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Old 05-19-07, 07:45 PM   #1
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I bought 6 bikes for a total of $160 in our community yard sale. I gave one away (a little barbie type with something like 16" wheels) to the yard saler's daughter. She was so happy & I had just paid the girl scouts $5 for the bike. She promised to wear her helmet.

Meanwhile, I'm in swap, strip, clean, adjust, and post on craigslist mode. I found the first two bikes in the first 10 minutes. One, a 56cm Specialized lugged steel road bike, has full Dura-Ace 8 speed grupo and Dura-Ace hubs.

The end goal is a slightly upgraded fleet and cash on hand for my 86 Paramount purchase
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Old 05-19-07, 08:19 PM   #2
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I've never found a bike deal like that. And I did recently scout a couple of community garage sales - but perhaps you were at them first!
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Old 05-21-07, 08:42 PM   #3
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My biggest scores were the Bianchi, which a neighbor gave to me when he switched over to a Marin mountain bike, and Capo #1, a $20 yard sale treasure which would have been a real score with the original Campagnolo Record high-flange hubset.
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Old 05-22-07, 07:19 AM   #4
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I've never found a bike deal like that. And I did recently scout a couple of community garage sales - but perhaps you were at them first!
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The only thing I've ever seen at garage sales has been junk.

Our community garage sale weekend is coming up shortly. Maybe I'll get out there and scour them for such a bike deal. Then again, that would mean giving up one of the weekend rides
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Old 05-22-07, 11:49 AM   #5
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The only thing I've ever seen at garage sales has been junk.

Our community garage sale weekend is coming up shortly. Maybe I'll get out there and scour them for such a bike deal. Then again, that would mean giving up one of the weekend rides
This was a community sale with about 75 houses participating. I try to make time twice a year
There is a lot of junk and small kids bikes. Sometimes you have to ask if they have any bikes they want to sell. One guy had a vinage (Bianchi sp?) bike with Campy and Looks rotting in the garage - made me want to cry.
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Old 05-22-07, 03:28 PM   #6
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I've never found a bike deal like that. And I did recently scout a couple of community garage sales - but perhaps you were at them first!
Do as afriend of mine did- He advertised for a cheap bike for a student off to University. MUST BE CHEAP. He was offered some pretty good bikes for a very economic price and was give 3 hardly used bikes to get them out of the shed-2 were Wally mart specials but the third was a good mountain bike with about 20 miles on it. He went through University with the Wallymarts and comes out with us occasionally on the MTB, 5 years later.
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