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Old 05-24-18, 10:32 PM
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Hello
I have a vintage BSA racing bike that I was told was raced on a track in the 30's or 40's. Its a very unique looking bike and I think pretty rare.
Would you know where I may show this for sale?
I appreciate your help.
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Old 05-28-18, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Juliansdad View Post
Hello
I have a vintage BSA racing bike that I was told was raced on a track in the 30's or 40's. Its a very unique looking bike and I think pretty rare.
Would you know where I may show this for sale?
I appreciate your help.
Thanks,
Juliansdad
For $12 you can list it in the Classic and Vintage for sale section. Good for a year's membership.
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Old 10-31-18, 05:04 PM
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Good info
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Great info, helpful

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For me, half the fun of flipping is the great unknown. You never know what you will find in someone's garage. It can be anything from a guy convinced his old rusty, pos is a vintage gem, to a flawless, unused survivor sold for peanuts. I've seen plenty of both.

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Old 02-21-19, 05:03 PM
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Man, I love reading this thread!
I guess I am a flipper by accident, probably like a few others. I just wanted a half-decent road bike, without spending too much. 5 years later, I think I am a legitimate flipper, but only because I can't resist a bargain, or a 'rescue-bike'. I have bought around 50 bikes in the past 4 years, sold half and still have about 25 in the garage. I have bought bikes with the express intention of reselling after a rebuild, and even with the one's that had hidden issues, I have managed to make a profit on.
My philosophy is not to sell something unsafe, or unfit. I prefer low to mid-range road bikes from the 80's and 90's (non-dept stores), with Shimano groupsets and Araya alloy rims, at a minimum. They restore beautifully; I'll strip, degrease and polish alloy parts (Mothers Mag), remove rust from every nut, chrome trim (forks/FR etc) using a wash, or aluminum foil/water and fully polish the frame. Bearings repacked or replaced, wheels trued (within acceptable tolerances!), cones adjusted and bearings checked. Cables replaced and housing, if needed. New bartape, if needed. Tires and tubes replaced, if needed.
Basically, once the bike is safe, it's all about the aesthetic; it has to look irresistible! I always photograph outdoors and with multiple close-ups, a good, honest description, and I am always responsive (within an hour or so) to inquiries. I usually use Kijiji to buy and sell on.
I still think it takes dedication to make any kind of a living at flipping, but as a way to finance a great hobby, it can't be beat! Here's a sample:

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Old 03-09-19, 05:56 AM
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I notice the appraisals given here tend to be on the low side, at least for my area. Bike prices are very dependent on your region, so you really need to pay attention to your local market. Especially if you don't ship.

I sell small items (parts) over ebay. For bikes, I sell through craigslist and fb marketplace.

I find that people tend to want bikes road ready. They don't want bikes that are projects or need any kind of work. Clean, shiny, and ready to ride sells the best.

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Old 03-09-19, 09:53 AM
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What do you think, worth it for flipping?:

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