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Old 03-30-09, 11:31 AM
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Refurbish: preferred parts store, online or LBS?

I broke down a bike I just picked up, this is my first build/refurbish and I'm wondering where the best place is to get my parts from?

I need Shimano 105 (preferrably the brand name on it) cable housings in white and the needed cables for the bike. I also need 105 aero brake hoods in white and black and any other bits and pieces that come up.

I've tried searching but the threads that come up never seem to be what i'm looking for.

Performance has little, Nashbar has little, is Ebay only choice?
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ebay is probably the biggest source... also places like www.velo-orange.com and to a slightly more expensive degree www.rivbike.com has stuff that works well on vintage resto's

It's hit or miss with your LBS...if they've been in business for a long time they more than likely have a stash of old stuff in the back (mine has an old garage full of sh1t they let me paw through)..if its a newer shop they probably don't have much vintage stuff unless they bought out an old store's stock.
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I've had some luck asking around here on the wanted threads!

Also my local bike collective and the people I've met through it.

But yes eBay, so much stuff hard to beat.

also...craigslist sometimes has parts for sale.
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www.loosescrews.com has some stuff...
www.yellowjersey.org has some as well...
www.bicycleclassics.com is worth a try...

and for funky European bits, especially German stuff, try www.velo-classic.de.
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Old 03-30-09, 01:19 PM
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Cool, thanks.

And is there any reason to get the bike specific bearing grease (with teflon blah blah) compared to automotive bearing grease? Seems like SS bearings wouldn't care.
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They don't.

Rock whatever grease works best for you.
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Out dated stock is hit or miss at LBS. Some older one will have such items collecting dust in a corner.
Note: while in Boston and discussing where/how to get NOS replacement aero hoods for Shimano levers, a fellow recommended to me a Jamaica Plain, MA bike shop that's C&V friendly. I forgot the name, but I'm sure Google will find it, or Nlerner may know.
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I give my LBS a chance with stuff, since it is located adjacent to MUP, easy to stop in and ask. Sometimes they surprise me, in a good way, and have something obscure. In a recent incident, though, the surprise that they had the seat post binder bolt I wanted was tempered by the fact that they wanted 13 dollars for it. They double checked their computer, sure enough, it was, so I passed.

But I'll usually give them a chance, even if sometimes it costs a bit more, they are pretty cool with me and give me the occasional freebie/good deal.
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
Note: while in Boston and discussing where/how to get NOS replacement aero hoods for Shimano levers, a fellow recommended to me a Jamaica Plain, MA bike shop that's C&V friendly. I forgot the name, but I'm sure Google will find it, or Nlerner may know.
Could be Ferris Wheels or Bikes-not-Bombs?

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yeah, I'll try the LBS, and there was one tucked in a corner i saw that had some older stuff in the back.
I remember back when I was a kid and every bike shop was mom and pop and had as many used as new bikes hanging around for sale. It always smelled of new rubber tires and bike lube. Memories....

Now it's like a car dealership where they are embarrassed to show last years models.
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Could be Ferris Wheels or Bikes-not-Bombs?

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Thanks Neal! Bikes-not-Bombs, FTW.
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yeah, I'll try the LBS, and there was one tucked in a corner i saw that had some older stuff in the back.
I remember back when I was a kid and every bike shop was mom and pop and had as many used as new bikes hanging around for sale. It always smelled of new rubber tires and bike lube. Memories....

Now it's like a car dealership where they are embarrassed to show last years models.

Ain't it the truth? I thought it was just me.

I was a BMX nut in the early/mid 80s and, on an annual basis, I would sell my bike, add in the $50-100 that I might get for my birthday or Christmas, and trade up in the world. We either traded in to the LBS (where they in turn sold in their used section) or sold it in the local paper's classifieds.

Schwinn SX-100 - Race Inc. - Kuwahara - GT Pro - Haro Master - THEN ON TO ROAD BIKES - my dad's late 70s Windsor Pro (which I wrecked in a head-on with a car) - then a Cannondale (purchased by my dad with the insurance money from the Windsor, though I really, really, wanted a celeste Bianchi).

Flash forward 18 years (during which time I smoked a pack a day). I realize that I could find that old Bianchi on ebay, and scratch the itch that was there all that time. It's been all downhill from there. I quit smoking, started riding again, and started that whole process of trading up again
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Old 03-30-09, 07:48 PM
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Aint it cool to see the stuff that you lusted after back then?
I hope to trade up to a Bianchi as well.
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lol, most of what I lust after(well bike wise anyhow!) was made before or very shortly after I was born
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