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Old 05-12-05, 10:30 PM
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bikes and parts

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i just scored a bunch (100 or so) vintage bikes...1945 (or so)-1973...i also got MANY fenders (still in origional wrappers) that take up about 10'wide x 6' deep x 8' high space...many hubs (front, rear, 2-speed, 3-speed)...tires (havn't gone through them yet...too many parts!)...extra tanks (6 so far)...too much stuff!!! (I rented a 10' X 25' space...made a second level and the parts and bikes STILL don't fit)...what is the BEST way to sell this stuff (after I take inventory)...Ebay charges...PayPal charges (Ebay company)...I love old bikes, but I want to share my love (but not in a Michael Jackson kind of way)...should I restore the bikes? Leave them as they are and sell them? A little of each?...any help from ANYONE who has been in the same (or similar) situation would be great (plus, the money for the investment NEEDS to be paid, plus the on-going payment of the storage space...speaking of that, should i get a "regular" warehouse space instead of the storage unit?...too many questions...)

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you're right. This sounds wierd... did you rub a lamp or something? these are ballooners?

If you can determine a fair price that you can live with it'd be best to start a web site for a massive lot like this. That'd get you around the eBay banditry. Establishing a fair price might be a tough row to hoe. I'll give you a crisp $100 for each Cinelli SC (or even a model B) that you might have in that pile...
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Old 05-12-05, 11:06 PM
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MOST of the bikes are Schwinn...i have many Hiawatha and Hawthorns...some pre "schwinn" Schwinn built bikes...some are heavy-weights, most are mid-weight balloons...I have some 3-speed...some 10-speed...BFG, Goodyear, Rollfast (sp)...i'm overwhelmed with bikes and bike parts...i checked out "theCABE" and i'm thinking about buying some books, but these parts are really only worth what someone will pay, no matter what a book tells you...as I was unloading the 2nd truckload, I had doubts about what I REALLY got myself into [i dropped ALOT of cash on this deal, thinking it would be a good start to a buisness (thinking I could make the money back in the PARTS I have and the Bikes would provide the financial coushion)]...
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Old 05-12-05, 11:10 PM
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Sorry, not doing this to "hear myself talk," but the HUGE amount of fenders I have are for 20" bikes, 24" bikes, 26" bikes (both balloon and "road" bikes).

again, I'm sorry...sensory overload...
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Old 05-12-05, 11:24 PM
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Hey vintage part guy... I suggest you first inventory what you have, then find out what others may be selling NOS (assuming it is..?) or repro parts for... Check out some swap meets for pricing as well. Then you may want to build yourself a website offering the goods.

If there's any stuff for old lightweight/racing/touring bikes mixed in there, send it my way for proper disposal.
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Old 05-14-05, 08:09 PM
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When you take an inventory you want to let me know if you have any single speed coaster brake hubs. Just send me a PM with what types you have because I'd be interested in one.
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No idea how to advise you, but an inventory seems like the logical first step.

While digging I'm interested if you find:

Schwinn Lil Tiger parts
Schwinn Speedster (the cantilever frame style) parts. I have a children's model and a 26" cruiser that I'm working on.

I'll PM you to not jam the board up but good luck nonetheless.

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You have your work cut out for you if you want to make sure that you are going to get an average return on your investment. But it can be done. I believe you just have to be willing to put some time into it. Expect to do some research. I would stay away from restoring any bikes unless you plan to keep them. The price of restoring is 99.9 percent of the time more than the bike is worth. Pictures are worth a thousand words so I would take a picture inventory to go along with a written inventory also. Some sites that you can ask some questions on for the older bikes are: www.oldroads.com, www.thecabe.com, www.schwinnbike.com (go to the heritage section, they have forums) and good luck. Marc

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this is going to sound weird...
i just scored a bunch (100 or so) vintage bikes...1945 (or so)-1973...i also got MANY fenders (still in origional wrappers) that take up about 10'wide x 6' deep x 8' high space...many hubs (front, rear, 2-speed, 3-speed)...tires (havn't gone through them yet...too many parts!)...extra tanks (6 so far)...too much stuff!!! (I rented a 10' X 25' space...made a second level and the parts and bikes STILL don't fit)...what is the BEST way to sell this stuff (after I take inventory)...Ebay charges...PayPal charges (Ebay company)...I love old bikes, but I want to share my love (but not in a Michael Jackson kind of way)...should I restore the bikes? Leave them as they are and sell them? A little of each?...any help from ANYONE who has been in the same (or similar) situation would be great (plus, the money for the investment NEEDS to be paid, plus the on-going payment of the storage space...speaking of that, should i get a "regular" warehouse space instead of the storage unit?...too many questions...)

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Marc is right about the photos.A good photo will often double the worth of a part.
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Old 05-16-05, 08:52 AM
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I've already started taking photos (multiple angles, close-ups, etc) of the bikes and writing down all the info I can find...thanks for all the info...i'll keep you posted.
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Originally Posted by new_dharma
MOST of the bikes are Schwinn...i have many Hiawatha and Hawthorns...some pre "schwinn" Schwinn built bikes...some are heavy-weights, most are mid-weight balloons...I have some 3-speed...some 10-speed...BFG, Goodyear, Rollfast (sp)...i'm overwhelmed with bikes and bike parts...i checked out "theCABE" and i'm thinking about buying some books, but these parts are really only worth what someone will pay, no matter what a book tells you...as I was unloading the 2nd truckload, I had doubts about what I REALLY got myself into [i dropped ALOT of cash on this deal, thinking it would be a good start to a buisness (thinking I could make the money back in the PARTS I have and the Bikes would provide the financial coushion)]...
You should be getting onto the Classic Rendezvous mailing list and getting some helpful ideas from the vintage guys there about how to deal with this stuff.

Other posters are right though - without an inventory you're nowhere.
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