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Old 11-02-08, 05:23 PM   #1
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What to do with all these parts?

I've got a collection of parts that I'm not using nor likely to use...these range from some take-off's (stems, seatposts), to either unused or lightly used tires, seats, to more expensive things (rear cassettes, derailleurs, front derailleurs, brake /shift levers and a decent (new) shimano wh-550 wheelset. I could craigslist it out.....but I really don't want to deal with lots of callers for the smaller items, and don't want to endlessly haggle over the lower priced items....

Should I CL the expensive items (derailleurs, cassetes, shift levers and wheels), and donate the rest to a local co-op? ideas?
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put them on the for trade posting in the road bike section and trade them off for more things you dont need or things you do need
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Find a frame you like and build it up!

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Old 11-02-08, 07:01 PM   #4
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You could put them on craigslist as a set and only accept offers on the entire set. Maybe a set for the smaller items and then individual sets for the more expensive things.

If you dont need the money then it would be easiest to take them to the local co-op and let someone who cant afford new stuff to be able to get good use out of them. And that way you dont have to deal with any emails/calls and people that dont show up all for a few dollars.
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Find a frame you like and build it up!

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That's a tempting idea.....I don't have a steel frame bike......

but I do have a dedicated commuter, a CF roadie and a lightweight double, all with decent components....and the amount of time I have to build up anything right now is pretty much zero. (Work is very busy, and I've got a long list of house stuff to get to, along with all the legal work on my accident in front of me). Instead of the stuff taking up space, I'd like to get it to someone who has more of a need for it than I do.

The reason I've got a bunch of this stuff are the take offs from my 2 cyclocross bikes to turn them into commuters (2 sets of new or darn near new CX tires), what's left over from my idea of turning my hybrid into a flat-bar road bike (shifters, derailleurs, wheels, cassettes, etc.) and take offs from my upgrades (stems, bars, saddles, etc.)

CL is probably the way to go for the more expensive stuff - I don't have time to run individual auctions for all the parts on eBay, and the shipping could be almost as much as the actual price. The smaller items should just go to a co-op - they'll need the parts for something, and it would be a good turn....
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Find a bike co-op and donate to the cause.
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Find a bike co-op and donate to the cause.
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bike co-ops help folks get on the road!
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Old 11-03-08, 10:18 AM   #9
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A couple years ago, I got rid of a pile of PC parts (memory, hard-drives, etc) by fixing and upgrading computers for three of my neighbors. They were thrilled, and I got rid of a bunch of parts that were taking up space. You might be able to do the same sort of thing if you have friends / neighbors with bikes.
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+1 on the co-op donation if you're not interested in the CL haggling process (which in my experience can be just ridiculous)

Last year when I got a new commuter/distance bike, I gave a co-worker my old commuter, and now he's on the company Tour de Cure team with me.
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Every now and then I get stupid and decide to sell something on CL. Whether it sells or not, I ALWAYS regret it.

I like the idea of trying to keep things local, but it's just such a hassle. Ebay, by comparison, is so easy. I spend the same amount of time listing it, people actually buy it, they don't try to haggle on price, and I don't have to waste my time meeting people who may or may not show up.

I ebay anything that's worth my time to sell. I've never actually given away anything bike-related, though I've unfortunately built up a surplus lately of things not worth my time to ebay. For example, I have probably five aluminum drop bars that are almost impossible to get rid of.
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I have probably five aluminum drop bars that are almost impossible to get rid of.
Would you like three more?
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