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Old 07-29-05, 06:09 AM
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Can anyone recommend a Canadian retailler for vintage parts? The usual sources seem to be in the US, which would incur import duties.
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Old 08-02-05, 08:07 AM
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Vintage parts in Canada? As any good Canadian knows thats alot of ground to cover. Here in Toronto there is a great shop called Bicycle Specialties that deals with vintage and such (I think the owners son was just in the tour de france, one of Armstrongs teammates...)Look them up at www.bikespecialties.com. Goodluck.
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rcarr, you're half right, Michael Barry is a teammate of Lance's but didn't get to ride in the Tour de France this year, maybe next year. He did finish 6th in the World Championship when it was held in Hamilton a few years ago.

Womble, try posting on here what you're looking for, there are a few of us that have some parts that may be available but we aren't operating organized businesses. Maybe we have what you need and can send it to you for a good price.....
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Originally Posted by womble
Can anyone recommend a Canadian retailler for vintage parts? The usual sources seem to be in the US, which would incur import duties.
No import duties on used bicycle parts - just make they are labelled as such.
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Originally Posted by pinerider
rcarr, you're half right, Michael Barry is a teammate of Lance's but didn't get to ride in the Tour de France this year, maybe next year. He did finish 6th in the World Championship when it was held in Hamilton a few years ago.

Womble, try posting on here what you're looking for, there are a few of us that have some parts that may be available but we aren't operating organized businesses. Maybe we have what you need and can send it to you for a good price.....
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Old 08-02-05, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by toomanybikes
No import duties on used bicycle parts - just make they are labelled as such.
What about for new (ie NOS) bicycle parts though?

I'm trying to get my hands on a 6 or 7 speed wide range freewheel.
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Old 08-02-05, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by womble
What about for new (ie NOS) bicycle parts though?

I'm trying to get my hands on a 6 or 7 speed wide range freewheel.
depends on where you buy. Many times if they come in the mail and the dollar amount is low - they slide through.

If the box is labelled bike parts you don't get with duty but you do get with GST. Bike parts are non-dutiable.

For a freewheel though have you tried the Bike Doctor, MEC or the place on Commercial that used to be Bike Doctor - now goes by a different name but same location - something like Bikes on the Drive ??

Try those places.

Also - if you want wide range try one of the MTB places like West Point.
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Originally Posted by toomanybikes
depends on where you buy. Many times if they come in the mail and the dollar amount is low - they slide through.

If the box is labelled bike parts you don't get with duty but you do get with GST. Bike parts are non-dutiable.

For a freewheel though have you tried the Bike Doctor, MEC or the place on Commercial that used to be Bike Doctor - now goes by a different name but same location - something like Bikes on the Drive ??

Try those places.

Also - if you want wide range try one of the MTB places like West Point.
Thanks- it's good to know about the duties thing. I'll give Bikes on the Drive a shot- I've been told that they carry some fairly obscure stuff. I live near BikeDr and have been in several times already. Nice guys, but they never seem to have what I'm looking for.
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My wife and I were in Canada over July 4th spending last 3 nights in Quebec City- anyway I never saw so many old bikes in recent years. I loved it! So there must be a lot of parts up there somewhere. Canadian E-bay perhaps?
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Originally Posted by womble
Thanks- it's good to know about the duties thing. I'll give Bikes on the Drive a shot- I've been told that they carry some fairly obscure stuff. I live near BikeDr and have been in several times already. Nice guys, but they never seem to have what I'm looking for.
Of course the obvious alternative is to hit some of the thrift stores ( like MCC or the hospital auxiliary stores) pay $20 for a whole bike and spin off the freewheel.

I've done worse.

I needed a 5 speed freewheel - fairly wide ratio - and found a Mixte frame at the MCC store. The whole bike was $5.

I spun off the freewheel and sold all the other parts for a total of $150.
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Can anyone point me to the original source for how new or used bike parts are treated by customs in Canada?

I've just been notified that I owe duties on a bike part (a hub, <$20!), and want to know how I stand before I try to pick it up.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by womble
Can anyone point me to the original source for how new or used bike parts are treated by customs in Canada?

I've just been notified that I owe duties on a bike part (a hub, <$20!), and want to know how I stand before I try to pick it up.

Thanks!
Bike parts should not be duty charged at all, GST yes. If it is a used part there should be no Duty or GST.

If they persist, challenge the value and they usually back down. The shipper puts a value for insurance purposes on the packages which results in higher GST charges. When I get a package with GST charge, I challenge the value and they almost always back down as it is just an insurance value.
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Old 08-18-05, 12:31 AM
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Have you tried Cap's? Their head office is on East Columbia in New Westminster. They have some great vintage bikes on display. One that sticks out is a very old racer, wooden I think. It's pretty well normal looking except for the front crank and sprocket. That gear must be close to two feet across! It's nearly as big as the wheels.

Good luck.
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