Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    neits stien's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,652
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Forum Time ∝ Bike Money (Or: What do you do when you have no bike money?)

    So I haven't been around here much since my funds ran dry, stopping my Comp project in its tracks. It's really strange, not flipping bikes. I've constantly been doing it for almost a year. What do you guys do to keep sane? I find myself shying away from the forums I frequent because I can't buy anything. I still ride myself into the ground on several bikes but today is a rest day...

  2. #2
    Senior Member tugrul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Portsmouth, NH
    Posts
    2,437
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Live vicariously through others?

  3. #3
    Ellensburg, WA scozim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Ellensburg, WA
    My Bikes
    See my signature
    Posts
    2,356
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
    Live vicariously through others?
    +1 and work on what I have.
    1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport; 1975 Teledyne Titan;1984 Peugeot PSV10N; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1977 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 or 1994 Scott Comp Racing mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1980's Peugeot Limestone hybrid;

    My cycling blog

  4. #4
    Bianchi Goddess Bianchigirll's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Camp Hill, PA
    My Bikes
    Too many to list here check my signature.
    Posts
    20,089
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I agree just because your spending your hard earned sheckles doesn't mean you can't hang out here.

    but to answer your question, depending on how nice the bike is I cry
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

  5. #5
    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
    My Bikes
    1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
    Posts
    5,695
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I published MY "TEN SPEEDS" to help people, just like you and me, who do not have piles of money to spend on bikes. It is easy to find an old road bicycle, and for very little cash, if you want to do a bit of leg work. I can find bikes on demand, these days.

    Have a look at How to Find Vintage Bicycles and see if the ideas will work for you. I should add that I find and keep between 60 and 100 decent old bicycles each year. You might also want to check out some of the other Bicycle Basic feature articles. Many articles are aimed at making it easier and cheaper to restore an old bicycle.

    The last bike I found, came my way a week or so ago and immediately became one of two winter builds I plan for this up coming cold season. And where I live, it gets "freeze the dog to a tree" cold!



    Hope this is a help.Bott_Red_57_1_Ful&#10.jpg

  6. #6
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    25,413
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Keep riding and have fun with what you have.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    1,676
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll take a 57-59cm De Rosa Primato please...I'd even settle for a Hetchins with curly stays...TIA.

    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    I published MY "TEN SPEEDS" to help people, just like you and me, who do not have piles of money to spend on bikes. It is easy to find an old road bicycle, and for very little cash, if you want to do a bit of leg work. I can find bikes on demand, these days.
    85 Andy Gilmour |85 De Rosa |85 Spectrum |91 Panasonic |92 Chesini |94 Vittorio |95 Batavus |95 Iron Horse |95 Reus |02 Calfee |02 Serotta |04 Serotta |06 Look |11 Meech

  8. #8
    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
    My Bikes
    1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
    Posts
    5,695
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll take a 57-59cm De Rosa Primato please...I'd even settle for a Hetchins with curly stays...TIA.
    I did not say specific bikes on demand - just old road bikes. And you know what, some of them have been pretty impressive machines. That said, I have offered the tools to find bike and I did say that You have to do the leg work yourself. Who knows, you just might get lucky your first time out of the gate.

  9. #9
    Senior Member auchencrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Detroit
    Posts
    10,090
    Mentioned
    23 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)
    Are you experiencing loss of appetite, irritability, hallucinations, insomnia, and DTs?

    - Those are typical withdrawal symtoms after you've been flipping for a while.
    - The cure? - There is no cure: You have to rebuild your bike find. There may be some temporary obstacle preventing that, but rest assured, it is temporary, and somehow you will find a way.
    Then, before you know it, we'll be seeing you posting your "snag of the century" - and we'll salivate all over it.
    - Auchen

  10. #10
    Senior Member Roger M's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, WA.
    Posts
    1,546
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    When the funds run out, it gets me a little more motivated to move forward with the flip bike projects that I've put off(which by this time are usual low end and/or MTBs). However, it's tough to get excited about working on a bike that you want to sell, when it isn't worth much(even in good condition).
    Last edited by Roger M; 11-14-10 at 09:05 AM.

  11. #11
    Senior Member BigPolishJimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Southwest Michigan
    My Bikes
    Fuji Monterey, Schwinn Traveler, Fuji Special Road Racer, Gitane Interclub, Sun EZ-1, Schwinn Frontier, Puch Cavalier, Vista Cavalier, Armstrong, Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Stingray
    Posts
    1,564
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm organizing/sorting my junk and parts bikes today. Making areas of 3-speeds, road bikes, classic schwinn, old baloon tire murrays and such. Like bikes with like bikes, there's a winter build or two in there I'm sure. I'm also placing junk huffy in a pile to part out. better dept. store parts--which make the majority of my stuff--will go to the local bike charity, the frames will become practice welding fodder for my future alt-bike builds. I'm also organizing my workshop, by the time I'm ready to work on my next build I should have more room and be able to find things better.

  12. #12
    neits stien's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,652
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the replies everyone, I think it's also the winter season that isn't helping.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    I agree just because your spending your hard earned sheckles doesn't mean you can't hang out here.

    but to answer your question, depending on how nice the bike is I cry
    There's this TSX-2000 in the for sale forum that I look at every day...

  13. #13
    neits stien's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,652
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Are you experiencing loss of appetite, irritability, hallucinations, insomnia, and DTs?

    - Those are typical withdrawal symtoms after you've been flipping for a while.
    - The cure? - There is no cure: You have to rebuild your bike find. There may be some temporary obstacle preventing that, but rest assured, it is temporary, and somehow you will find a way.
    Then, before you know it, we'll be seeing you posting your "snag of the century" - and we'll salivate all over it.
    Haha thanks for the support. I have however already used up my snag of the century budget! The Cervelo in my sig for $500 is the best it's ever going to get.

  14. #14
    Senior Member michael k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Portland,Or
    Posts
    971
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Took a second job to fill the void.

    Limit purchases to once a week.

    Yesterday was Rest day.Today, taking several bikes to the swap-meet for adoption.

  15. #15
    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    The NC Mountains
    My Bikes
    Too many to list, all vintage
    Posts
    19,406
    Mentioned
    54 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
    When the funds run out, it gets me a little more motivated to move forward with the flip bike projects that I've put off(which by this time are usual low end and/or MTBs). However, it's tough to get excited about working on a bike that you want to sell, when it isn't worth much(even in good condition).
    +10 Flip bikes sales slowed down for me, so I started parting out some bikes, and selling accessories. I sold a bike trainer and a donor bike (in as found condition) this week. First time I have ever sold a bike without rehabbing it first. I probably will sell a couple of more donors this way, as I have have plenty of parts already. I also did that tough appraisal, what is the bike worth as is, what will it be worth fully restored, and how much will it cost me to restore? Ultimately, I figured I would make about $25 more restoring it (by the time I paid for the parts), versus selling as is.

    I also added a day to my part time teaching gig (I am retired).

    I have started doing a better job moving enough stuff to market to cover recent finds. So a couple of parts from yesterday's garage sale find will go on ebay tonight, more than covering the cost of the lot.

    Finally, my non-bike ebay stuff is doing better than ever. Be flexible! If you are already trolling the garage sales, church sales and thrift stores looking for bikes, I can guarantee you will find other non-bike stuff that is quite sellable. Develop a second, third, and even fourth expertise for flipping.
    Last edited by wrk101; 11-14-10 at 02:49 PM.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Chombi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    9,317
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't flip bikes and just aquire my cycling equipment to mostly use and keep for myself for good. My budget's pretty much run dry for the year already after building up some stash for a next build. Hoping a "must have" frame would have popped up this year to build up the third bike to ride, but alas, the two frames I'm looking for just did not come up....so far(?)....so I kept myself occupied snagging a few more interesting and hard to find items at eBay. that will most likely find their way on my bikes in the future.

    Chombi

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    2,042
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I feel your pain stien. I have nothing to flip right now. Just haven't come cross much lately except for a low end MTB I sold yesterday for $29.
    I saw an ad today on CL for a Guerciotti with Campy bits with flip potential. Then I thought to self, not sure I have $300 laying around today to go get it.
    Darn... Maybe have to organize the misc. parts bin since I already went on the group ride this morning.

    And the Guerciotti is gone from CL. It was snagged in less than an hour.

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,206
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
    I feel your pain stien. I have nothing to flip right now. Just haven't come cross much lately except for a low end MTB I sold yesterday for $29.
    I saw an ad today on CL for a Guerciotti with Campy bits with flip potential. Then I thought to self, not sure I have $300 laying around today to go get it.
    Darn... Maybe have to organize the misc. parts bin since I already went on the group ride this morning.

    And the Guerciotti is gone from CL. It was snagged in less than an hour.

    Don't despair, Tim, I'm calling you tonight about this 1981 Peugeot Super Competition I grabbed earlier this week. You may be interested.

  19. #19
    Senior Member RobbieTunes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15,064
    Mentioned
    27 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    When my bike budget gets down, I trade only. I've learned from wrk101 and others to trade first, persevere in trading, with patience, and buy as a last resort.

    When my budget has been to zero, I take a hard look at my bikes, and ask these questions, per bike:
    A. Do I absolutely need it? (Always start with the "no," and work up.)
    B. When was the last time I rode it?
    C. Is it "specialized," like a triple or a full-on race bike?
    D. How unique? There are still probably hundreds of Ironman bikes out there, which hurts to admit.
    E. Can I recoup my investment? Generally no, but parted out, it may be pretty darn close.
    F. What's left? Can I still ride centuries, tri's, hills?

    This generally allows me to sell at least one if I need to, without regret. I pretty much know exactly which bikes I'd simply not part with, and everything else is expendable, with varying degrees of baggage attached.

    They are, gasp, just bikes. I really only need one to ride.
    My dog, my son, my wife, those are real. OK, not in that order...
    Maybe not always as fun, but real.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

    Perhaps you didn't really hear what you thought I said...
    ...or maybe you did, and that's why you're so mad.


    1979 Centurion Semi Pro
    1982 Lotus Classique
    1986 De Rosa Professional SLX
    1987 D'Arienzo (Basso) SLX
    1995 Hot Tubes TT
    1998 Kestrel KM 40 Airfoil
    2006 Cinelli XLR8R-2
    2011 Eddy Merckx EMX3
    2014 Wraith Hustle

  20. #20
    Senior Member DavidW56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    1,236
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I have far too many bikes on hand -- maybe 20 or so -- to be concerned if I ran out of bike money. I also have very little free time to devote to this hobby, so I'm guaranteed many more hours or weeks of fun doing restoration. I did sell a low-end no-name (literally) mystery bike with an Eagle RD this evening for $40. I was happy.

    Last edited by DavidW56; 11-17-10 at 10:21 PM. Reason: add photo
    Schwinn - World's Finest Bicycles.

  21. #21
    No Money and No Sense sillygolem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Anderson, MO
    Posts
    707
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidW56 View Post
    I have far too many bikes on hand -- maybe 20 or so -- to be concerned if I ran out of bike money. I also have very little free time to devote to this hobby, so I'm guaranteed many more hours or weeks of fun doing restoration. I did sell a low-end no-name (literally) mystery bike with an Eagle RD this evening for $40. I was happy.

    That looks EXACTLY like my Free Spirit except for the reflectors and front chain guard, which I know they used on later models.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •