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curbtender 06-04-12 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by pavement_nyc (Post 14309288)
Well that's $20 to look through 20 ads then! I'm currently buying about 5-7 bikes a week and busting my tail! I'm just looking to outsource some of my work, the pay is negotiable, I'm confident I can pay enough to keep you happy, especially if you are someone who looks through the bike listings anyway.

Guy from Brooklyn doing it for free.... http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...9#post14312169

tmh657 06-06-12 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by javaride (Post 14310630)
I don't know, based on "What you Buy" is kind of an unknown, totally relying on what YOU do sort of income. $2 for every ligit link sent to you may be more attractive to someone. Personally, and I only live in central Illinois, I check cl every day, even 5 other cities within an hour, and I can't even think of an amount you could afford that I would find agreeable. "Here's twenty bucks to find a needle in a haystack", aaaaaaa, thanks , but, no thanks.

+10. I have few neighbors that know of my bike habit/addiction and asked if I ran across what they were looking for to let them know, there would be a fee involved. I found what they wanted and they didn't give a rats hiney about what I found. Maybe I need different neighbors.:eek:

curbtender 06-06-12 05:57 PM

Some selling tips.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWekf...ature=youtu.be

B.Sherer 06-25-12 07:18 AM

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

http://www.flickr.com/zooie

Spoonrobot 06-25-12 08:02 AM

DT Shifters are mounted too low and the brake releases are not set-up properly.

B.Sherer 06-25-12 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot (Post 14401502)
DT Shifters are mounted too low and the brake releases are not set-up properly.

Thanks for the input.

robtown 06-25-12 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by B.Sherer (Post 14401312)
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 current bike for sale.

http://richmondin.craigslist.org/bik/3094138394.html

Very nice job. Is it just a hobby - it would seem the cost in materials and time would consume any profit? As the other poster pointed out the DT shifters are too low. They should go just above the triangular bump on the tube. I think the bump is there to help secure the clamp from moving downward. I'd also shorten the brake cable housings slightly, although I usually cut them long myself.

jerrycan42 08-03-12 12:21 PM

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:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post14462817

I imagine if you live in the right place, you could probably do this sort of thing for living.

Seano Hermano 09-17-12 02:55 AM

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).

Turtle Speed 10-15-12 12:47 AM

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?

Bianchigirll 10-15-12 07:06 AM

Like these?

http://www.ebikestop.com//prodimages/BR0036.jpg

These are listed for $4.50 at Ebikestop. check your LBS they may have something similar

Turtle Speed 10-15-12 10:39 PM

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... :\

frantik 10-16-12 01:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Turtle Speed (Post 14845757)
Seems like all the LBS places jack the prices way up... :\

LBS have to pay the sales person and the landlord. brick and mortar stores can't usually compete price-wise. but you don't have to wait for shipping.

i think i paid 5-6 bucks for a set of u brake pads.. can't find the package with the price tag

zukahn1 10-16-12 02:21 AM

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.

Turtle Speed 10-21-12 05:03 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14845964)
LBS have to pay the sales person and the landlord. brick and mortar stores can't usually compete price-wise. but you don't have to wait for shipping.

I understand that, but when the LBS's start asking almost $10 for an innertube, and it's not even a special one (e.g. a thorn-resistant), then c'mon maaaan.


Anyway.


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.

frantik 10-21-12 01:15 PM

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

ahandley 10-22-12 06:39 AM

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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. http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=279860

Big Dee 12-31-12 10:59 AM

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.

PatTheSlat 01-04-13 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ahandley (Post 14866566)
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.

Just remember that with the Wal Mart cable sets, the cables are steel, which means they'll rust, and the housings are both unlined (which again means eventual rust) and not compressionless (so they may not work with indexed drivetrains). They also just raised the price on them from $5 to $7. Alright if you're flipping a cheapo low-end bike, but not something I'd ever want to use on something I'm keeping, and I wouldn't feel right using them on something nice.

gotsol 02-05-13 07:30 AM

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?

noglider 02-05-13 12:33 PM

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.

bent-not-broken 02-15-13 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14864416)
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

Brake cables and shifter cables are not the same. Brake cables need to be stiffer, typically coil wound so that the don'e compress under the higher load of braking.

PatTheSlat 02-15-13 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by bent-not-broken (Post 15276931)
Brake cables and shifter cables are not the same. Brake cables need to be stiffer, typically coil wound so that the don'e compress under the higher load of braking.

Sort of the opposite of that, actually... brake cables can be coil wound because it doesn't matter if they compress a bit. Indexed shift cable housing is compressionless because if it compressed it would throw off the indexing, but can't handle the higher forces that brake cable housing needs to. With friction shifting rather than indexed, coil wound cables can be (and were) used.

curbtender 03-20-13 02:44 PM

Anybody know anything about this swap? http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/3676184223.html

dailycommute 04-16-13 02:48 PM

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.


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