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Old 01-15-19, 11:24 AM
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Source of cheap parts--NiagaraCycle-like

I miss NiagaraCycle. I could order a bunch of cheap parts like nuts and bolts for 50 cents each. They had everything to fix my Walmart Roadmaster.

I find these obscure items, like 5-speed freewheel and derailers and plastic bits, easily with their excellent parts catalogue system that is accurate and fast.

But they are dead.

I find Amazon is great sometimes...but when I have alot of little cheap stuff I want to buy...it is very tedious...it's like a flea market...you have to be very careful or you get wrong stuff. And I often received wrong stuff from Amazon.

I tried some other bicycle parts website...but they don't have the vast selection of cheap parts...and finding the right part is time consuming and tiresome. And price is expensive sometimes.

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Most 5 speed stuff is easily found in the bin at the local coop. Anyone who has worked with vintage bikes probably could assemble a few drivetrains with their spare parts, ask around. I know I have enough for a couple of 5 speed bikes. Coop will as well have miscellaneous bicycle specific fasteners and everything else. The local hardware store (give NAPA or Ace/True Value a shot) will have most anything else in black or stainless fastenerwise which they do not. I donít have any high end stuff, but it gets too cheap and that is exactly the quality you get.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I miss NiagaraCycle. I could order a bunch of cheap parts like nuts and bolts for 50 cents each. They had everything to fix my Walmart Roadmaster.

I tried some other bicycle parts website...but they don't have the vast selection of cheap parts...and finding the right part is time consuming and tiresome. And price is expensive sometimes.
What parts could be "expensive" for fixing a Walmart Roadmaster? Wouldn't it be cheaper, faster and less tedious to buy a new Walmart Roadmaster than buying "expensive" repair parts, and save the old broken Roadmaster for its usable parts?
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Niagara Cycle resurected under a new name

Niagara Cycle did indeed go bankrupt and close for a short while but the site is up and running again with what looks like the same products and the same prices - at least for the items I bought in the past like bike tires and tubes. It is now called The Bike Shop https://www.the-bikeshop.com/ The layout for the online store is identical right down to the background pictures for the online section.
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Niagara Cycle did indeed go bankrupt and close for a short while but the site is up and running again with what looks like the same products and the same prices - at least for the items I bought in the past like bike tires and tubes. It is now called The Bike Shop https://www.the-bikeshop.com/ The layout for the online store is identical right down to the background pictures for the online section.
I tried it awhile back...its parts selection is very very small now.

Beware, both FireFox and Chrome warned that the above website is "not secure". Not sure exactly what that means...but be careful.
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Old 01-15-19, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
What parts could be "expensive" for fixing a Walmart Roadmaster? Wouldn't it be cheaper, faster and less tedious to buy a new Walmart Roadmaster than buying "expensive" repair parts, and save the old broken Roadmaster for its usable parts?
It is not broken. It is running great! VEry reliable and durable! I just ordered a new saddle and new grips, for example. I buy a $20 saddle and $5 grips. If you go to bike websites, they cater to higher end like WTB saddles. I like Niagara had lots of low end parts. I remember like $8 tires. Not everybody needs $50 tires.

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Beware, both FireFox and Chrome warned that the above website is "not secure". Not sure exactly what that means...but be careful.
It means they're using a self-signed certificate. The site is still encrypted. It's just most browsers look for verified certificates issued through various agencies. Could also be the encryption certificate is out of date, and that doesn't mean the site is running unsecured
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Modern Bike has a nice selection of small parts.

Jenson to a lesser extent, but sometimes they surprise me.

amain has some odds and ends as well.
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I tried Modern BIke last nite. It's okay...not as large selection as the old Niagara. And the website is not as intuitive to navigate.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I tried Modern BIke last nite. It's okay...not as large selection as the old Niagara. And the website is not as intuitive to navigate.
Not sure this makes sense. Sounds like you'd prefer the website to be simple to search and navigate (which costs money to achieve and maintain) but you want cheap parts.

Maybe part of the reason Niagara Cycle had financial issues was selling a lot of cheap parts at low markup (to keep the prices low). Lose a nickel on each one but make it up in volume?

it does sound like a co-op, if one is nearby, would be a very good source for small parts.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I tried Modern BIke last nite. It's okay...not as large selection as the old Niagara. And the website is not as intuitive to navigate.
Oh, navigating Modern Bike is a chore but they sometimes have what no one else does.

I have better results googling. Input the part name and append "site:modernbike.com" and it will restrict results only to that site.

They were the only place in the US for XPEDO ti pedals.


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What I like about Niagara was its interface was also educational.

For example, I go to the pedal section. And it shows two choices: 9/16 and 1/2". I didn't know there were different sizes. I thought all pedals have same thread. I learn something.
If I didn't know and just do "search" on Amazon, then very likely I would have not even notice the size and probably order the wrong size.


Modern Bike's use of filters bugs me. Maybe it something I have to get used to.
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Originally Posted by FlMTNdude View Post
Most 5 speed stuff is easily found in the bin at the local coop. Anyone who has worked with vintage bikes probably could assemble a few drivetrains with their spare parts, ask around. I know I have enough for a couple of 5 speed bikes. Coop will as well have miscellaneous bicycle specific fasteners and everything else. The local hardware store (give NAPA or Ace/True Value a shot) will have most anything else in black or stainless fastenerwise which they do not. I donít have any high end stuff, but it gets too cheap and that is exactly the quality you get.
I'm a huge fan of my Local Hardware Stores (LHS, both Ace and True Value,) but many bicycle fasteners are unique to the component. Not basics of course like fender eyelet bolts and nuts and washers, but replacement bolts for a deraileur limit set, or brake caliper cable clamps and others are serious problems to source. I can't say Niagara had them all, Loose Screws is transformed away from bikes, Problem Solvers seems to sell what LBSs need currently, and BensCycle in Milwaukee seems to be following the kind of product selection you see at Jensen - reduced variety.

Save the bolts! It might be difficult to get correct replacements.
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It looks like the new niagara website is faster than the old one which is really nice...That old site was like old school dial up speeds lol
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@ My Local they have Take Off saddles for $15.. new bike buyer just wanted a different saddle

& reselling used bikes and selling new saddles.. some pretty nice saddles end up in the bargain box..
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Niagara Cycle did indeed go bankrupt and close for a short while but the site is up and running again with what looks like the same products and the same prices - at least for the items I bought in the past like bike tires and tubes. It is now called The Bike Shop https://www.the-bikeshop.com/ The layout for the online store is identical right down to the background pictures for the online section.
It certainly appears that someone is trying to resurrect the Niagara online shop; however is it still not quite back with us. I quick scan this morning failed to find any product that was available for sale. All items were listed as "Out of Stock". They do list a new physical address; which is very promising. I spent a lot of cash buying stuff from Niagara so I welcome any progress.

@ mtb_addict: All of those little things you could add to your Niagara cart can be ordered by your LBS from the same wholesalers that Niagara bought from. You may find that their prices are just as good, too, but that depends a lot on your relationship with them.
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+1 on Modern Bike for generally odd parts at competitive prices.

You might also have a look at Tree Fort Bikes; they have a fairly abundant inventory in the lower end of the price range.
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Spend a lot of money buying parts for a bike that costs more than it is worth in scrap. A good idea if I have ever heard it. Jeff Bezos needs your money the poor man is only worth $137 billion dollars. Certainly never support your local shop when poor old Jeffy has to give up half of his 100s of billions.
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I like Universal . 5sp freewheels $10, 26" tires $13. Saddles start at $20 tho. Free ship threshold is high at $150, but they ship faster than Niagara usually did. There is also often a 10% off 150 coupon.

Sometimes I think about moving back to Portland so I could do in store pickup there again.

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What's cheaper than ebay?
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Let me guess, you work in a bike shop.
Yes I work rather hard actually. I don't appreciate Billionaire Jeff Bezos trying to shut small business down and treating employees that work for his own company like crap and criminals.
"A big legged woman ain't got no soul"

I get it all bike shops are terrible and everyone in them is out to scam you and you can watch one video on youtube and know how to fix everything in like 2 minutes. I have heard the same rigamarole around here enough. People having one bad experience and applying to an entire industry and in some cases having a bad experience because of their own issues. Maybe that isn't you and I really hope it isn't but sadly it seems to be the case. Sure I will admit a lot of the younger folks who maybe don't have as much drive or passion or just lack training can be a pain and sometimes make mistakes (I know I work around some) but there are a lot of folks who have been doing this for years or are new and are passionate and want to do the best they can. With a lot of people jumping on the "I hate bike shops bandwagon" because why not, it makes it hard for us who actually work hard and want to make it. I have customers who have followed me from other shops and will travel out of their way to come see me, not because I give them any special deals or anything like that but because they know I will take care of them and their bike and get them what they are looking for or help them make their bike as good as it can be. There are a lot of us in the industry but we get brushed off to the side because of that one bad experience or because Billionaire Jeff Bezos sells the part for a little cheaper because his warehouses are stocked with 100s of that part and isn't really concerned about money and paying staff or having too much inventory.
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Beware, both FireFox and Chrome warned that the above website is "not secure". Not sure exactly what that means...but be careful.
I just tried it with Firefox and had no problem. Sometimes sites don't update their certificates in time. My Medicare Advantage provider has a single certificate for some 20-30 domains but not one of the ones they use. Since it's UnitedHealthcare I think it's just an oversight.
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I just tried it with Firefox and had no problem. Sometimes sites don't update their certificates in time. My Medicare Advantage provider has a single certificate for some 20-30 domains but not one of the ones they use. Since it's UnitedHealthcare I think it's just an oversight.
On the front page, I didn't get a warning.
But when I click the green "Shop Online" button, my browser give me this warning about certificate.
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yes
it would have been better if you had just stopped there.
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