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Old 06-19-09, 10:59 PM   #1
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Looking at Craigslists in other cities...

...on the other side of the country is not good! Found a bike in Atlanta (I'm in Oregon) that I want

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Old 06-20-09, 09:30 AM   #2
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I do that too. I keep finding bikes in Illinois I want!
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We need to start a nationwide C&V network where we all help each other "preserve" bikes found all over the country and get them to loving owners
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I am in Dallas and I recently bought a bike from a guy in Ann Arbor. He was happy to ship. Email them - you might be surprised.
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There's this touring bike in San Diego that I would really like to have and also, one in N. Virginia. I have brothers that lives in those state, but they won't pick up for me. ' said they don't wanna contribute to my addiction.
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...on the other side of the country is not good! Found a bike in Atlanta (I'm in Oregon) that I want

Poop.
I know... I recently moved away from Portland but still have the CL PDX Bike page on my bookmark bar. I check it almost every day.

I'm sure if there's something you can't live without, someone out there would be willing to lend a hand and check the bike out/ship it for ya. I know I would. Although there are never any bikes on CL in New Mexico

There might actually be something in a "nationwide C&V network"
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Nationwide c&v network, we could do it pony express style, it would be so cool.
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On a machinest board I frequent, they have set up a transport network where something can be transported all the way across the US. I watched a 3000lb lathe transported from chicago to LA one time, then I took part in the transfer of one smaller lathe (10x20 logan about 900lbs) because I lived in michigan, but was working in dayton. (my job brought me all around the US at the time) I picked it up outside of dayton, brought it home where someone picked it up to take it to detroit, then it went on up to montreal. It was amazing to see how many people have 'territories' that actually overlap. Many times it was the same thing, people had to go somewhere for work, visit relatives, pick up or drop off something else and were 'empty' one way so it was no trouble to take it.

Would be no problem at all to leapfrog a 20lb bicycle across the state or country. Problem is with time, overlaps don't always happen right away. With the lathe it sat in dayton for a week, and then in my garage for three days.

I've also had 'strangers' (board members I know in the area) pick things up I've found on CL or Ebay, sometimes they're happy to hold it till I can pick it up, or drop it off at a personal friends house.

I check CL all over, but really pay attention to those cities I have friends and relatives living in.

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For a bike it sould be a pony express ride and hand off to the next rider.
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Just called on it...shoot...the guy is skiddish about interstate Craigslist deals.
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Just called on it...shoot...the guy is skiddish about interstate Craigslist deals.
I wouldn't do an interstate deal off C/L either (as a seller). At that point, I would just deal with ebay. I sell bikes slightly below market locally to avoid/eliminate hassles.

+1 Friends and families.

I see a lot of deals in Detroit every time I look....
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At least you guy,s find bikes on CL,over here they just throw em out ! (which means we find them at the city dump) !
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Wait a min,why am I complaining ?
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I am in Dallas and I recently bought a bike from a guy in Ann Arbor. He was happy to ship. Email them - you might be surprised.
+1 on this. That is how I got my 1972 chrome Paramount. It was in Denver and I am in Philly. Seller was happy to ship and did a very nice job.
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I sold a Trek on CL awhile back that someone wanted me to ship. I was skittish about it too. I ended up selling it local in the end. I look at CL where I have family. I've never done it, but I'm sure my Dad or Brothers would help me out.
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For me I would only deal locally with CL. There are just too many scammers.

I stumble upon a Colnago master x lite frame on CL in Seattle (I am in SF) and I have a friend who live there. He picked it up and shipped to me.
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...on the other side of the country is not good! Found a bike in Atlanta (I'm in Oregon) that I want

Poop.
I've bought two bikes from California/Arizona and had them shipped to me on the other side of the country. The trick that I have found is to contact their LBS and coordinate shipping for them. All I have had to do is pay the seller, they drop the bike of at their LBS, and I pay the LBS directly. Just make it really easy for the seller. Just keep in mind that shipping will be on the high end, but if you are getting something really cheap or if you really want it, that price may still be fair to you.

It is risky though.

Now that I live in the Chicago area, I could possibly help with getting bikes elsewhere. Had I still been in the Atlanta area, I would have happily helped you too. You are just a week too late.

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I've bought two bikes from California/Arizona and had them shipped to me on the other side of the country. The trick that I have found is to contact their LBS and coordinate shipping for them. All I have had to do is pay the seller, they drop the bike of at their LBS, and I pay the LBS directly. Just make it really easy for the seller. Just keep in mind that shipping will be on the high end, but if you are getting something really cheap or if you really want it, that price may still be fair to you.

It is risky though.

Now that I live in the Chicago area, I could possibly help with getting bikes elsewhere. Had I still been in the Atlanta area, I would have happily helped you too. You are just a week too late.
Thanks for the heads up. If I come across a bike on the Chicago site I'll look ya up
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I sell to items to people from about anywhere. I suggest the buyer send a " Postal Money Order " for payment. Go to the local Post Office & cash it. Then send the item.
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Phoenix seems to have much more interesting bicycles than Dallas, I've discovered. And to some extent, Houston.
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I also collect, restore, and race vintage European off road motorcycles. We have long had an underground railroad/network for transporting bikes. It helps that there are several national level races a year that people travel cross country for.
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I sell to items to people from about anywhere. I suggest the buyer send a " Postal Money Order " for payment. Go to the local Post Office & cash it. Then send the item.
Seems like PayPal would be a good option too. Then the buyer would have recourse if the seller did not send the item, right?
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I had a nice bike listed on CL once and no one here wanted to pay me what I was asking and I was going to consider offers but then a fellow in Manhatten emailed me and we worked out a deal and it was great. I of course waited until everything was in my account before I shipped it and I guess he had to have some trust in me but, once we talked on the phone, it was fine.

That experience inspired me to start up a thread a few weeks ago about having a BF'er in NC do me a similar favour but alas, once I did some research the bike would have been too big for me. Regardless, many folks offered to help me out, so it could be done again I am sure....maybe a sub-forum?
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I don't mind helping out fellow C&Vers. I picked a bike up in Murrels Inlet, SC (relatively near Charleston, SC) where I was working. It sat in my motel room (along with 2 of my own bikes) until I could get it home. Then boxed it up and off to PDX it went.

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I saw a really clean Trek 660 frame a while back in Portland on CL but owner wouldn't ship, he wanted to sell local.
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