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Old 07-09-08, 04:03 AM
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probably a stupid question but...

I have been seeing many posts of people wanting to buy Walmart bikes because they are cheap ($150-$300 usually). They are often advised to buy used, which I believe will get you 10X the bicycle that todays new walmart bike would give. I usually look at ads for fun and ALWAYS, except for one time they look like they need some tuning up, and repair, to be in "road worthy" condition for a newb. So that bicycle could be all it can be.

when it comes to used bikes I am a "paladin" type. meaning I can't stand to see a good bike left to rot. Even if the frame doesn't fit I will "save" that bike from becoming useless. This just involves the usual disassembly and reassembly, greasing, truing, and replacing perishables; Chain, cables, and all the rubber-like parts; housings, tires, tubes, brakepads, and bar tape/grips. I use generic all parts (except for chain) and it all usually comes down to $50-$70 and about 4-5 hours of labor (the cleaning is tedious). So I end up with good vintage bikes ready to be used, but I can't because they don't fit my unusual size. I give and sell them to people who are genuinely interested in cycling.

Now for the question. I know many here do the same thing and end up with like 20 bicycles. WHY NOT HELP THESE POOR SOULS AND SELL THEM A BIKE? If they are near you, have expressed interest in buying used, and have asked help from the boards, why not offer one of the bikes you have for sale. some pictures could be sent, and if they are interested a meeting to test ride and size the rider could be made.

At the same time though I always wonder how much they are really gonna ride it and if its just gonna sit there, forgotten like it was before.
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Old 07-09-08, 04:07 AM
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the conversation can then even be moved to the marketplace

haaa what do I know anyways.....forget it.
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Old 07-09-08, 04:31 AM
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You're paying too much for generic parts. I can replace tires, tubes, cable housing, cables, bar wrap, chain, and pedals on a 10 - 12 spd road bike for around $26.
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Old 07-09-08, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by bct555 View Post
You're paying too much for generic parts. I can replace tires, tubes, cable housing, cables, bar wrap, chain, and pedals on a 10 - 12 spd road bike for around $26.
Where, pray tell, are YOU shopping? Inquiring minds want to know.................
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Old 07-09-08, 05:17 AM
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I think that's a fantastic idea!

There are plenty of us "closet admirers" that would love to have a first time vintage bike and don't know squat about them. Having the opportunity to purchase one that was given new life may be the first step in someone having a new addiction.

I've always wanted an older bike just to appreciate it's craftsmanship beauty and the old school feel. Maybe one day....
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Old 07-09-08, 07:20 AM
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I don't have that many extra..yet...
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I think the vast majority of us already do this. However, preaching to us about the value of charity is usually not worth the effort.
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bct555 I want to know where you're shopping too!

I just sold my first bike to a friends wife, a Sears Free Spirit Tourney ATB for the grand sum of $25.00. I would have liked to just give the bike away but I put about 4 hours of elbow grease into the thing--fixing cables, tubes, & rust--to make it rideable and I can really use some $$ to get the kneesavers/wider handlebars/laybackseatpost/etc. I need for my bike. I was going to try for $40-45.00 on craigslist, but this was a friend and I truely feel the bike to be worth more in the shape it was in when it left me. I know this bike will get ridden maybe once a week on the multi-user path w/her daughter so I claim success.

It's funny, most people would have looked at this bike as it was and consider it junk, but after I took the scotchbrite pad to the lite rust on it, the chrome sure looks nice and the frame was in very good shape. If presented with this bike like I was, I know they couldn't have been bothered to actually put some sweat into saving it. Thats what gets me, I was telling them how easy it was to remove the front wheel to put it in the car, but they couldn't be bothered to wait for me to retrieve a wrench from the barn and manhandled it in there. It's as if tools somehow mystify and complicate the process so much. I mean we're talking loosening 2 nuts here... thats it. In any case I've decided to also check for adjustable wrenches and screwdrivers etc. at garage sales, sometimes you find tools for 25 cents ea. My plan is to include a basic tool kit with future bikes that I sell, so that I can pull the wrench from the bike bag and demonstrate how stupidly easy it is to take your front wheel off. ... um I went way off topic didn't I ... sorry for the rant. Ok back on topic. I earned that $25 dollars and refuse to feel bad about it.
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I third that "where are you shopping?" question.

I have done what the OP is talking about numerous times and the cost usually ends up like this:

- New chain $10
- Brake Cables & housing $12
- Derailleur cables & housing $6
- Tires $10
- Tubes $5
- Brake Pads $7
- Bar tape or grips $10
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$58

We always pay a little more in Canada; but I am not sure how those costs could be cut in half. Also for the record the $5 tires kind of suck, but the next step up is usually about $15 a tire...
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I buy parts in bulk, and the cheapest tires I've found are ~$5/ea, and tubes at $2/ea. Bar tape is another $3, and the generic xmart chain is $7. That's $24, and I'm still needing to add brake pads, cables/housing, and pedals that bct555 says he's changing out for $26 total.

So - yeah, I'd be interested, too.

Now, if I don't add up stuff "on hand" that comes out of my parts bins I can lower the price quite a bit. But that's not sustainable, and I can't claim it as the "average" because it doesn't reflect replacement cost. Plus, even cheap new parts get marked up a bit with shipping being factored in. Also, saddles are usually required and can be a budget buster on a build - so I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for cheap, serviceable saddles at swap meets and such.
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