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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In many years of going to A LOT of garage sales, I have never seen a single Italian road bike at one. At least around here, 95% of the bikes people ride are Xmart. That only leaves 5% decent stuff. Of that decent stuff, 90% are either MTBs or hybrids. So I am down to about 0.5% of the bikes I see (and I don't see bikes every week). Of that, if it is something decent, it is most likely a popular brand: Trek, Cannondale, Giant, etc. Not that many Italian bikes out there here to begin with. And then finding one my size? The chances are quite remote indeed.
Best bet is find decent bikes of any heritage (LBS quality), rehab them, and use that cash to fund the bike of your dreams.
Of my keeper fleet, not a single bike was a garage sale find. But the garage sale finds have paid for the fleet.
I go to garage sales pretty much every week, occasionally I will find a good bike, but mainly its to feed my wife's resale business. This year I have found a Giant, a variety of Japanese brands, two Cannondales, and two Motobecanes. Out of all of the finds, only one was my size. And I ride a common size. I've also gotten a variety of good bike parts, from a set of Shimano 600 wheels, to a set of brifters, to quite a few saddles, and so on.
Last edited by wrk101; 07-03-11 at 06:14 PM.