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how come so many trash can finds?

Old 06-07-11, 02:29 AM
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how come so many trash can finds?

where do you guys find so many parts, frame, and etc in trash cans? Where do you find these trash cans or dumpsters?
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Old 06-07-11, 02:54 AM
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I think in most cases they are "put out" for others to find. I go to what we call in New England a "transfer station" which is a community recycling area.
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Old 06-07-11, 02:56 AM
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we live in a throw-away world. Sad, but true. most people don't care about old stuff and things that require maintenance and attention. We C&V'ers do, though.
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Old 06-07-11, 03:14 AM
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I find tons of stuff (literally) every year and this is How I Do The Finding.
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Old 06-07-11, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by look171 View Post
where do you guys find so many parts, frame, and etc in trash cans? Where do you find these trash cans or dumpsters?
something tells me it's not in any large california cities...
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Old 06-07-11, 04:57 AM
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Around here there are so many scrappers that if I drop a bolt they pick it up before I do, I have gone so far as to stop a lot of them and give them my card offering to buy bikes they find but not much has come of it.

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Old 06-07-11, 06:14 AM
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The Local Bike shops rarely give c&v the time of day. I've gotten a few bikes from seniors that brought them in to an LBS, and the lbs said that it wasn't worth it to put money into, so they are selling it or giving it away.
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Originally Posted by Glennfordx4 View Post
Around here there are so many scrappers that if I drop a bolt they pick it up before I do, I have gone so far as to stop a lot of them and give them my card offering to buy bikes they find but not much has come of it.

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likewise.. between the crackheads, bottle/can recyclers, and scrap metal haulers, there is no way anything of value, let alone a working bike will last for very long around here. luckily almost everyone uses craigslist and you see lots of project/incomplete bikes
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Old 06-07-11, 06:46 AM
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I have bought from several scrappers in my area and one I give my scrap to lets me have anything I find there. The others I buy their frames/parts bikes and exchange numbers with, many of them look me up when they find something. They have produced a couple pairs of barcons, a road triple, Mavic wheelset, front Dynohub, a few 4130 frames.
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+1 to all the above, and here is my $.02 -- I think there still exist some regional cultural differences in the U.S., such that West Coasters recycle more bikes than Midwesterners do, hence fewer are in the trash. I have picked up or received from others over a dozen bikes in the past three years that were either in the curbside trash, or were headed there. Most of these bikes had only very minor problems -- rusted chain, or missing seat, or flat tires.

The scrappers increased in force due to the economy plus the relative wealth in my neighborhood -- 90-year-old homes in a densely populated area providing a steady stream of recyclable materials from retrofits and modernizing -- but last year, the city provided 92-gallon garbage and recycle containers to the residents, so now I see very little on the curb anymore. At least the scrappers don't clog the streets so much now.
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Old 06-07-11, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
likewise.. between the crackheads, bottle/can recyclers, and scrap metal haulers, there is no way anything of value, let alone a working bike will last for very long around here. luckily almost everyone uses craigslist and you see lots of project/incomplete bikes
Aint that the truth.

Our area Craigslist has 3 or 4 guys that buy and sell C&V's for a higher price than I'd pay. They are mostly Schwinn's but really nothing I'm looking for anyway. It's becoming a side business for these guys.
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
likewise.. between the crackheads, bottle/can recyclers, and scrap metal haulers, there is no way anything of value, let alone a working bike will last for very long around here. luckily almost everyone uses craigslist and you see lots of project/incomplete bikes
Same here. Vintage bikes are really trendy around here, so anything that's even a half decent deal disappears fast. I posted a cheap old gaspipe Gitane frame a few days ago for $25 and got SIX calls in two hours about it. I should have asked for more money:/ Oh well.
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Because so many formerly-employed people here have turned to scrapping and flipping (and even shadier business than that!) - the competition on trash days for anything of value is intense.

At the same time, people are asking much more for their junk on CL, so there are precious few bikes being offered at flip prices.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Because so many formerly-employed people here have turned to scrapping and flipping (and even shadier business than that!) - the competition on trash days for anything of value is intense.

At the same time, people are asking much more for their junk on CL, so there are precious few bikes being offered at flip prices.
Very true. You should see the line out front of my favorite Goodwill. It starts a little after 8AM (store opens at 9AM, I drive by on the way to McDonalds or whatever). Needless to say, if there is a decent bike there, it lasts about 10 seconds (first one in grabs it). One gal I see in there all of the time is extremely active on ebay, selling close to 1000 misc items a month! Based on what Goodwill charges, a lot of her items she only makes $3 or $4. But 1/10 or so is a better score, more like $20 to $40 in margin. She has to be picking 10 hours a day, and spending a lot of time listing and packing items (her listings are really crappy, but with several hundred listings a week, I don't blame her). When I see her in the store, she often has at least one cart full of shoes, and another with clothing, housewares, or whatever. Although it is a tough way to make a buck, if you are unemployed, it beats some of the alternatives. I figure she is making $3K to $4K a month. The only way I score a bike there is if they put it out later in the day, after the pickers have moved on to another store.

And the power of the internet, it takes about 10 seconds to find out if your item has potential value. I like to say "potential", as it doesn't mean your copy will bring that much.

As far as what hits the curb, there are a lot of lazy people around here. I routinely pick up their curbed stuff and take it directly to my favorite thrift shop. I tend to see a lot of kids toys, from a battery powered ride in it jeep, to a kitchen set, to whatever. Rarely do I see a bike, and when I do, they are usually Huffy/Roadmaster/Next.

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Quick answer: You would be astounded at the number of dumpsters I look in and find nothing. Law of averages dictates that eventually something good will turn up.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:10 AM
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high end bike shops... they throw away lots of ****.

campy brakes, brifters that go for $200 on ebay cause they're vintage, wheels...

hell i even dumpstered PBR there....
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
As far as what hits the curb, there are a lot of lazy people around here. I routinely pick up their curbed stuff and take it directly to my favorite thrift shop. I tend to see a lot of kids toys, from a battery powered ride in it jeep, to a kitchen set, to whatever. Rarely do I see a bike, and when I do, they are usually Huffy/Roadmaster/Next.
+1

It's unreal how much practically unused stuff people throw out. We've picked up several life time's worth of stuffed animals for the dog to play with.
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I agree with those who say that where you live has an awful lot to do with what you can find. I live in a Big 10 college town which has a very bikeable campus, so there are literally tens of thousands of college kids looking for cheap bikes almost all year round. It's near impossible to "get something for nothing" around here.
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I have deals with several scrappers. I pay between 5 and 10 for bikes they find.
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im a paid firefighter in a small town. we have a small barn that keeps all the found and stolen bikes, the city is not doing so great financially so we cannot afford to hold auctions for the bikes like we use to. so....i have a key to the bike barn...oh yeah. after awhile if the bikes are not claimed i pick through them. most of them are junk and i part them out. i fix alot of them up to give to kids that dont have a bike. so far i have found a puegot and a bianchi.
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I have deals with several scrappers. I pay between 5 and 10 for bikes they find.
I have tried this myself, even going as far as telling them some may be worth a $100 to me depending what it is ( hoping to get them to call me when ever they find something) but none of it has worked. I only have one old guy that would give me first crack at what ever he finds and I give him my scrap but he hasn't produced anything this year.

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Because so many formerly-employed people here have turned to scrapping and flipping (and even shadier business than that!) - the competition on trash days for anything of value is intense.
This. My family has a muffler and brake shop, and any time the price of precious metals goes up or the economy goes down, we have people showing up to buy catalytic converters. Most of these people are clueless, offering a fraction of what our regular buyer does, or claiming they'll come back and pay us later.

If the price goes high enough, they start cutting them off cars. We don't touch anything unless we removed it ourselves.
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