DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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+1 C/L, garage sales, thrift stores, word of mouth, neighborhood newsletter, etc. Shops around here that do sell vintage frames tend to sell them for about what a complete bike goes for from an individual. I guess its possible, but highly unlikely.
Unless you are looking for something really special, local is the way to go. Shipping a frame costs about what I can buy a lower end frame for locally. Now the high end stuff, shipping is less of a factor.
99% of the time, a complete bike is a better deal, even if you want to build it up with something different. The sale of the existing parts can go a long way to paying for your build. And you don't have to search for that special part, clip, whatever, that many bikes have.
Occasionally/rarely ebay can be a good source for a complete bike. They tend to be poorly described, in the wrong category, local pickup only (or as an option), etc. Picked up my 1987 Prologue that way off ebay for $200. Came complete with Shimano 600 tricolor bits (I wanted to build it with other bits). Anyway, the tricolor parts went a long way to paying for the entire bike. I tend to buy two or three bikes a year off ebay.
Last edited by wrk101; 05-26-11 at 08:57 AM.