Purchase dilemma- should or shouldn't
I've got a problem. A neighbor down the street was having a yard sale this weekend. The spouse was walking the dog, and came back saying that there were bikes at the sale. So, I walked down to see what was up.
One bike was a women's Huffy MTB, the next was a women's Schwinn Suburban, and the next was a men's Trek road bike that looked like it was from the 1980s or early 90s. She was asking giveaway prices cause they were taking up space and her kids had long ago moved out. The Schwinn looked to be in the best condition with dry-rotted tires. The Trek looked ok, but needed new hoods on the brake levers. Both would have needed some work to be good riders, such as clean and lube, new tubes/tires, cables, etc. A general clean up would have helped as well.
What kept me from dashing to the nearest ATM was a couple of things. The Schwinn was a ladies, and I wouldn't ride it. Nor was my wife interested as she already has a nearly new bike. The Trek looked like it had been a classy bike, made in USA and all that, but it's a bit too small for me. The thought of buying them to flip them crossed my mind, but the classic market around here isn't huge, and I might end up taking a loss. Old Schwinns are neat bikes, and Treks like that aren't seen every day, which makes them both tempting.
AFAIK, the Schwinn is still down there, and the others might be. I just can't see them from the road. My question is, what would you have done if you were in my shoes and wanted the bikes, but at the same time knew that they might not be useful? My apologies if this seems a bit strange.
Go buy them. You know tomorrow morning you will be upset if you dont.
If you can get the Trek road worthy with minimal investment, it would be great for eBay. Nothing like getting retail for 20 year old bikes!
Remember, there is no such thing as too many bikes.