more money by stripping the remaining components and selling them separately from the frameset? I've never removed a bottom bracket or handlebars, but I'm sure I could figure it out (and I like excuses to buy new tools).
Is there a word or phrase to describe a wheel-less bike? For instance, if I were a buyer and wanted just a frame, I'd know to search for "frameset". Is there an analogous term?
Is eBay the best place for a fairly niche item like this? It's my go-to site for selling stuff, but is it really best in this case?
Do I need to take extra care when boxing a wheel-less bike for delivery? Disclaimer: I have no experience of boxing a bike.