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Old 08-06-10, 10:34 PM   #1
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Got those ain't got no money to finish my C&V projects blues

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Sell one or two partial projects to finance the rest?

Whatcha missing?
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Time to sell a bike.
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Old 08-06-10, 11:32 PM   #4
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Sell one or two partial projects to finance the rest?

Whatcha missing?
A couple grand

These are long term projects anyway but it's frustrating not to be able to make any progress. But I need new flooring in the house and to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms so any extra cash is going to be funneled off to those not nearly so fun projects.

The '74 Special is actually close to being rideable but still a long way from being in its ultimate form. I just need a Valentino front derailleur in good shape (everyone I find has a worn cage), a few micellanious parts and to build the wheels and put everything together. Ultimately it'll get some braze-ons and a new paint job but that can wait.

The '66 Professional is another story. It still needs quite a few parts but most importantly, it's got a small crank in the headtube lug that needs to be repaired and that will require rechroming which it appears can't be done locally. That one's going to be a lot of work. And money.

I don't really need either bike to be on the road anytime soon. I'm just kind of bumming out tonight.
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The '74 Special is actually close to being rideable but still a long way from being in its ultimate form. I just need a Valentino front derailleur in good shape (everyone I find has a worn cage), a few micellanious parts and to build the wheels and put everything together. Ultimately it'll get some braze-ons and a new paint job but that can wait.
Let me snap a few pics of the Valentino I have collecting dust... if you deem it acceptable it's yours for postage.
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+1 Time to sell a few bikes and build a bike fund. Or go even further, snag a couple of deals and work a couple of flips.

Don't know the age of your house, but I am a semi-purist on the vintage stuff. On an older vintage house its all about reuse, recycle, repair, restore. Not only does it look the best, it is usually the cheapest option (if you do the work yourself).
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No such issues. In reality its just the opposite.
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No such issues. In reality its just the opposite.
Jim, you can send your donation to me at...
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No such issues. In reality its just the opposite.
Too much money and not enough projects?
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Old 08-07-10, 09:14 AM   #10
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Too much money and not enough projects?
You got it. At the moment I'm struggling to find decent bikes localy. My most recent acquistion was from eBay and also the subject of my 'cash to spend on bike' thread.
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I have always funded my bike activities by selling parts and/or other bikes. That way it is untouchable money, though I did choose to raid a little of it for some of my recent complete kitchen remodel.
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Old 08-07-10, 09:55 AM   #12
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LOL...apparently you're not married Rabid Koala. My wife can touch any money regardless of its origin. Which is probably related to why I don't have any money right now for my bike projects
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Maybe Kommisar89 and I can send our projects to Miamijim to finish.
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Maybe Kommisar89 and I can send our projects to Miamijim to finish.
- Wouldn't it be simpler to have him send you the money?
That way, no one has to deal with crating anything.
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The '74 Special is actually close to being rideable but still a long way from being in its ultimate form. I just need a Valentino front derailleur in good shape (everyone I find has a worn cage), a few micellanious parts and to build the wheels and put everything together. Ultimately it'll get some braze-ons and a new paint job but that can wait.
I will be the contrarian here on this one, the bike above needs paint at some point, you can locate a front derailleur but it is worn, this reads useable but not pretty. Why not use it as is? This reads as a rider, not a wall hanger. A little dirt from use of the drivetrain and... a better unit will pop up.

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LOL...apparently you're not married Rabid Koala. My wife can touch any money regardless of its origin. Which is probably related to why I don't have any money right now for my bike projects
Not so, I have been married to Mrs. K for 32 years. She is not a bike geek like I am, but is a serious fitness freak. She knows that I will not go near a gym, and riding IS my fitness program. I also built her a chrome Paramount!

Yes, she's a keeper!
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LOL...apparently you're not married Rabid Koala. My wife can touch any money regardless of its origin. Which is probably related to why I don't have any money right now for my bike projects
+1 90% of my bike fund is siphoned into the "general" fund. The remaining 10% allows me to occasionally upgrade.
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Old 08-07-10, 03:09 PM   #18
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I will be the contrarian here on this one, the bike above needs paint at some point, you can locate a front derailleur but it is worn, this reads useable but not pretty. Why not use it as is? This reads as a rider, not a wall hanger. A little dirt from use of the drivetrain and... a better unit will pop up.
Well, primarily because the wheels right now consist of a pair of hubs, a pair of rims, and a bunch spokes.

This will be my first wheel build but I still need some tools. Which brings us back to that money thing. If I didn't have a bike to ride I'd borrow what I need and figure out a way to get this one on the road but I already have 5 working bikes so this one just kind of sits in the garage for now. The problem with this one is that it is going to be a recreation of my first "good" bike I had as teenager so the choice of parts and various other things about it are contrained by it's ultimate purpose.
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My problem truly is the opposite:
* Plenty of projects, bought and paid for
* All the parts necessary to complete the projects, sorted, stored, bought and paid for
* Not enough time to put them all together.

If there's one thing this hobby teaches you, it's patience. Which is good, because my other hobby teaches me humility.
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I've got them blues, too. My dream bike project has been in the works for about 2 years now, and I'm still scraping together the parts to finish it. UNfortunately, one of my other bikes is starting to show some wear and will need parts-replacing soon, also. It's a frustrating spiral, sometimes.
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My collection is pretty much complete and I have more than one could ever want or need in the way of pre-built bicycles... now it is a case of wanting build my own and needing more space to set up a secondary frame shop and funding the needed supplies.

It is not a bad nightmare to have.

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I bought a tandem almost a year ago and really wanted to ride it this summer. But unemployment hit and that just isn't beneficial to anything.
I want it done by the end of the year. Get my car running well, then funnel money into it, and then between my Panasonic and my Rapido. Rapido's getting redone, Panny's getting a modern drivetrain. I also need to funnel some money into my car to rebuild the engine while I'm swapping the auto to a manual. Ah well. It'll all be fun. I love getting my hands covered in grease.
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