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Old 07-15-11, 01:04 PM   #1
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Sources for small parts/odds and ends?

I got an aluminum Specialized Sequoia that had been left outdoors for a long time and rusted. Still a good bike, but anything that could rust did - brake springs, nuts, bolt heads, etc. What is a good source of this sort of paraphenalia?
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Without more info, I would just say the hardware store.
I've had good luck also with
http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi

http://stores.ebay.com/Retro-Bicycle...id=p4340.l2563 (he also has a web site, but I forget the name).

Also the WTB section he can be good if you have specific parts.

And old bike shops if you are lucky.
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other bikes or your LBS

when i tear a bike down for parts i keep all the little bolts and other things which might come in handy later


could also try posting a wanted ad in your bike section of CL..
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Bike co-ops and used bike shops are a goldmine because they normally have odds-n-ends parts bins. The same goes for shops that have been in the same location for a long time.

Find a basketcase bike and strip it for parts. Anything with a damaged frame or fork will practically be free regardless of what's bolted to it.
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Start looking around from LBS to lawn mower repair... You would be surprised how valuable the old parts bins and DO-DAD drawers are held by many shops - And remember as you develop and feed your very own parts bin you may be able to hatch another bike from it...

Also don't forget to investigate the condition of the inside of your frame...
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other bikes or your lbs

when i tear a bike down for parts i keep all the little bolts and other things which might come in handy later


could also try posting a wanted ad in your bike section of cl..
+1 donor bike.
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Evapo-Rust works wonders. Soak parts overnight and the rust is gone. If the rust hasn't compromised a part's strength, there's a good chance this stuff can restore it to decent working order.
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Evapo-Rust works wonders. Soak parts overnight and the rust is gone. If the rust hasn't compromised a part's strength, there's a good chance this stuff can restore it to decent working order.
Now THAT's news I can use. Thanks SkyDog!
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