The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Since the purpose of most co-ops is to get/keep people riding bikes, they may be open to the idea, so I wouldn't be too hesitant to ask if I were you.
Based on your question here, I am sure this isn't news, but I would ask in a humble manner, starting along the lines of, "Would it be possible to trade parts?" instead of going in with "I have part x, do you have part y so we can trade?" And, depending on your parts bin, I would probably offer more in value than you receive to sweeten the pot when you get to the point of discussing details.
Be prepared for them to say no, but if you gracefully accept a no, I wouldn't think you would be stepping on anyone's toes.
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