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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-07-07, 10:07 AM   #1
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how much did you pay for your thrift store bike.?

ive been looking around for an older bike at the local goodwills and thrift stores for my daily commute of about 4miles each way but soo far all i see is overpriced bikes in horrible condition. i mean its like people see an old bike with no name parts that are rusted beyond saving and they put a $50 price sticker on the bike.

is this usuall and i have to keep looking till i find a good bike or is it just because i live in a town in ky were no one rides bikes?
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Old 05-07-07, 10:29 AM   #2
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I bought a TREK 930 off ebay for $50 with local pickup. US made frame, decent components. I swapped the handlebar, stem, saddle, pedals, and tires with stuff I already had. Looks great, perfect for around the hood. They were around $600 new in '94 I think.

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Some thrift stores get ignorant about bicycle prices. Nearly all of them have no idea how to price them. Most thrift store employees think one bicycle is the same as any other bicycle. If they price there bicycles after looking around in a bicycle shop they're going to grossly overprice them. If they go to Wal-Mart to price their bikes they will properly price those types of bicycles and under price quality bicycles. What I did was take a picture of the lowest priced adult bicycle (Roadmaster) the local X-marts sell and convince them there grossly overpricing their bicycles. Consequently they sell their bikes and I get a great deal on occasion when a nice bike shows up.
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Old 05-07-07, 11:42 AM   #4
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A couple of years ago I bought a nice early 90's TREK 2100 ZX (carbon main tubes with aluminum lugs) for $15 at a Salvation Army, but I had to put about $50 into it to get it rideable (tires/tape). 7 speed RSX shifting, with a compact double. I rode it for a whole summer, and then sold it off and bought a new bike. It was a very, very nice riding bike, and if I knew then what I know now I would have just upgraded that frame with a newer group and kept riding it.

Another time I bought an all aluminum TREK 1500 outfitted with Dura Ace for $70. That one was early 90's too, but had DT shifters. My wife rode that one for a couple of years before we sold it and buoght her a new bike. It was a harsh little ride and not very comfortable for trips over 30 miles.
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Old 05-07-07, 11:47 AM   #5
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From my experience thrift stores sell old beatup bikes for more than they cost if you would buy them brand new.
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Old 05-07-07, 11:57 AM   #6
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Paid $10 for the Falcon linked in my sig at a garage sale. All it needed were tires to be rideable, but I spent a total of about $100 on tires, tubes, wheel truing at LBS, etc.
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Old 05-07-07, 12:08 PM   #7
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$30. Ross adventurer 12 speed
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Old 05-07-07, 07:14 PM   #8
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I've had poor luck at thrift stores, which often overprice their stuff & if it isn't overpriced it's snapped up before you ever run across it.

I've had terrific luck at garage sales. Like other used exercise equipment, they just want it gone because it's taking up space in their garage. I've even found bikes leaning against trash cans for pickup on trash day.
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Old 10-25-07, 08:19 AM   #9
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Most of the time I see crap bikes in my local resale shops, but at crappy prices too. I just picked up a Raleigh Record in my size (24" or 25" frame) for $12. It needs a lot of work, but the frame is in really good shape, so I'm going to convert it to a fixie. It was sitting next to a Schwinn Continental marked at $19, I guess because it said Schwinn.

Many years ago I scored a very tall (27" frame size) Schwinn World in near mint condition for $25. Still have it, it's still nearly pristine. Just a little too tall for me, I'm hoping to sell it to a friend who is 6'9".
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My wife rescues bikes from various sources ,cleans them up, gets them in safe working order, and then donates them to a downtown Los Angeles mission that gives them to people for basic urban trasportation. When we give bikes to thrift stores we suggets they sell them for $20.
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where you at in ky? i can probably point you to some cheap bikes if you are in the lexington or northern kentucky areas.
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In the Classic & Vintage forum I read a posting where someone asked a thrift store person about their pricing, and they said they put prices of $10 on bikes unless they were name brands, then they were higher. When asked what name brands were, they said. "Things like Huffy, and Roadmaster"...

So keep looking, you may find some cheap imported $10 bike...

One thrift store near me doesn't even bring bikes inside (they are rarely worth bringing in) but rarely charges more than $10. Even if they are in nice shape. Others are always $10 for the small ones, and $20 for the big ones... although I think they went up recently.

The cost of a thrift store bike rarely has anything to do with its value.
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Old 10-25-07, 08:33 AM   #13
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$16 from Goodwill.
Added a brooks saddle and replaced the rear wheel.
Added a cheap dynamo from Target and a lumotec headlight from Peterwhite
Total $ investment, about $150
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Old 10-25-07, 08:45 AM   #14
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I'm constantly looking at the thrift stores for bikes. My budget right now fits in that price range. Maybe if I find enough of them I can sell them and step up to a new bike. I think bikes have personalities and just because someone gives it up does'nt mean it does'nt want to be ridden. I hate to see spokes that are'nt turning. I found the Ross I have at a yard sale for $25 including shoes and Forte' Look style pedals. It's not a higher end bike but it is to me. Keep looking something will come along...
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Old 10-25-07, 09:36 AM   #15
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I bought a 1973 Schwinn Stingray Fair Lady in near mint condition for my daughter to ride, for 20 bucks at the Goodwill. It is the coolest bike on the block.
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Old 10-25-07, 10:23 AM   #16
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I have a ton of old cheap bikes

1986 Bianchi Campione - $5 from Garage Sale. My rain bike/winter commuter


1972 Falcon Olympic - $100. I paid too much but it was pristine with less than 100 miles on it over 30+ years.


19?? Arashi - Free. Found it wrecked & abandoned on the side of the road. My new (to me) Winter Ice Bike Commuter.


19?? Trek 7000 - $40 from Thrift Shop. Fixed it up and gave it to a friend.
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Best score I ever saw...

Last year, a neighbor who knows ZERO about bikes picked up an '80's Ritchey Comp. Steel, lugged, red/white/blue paint, with 7 speed XT... Absolute classic, old-school, MTB sex. The bike is like new.

B@stard paid $50. I offered him double, but he decided he liked it.

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Does an 80's vintage, barely ridden Colnago track bike with Clement Criterium sew ups that still held air that I bought at a BMX bike shop for $120 count?
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Does an 80's vintage, barely ridden Colnago track bike with Clement Criterium sew ups that still held air that I bought at a BMX bike shop for $120 count?
No...you got ripped off big time...ship that to me, and I'll repay you the $120 you paid for it. I'll even throw in an extra $20 to cover your time and effort
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Just picked up a Nishiki Century from the thrift store for $30. Not sure what year it might be. It has Suntour Honor deraulliers on it. Not in too bad of shape could use some cleaning and the rear wheel needs to be trued but it could be a neat project bike. I'll get some pics posted later..Any info would be appreciated.
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Check out this post for pics of the Nishiki..
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No...you got ripped off big time...ship that to me, and I'll repay you the $120 you paid for it. I'll even throw in an extra $20 to cover your time and effort
Sorry, sold it to a hipster in San Fran for $750. I would have kept it but the frame was just a little too big for me.
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