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Old 01-03-08, 05:33 PM   #1
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People really give these bikes away?

I still really like my Trek. In fact, I owe to it my reborn interest in the world of cycling. That being said, I regret spending so much on it. In the last month, I have acquired 3 more really nice bikes for almost nothing.

Got my 73 Schwinn World Voyageur and a Nishiki Prestige, $10 each. Got the Nishiki squared away for $100 and some labor.

Then, as I'm taking the Nishiki for it's maiden voyage, I spot a guy cleaning out his garage. He has something I've had on my mind laying in the yard half covered by an old crib mattress. A fully rigid MTB, a nice Marin Muirwoods to be exact. Ask him about and he says he is taking it to Goodwill because it's "broken" and won't shift, flats, filthy with dust etc. This bike couldn't have much, if any, more than 100 miles on it judging by the condition of the rims and is just my size.

I offer to help him load an old dresser in his truck and mention Goodwill generally send broken bikes off in a big pile with other donated junk items to wherever. Ask him if I can give him a few dollars for it and he says I can just have it if I take it now...so I got to walk 2 bikes 5 miles home lol. A quick wipe down and it's looking great. Degreasing the rear shifter has a couple gears working again already. Some slicks should make it a nice city bike. Just took it to get a slight wobble worked out of the rear wheel.

I almost feel bad, and I'm about out of room, but how am I supposed to pass up opportunities like this?

Not sure on the year model. It's a flat/satin gold/silverish frame with a purple fork, Alivio. Forgot to take any pics...
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Old 01-03-08, 06:47 PM   #2
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lol, thats only four bikes though.

Start getting scared when you have 30 or 40 of em..
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Old 01-03-08, 07:27 PM   #3
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Yes people throw away lots of nice bikes. I just sold a nice lugged Raleigh 12 speed that I got out of the garbage with 2 flats, and nothing else wrong at all.
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Old 01-03-08, 09:16 PM   #4
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lol, thats only four bikes though.

Start getting scared when you have 30 or 40 of em..

That doesn't include the 2 BMX sized bikes...or the Cannondale H800 I just bought for $20 (too small, but want the components, barely used). It also doesn't take into account my tiny dwelling. I would have to get rid of my bed to have 30 bikes in the house .
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I gave up diamond frame bikes and I gave my Specialized Stumpjumper to one of my students in school. He had been without a bike for a year or so.

It is always nice to give a good bike a new home, either your own or to somebody else. Good on you for taking them in, those poor orphans need someplace to stay.

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Ugh, speaking of giving to someone else...the H800 I just got retailed for $1250 new. The bike is, minus a few paint chips, essentially new. I put in new tubes ,wiped it down and rode it around. Smooth as butter. The ONLY thing it needs to be 100% is a new headset as this one pops a little.

My dilemma: one of my best buds fiancee is in need of a new bike and this H800 would fit her perfect. I had talked to them and mentioned I had a bike she might be interested in before I realized just how nice the components were (I always get my Deore line up levels mixed up). Now, I really want to strip it and transfer parts to 2 of my others, but now I'm going to feel like a selfish jerk if I do.

I hate to keep something I don't really need when someone else does (her old Kona MTB is just plain worn out), but I also hate to give up this kind of find as I put lots of time into searching for deals like this.

I thought I had a ~$400 bike, not a $1200+ bike, and she won't appreciate it for what it is. Hoping I can scrounge something else for her so it won't be an issue.

Oh and sorry about the rather pointless thread, just seemed kinda slow in here lately

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Ugh, speaking of giving to someone else...the H800 I just got retailed for $1250 new. The bike is, minus a few paint chips, essentially new. I put in new tubes ,wiped it down and rode it around. Smooth as butter. The ONLY thing it needs to be 100% is a new headset as this one pops a little.

My dilemma: one of my best buds fiancee is in need of a new bike and this H800 would fit her perfect. I had talked to them and mentioned I had a bike she might be interested in before I realized just how nice the components were (I always get my Deore line up levels mixed up). Now, I really want to strip it and transfer parts to 2 of my others, but now I'm going to feel like a selfish jerk if I do.

I hate to keep something I don't really need when someone else does (her old Kona MTB is just plain worn out), but I also hate to give up this kind of find as I put lots of time into searching for deals like this.

I thought I had a ~$400 bike, not a $1200+ bike, and she won't appreciate it for what it is. Hoping I can scrounge something else for her so it won't be an issue.

Oh and sorry about the rather pointless thread, just seemed kinda slow in here lately
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Nope, just mentioned it. I have been , more specifically, looking for a good bike for one of my other buddies. They called while I was in the store and I told them what I was doing, said I found a bike, but that it is likely too small for me or him but it would probably be a good fit for her.

Told them the model and they looked it up, that's when I found out what it was/ it's original value.
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Nvrmnd, she wants more of a road bike anyway . But I got the Marin riding nice too, not sure what to do with the cannondale now.
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Well, if you didn't promise it to her, and she wants more of a road bike, I would say 'flip it'.

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Just wonder how much I can get for it...

My Marin pics came across as an office document that I can't seem to upload to photobucket. not sure how to change the file type

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This Summer , the neighbor comes up to me and says do you ride road bikes? "Yes, I have one in the shed." My brother has one he hasn't ridden for years, he was going to throw it away, do you want it?"

It was a Myata 310, not super valuable I know, but still a nice ride.
It was mint, I mean, it looked like it was taken out of the dealers 20 years ago and stored! He even gave me a training stand for it!
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Now that's def. a nice grab.

At least the previous owners of my cycles have been nice enough to give them a chance at a new life by donating them. I'm always shocked to here about people pulling good bikes (and other goods) out of the trash.

It looks like I need to get some storage put up outside. I'm getting a few parts and frames/forks piled up too...
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Most bikes are thrown out by people who don't ride them and bought by people who are not going to ride them. So the economic value is very low.

When buying a used bike, or anything, you have to assume it will need work. If you are not a mechanic that means $100+ at your LBS, and then $10 every time the brakes get loose. Used bikes have no warranty, or free adjustments at the LBS. If you are one of those people who cannot adjust your brakes the free service at the LBS is a valuable thing. Purchasing a used bike I am sure such people reduce what they are willing to pay by what they think it will cost to service at the LBS.
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Most bikes are thrown out by people who don't ride them and bought by people who are not going to ride them. So the economic value is very low.

When buying a used bike, or anything, you have to assume it will need work. If you are not a mechanic that means $100+ at your LBS, and then $10 every time the brakes get loose. Used bikes have no warranty, or free adjustments at the LBS. If you are one of those people who cannot adjust your brakes the free service at the LBS is a valuable thing. Purchasing a used bike I am sure such people reduce what they are willing to pay by what they think it will cost to service at the LBS.
Conversely, if you're looking to learn how to mess around with bike wrenching, an old-but-not-crappy bike is a great bike to learn on. Strip it down, put it back together, and by the time you're done you'll have a fairly strong base of bicycle mechanical knowledge.

I'm young, have little money for leisure, and wanted to learn how to both ride bikes and fix my ride, so buying an old, "needs service" road bike just made sense in all sorts of ways. Most old bikes usually don't need more than some new tires, tubes, chain, cables (plus adjustment of brakes/shifters), and wheel/headset/bottom bracket bearings replaced/repacked. None of those things are very complex tasks at all.

Plus, when you start working on modern stuff after working on an old bike, you can get a better appreciation for how much nicer some modern things are, like sealed bearings, freehubs, recessed brake bolts, dual-pivot brakes, brifters, etc..

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