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Old 08-04-10, 08:42 PM
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Best dumpster finds.

I've been dumpster diving at my my "local" trek store, and have been resurfacing empty-handed... I'm starting to get discouraged! Lets see some of your dumpster finds to renew hope!
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Old 08-04-10, 08:48 PM
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Not trying to be a smart a** here but do bike shops really throw bikes of any sort in their dumpsters? Really? If they do I've absolutely no pride at all...I'll take a dive for less than a bike if something is neat and/or useful
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Old 08-04-10, 08:53 PM
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I've picked quite a few things out of the dumpsters at different LBSs in my area. I even rescued a complete Giant hybrid that only had a bent crank. I've found new and decent used tires. MTB thumb shifters that only needed some WD-40 and a little TLC. Many other things too numerous to mention.
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Old 08-04-10, 09:05 PM
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Sometimes I see fairly cheap old bikes by the dumpster that customers brought it and left after they were told it was gonna cost an arm and a leg to fix or tune up (50$ h/r shop labour anyone?), Usually they ain't really worth grabbing though, I guess if were living in new york I can grab the junk heap and tune it up and re sell it for an embarrassing amount of money I couldnt understand why anyone would pay, but alas I live in small town, plus I guess im not greed or money driven either.

Sometimes if I wanna convert an old 6/7 speed cassette type hub or wheel to an 8-10 speed I just swing by the bike shop, there is always a couple of bent mountain bike rear wheels that you can take the freehub from, after that its just a matter of getting a axle thats a little longer.

I got some shimano 600 brifters from a lbs trash once too, theres always kinda something you can grab and make use of, I even saw a buncha cables thrown out before. I scored a GT road frame once too, the rear triangle was off by about a mm so they chucked it, even with the horizontal drops you can kinda hold the wheel in straight when you clamp your skewer down, frame tracks fine.

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Old 08-04-10, 10:17 PM
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I have no pride. I will tell you that I dumpster dive every time I visit. The best bet of a good find is tires. I have found several sets of tires and I run 'em! One of the best pairs of tires I have scored was a set of Continental Ultra Gatorskins that have lasted me a year so far. People change their tires too often.
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Old 08-04-10, 10:18 PM
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I have been tempted to start a thread about this, but I hate to let out my secret, but I've gotten some pretty sweet scores from the dumpster/junk bike pile at one specific bike shop (I'll never say which one but it isn't any where near Boston). Quote from a guy at the bike shop moments before I picked the first bike: "That old Schwinn? (the blue Prelude below) What would you want that for? We throw out a ton of junk bikes...sometimes the neighbor hood kids take them. Help yourself."

Just a tease, this isn't all of them....



These were found in various dumps...not dumpsters


Most of these were cleaned, repacked, taped, recabled..etc. and flipped. However, the Centurion (which I found as a bare frame) and the Sports (was missing its saddle) remain in my collection.
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Old 08-04-10, 10:27 PM
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I saved this from the tip:

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Oh yeah forgot about these.

I also scored a box full of shrink wrapped plastic pedals w/plastic toe clips. Probably 15 sets. I figured they would be good for flips with ugly/rusty pedals but have yet to use a set as I think the black plastic is uglier than rusty metal...These were in the actual dumpster (which I usually don't even look in because it's full of office trash and packing material. The pedals were on the top, but certainly wouldn't have been worth digging through used tissues, candy bar wrappers and coffee grounds to reach.

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found tubes, probably 50 or so in the LBS trash that had no puncture at all.
a couple of good wheels, an old walmart bike which frankly couldn't be saved
also found a repair stand when one of the LBS was under undergoing a "facelift" gave it to my friend since i already have one.

also numerous cone wrenches were found scattered in the parking lot in front of another high end shop
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Old 08-04-10, 10:45 PM
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Started with the framer and fork and scrounged up the bits from my shop...


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She was 5 minutes away from being tossed in...

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[IMG][/IMG]this was my best find
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Old 05-26-17, 06:51 AM
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I thought you all would enjoy this photo....taken yesterday at the Dunkin Donuts shop in Manteo, North Carolina.
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New tube and a wipe down was all this needed after pulling it from a dumpster.


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The real estate office I work in is located in a pretty nice residential area, and has a large green dumpster behind it, so people routinely drop things here that I suppose they don't want sitting in front of their house for the pickup. Bikes every once in a while. I do recall getting an early 90's Suntour XC Pro equipped stumpjumper.
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Calling @top506. He has connections at his town dump.
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Before:


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Found not technically in a dumpster, but lying on the ground next to a dumpster. Built up again a few years ago for the Clunker 100 challenge from the most worthless parts I could scrounge to keep the price down. The only rusty part I couldn't get off was that drive side pedal.
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This almost-complete '88 Lotus Challenger was sitting on top of the pile in a scrapper's pickup. I managed to talk him out of it for twenty bucks. Not free, but saved from the scrap heap nonetheless.
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This '85 Bridgestone 400 wasn't so lucky. I never did find the owner of the truck. You don't dare to just climb up and grab something off the stack in that neighborhood. The next day I came back to discover the truck was empty. The oil smear along the bottom of the bed made me fear the worst.
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I think people around here mostly recycle their old bikes or convert them to singlespeed and try to sell them on CL for $200.

I once found this out by the curb on garbage day.



That was the starting point for everything I know about Ashtabula bottom brackets, and I did end up using the Dia-Compe center pull brakes on another project because they had really long reach. I might still have the derailleurs. Most of it ended up going into the recycling bin.
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This was pulled out of a dumpster recently. Not from the LBS though. It a Specialized Ground Control A1. Too small for me so I sold it.
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Picked up some small stuff over the year with the best being a couple of Cinelli stems and bars. They now lock their dumpster.

I did score a Shogun mixte frame and built that up for the mom of my son's best friend.

Also had the shop owner call me about this Gitane frame that was left behing the shop. I built it up and gave it to the son of a local Army captain I know who was serving in Iraq for 18 months at the time.



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Awesome

Awesome.
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I thought you all would enjoy this photo....taken yesterday at the Dunkin Donuts shop in Manteo, North Carolina.
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If found at the dump is acceptable, this was the best I ever found...



and I still have it and ride it to this day...

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My best dumpster find: (the cat, not the penguin..)
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