A friend and I are in need of some old steel this summer. We will be living in Houston for a couple of weeks and need transportation. (The reason I included Forth Worth is because I have another friend who will be joining us and lives in FW.)
It's pretty hard to scour CL and find deals in TX while living in Montana (or Canada, as in my friend's case) so I'm hoping there are some people who could help a couple of brothers from the great white north.
We are partial to 1980's steel, the last era of lugs, downtube shifters and our formative decade for riding. I'm 6'2 and currently ride an '88 Specialized Sirrus 60 cm frame (which was restored/upgraded last year thanks to members of this community). Something comparable would be great: Schwinn Paramount, Trek 560, Raleigh Supercourse, Centurion Elite... you get the idea. It has to be rideable as I won't be arriving with my bike stand and tool box in my carry-on luggage.
My friend is 6' and a 58 cm frame guy. He'll be in Houston a bit longer, maybe three weeks. He plans on leaving his bike behind to someone who needs it, he might even sell it back to you cheaper than you sold it.
I would do the same, but if I find something that really needs a good home, I just might put it on a Greyhound back north where it will be well loved in a stable of steel frames.
Here's the kicker: our budget is in the $200-ish range but I think it should be doable. Any more than that and I might as well just ship a bike down and back on the plane.
If your fleet of bikes is outgrowing your spouse's level of tolerance and you want a large bike to go to someone who will love it for what it is (not just hack it up into a fixie or flip it for a quick buck), we are your men. I have contacts in both cities who could accept a bike and make payments. We will arrive mid June.
Thank you for your consideration,