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Old 09-13-16, 09:02 AM
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How far would you drive for bike deal?

I find myself looking through craigslist ads as far away as Texas and California, and I live in South Carolina (and am looking for a bike)

just curious
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Old 09-13-16, 09:06 AM
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Depends on the bike. Bike of a lifetime? (Vintage paramount in like new condition for $150?) I'd drive as far as a couple hundred dollars in gas would get me. (That's pretty far in my car.)

Semi decent vintage bike that I want to restore to ride? 2 hours maybe. Vintage bike I want to restore for fun to sell? Not far at all.
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Old 09-13-16, 09:09 AM
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We drove about 250 km (500 km round trip) to get our tandem ... and flew from Australia to Canada, then drove to Oregon to get our Bike Fridays.

We've also had frames shipped in from the UK.
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Old 09-13-16, 09:18 AM
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So far 3 hrs both ways and that's probably the maximum I'd travel.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
So far 3 hrs both ways and that's probably the maximum I'd travel.
3 hours is the farthest I've gone and that was for a fairly rare bike--a 1979 Trek 510--in great shape and at a very solid price that I wanted. I doubt I'd go much farther than that but then my build queue is full.
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Old 09-13-16, 09:21 AM
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Dream bike or close to it
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Old 09-13-16, 09:52 AM
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obviously it depends on the bike. Add the cost of time and fuel to the sale price and if ti still makes sense ... well, there you go.

Obviously rarity is the biggest factor---if I know I might never see a particular bike again, and certainly not at a price I can afford ... versus "Oh, that generic Big Three bike looks to be in decent shape."

Why ... what are you trying to sell?
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Old 09-13-16, 09:55 AM
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6 hr for a World Voyageur (orange my size) like I had as a kid. But there was a P15-9 Paramount (my size) like I wanted when I purchased the Voyageur, at the 3 hr mark on the trip. Both followed me home that day.
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Old 09-13-16, 10:30 AM
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Since I've gone car-free, or non-driving, it does limit me a bit.

So, maybe 100 mile round trip if I really want it.

If I'm visiting another city anyway, then I may browse around a bit.

A lot of Craiglist sellers ignore out of town buyers. But, there may be fellow cyclists that will help facilitate transactions.
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Old 09-13-16, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
I find myself looking through craigslist ads as far away as Texas and California, and I live in South Carolina (and am looking for a bike)

just curious
I'd drive to make sure my custom builder in Santa Cruz (45 minutes) or San Francisco (60) did an acceptable job.

Otherwise I wouldn't. With variable operating costs on my car around $0.50 per mile shipping is less expensive before I consider the value of my time.
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Old 09-13-16, 10:54 AM
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1976 Bianchi Specialissima

For which I would drive. There are no other bikes that interest me in the least. The $0.50/mile cost to operate the car would be factored into the price/cost considerations. I can be bought, but my time is also not cheap...


So, for a grail bike, I might drive 3 hours each way, but the purchase price would have to be low. Very low.


Bikes are plentiful. Time is not.
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Old 09-13-16, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by phil_gretz View Post
bikes are plentiful. Time is not.

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200 miles round trip Saturday for this:



I did over 300 miles round trip for this:



For the right bike I'd say as far as I needed....
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Old 09-13-16, 01:10 PM
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[also car free] My Last 3 Purchases were shipped to My Door ..

The Koga WTR trekking Bike [NC] , a Brompton M3L [NJ], and My Bike Friday Pocket Llama . [Intrastate]





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Old 09-13-16, 01:11 PM
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A couple hours max.
Unless I could justify a longer drive by turning it into something else with a purpose.
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Old 09-13-16, 01:19 PM
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I had a coworker that took a trip to the capital and brought back a bike on the flight. And I had a custom bike shipped to me from the same city.
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Old 09-13-16, 01:20 PM
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I think it's relative. Here in Texas, I just drove from San Antonio to Houston for a bike (about 7 hours round trip). Wasn't a screaming deal, or particularly rare, but it's Texas, and everything is a minimum of 3 hours round trip. Now if I lived in New England, that may be a different story.

The farthest I'd probably go is 10 hours round trip, and for me that distance covers San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Waco, San Angelo, and the DFW Metroplex. Basically a population of about 18 million people. If I can't find the bike I want in that pile of people, then I just wait.

Since you're looking at CL and you're in South Carolina, you may do better by looking up and down the east coast, as opposed to looking around the deep south. You will probably have a better selection. Also, try using a CL multi-search tool, like SearchTempest.
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Old 09-13-16, 01:44 PM
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I have seriously considered going up to 2.5 hours, before backing out for various reasons of which none were related to time concerns. None of my CL purchases have been less than 50 or so minutes.
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Old 09-13-16, 01:58 PM
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One hour for a Dogma 60.1 with full Super Record because the price was right.
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I drove 2.5 hours just for a $700 kayak selling for $300 and that's just basically a bright giant plastic tub. I'll drive 2-3 hours for a bicycle. I would probably have to do further than that, there is nothing any time I check Craigslist unless you are a 7 foot tall giant it seems.
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Old 09-13-16, 07:25 PM
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Depends on what it was. If it is something that is hard to find, and you find it in mint condition in the size you want for a reasonable price, why not drive? For the right bike for me, I would drive at least 3-4 hours if needed.
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Old 09-13-16, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Bikes are plentiful. Time is not.

The right bicycle may not be plentiful ... tandems and folding bicycles of the type we want aren't something we can pick up at the corner store.

And as for time ... if you combine it with a cycling holiday ...
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Old 09-13-16, 10:31 PM
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Good question. I do national Craigslist searches for particular bikes that I'm interested in. I couldn't say how far I'd drive. I saw something the other day near Chicago and calculated the gas cost for a round trip to be about $265. I'd do that for a particularly good deal on a hard to find bike.

Here's an example. It's easy to do a nationwide Craigslist search using Google.

https://www.google.com/search?q=site...+soma+smoothie
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Old 09-13-16, 11:46 PM
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I search through Virginia, West Virginia, DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and a bit into Pennsylvania...But none of those places would take me really over 3 hours to get to (my place, in VA, to Philadelphia is 3 hours, for example). For a bike I really want, and never see, for a good price, I may go further though (NC or up to NYC). Going south is a long boring drive so id rather go north lol

I agree with another poster to search the east coast areas more though...unless there's a slight chance of shipping or someone willing to facilitate.

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Old 09-14-16, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
200 miles round trip Saturday for this:



I did over 300 miles round trip for this:



For the right bike I'd say as far as I needed....
Beautiful bikes. Notice how clean they are with their down tube shifters.
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