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Old 04-24-18, 03:00 PM
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Where do you guys get your vintage parts from?

Being new to C&V bikes I was wondering where do you guys get parts used for repair and refurbishing? Is most of it from EBay? Can you also list some of your favorite go-to sites for parts? Got an older Specialized and seems to have pretty standard parts on it. TIA...
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The C&V sales forum up at the top of this page is the first place I look. Decent people, decent prices.
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You gotta really hunt. I have not had luck at bike swap meets (picked up a pair of wheels and a 7sp freewheel) but never any of the good stuff. Everyone saves that for ebay so they can get premium price for it. The two local bike shops in town who DO have vintage stuff always builds them up into bikes, then sells them whole.
I can tell you though, ebay is probably going to be your best chance to find parts but be careful. Make sure the photos of the product are good, and examine them closely so you get a good idea of the condition and value of the part. Also, there is always going to be a better deal so if something pops up that you want, but is too expensive... just wait a week or two.
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Take a look for a "Community" or "Co-Op" local bike shop. You can often find amazing stuff in them for a reasonable price.
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In no particular order: eBay; CraigsList; each other (especially via the C&V "For Sale" subforum; try posting a "WTB' inquiry there if you are looking for omething specific).

The swap meet at Eroica California in Paso Robles is a cornucopia of vintage stuff and there is no admission fee into the swap meet; unfortunately, it was just over a week ago so you will have to wait just shy of a year for it to come around again.

Since you are in the Bay Area, there are a few shops that will have Olde Stuff, although usually not for cheap. American Cyclery at the SE corner of Golden Gate Park is one. American Cyclery in Sausalito has some (or at least did fie or so years ago the last time I stopped in). Stone's in Alameda has some (at least 7 or so years ago the last time I stopped in).
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Vintage Campy
John Barron at velostuf. MN.

Mixed vintage
Mike Kone at Boulder Bike. CO

Above both have websites but always best to inquire.

Our own Steve Whitlatch here on this forum.
Somehow he always seems to have everything.
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Look for donor bikes on Craigslist.
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ebay, the local COOP, bikeforums members, craigslist, amazon and several LBS's for consumables & tools and such, in no particular order, and oh, also the Box-O-Crap!
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Smart dogs never show where they've buried their bones.

eBay is always a good place to start your search. At least you can get a sense of market prices and values (discard the highest and lowest prices).

I'm in the process of getting rid of a lot of goodies. What are you looking for?

Send me a private message.

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Despite what most think, there's still a lot of good buys that you can snag at the "Bay"..... if you are patient and quick. I mostly go for BINs though, as there's too much competition from robo bidders.....
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In no particular order:

eBay for rare or specific parts I ďneed.Ē Iíve been burned a few times though, and prices are usually high. There are good deals if youíre persistent and quick.

Iíve bought entire bikes off Craigslist just for one or two parts. Just sell off the parts you donít need. Itís convientient to pick up locally and actually see what youíre buying. The drawback is the higher initial investment of a whole bike and the time it takes to sell the unused parts.

Finally the C&V for sale forum here.
Good stuff doesnít last long. Itís nice to deal with a friendly person who knows C&V bikes.
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I live in the Twin Cities which is a huge biking area. There a lot of shops/co-ops that sell used parts. I also volunteer at a bike related non-profit where I get shop dollars that I can use to buy used parts. I have picked up quite a few vintage parts for my builds were I volunteer.
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My local bike Co-op where I started as a mechanic volunteer and moved up to be a trainer. Our regular volunteers receive a 50% discount on used parts, which at full price is already a great deal.

I used to be a vintage parts hoarder, but since I've gained access to the steady flow of stuff coming in the doors, I no longer collect. In fact, I've subsequently shed hundreds of pounds of mid-range workable stuff - donated to the Co-op. Somewhere in the back of my brain, something switched; I have steady access to a flow of bike stuff, I no longer need to covet it.

I now only maintain a small stash of rare high-end stuff and critical spares.
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Next swap is Cupertino Annual Swap Meet
And you could try... https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik...569388431.html
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Since you are in the Bay Area, there are a few shops that will have Olde Stuff, although usually not for cheap. American Cyclery at the SE corner of Golden Gate Park is one. American Cyclery in Sausalito has some (or at least did fie or so years ago the last time I stopped in). Stone's in Alameda has some (at least 7 or so years ago the last time I stopped in).
I think you meant Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito.

Also, two bike coops in the bay area with a lot of old stuff are the Waterside Workshop in Berkeley and even better, the Re-Cyclery in San Rafael: Re-Cyclery Bike Shop - Trips for Kids Marin
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I just kept stuff I bought 40 years ago.. got some stuff at a bike shop garage sale @ a Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito, in the 80's..
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I'm a very patient builder; that's to say that I don't mind taking two or three years to finish a project: I'm in no immediate rush, so why not take the time to go about it the right way?

Being in Portland (and I've said it many times on this forum), we're more than a little spoiled when it comes to our local Craigslist... If you wait long enough, exactly the part you need WILL turn up- in just the condition you want- at the price you're willing to pay. It can take a while but, speaking from (much) personal experience, it's pretty much guaranteed to happen... eventually.

If I need something faster, eBay is my next go-to, and even there I'm fairly patient. I'll gladly pass on 30 beat-up, over-priced Deerhead derailleurs, fully knowing that in two months somebody WILL eventually put up a whole mini-gruppo in excellent condition for much, much less; you just have to check in every few days, because a deal like that won't last long.

When it comes to eBay, I do have my little shopping list that I check up on whenever I visit the site; you never know when someone will suddenly decide they really don't need that Campy crankset & just wants it out of the garage, or someone finds a VAR brake adjustment tool in the closet and has no idea what it is.

The LBS is usually either my first or last call, we're lucky for having several good shops for that kind of thing; some of them can't be beat for easy-to-lose items- the obscure little fiddly-bits & strange screw sizes.

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I’ve bought entire bikes off Craigslist just for one or two parts. Just sell off the parts you don’t need. It’s convientient to pick up locally and actually see what you’re buying. The drawback is the higher initial investment of a whole bike and the time it takes to sell the unused parts.
I've done this too, but I swap out the components from inconsistencies in my parts cache, give the 'donor bike' a thorough cleaning & tune up, then flip it for at least what I paid for it.

Doing this does two things: 1) It eventually winnows down my own stock (my ultimate goal being to keep just what's necessary); and 2) It gradually reduced the overall cost of all parts in my cache bought over time (at the moment I'm actually running about $100 profit, spread out over the past five years' purchases & sales- all the while having reduced my inventory, so it's both more internally consistent & taking up less space in the garage).

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Whether its Craiglist ad, local paper, yard sale......always, always ask, "do you have any loose parts?".
I cannot tell you the number of times I inquired about a bike, found out the bike was sold, than asked, "got any parts." and out comes a box of goodies. I think the parts are often a better score than the bike that was being offered for sale.
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Originally Posted by cbrstar View Post
Take a look for a "Community" or "Co-Op" local bike shop. You can often find amazing stuff in them for a reasonable price.
It varies.

The Portland co-op buys parts and often has some Campy bits, but they mark them up!!

The Eugene co-op is donation only. Prices are better, but selection is worse. Lots of 70's steel junky parts. Still, treasures do pop up from time to time.

I use Ebay a lot, but keep my eyes open on Craigslist.
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It varies.

The Portland co-op buys parts and often has some Campy bits, but they mark them up!!

The Eugene co-op is donation only. Prices are better, but selection is worse. Lots of 70's steel junky parts. Still, treasures do pop up from time to time.

I use Ebay a lot, but keep my eyes open on Craigslist.
The problem is you have to hit them up constantly. For instance I collect vintage BMX bikes and parts, and I've been checking my local co-op every now and then for almost a year and coming up usually empty handed. But a couple of weeks ago I was lucky that they just had a donation of old bikes as I was walking in there. And one of those bikes was a Hutch Trickstar!!! which has been my dream bike since I was 8 years old. They sold me the entire bike for only $20! I was so excited and my hands were shaking so bad I had trouble at first taking the money out of my wallet lol

If I showed up even an hour later that bike would have been gone.

Now you can buy a Hutch Trickstar all day long on ebay, the thing is though you're going to pay $1200US+ for it.
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Check out Bike Recyclery: bikerecylery.com I think they are in Ft Collins, They carry new and old era parts.
I've bought from them once and it turned out well. Prices may not be cheap but if you need THAT part they are well organized by types.
Fun and educational to browse them too.
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer View Post
My local bike Co-op where I started as a mechanic volunteer and moved up to be a trainer. Our regular volunteers receive a 50% discount on used parts, which at full price is already a great deal.

I used to be a vintage parts hoarder, but since I've gained access to the steady flow of stuff coming in the doors, I no longer collect. In fact, I've subsequently shed hundreds of pounds of mid-range workable stuff - donated to the Co-op. Somewhere in the back of my brain, something switched; I have steady access to a flow of bike stuff,
Similar to this. Iíve been donating the bottom half of parts and bikes to the co op, five more bikes and a pile of parts going tomorrow. I also volunteer at the co-op where I will occasionally buy an item or two.

Iíve been much more selective on what I keep, everything else is either sold on eBay or donated to the co-op.

Iíll still buy an occasional donor bike and 1980s MTBs that have desirable parts.

My stash is still way too large, Iím slowly working it down. Some would surely still call me a hoarder but the pile is about half of what is was at its peak!

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