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cpsqlrwn 06-03-11 02:15 PM

Username: cpsqlrwn
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): Virginia
Primary CL City: Hampton Roads
Secondary CL Cities: None - Hampton Roads CL includes the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Suffolk, and Newport News
Items willing to facilitate: Anything up to whole bikes

khatfull 06-03-11 02:25 PM

List in my initial post is accurate with the addition of cpsqlrwn.

Thanks all for stepping up!

khatfull 06-03-11 02:27 PM

Thought I'd update the "missing list" as well...

Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Hampshire
Nevada
New York
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming

retyred 06-20-11 08:16 AM

Anyone available in the Sacramento area, more specifically Davis? I'm going to return seller's call and get more info on his bike. Let me know.


No deal, not what I wanted.

JReade 06-23-11 10:09 PM

Username: JReade
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): Florida
Primary CL City: Tampa
Secondary CL Cities: Sarasota to Fort Myers/Naples.
Items willing to facilitate: Anything up to whole bikes

My 1st experience went smoothly, so I'm willing to help out.

theblackbullet 06-28-11 09:32 PM

How does a facilitation usually work out?
Does the potential buyer do all of the talking and set up a time for the facilitator to check out the bike, or is it more along the lines on pm'ing a guy and asking them to go check something out for you?

Username: theblackbullet
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): Georgia
Primary CL City: Atlanta, Northwest GA
Secondary CL Cities: Chattanooga TN. can possibly travel further for something special.
Items willing to facilitate: small items

khatfull 06-29-11 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theblackbullet (Post 12854206)
How does a facilitation usually work out?
Does the potential buyer do all of the talking and set up a time for the facilitator to check out the bike, or is it more along the lines on pm'ing a guy and asking them to go check something out for you?

Funny you should ask, I facilitated a CL bike for a member about 13.5 hours ago :)

This is how it worked for last night:

- Member contacted me, I said sure, anytime.
- Member contacted the seller, asked for pics, made sure that it was worth my going out to look/at purchase.
- That being true I gave the member my cell number, he passed it to the seller. He passed the seller's number to me.
- Since I didn't have the cash on hand for this the member PayPalled me the $$$ Sunday. I immediately transferred to my back account.
- The member arranged with the seller to hold the bike until the funds got to my bank account. I contacted the seller, introduced myself and what the process was. he was fine with the whole deal.
- Funds arrived yesterday, I withdrew cash, arranged with seller to view the bike that night.
- Went out, met the seller, examined the bike, all good...purchased and brought home.
- I talked to the member today, we discussed shipping, etc. I'll be boxing it up over the weekend and shipping it out Monday hopefully.

The process can take whatever form you like. I usually want the buyer to do all the question asking, price negotiating, etc. prior to my getting there. I view my purpose when I get there as a final gut check on condition and presence of everything advertised AND as the buying agent. I usually have a prior discussion with the buyer about what condition is acceptable, anything particular they'd like me to look for, etc. I ALWAYS recommend that the buyer be available by phone at the time of the meeting in case there should be something I need to discuss. I've even sent cell phone pics on the fly while on the phone.

I hope that answers your question. Do take a look at the guidelines I posted in the first post of the thread. Again, GUIDELINES and what has worked for me in the facilitation of about 8 bikes now and more small items.


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robatsu 07-02-11 08:32 AM

Username: robatsu
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): VA, MD, D.C.
Primary CL City: Washington D.C.
Secondary CL Cities: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Japan
Items willing to facilitate: Large items up to whole bikes

For frames or bikes I'd prefer to let the local shop do the packing. Currently I'm spending about 60/40 split between DC and Osaka.

irvri 07-04-11 07:20 AM

Username: irvri
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail irvillaco@yahoo.com
State(s): AZ
Primary CL City: Scottsdale
Secondary CL Cities: Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix
Items willing to facilitate: anything up to framesets (maybe full bikes)

GTizzy 07-17-11 09:53 PM

Can anyone in Thunder Bay facilitate for me?

I know I only have fifteen posts, but there is a beautiful marinoni up there right now.

How would I get PM privileges for an exceptional circumstance like this?

Thanks!

Bike Cottage 07-25-11 09:00 PM

Anyone near Brownsville, Wisconsin
 
Hey all, have been away from the boards for a while and am glad to see this thread. Trying to get a bike from the Brownsville, Wisconsin area to Florida. I'm hoping there is someone reasonably close as I don't want to be too much of an inconvenience. Please PM if able to help. Thank you and keep riding.

PeregrineA1 07-26-11 08:14 AM

Username: PeregrineA1
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): North Carolina
Primary CL City: Raleigh-I'm in Raleigh during the week
Secondary CL Cities: Eastern North Carolina-I live in Beaufort on the weekend, so the US 70 corridor works as well.
Items willing to facilitate: Small parts to whole bikes

The small stuff will USPS or FedEx. Frames and bikes I will let the LBS handle.

khatfull 07-26-11 08:33 AM

List in the OP is accurate up through PeregrineA1 above.

Thanks all recent additions!

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Chilero 08-12-11 01:24 AM

Username: Chilero
Preferred Contact: PM (goes to email)
State(s): CA
Primary CL City: Los Angeles
Secondary CL Cities: Orange County
Items willing to facilitate: rims, wheels, frame sets, complete bikes (prefer vintage bikes, pre-monocoque carbon, except by special request)
Where do I ship: CONUS and International,

Note: Having shipped countless parts, frames and whole bikes I have found a special niche in shipping whole bikes to countries with a postal limitation of a 108" box. Most of the complete bikes I've shipped have gone to South Korea and Japan in a single box. I have an account with USPS and prefer to ship USPS Express Mail International. Within CONUS I ship UPS or FedEx ground. My son and I are skilled mechanics with our own workshop and a decent collection of vintage steel, but we also work on bikes for pro racers.

Bicycles shipped internationally are disassembled more than when shipping within CONUS, so at a minimum I remove the chain, crankset, pedals, seatpost and saddle, handlebars and stem and fork (headset bits and bearings carefully packed). Furthermore I remove the wheels and remove the skewers and axles from the hubs (bearings carefully packed). This last task keeps sharp objects from protruding from the box and allows the wheels to ship with the frame. I use 8" wide boxes and have found that some handlebars with deep drops do not fit, this is a rare occurrence. I use pipe insulation when necessary to protect the frame from lose parts. When shipping a frame set it is not necessary. I use spacers to help prevent the box from getting crushed. I use bubble wrap sparingly and only for small parts. I recycle when possible. I do not use peanuts, synthetic or biodegradable. I work for peanuts but not for free.

My clients usually purchase a bike via CL or ebay and have their purchase delivered to my address. Local pickup may be available but I do not handle payments. It takes me about a week to pack and ship since I'm busy running a business. Just prior to shipping I send the invoice to the client for payment via paypal, I then ship the next business day. When I receive the bicycle for shipment I photograph in detail prior to disassembly and immediately send pics via email to my client. This allows the client to deal with the seller in case of problems. I NEVER get involved in disputes between seller and purchaser. I also photograph the disassembly and packing process for my protection.

All 108" boxes are custom built. Crating is available but expensive, so save that for your Rene Herese, Hetchins Magnum Opus or Gloria Garibaldina. My last shipment was a Rickert track bike to Japan, 26 lbs including packaging, single 108" box, $155 USPS postage.

Carlos

jhoops01 08-22-11 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake (Post 11401648)
After how much help I've gotten from various members, I'm absolutely willing and able to help out.

Username: KonAaron Snake
Preferred Contact: PM or e-mail through site.
State(s): Pennsylvania
Primary CL City: Philadelphia
Secondary CL Cities:
Items willing to facilitate: small items up to whole bikes

As far as shipping...for whole bikes or wheels, I go right to a local wholesaler/shop called Bells Bicycles. Their shipping discount is so large that it's cheaper for me to ship through them and have them do the work.

Hi Aaron,

Would you be willing to facilitate a shipment from Philly to Weeki Wachee, FL? I'm looking at a bike on the auction site.

Thanks,
Joe

cdyer77 08-24-11 06:51 AM

Is anyone available for the South Jersey area? I'm looking at a bike in LBI and cant get there until the weekend

-holiday76 08-27-11 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by khatfull (Post 12735924)
Thought I'd update the "missing list" as well...

Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Hampshire
Nevada
New York
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming

I can do the northern part of Delaware .

Drummerboy1975 09-26-11 11:02 AM

I can do Central Arkansas.

Username: Drummerboy1975
Preferred Contact: PM (initially)
Primary CL City: Little Rock and surrounding areas
Items willing to facilitate: Small parts to whole bikes

stevenc 11-09-11 05:34 PM

Could anyone in the USA facilitate for me? There is a saddle on eBay that I would like to buy (Buy It Now) but the seller won't ship to Europe.
The item is in Santa Rosa, CA, but seller will ship anywhere in US.
Please PM or stevencuypers@gmail.com. Thanks.

stevenc 11-10-11 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevenc (Post 13474316)
Could anyone in the USA facilitate for me? There is a saddle on eBay that I would like to buy (Buy It Now) but the seller won't ship to Europe.
The item is in Santa Rosa, CA, but seller will ship anywhere in US.
Please PM or stevencuypers@gmail.com. Thanks.

Has been taken care of! Thanks, this is a great forum!

theblackbullet 12-06-11 09:55 PM

Anyone near or willing to facilitate a bike in Amarillo, Texas?

khatfull 12-07-11 01:48 AM

Long Overdue Update!

I updated the tabular list with the additions since last update.

We've also, at least partially, covered a couple states on the missing list, central AR and northern DE. We've also had Chilero step up for Los Angeles!

Thanks, as always, to EVERYONE listed here or not who helps out fellow forum members with non-local purchases.

It also seems we had a member help stevenc in Belgium with an eBay purchase, thanks to whomever! stevenc, I know I wouldn't mind if you out the guilty party and give him or her some public props!

Here's are the states we've yet to cover:

Alabama
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Hampshire
Nevada
New York
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming

And once again, thanks to all...

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23skidoo 12-28-11 12:59 PM

Major props and gratitude to dashuaigeh and his pal Ben for facilitating the addition of an 'interesting' Zullo f/f to my stable. I'll post pics in a few days after I clean it up.:thumb:

ggl205 01-03-12 01:33 PM

My pick for facilitator of the year
 
Alan Edwards out of Lancaster, California drove several hours with wife and kids in tow to pay for, pick up and box a beautiful Centurion Turbo for me in Chicago :eek:. As facilitators go, they don't get any better than Allan.:thumb:

John

bibliobob 01-03-12 02:40 PM

I have limited amounts of time and a limited geographic range, but I'll throw my hat in the ring.

Username: Bibliobob
Preferred Contact: email: PM, with an email address listed in the PM (that I can respond to directly via my email).
State(s): IL
Primary CL City: Chicago (Depending on the circumstances, I could facilitate deals in the city of Chicago and the near northern suburbs.)
Items willing to facilitate: parts and, depending on circumstances, up to complete bikes.
Where do I ship: CONUS and International


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