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    What to do with an old bike.

    I have a Schwinn American that was built back in the 1950's or 60's I am refurbishing. I am waiting for a response from the Sioux City Public Museum to see if they will want it for either a bicycle or transportation/travel exhibit at the new location for the museum once it is complete. If I do not hear fomr them or they do not want it I need some suggestions on what to do with the bike. I am not going to ride it, I do know that much.

    I could donate it to Goodwill or the DAV, but am not sure it would sell that well from them. People these days want the latest and greatest bike, especially mountain bikes. I suppose E-BAY is an option, but I'd have to figure out how much it would be to ship it to someone so I can charge the correct amount. I am more of a buyer, not a seller on E-BAY. My dad and step-mom sell on E-Bay all the time. I could maybe have them help me and split the profit. Any other suggestions? Has anyone heard of a programs or organizations that need bikes, even ones as old as this Schwinn?

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    e-bay is a good idea. I can appreciate your wanting to do the "right" thing. The charity thing in some ways can be un-rewarding, you know what I meen; it's like they're doing YOU or ME a favor.
    I've experienced the same with museum donations of sort. An individual would cherish the bike. You and he or she would both win. As you said, your parents know e-bay so they know the ins & outs. I too am more of a buyer than seller. Shipping a bike that weight could cost 75 to 100. Some sellers seem to be able to manage to ship them for less, whether it be VIA UPS, F,ex or DHL. You local LBS for a nominal chg. may be able to provide a box. help you pack if you choose AND they've routine pick-up from these shippers. Having large packages costs extra for home PU and if you bring the bike to the depot in a box requires a pick up truck or such.
    Your folks are savy as we know. I will add though that e-bay buyers are touchy over FRT. charges. I find that charging artificially low rates for shipping while putting the item up for auction at a higher price scares potential buyers less. It's not rational but it's how buyers think. CL by the way, is too narrow a market. Folks want stuff at too low of a price. Then there's always the Forums here which depends on where you live or who lives near you. In my case.... I don't think so.. for you...?? Not sure, an unknown factor.

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    Check this site out http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/forums/ anything you want to know about Schwinn; they can tell you. Personally I am a fan of ones like yours. Post the serial number (or at least the first 2 letters and its location there. Someone can tell you the year)

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    Use it, save it, or sell it on Craigslist. If it's in really pristine shape, consider Ebay. Generally, Ebay is going to involve shipping the bike. If it's a $75 bike, that's not hardly worth it. Craigslist (or Thrifty Nickel or other substitutes) will generally hit local buyers.

    It's too common for museums to be interested- try them again in a 100 years. Don't necessarily expect to pay for your time or money by working on it, either- that may or may not happen. You can spend a $100 on parts and hours of your time and wind up with a $150 bike.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Or try Classic and Vintage, if you haven't already. You might even find someone there interested.
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    I contacted the Sioux City Public Museum to offer the bike as an artifact for a transportation exhibit. They will gladly accept it. The "new" building is being modified to serve as a museum. It is the old JC Penney building located in downtown. The museum will use pretty much the entire ground floor. I am not sure how much space they have, but it is over 100,000 square feet. The current museum is in a building it never should have been put in. The historic Pierce, or Peirce Mansion. Google John Pierce or Peirce to understand what he did for Sioux City in the late 1800's.

    Once the new museum is complete the mansion will be turned into a period home. This will not be until next fall. Until then I will keep the bike in my possesion. Right now the bike is at the bike shop to be rebuilt into a rideable machine. I am going to do a write up on the bicycle as a method of transportation in this local area and across Iowa as well as the nation, both past and present and a write up about the history of this model of bicycle.

    Here are links to more on this bike, including photos:
    http://historyandculturebybicycle.bl...-part-190.html
    http://historyandculturebybicycle.bl...rt-191_30.html

    I wil check out the Schwinn forum, thank you for the link to it.

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