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    I just found out that a town near me with lots of wealthy people have bulk trash pickup once a month. They leave their stuff on the curb. The guy who told me this said that he's even seen people put out furniture in bubble wrap, since they know it will be picked up. Weird.

    He says that on any given such night, you can get a dozen bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightShift View Post
    Mongoose is part of Pacific now, along with Schwinn, GT, Roadmaster, and probably a few others.
    I treat them all with equal skepticism, but some of them are better off as bikes than as scrap metal. I'd still rather have a bike from any one of these brands from before they were bought by Pacific the one from after.

    Despite the fact that my wife owns (and sometimes rides) a Huffy (childhood nostalgia) I would agree.

    I'm not sure I would be as harsh towards Murray. Do you regard Murray as simply to low a quality to bother with, or genuinely unsafe? If you regard them as unsafe please share your experience and observations.

    I have a J.C. Penny's Foremost (I think mid to late 70s with a shimano Lark II rear der.) that I've been using as a beater bike for a couple years. I believe these bikes were produced by Murray. Does anyone know for sure if that's correct?
    If you are looking to flip, then dealing with any of these brands is a losing proposition, Murray, Foremost, or whatever. Its not just the quality of the bike (some are OK), its the lack of resale value. It costs just as much to put new tires, tubes, cables, bearings and grease on a Murray as it costs to do a Trek. In certain, red hot market, maybe it can work out. Anywhere else, forget it. Again, this is concerning flipping bikes. If you are looking for a keeper bike, then the resale value is meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    A friend was doing some work there and the maint. engineer had them piled up in a storage room. He said that there were two piles of bikes. That pile was being dumped. I never saw the second pile. So, I guess if I were you I'd start with talking to someone in maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    If you are looking to flip, then dealing with any of these brands is a losing proposition, Murray, Foremost, or whatever. Its not just the quality of the bike (some are OK), its the lack of resale value. It costs just as much to put new tires, tubes, cables, bearings and grease on a Murray as it costs to do a Trek. In certain, red hot market, maybe it can work out. Anywhere else, forget it. Again, this is concerning flipping bikes. If you are looking for a keeper bike, then the resale value is meaningless.
    Quote Originally Posted by NightShift View Post
    It might be worth putting together a list of bike NOT to resell (or donate) as anything but scrap metal.
    I don't think you understood what the purpose of the list I was suggesting would be.

    Many of us would accept a free bike, or purchase a very cheap bike, for parts, even if the bike itself had little or no resale value. We might build it up and give it away, trade it for other parts, or donate it to a bicycle co-op after talking the parts we were after. But there are some bikes that should not be ridden, bikes that pose an unacceptable risk to the rider. You don't donate cables that you know are likely to break, brakes that won't stop a bike, a stem that cracks under normal use, a frame where the drop-outs may pull out while you're riding, or anything else you have reason to believe is inherently unsafe.

    I count Next and Vertical as inherently unsafe. I've seen enough Huffy's that were just as bad that I will gladly avoid them, even if they're free.
    I don't consider Murray as bad, but that may just be because I don't have as much knowledge and experience with whatever issues they have.
    I know almost nothing about modern/semi-modern Columbias, but after Tom's post I will be extremely cautious about accepting one should I encounter one.

    I remember hearing about a brand of bike that had been a give away item with the purchase of stereo equipment, because the importer found out they didn't meet the safety standards to be sold in the USA, but it was still legal to give them away (if someone remembers the brand please post, I've forgotten).

    If you know a product that should be avoided, even if it's free, that's what I'm asking about.
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    This looks like allot of fun - And much cheaper and rewarding than flipping a house - My favorite people are ones that have a deeper appreciation of the care taken in restoring and older bike with safety as a prime consideration...

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    I’m as far from being a bike snob as anyone could be. But there are some bikes I will not purchase to sell in my used bike shop.
    The 2 big ones are:
    - Any department store bike (like Next)
    - Any lower-end bikes with cables routed through the frame, for example old steel Columbias. I’ve seen the frames break at the cable holes in the down tube.
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    While I do not buy cheap bikes such as next, murry, huffy, or magna individually... I often get them as part of wholesale bike loads I buy at auction. I usually will buy a bulk lot if there are a few good bikes in it. The cheap ones I keep around for parts and a few times a year I sell them individually at a local action house or on craigslist as a lot of 5 to 10 bike. I do not put any time into fixing them beyond seperating the ones that are ridable vs. once are only good for parts or scarp. I'm a firm believer in quality products but not everyone can afford quality and sometime people need a $25 to $50 bike just to get them around.

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    How do you find auctions that have lots of bikes?
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    i bought a trek mtb from a guy who did the auction thing. said he buy them sight unseen in lots of 200. he had a lot of next/magna stuff but random 830s or hard rocks mixed in. sells everything for a hundred or less. stuff that needs repairs he sells cheap. always wondered where the auctions were.

    here's his current inventory.
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    looks like he does have some priced higher than i remember

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    If you live in or near a bigger city they may have a police impound auction... this is where abandoned, stolen and recovered but not claimed bikes, and any bike involved in a crime or acident go. Just try a good search for bicycle auction and you city, state, or town. I go to one about every three months. large universitys also have lots of abandoned bikes... just inquire what they do with them. They are a fun experience... and I've seen some crappy bikes go for way to much and gotten some good deals on nicer highend stuff... problem is you never know what your going to get and you don't get much time to inspect the bikes and some you have to just take on faith by the looks of the crapy pictures.

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    What about this women's type of bike? I am a new to flipping, so I'm not sure if these sell quite as well as men's bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbrinto View Post
    What about this women's type of bike? I am a new to flipping, so I'm not sure if these sell quite as well as men's bikes.
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    Forget it, not a good candidate. Even if you got it for free, there is very little upside on a step through model like that one. Pass.

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    The Bike was "Firenze"

    Quote Originally Posted by nightshift View Post
    i don't think you understood what the purpose of the list i was suggesting would be.

    Many of us would accept a free bike, or purchase a very cheap bike, for parts, even if the bike itself had little or no resale value. We might build it up and give it away, trade it for other parts, or donate it to a bicycle co-op after talking the parts we were after. But there are some bikes that should not be ridden, bikes that pose an unacceptable risk to the rider. You don't donate cables that you know are likely to break, brakes that won't stop a bike, a stem that cracks under normal use, a frame where the drop-outs may pull out while you're riding, or anything else you have reason to believe is inherently unsafe.

    I count next and vertical as inherently unsafe. I've seen enough huffy's that were just as bad that i will gladly avoid them, even if they're free.
    I don't consider murray as bad, but that may just be because i don't have as much knowledge and experience with whatever issues they have.
    I know almost nothing about modern/semi-modern columbias, but after tom's post i will be extremely cautious about accepting one should i encounter one.

    I remember hearing about a brand of bike that had been a give away item with the purchase of stereo equipment, because the importer found out they didn't meet the safety standards to be sold in the usa, but it was still legal to give them away (if someone remembers the brand please post, i've forgotten).

    If you know a product that should be avoided, even if it's free, that's what i'm asking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Forget it, not a good candidate. Even if you got it for free, there is very little upside on a step through model like that one. Pass.
    Why do you say that? People who want a basic bike but for whatever reason want a ladies' style frame would like that style bike. The only thing they wouldn't like is the handlebars. They're not comfortable for most women, especially if they're going to ride slowly or short distances. If they're serious athletes, they'll want a diamond frame and drop bars. I don't think drop bars go well with a step through frame except in rare cases.
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    I'm new to flipping, but was wondering whether any of you had any experience with increasing the amount of gears (ie:from 5 to 6 - to keep the same chain) Is it worthwhile? Is there naything else, aside from bar tape, tires, and tubes that you find help to increase the bikes' values?

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    I do home remodeling. When people see a dumpster in their yard, they start cleaning out the basement/garage. I have gotten a dozen free bikes by being willing to "clean that up for you." Right place, right time. Right now I have a great little British 3 speed waiting for a home, but I can't bring myself to sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by septacycles View Post
    While I do not buy cheap bikes such as next, murry, huffy, or magna individually... I often get them as part of wholesale bike loads I buy at auction. I usually will buy a bulk lot if there are a few good bikes in it. The cheap ones I keep around for parts and a few times a year I sell them individually at a local action house or on craigslist as a lot of 5 to 10 bike. I do not put any time into fixing them beyond seperating the ones that are ridable vs. once are only good for parts or scarp. I'm a firm believer in quality products but not everyone can afford quality and sometime people need a $25 to $50 bike just to get them around.
    As a enthusiastic cyclist, an environmentally aware person, and a person who has rarely had much cash for luxuries, I'm all in favor of making bikes as affordable and widely available as possible, provided the bikes are safe to use.
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    WOW, I just found this thread and it's right up my ally.

    I found these bikes and was wondering if any would be good flippers. What do you think, how would you rate these candidates?

    Proflex - $75
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    Norco Bigfoot - $60
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    '96 Specialized Stumpjumper - $65
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    96ish Specialized Allez - $200 Complete RSX group
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    Proflex, later bought by K2, was considered an innovator in full suspension. But full suspension at that time wasn't very good. It could make a decent comfort bike. I'd probably ask $100 to $125 if I was selling it, and might accept $75. I don't know what the market you're dealing with is like, but I doubt you'd see much profit out of the Proflex

    I'm not that familiar with the Norco. I'll let someone else comment on that one.

    The Stumpjumper might be OK. Around here I could probably sell it for $125, maybe $150 (cleaned and regreased, with 1.5" slicks, and new cables) as a commuter or campus bike. It'd probably fall short of the $100 many of the flippers are trying for, but if you can check to make (reasonably) sure you aren't going to run into complications and you can take a little time finding a buyer you can turn a profit, and it shouldn't take much effort. Again, I'm basing this on my market, yours may be different.

    If the STIs on the Allez are in near perfect condition and the rest of the bike is in good condition it'd be a good option. But check the brifters very closely. If they have any problem it could be hard just trying to get what you spent out of it.
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    Thanks NightShift. The Proflex is sold and I'm not going to get the Specialized Stumpjumper, so maybe the Norco. I have to see what components are on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I'll take a free Walmart bike - if the cables, housings, chain, tires and tubes are good. They are a good source for consumables.
    X2...as a backup bike...what's wrong with taking one of these? nothing. I'd rather have a "walmart(whoever)" cheapy bike stolen, then my good one? Makes sense don't it? dont knock the cheapy bikes, they're great if they get folks out there riding, which is the entire point, isn't it?

    I would agree if you're trying to make $$$ off the bike, probably not a good idea to buy a "Walmart bike"...but, again, as a cheapy backup.....I'd take one all day, if it saves my Caad9 from getting lifted? And YOU would too.

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    Well, even wallmart bikes have value to a scrape dealer. Donated some frames and was allowed to part out a few bikes sitting in the pile. I showed him some frames to save if he had the time. Probably created a new flipper. He says he'll save some for me.

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    im new to the whole pedal bike world, but ive bought/sold motorcycle and vintage car parts, and still do, and this is what i do for forum members. when im on a forum, and everybody shares a common intrest, i sell low for take offs that i will never use (turn signals, grab bars, air filter boxes and electronics for scoots). when i was building my bobber, i sold my stock take offs for a couple bucks less than what ebay has listed for the same condition as mine, ensuring a quick sell and a happy customer. my parts ship free through my dads work, so i automaticly (sp?) make profit. i bought a chopper seat on CL the other day for $10, its listed at 110 shipped, and ill take 90 on it, because then thats $80 in pocket. moral of the story, dont rip people off, make sure they know what they are buying and be sure to point out any defects/flaws. repeat customer and everyone knows you do good buisness and cut deals/ are negotionable once again, ensuring repeat costomers.

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    Nice to meet you, volcomskater77.
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    Flippers are no higher than the eBay parasites who don't actually need or want an item or component. They serve themselves and complicate those who are looking for a choice bike or component for their own use. I wish you guys would meet an an old drive-in theater and keep away from the stuff people need on an individual basis.

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