Some selling tips.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWekf...ature=youtu.be
I've picked up the hobby of buying older road bikes, stripped them down, repainting them with a hvlp spray gun, and then selling them. So far so good. It's a lot of fun and really rewarding. Here's my flickr page
DT Shifters are mounted too low and the brake releases are not set-up properly.
I started flipping contemporary road bikes to finance my own cycling hobby few years back. I've only been doing it in frequently, but when the right bike comes along....
Right now, I'm up about ~1200 plus my current bike. Haven't flipped a bike in 4 months though...
Here are my past bikes:
I imagine if you live in the right place, you could probably do this sort of thing for living.
Wow. So I just started reading this thread from the beginning, 6 hours in, 3 pages left to go!
Relatively new to the bike scene (hobby) I am looking for an older touring bike (60-61cm frame). When I have my own apartment next year, I could see getting into bike flipping. I really like the 70-80 roadies (mid-range).
This thread has been quite interesting to read, seeing others' experiences and perspectives on things. Lots of great info here. Keep it up. Thank for all the help.
My university has what they call "reStore" where they re-sell school supplies, clothing, etc, left behind by students in the dorms from the previous year. I wouldn't have thought to ask about bikes though(when that time comes).
I have one bike with V-brakes which needs new pads. Anyone have a suggestion on inexpensive but decent ones which are threaded and still have the set of washers for easy angle adjustments?
These are listed for $4.50 at Ebikestop. check your LBS they may have something similar
Yeah! Actually I was looking at that exact pair, but that site has them for way cheaper. Only thing is the shipping costs...
Seems like all the LBS places jack the prices way up... :\
With a little Shopping I have found fairly nice brake pads for all setups in full sets of four for front and rear for under $15 with shipping.
Any bike flippers have recommendations on doing shifting cable overhauls on the cheap? Should I just bag up some parts?
Cable --> http://www.ebikestop.com/jagwire_sli...mpy-CA4446.php
Housing --> http://www.ebikestop.com/jagwire_4mm...ack-CA4310.php
Good idea/bad idea? Are those compatible? Can I use that shift housing for non-10 speeds? I work on old bikes with 5- and 7-speed freewheels all the time.
when i redo a bike i buy shifter cables with housing and brake cables w/o housing, and just use the extra housing that I don't use with the shifter cables. not as cheap as 50ft for $12 but not too bad
You can get complete pack (font & rear brake and shifter) at wally world for about $6. Usually don't like wally world, but this is ok deal. Attachment 279860
Fascinating thread. I've been thinking about flipping bikes and just came across this discussion. After hours of reading thru all of the posts, I've gleaned a lot of advice that I hope will save me time, frustration, and money. I aim to get started this week. Already have a couple of leads that I plan to follow up on today.
I fail to see how this is a problem. It means when you finally get a bargain, you can sell at high prices.
What are you after? A bike to ride for cheap, or profits on bikeshttp://talentkid.org/fs/images/dspart.gif?
He didn't say it's a problem. He gave more information so one can make a more informed choice. Sometimes you want good, sometimes you want cheap.
Anybody know anything about this swap? http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/3676184223.html
I don't flip bikes, just buy old ones to ride or take them when abandoned (w/ potential). My basic rule in buying is to only buy vintage ones my size as the real pleasure for me is riding old bikes as well as the overhaul. The few I have sold in the last year were all to free up space/appease the household CFO. My only real goal when selling is to free up resources and provide a bike I know is road worthy / ready to carry another potential rider for many miles yet. That is the pleasure, seeing old bikes still cranking it out after some loving work.