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Old 10-14-06, 10:24 PM   #1
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Bike Freebies are good!

Yeah, so I was at my grandparents today, and i was talking to mygrandpa about bike stuff, and he gave me some stuff, well actually, a lot of stuff.



I gotsted:
3 pairs of gloves
a hat
a camelbak
3 jerseys
2 pairs of shorts
and a light

so yeah , pretty cool.

any of you guys get any good freebies?
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Old 10-14-06, 10:35 PM   #2
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ewww! I bet those shorts smell like sweaty grampa crotch!
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Old 10-14-06, 10:50 PM   #3
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the cap looks cool
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ewww! I bet those shorts smell like sweaty grampa crotch!
Advice: do not smell them to check. Just wash, wash, wash.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:44 AM   #5
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I have a Falcon Westminster tourer that was free, a set of Shimano 600 pedals, a Shimano 105 derailleur, and some guy is bringing me two Peugeots tomorrow. I may have to give him beer for those though.
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some guy is bringing me two Peugeots tomorrow.
What do I have to do to get random people to bring me free bikes?
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I picked up 3 free 12 speeds about a month ago (Fuji Del Ray, Schwinn Traveler, and a Panasonic DX2000). I gave the Fuji to a friend, and fixed up the Schwinn and Panasonic. Both are currently for sale and in excellent shape.
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- good for you... when i croak, my nephews are going to get a *boatload* of stuff, including carbon, Ti, AL, and best of course, steel... along with a full selection of tools, pumps, clothing, and extra wheelsets...

-but in fact, i've been comtemplating having my stuff buried with me! mebbe some cyclist grave-robbers will have a good find!

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those crocheted gloves rule!
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those crocheted gloves rule!
I 2nd that.. I'd rock those so ****'n hard
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Free bike stuff from a family member is always tight. The best part, is that the giver is usually psyched to see their old stuff used and appreciated by younger (and more poor) family members.

My uncle, who used to race in triathlons (and just tore up the master's tri he just entered) hooked me up with all his old bike stuff, which was sitting in his basement, just collecting dust.

I scored:

Look KG86 with Ultegra 600 (frame was bad, though)
Boxes upon boxes of Campy Super Record componentry.
A Batavus Professional frame which I'm building up with said Campy componentry.
Tons of Park bike tools
A whole slew of other vintage bike parts, including a Wolber aero wheelset, a Profile freewheel disc wheel, tons of vintage aerobars, and more.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:56 PM   #12
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My freebies are lame, i simply get new stuff from my store, or a company rep at my bike store. I got a boatlad of pearl izumi shorts, and some gore bike stuff. I thinks it's damn cool get used/old stuff passed down, as there's usally a cool story to go along with the goods. Also, like doctor who mentioned, the ex-cyclist in the family get psyched to help out someone enjoying their past-time.
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neat-o!

i'm curious to see the jerseys under the white one. i have a bit of a vintage collection going, but they're all wool and aren't from anyone in particular.

the best freebies i've been lucky to receive are my ksyrium wheels (enough said) and a jacket that i traded w a courier friend for another one that was given to me but was too big (so warm, so comfy). oh and lots of mechanical help from my darling partner...
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Old 10-16-06, 07:50 AM   #14
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I have a friend that gave me a set of Campy tools they had "resting" in a closet.
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Old 10-16-06, 08:26 AM   #15
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Your grandpa gave you that stuff?

I tried talking this old friend of the family into giving me his Merckx fixie. He wasn't going for it.
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Old 10-16-06, 08:39 AM   #16
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What do I have to do to get random people to bring me free bikes?
Be excellent to each other, and party on.


The guy is a builder, and the fact that I am 34 and don't look like a hipster (of course, I've no idea if you do!) may have helped.
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What do I have to do to get random people to bring me free bikes?
Get an uncle who used to race in the 70s. Worked for me!

I got his custom steel track bike, complete with Cinelli bars/stem and a Dura-Ace 10mm pitch crankset.

Now he asks me about my rides all the time and I report back about how awesome the bike is, and everbody's happy.
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i tried buttering up michele's dad who has tons of campy components laying around, a GORGEOUS mondonico road frame, and all kindsa other random ****. i don't think he likes me though so it didn't work out.
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yeah, those jerseys are both like 10-15 years old, they are both Rapid Wheelmen ones, its a bike club in Grand Rapids (MI) my grandpa was a member, i kinda want to join, too.
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You may have to marry her to get that stuff. It might be worth it though.
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Rapid Wheelmen...its a bike club...
i love names like that...its too literal and wordy to be 'cool', which in turn makes it cool. like 'energetic peddlers' or 'efficacious motion'.
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Had a friend of my wife give me a Columbus Tre Tube, 59cm Bottechia road frame w/chrome fork. Campy fd and utegra 9 speed hub. He said it was better than "throwing it all in the trash."
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I found a bunch of tires and some forks and other random crappy bike parts outside a bike shop on the street at like 9:30. Didnt have that much time or space so I took two tires and a pair of risers that they had hurray. Its going to make me add some closed bikestores to my route home now
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My LBS gave me this cool Pinarello saddle to hold me over until I can find a permenant replacement for the ass hatchet.. they also had a blue and white striped selle italia turbo, NOS, that they were going to give me, but the colors just wouldn't have worked out.



EDIT: I also got this Serfas Aria Ti brand new from a LBS in exchange for a 12 pack of mountain dew (about 5 bucks).. those things retailed for ~100.


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Free bike stuff from a family member is always tight. The best part, is that the giver is usually psyched to see their old stuff used and appreciated by younger (and more poor) family members.

My uncle, who used to race in triathlons (and just tore up the master's tri he just entered) hooked me up with all his old bike stuff, which was sitting in his basement, just collecting dust.

I scored:

Look KG86 with Ultegra 600 (frame was bad, though)
Boxes upon boxes of Campy Super Record componentry.
A Batavus Professional frame which I'm building up with said Campy componentry.
Tons of Park bike tools
A whole slew of other vintage bike parts, including a Wolber aero wheelset, a Profile freewheel disc wheel, tons of vintage aerobars, and more.
Shiiiiiit, Zach. Hook it up!

Edit: I guess working at a shop and getting freebies from a billion customers made me completely forget all of the sick tires, components, and even frames I've gotten just for being the guy who cares about used but not abused things.
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