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Old 11-19-17, 04:52 PM
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Where to find Vintage parts when Ebay/Craigslist isn’t producing

Hey Bikeforums, what are other places you guys search for parts/bikes?

I have google alerts on yet fail to ever see full groups of Sante/superbe/or frames like GT USA track frames pop up....

Is it just because of the rarity?

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You can hunt the for sales forum here or put up a wtb ad. Best place to find old parts though is on an old bike that hasn't been muddled.
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iBob and CR lists.
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Look for whole bikes on CL as donors.
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THere is talk of a Superbe group going on sale (here?) soon.
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If you're in the LA area, Encino Velodrome has a bike swap meet Dec.2. I got some good stuff for my old Raleigh project last year. Wherever you are, there may be swap meets there too also. Check with local clubs. I saw the ad for Encino first on Craigslist.
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Also, hunt for individual parts to build a group. It might take awhile, but probably no longer than waiting for a full group to appear.
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Depends where you are at, see if you can find a co-op, New and used bike shops, pawn shop, junk shops, Goodwill has gotten me some really good stuff. Of course I hardly ever find what I'm looking for, but being patient pays. The problem can be hoarding cause I can get a great deal for that part, but I have to take the bike for the deal. Oddly around here people do a lot of curb alerts or just put free signs on them, the city here also picks up bike as part of the recycling program. The recycled bikes are then turned over to the local co-ops.
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Co-ops tend to have a lot of low end stuff. You might find one part from a high end group like a crankset or something. Unfortunately, the high-end stuff is usually purchased by people who know what it's worth, and want a premium when they sell it, especially if they removed the part, cleaned it up, took pictures, and put it on Ebay.

Probably your best bet would be to find a complete bike that's wrecked, an ugly color, or not in your size, and get a complete groupset from that. I used to have a very nice bike with a complete Dura Ace group, and if you ride something like that every day, it's easy to forget what the parts are worth when it comes time to selling it.

I see many Craigslist ads where the value of the parts alone is double the asking price. That's probably the kind of deal you should be looking for if you want a primo quality complete gruppo at a reasonable price.
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Co-ops tend to have a lot of low end stuff. You might find one part from a high end group like a crankset or something. Unfortunately, the high-end stuff is usually purchased by people who know what it's worth, and want a premium when they sell it, especially if they removed the part, cleaned it up, took pictures, and put it on Ebay.

Probably your best bet would be to find a complete bike that's wrecked, an ugly color, or not in your size, and get a complete groupset from that. I used to have a very nice bike with a complete Dura Ace group, and if you ride something like that every day, it's easy to forget what the parts are worth when it comes time to selling it.

I see many Craigslist ads where the value of the parts alone is double the asking price. That's probably the kind of deal you should be looking for if you want a primo quality complete gruppo at a reasonable price.
Where are you from? The minneapolis/eau claire craiglists seem to never have anything like that.
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What kind/time period frames, parts, groups or accessories are we talking, here?
You looking for high-end 1980's?
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What kind/time period frames, parts, groups or accessories are we talking, here?
You looking for high-end 1980's?
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I look ad CL ads from all over California. If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.

Campy stuff on trashed bikes is rare, everyone knows that stuff is valuable and demands a premium. Sometimes you see lower end Campy parts, but never Record or other top shelf Campy groups on cheap bikes.

But I definitely see a lot of older Dura Ace and Ultegra-equipped bikes where the value of the components alone easily exceeds the asking price. Especially when you see what people get for used parts here and on Ebay, it's obscene.

Here's the SF Bay Area and LA Craigslist bicycle pages, see for yourself:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/bia

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/bia

Unfortunately, bike sellers have become very sophisticated in the past few years, and pretty much know what stuff is worth before they list it, with some lucky exceptions here and there.
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I look ad CL ads from all over California. If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.

Campy stuff on trashed bikes is rare, everyone knows that stuff is valuable and demands a premium. Sometimes you see lower end Campy parts, but never Record or other top shelf Campy groups on cheap bikes.

But I definitely see a lot of older Dura Ace and Ultegra-equipped bikes where the value of the components alone easily exceeds the asking price. Especially when you see what people get for used parts here and on Ebay, it's obscene.

Here's the SF Bay Area and LA Craigslist bicycle pages, see for yourself:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/bia

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/bia

Unfortunately, bike sellers have become very sophisticated in the past few years, and pretty much know what stuff is worth before they list it, with some lucky exceptions here and there.

Do you just bikeflights the stuff you want than?
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I drive there myself if it's a good enough deal.
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If it is pre-1983 stuff, the Classic Rendezvous list is a good place. But be aware that it is a community, so you can't just dive in asking for stuff. But I'm amazed at what folks there have in their spares bins.
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If it is pre-1983 stuff, the Classic Rendezvous list is a good place. But be aware that it is a community, so you can't just dive in asking for stuff. But I'm amazed at what folks there have in their spares bins.
And the etiquette there is very strict.
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Hey Bikeforums, what are other places you guys search for parts/bikes?

I have google alerts on yet fail to ever see full groups of Sante/superbe/or frames like GT USA track frames pop up....

Is it just because of the rarity?

Thanks Bikeforums


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Would you be interested in late 70's stuff, mostly Campagnolo Nuovo Record?
I recently "inherited" a box of components from a family of ex-racers. I'm in the process of going through it all to see what's there, but definitely enough for a complete build with a lot of random parts left over. I will eventually get around to selling most of it, but just haven't found the time yet. If you're interested, send me a pm and I can send you pictures.
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Here's an example of a bike that's probably worth more parted out, depending on how much a repainted Scapin is worth:

https://slo.craigslist.org/bik/d/vin...393588120.html
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You may have to physically visit all the shops and Co-ops in your area. There's a couple of shops here that don't even stock new parts: one has a bunch of (dirty but complete) vintage bikes. The other has a large collection of old bike bells and circa 1960-70's bottle cages along with frames from the same time period. I also stumbled upon a no-name bike shop at the flea market that has loads of old parts organized in plastic milk crates. None of these shops advertise what they have or sell online. The stuff is out there, but you have to go look.

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Don't forget to use misspelled words- TREX and the like- bike ownership and the ability to sell has a pretty low bar.
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You also should search for "campagnola" and "campy" too...
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