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Old 01-31-08, 11:57 AM   #1
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Bike Shops that close down

We all know that at some time Bike shops close down because of people retiring, getting out of the business and other reasons. At the same time they have these blow out sales and everything must go. A lot of these shops also have just tons of old vinatge wheels, hubs, cranks, brakes, etc. What do you guys look for when these places blow everything out? Reason why I'm asking is that a local shop is closing it's doors and the guy has amassed 30 years of vintage parts and I'm going there with a wad in my hand. I know what to look for as far as frames and Japanese stuff is concerned but I'm not so informed on what to look for as far as Italian, or French components are concerned. Would like some input.
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Why is the guy not unloading this stuff on eBay?
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Why is the guy not unloading this stuff on eBay?
if shop owners are anything like my family, then they are probably confused and bewildered by ebay.
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Why is the guy not unloading this stuff on eBay?
My feeling is that after 30 years of stuff, would you really want to spend more time taking pictures, inventory of everything you've got? Not me.
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Probably because it is easier to blow it all out the front door in one or two days than to catalog, sort, and then go through the hassle of listing/selling/shipping via eBay. If you have a sizable shop (say, 2-3 thousand square feet), it'll take ages and be a ton of hassle to sell it part by part on eBay.

I once bought a garage full of reloading stuff from a widow for pennies on the dollar. She knew what the potential worth was, but wanted it gone and was more than happy to sell it all to me cheap. I made a decent buck off of it on eBay and other venues, but it took me a few months and too many hours to count. When it was all said and done I earned every penny, and doubt I made more than $10/hour doing it. It was a big deal, and sucked up a ton of precious spare time that I could have spent with family and friends.

Clearing out an entire shop on eBay would be a full - time job, and maybe he just wants it gone so he can move on.
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If it says Campagnolo or Cinelli, buy it! Even nuts and bolts are worth big bucks.
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I would be interested in the pro tools like a solid work-stand and a chain tool. With enough $$$ I'd get a picture of a complete Park tool kit and try to buy everything on it. A long time shop owner near where I lived as a kid died and the family asked our club to manage a sale/auction. We advertised over the north east US area for 2 months then sold it all in two days. Split the take with the family. Volunteers got to look over the stuff early and buy it then at a modest discount.
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+1 on OFG and Ken's comments. For me I have been to a couple of shops closing down sales. A few have been absolutely great and the source of many of my tools. Two others weren't much and I only bought a handful of things. If you don't have many tools this would be a great way to add to the bike tool box. With my current fairly sizable tool collection I would go after the high end shop stuff most 'home mechanics' don't own: taps, reamers, facing tools, headset/BB presses, frame/fork alignment tools, any tool with Campagnolo on it, and wheel building tools (truing stand, dishing gauge, spoke tension meter, spoke cutter, etc.). The shop quality Park repair stands are absolutely great and even though I own two I would easily buy more even just to resell on CL at a later date.

For me I fix up a lot of bikes and occasionally build up single speeds/fixed gear out of them as well. So if the prices were right I would grab any half way decent crank that has removable chainrings, brakes, clip/strap pedals, seats, cables, housings, chains, clipless pedals, BB and headset parts, and anything Track (<-high demand for track stuff right now) just to have around for spare parts or to sell on CL at a later time.
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Yep, tools, buy all the tools.
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If they have one snag the campy facing and reaming tools. worth big bucks too. I wish I could get in on a sale like this.
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I need another Ciocc, but in a size 59, see what you can do
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Freewheel tools, stronglight crank tool if they have one, tools tools tools!! And Campagnolo, Shimano, or Suntour that looks high end or unusual.

I say tools because I recently bought a set of tools off of CL for $75. They have helped me countless times already, and that's worth far more than what I paid for them. Not having to hit the LBS every time I need to remove a freewheel or a set of cranks? Priceless!,,,,BD
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A bottom bracket thread chaser would be a great score.
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Well,

I just done with one of these - I bought to sell and keep. Things I bought oncluded free wheels, sr and sugino rings for 99 cents, foldable tires, brakes levers, triple bolt sets, bike lights, Anything that was high end shimano or suntour mid 80's to early ninties. seatbolts - bought some shimano 7 speed stuff already unloaded. Presta tubes had to be in the box at .75 cents bought a couple 100 unloading at a bike swap at 2.00 a piece. A couple of Race bash rings at 5.00
trade value $30, chains 7 and 8 speed. He has a truck load of mid to low end shimano and suntour wheels new - he is going to have a garage sale on these because shipping was to high. He was unloading some of this stuff on ebay, but I came and picked up the stuff up and paid cash. There were lots of tools just didn't need any. It was all an interresting experience. Forgot bought a number odf square bottom brackets cheap.
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Got any 102mm Campy compatible in titanium out of that score?

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I have seem a bunch of stuff for sale on ebay from at least one closed shop on the Cleveland area. From what I remember it was a lot of low end stuff, that was priced to high, and some nicer stuff, also priced too high. Most (all?) of the listings didn't have gallery pictures.
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Dannyg1,

Nothing tinanium - might be a 102 campy in the bunch - english or italian?
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We all know that at some time Bike shops close down because of people retiring, getting out of the business and other reasons. At the same time they have these blow out sales and everything must go. A lot of these shops also have just tons of old vinatge wheels, hubs, cranks, brakes, etc. What do you guys look for when these places blow everything out? Reason why I'm asking is that a local shop is closing it's doors and the guy has amassed 30 years of vintage parts and I'm going there with a wad in my hand. I know what to look for as far as frames and Japanese stuff is concerned but I'm not so informed on what to look for as far as Italian, or French components are concerned. Would like some input.
There's another one in San Mateo that's closing! Here's the link:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/558854068.html
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Well just talked to the guy and all his good tools are gone. He sold all the Campy stuff to one guy for a bundle. No Bottom bracket reamers left, No park wheel truing stand left. No French Tools left. Only regular Park hand tools, a head press/reamer, and some stands. Sorry Guys.
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Well just talked to the guy and all his good tools are gone. He sold all the Campy stuff to one guy for a bundle. No Bottom bracket reamers left, No park wheel truing stand left. No French Tools left. Only regular Park hand tools, a head press/reamer, and some stands. Sorry Guys.
I want that headset press.....
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I want that headset press.....

Or make one with a big bolt and a nut and washers that fit into the cups...

Used that for years before I bought a real one!
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Or make one with a big bolt and a nut and washers that fit into the cups...

Used that for years before I bought a real one!
Been there done that. Works ok on frames I don't care too much about, but for high end or one of a kind frames, I'd rather have the right tool. They're only $70 or so.
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