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Old 01-15-07, 09:33 AM   #1
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Ideas on where to find an OLD OLD bike?

I am wanting to find a really old bicycle to do a landscaping thing that I have had in mind for a couple of years. Something from the 50's or 60's maybe. Just wanting a plain old bike....not a racing type bike.

Not had any luck locating what I want so far. Anyone got any ideas where I might look for such a thing?
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Old 01-15-07, 09:34 AM   #2
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The dump?

Goodwill?

What exactly are you looking for? A Cruiser or what?
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Old 01-15-07, 09:36 AM   #3
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Goodwill, Salv Army, yard sale... cop a diamond frame three-speed and hit it with some red oxide primer and stick it in the yard. At the end of a season you won't be able to tell the difference.
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Make sure it's a Murray, or a Huffy or a Roadmaster. That way you won't kick yourself when the Antiques Road Show comes through.
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Old 01-15-07, 09:59 AM   #5
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Yeah just want an old cruiser..... Plain old flat handlebars, fenders, etc.....

Something similar to the bikes near the top of this page... http://www.geocities.com/sleeping.geo/bike.html
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Old 01-15-07, 10:12 AM   #6
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Old 01-15-07, 10:20 AM   #7
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Using any one of those top four bikes is grounds for inclusion in the C&V castarati club!
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Old 01-15-07, 10:22 AM   #8
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Using any one of those top four bikes is grounds for inclusion in the C&V castarati club!
Not sure what that is....but doesn't sound like a club I want to join.

Posted that just as an example. Don't need(or want) a bike that is worth anything.
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Seriously, any thrift shop should have some kind of old beater for a couple of bucks, probably complete with patina too.
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There's a bike I think would work just a couple of miles from my house. It's just laying out in the yard with a bunch of other old crap. I want to stop but it's one of those fenced in "beware of dog" residence(sp?) that just want to be left alone.
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Old 01-15-07, 10:39 AM   #11
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Stop by with a ten spot in your hand, tell them what you wnat to do with the bike (It's for your mom ) and ask if they'll trade their bike for your tenner.

What's the worst they can say but 'no'?
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Junkyard/scrapyard. Prepare to dig
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Great idea Stacy. Only one problem...there's never anyone outside, and I ain't about to go in behind that fence without being invited. Nuh uh....No way Jose.....
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Oh, do you have a bike co-op in your area? They might have a scrap pile where they put junk bikes. Mine does. Ask them, and they'll be happy to get rid of one.
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leave a BIG note on the fence with your phone number.

you might check out local on-site auctions (the ones where they're selling off everything at the house/farm), or go to old people's yard sales. They might have thier 50 year old kid's bikes still in the garage.
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Great idea Stacy. Only one problem...there's never anyone outside, and I ain't about to go in behind that fence without being invited. Nuh uh....No way Jose.....

Just stand outside the gate and holler.

A few rounds of, "There's no nead to fear, Underdog is here." will get the whole neighborhoods attention.

If that doesn't work leave a note in the mailbox.
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Old 01-15-07, 11:31 AM   #17
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All good suggestions! Thanks.
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Old 01-15-07, 12:30 PM   #18
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I have some neat 1960's space-age bikes like Murray Flighliners and Spaceliners and other cool bikes from the era.

Contact me and tell me what you are looking for.
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Here is a good starter. Somebody (not me) is offering a chrome Spaceliner on ebay. See http://cgi.ebay.com/BF-Goodrich-Silv...ayphotohosting Now it is $55.00. It is missing the tank and the chainring spacehub. Tank; $75.00 to $150. Spacehub $35 to $50.00

So, you could piece it together for maybe $150 to $250. If whole and in good condition, these collectable bicycles sell easily for $450 to $1,000.

Attached below is the Spaceliner photo from ebay - chrome, but missing parts. Also attached is a chrome Spaceliner whole in all it's glory - gorgeous!

The Spaceliners reflected the space race of the day promoted by John F Kennedy. They were produced by Murray and sold by Sears in the early 1960's and mostly from 1963 to 1964.
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All right, here's what you do.

Move to San Francisco. Meet guy named Skip. He sells bikes out of a storage container. Currently, he will sell you hundreds of Magnas, Huffys, and various other low end bikes for only $499! But you must be a serious buyer. See SF Craigslist. Search for 'container' in the bikes section.

This way you will not wind up joining the C & V castrati club.

And you'd get to meet Skip.

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Gee, which would be a worse fate?
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All right, here's what you do.

Move to San Francisco. Meet guy named Skip. He sells bikes out of a storage container. Currently, he will sell you hundreds of Magnas, Huffys, and various other low end bikes for only $499! But you must be a serious buyer. See SF Craigslist. Search for 'container' in the bikes section.

This way you will not wind up joining the C & V castrati club.

And you'd get to meet Skip.

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What is the C&V Castrati club?
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It's when you get your nutsack stapled to a desk top by the C&V forum regulars for using a high zoot Classic & Vintage bike as garden art.
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Craigslist? I'd look for free/cheap bikes that aren't in good condition and spend $50 on a nashbar/performance cheap but complete tool kit. I got this for free, and for ~$6, regreased and painted it. Considering the cost, I think it turned out o.k.
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Craigslist? I'd look for free/cheap bikes that aren't in good condition and spend $50 on a nashbar/performance cheap but complete tool kit. I got this for free, and for ~$6, regreased and painted it. Considering the cost, I think it turned out o.k.
That's just about what I would like to find.
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