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Finally sold an old bike! And doubled my money!

Old 02-21-06, 07:30 PM
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Finally sold an old bike! And doubled my money!

Ya! Sold the 95 Nishiki frame\fork -80$.
2 months ago I sold the wheels and Shimano 600 for 80$.

Paid 78$ for the bike at a thrift store.
Recycled!

I'm pretty happy, my bro has the nice wheels and 600 on his PX-10.
The frame is going to be built into a fixed gear bike (had track drops) by a local.

I win!
Not by much...but a few more $$ into the new ride fund.
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Old 02-22-06, 10:47 AM
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i went through a few bikes in the past year.
womens trek road bike from the 80s bought for $30 sold for $200
used the $200 to buy a 90s mens trek road bike and sold that for $300

now i've got a trek mountain bike i bought for $5 and a GT hybrid i bought for $25. i'm waiting till it gets nicer to put them on craigslist. its all about the rummage sales. you can tell when people haven't touched the bike since they bought and just want to get rid of it.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:12 PM
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I hate people who do this. Dont buy bikes to sell them on ebay or some crap to make money you greedy &^*&^73 shmucks. Its like those people who are given for free bikes and they sell them, jerks. Leave them there for someone who will actually enjoy them.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
I hate people who do this. Dont buy bikes to sell them on ebay or some crap to make money you greedy &^*&^73 shmucks. Its like those people who are given for free bikes and they sell them, jerks. Leave them there for someone who will actually enjoy them.
My bro has a bike now, and we have a new rider because I parted out my find.
Would you like him to post a reply? I'm sure he is pretty happy.
The other person is very tall and wanted just a frame. I was to do a cool arty paint n' lugs job and sell it in my friends shop. Never got to paint.
I bought the frame (way too big) to use, wheels, guts, everything.
Sorry you're a sore loser. If you had my #, maybe you would have got some goodies too.
I didn't gouge anybody, I recycled\stripped an old bike.

Every part is going to be used -minus chain, rings and cables.
Worst thing to me is wasting good metal and the energy put into to make.
The bike couldn't have continued without some love, so she swings with 2 guys now.

I think my friend with my help got the PX-10 rebuilt to the T's, for under $350 (including the frame price).

I'll recycle what I want, thank you very much!
Wanna buy a 15 yr old Ritchey frame?
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Old 02-22-06, 07:40 PM
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Why didnt you sell the bike for what you paid for it if you didnt want it, huh? Cause you've got dollar sign vision! But dont worry - its totally normal, everyone does garbage like that, including every person selling anything on ebay pretty much.

And no I dont want to buy a 15 year old ritchey frame, I dont even know what ritchey is, but its probably the type of bike I dont like, If i wanted a road bike I'd ride around on garbage night and get one for free.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:43 PM
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We get a lot of abandoned bikes at the university I work at. I have, over the years, rebuilt and re-sold a number of these, usually to new students... One of my rescues, an older-but-nice Trek MTB, is still in daily use; I see it on campus all the time.

At present, I have a Raliegh 500 roadster that I plan to put up next month; had to put a new wheel on it and do a lot of cleaning and adjusting, but it's a nice little bike.
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Old 02-22-06, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
Why didnt you sell the bike for what you paid for it if you didnt want it, huh? Cause you've got dollar sign vision! But dont worry - its totally normal, everyone does garbage like that, including every person selling anything on ebay pretty much.

I sold the component\parts to cover my investment, figuring @ the rate I finish projects -the frame's mine for life.
I've kids, little disposable cash and ride used with a few tweeks.
I didn't post on Craigs, or Ebay.
I answered an ad from a rider looking for a frame.


And no I dont want to buy a 15 year old ritchey frame, I dont even know what ritchey is, but its probably the type of bike I dont like, If i wanted a road bike I'd ride around on garbage night and get one for free.
https://oldmountainbikes.com/cgi-bin/bikes.cgi?bike=7P39 This is a Ritchey.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Ritchey

The frame was for a person sat 6'4, i'm 5'8. I loved the frame, the lugs were sweet.
I stripped and cleaned all the steel. I was going to give it to a racer friend of mine that body hight, but he's into AL and CF. It would be a novelty, I wanted it built and be ridden by a lover.
The new owner was cool, older guy in Can who wants a fixed gear long distance bike?
Wicked, he had love in his eyes.

The extra 80$ goes into my kids bike likely.

I made 80$ recycling good metal...that bugs you?
I've an 'associate' who's job is putting guidance systems into missiles....and rides a Harley.
So much for punks with ethics -bought out for cash. That bugs me.

I build bikes for kids and repair my friends bikes with free parts.
I might have paid for those parts -I don't care, but a few $$ into my bike funds needed.

Do you know any mtb'ers that run '90 rigid frames offroad? That's just wrong.
I give WAY more than I take dude.
Way more.
Need some parts? I have boxes from abandoned cycles. I recycle everything.
No, I don't sell them on Ebay.

To explain, my kid wanted to go road, so we invested. Now it's mtb's that we need, so we dispose of the road purchase.
We were to swap the components\everything to a road frame for her, no small frame came around.
No go -so what now? I can't ride a frame that big. And I ride mtb's on the road.
I could have sold the wheels for 200$, the Shimano 6 group for $100. Frame painted =many 100'$.
My buddy would not be a rider if i hadn't helped. Having an 'in the know' friend with bikes means you get good for a 'real' price. He ride s a freakin' PX-10!
It's not about money....resources and good stuff going to waste.

Steel bikes just rot here, NorthShore is wet. I hate seeing a waste...

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Old 02-22-06, 10:09 PM
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Well yeah, fine, but look at your subject, it just came off as gloating to me. Its just something I see time and time again (especially here) and it Irks me. I saw a post someone made about a bike they got for free, and one of the replies someone made somehow wound up going along the lines of "say... why dont you sell the tool bag on the back of the seat on ebay, that means you got a free bike and about $30 bucks!" gimme a break.

If you repair peoples bikes for free and help em out thats great, thats how it should be. I gave someone one of my bikes last November after she complimented one of mine she saw me on, and told me she used to ride a cruiser before she moved to this town but had to get rid of it to move, so I gave her a nice girls cruiser I recently got at a garage sale.. she tried to offer me money for it.. which I refused. I tried to explain to her why I hate money and what it stands for, but I dont think she got that haha.

What really makes my blood boil is when people find the type of bikes I that i LOVe - old rusty cruisers- and sell em on eBay, how many times you see someone sell a awesome old ballooner they found in a freaken abandoned barn or something, and they get like A LOT of cash for em, jerks. and the ******* that buy em dont even ride them, they "restore" them and sell them for obscene amounts of money or turn them into "show bikes".. ah someone stab me!
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Old 02-22-06, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
I hate money and what it stands for
you're feelings change when you need to pay for food, clothing, and shelter. or you could join a commune (which sounds like a better fit for you). for the rest of us, money has value.

the region i buy bikes in is very rural. people have bikes they are looking to get rid of. i do them a service. i haven't haggled on any of the prices. i give them what they are asking.

the region i sell the bikes is a campus. the demand for bikes that are pieces of **** is pretty high. i charge below market value, and no one has felt the need to haggle with me. they get a good deal and i get to eat.
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Old 02-23-06, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
Well yeah, fine, but look at your subject, it just came off as gloating to me. Its just something I see time and time again (especially here) and it Irks me. I saw a post someone made about a bike they got for free, and one of the replies someone made somehow wound up going along the lines of "say... why dont you sell the tool bag on the back of the seat on ebay, that means you got a free bike and about $30 bucks!" gimme a break.

If you repair peoples bikes for free and help em out thats great, thats how it should be. I gave someone one of my bikes last November after she complimented one of mine she saw me on, and told me she used to ride a cruiser before she moved to this town but had to get rid of it to move, so I gave her a nice girls cruiser I recently got at a garage sale.. she tried to offer me money for it.. which I refused. I tried to explain to her why I hate money and what it stands for, but I dont think she got that haha.

What really makes my blood boil is when people find the type of bikes I that i LOVe - old rusty cruisers- and sell em on eBay, how many times you see someone sell a awesome old ballooner they found in a freaken abandoned barn or something, and they get like A LOT of cash for em, jerks. and the ******* that buy em dont even ride them, they "restore" them and sell them for obscene amounts of money or turn them into "show bikes".. ah someone stab me!
I like your drift...can we be friends maybe?
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Old 02-23-06, 12:29 PM
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Here is a different approach that worked for me. I bought 3 bikes for $3 each at a thrift store junk pen. I fixed one of them, a peugot, up (bought some new parts) and traded it to my dad for his way too big peugot. I fixed another up (bought more new parts) and ride it as my commuter/fixie. I gave the third one to a friend who has painted it and is making a very cool fixie. Lastly, I gave the way too big peugot to my neighbor who fits it perfectly and loves it. So....for $9 plus some parts, I made 4 people very, very happy. That just feels good.
But I don't blame the OP for getting some of the true value out of the parts. The market will bear what it will bear and I can't complain about that, just accept it. Sometimes I am driven out of markets because others are willing to pay more, but that is just the way it is. You are not going to change this system.
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Old 02-23-06, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
I hate people who do this. Dont buy bikes to sell them on ebay or some crap to make money you greedy &^*&^73 shmucks. Its like those people who are given for free bikes and they sell them, jerks. Leave them there for someone who will actually enjoy them.
I appreciate your spirit there guy. If everyone was so just this world would be a far better place.

But there are greater injustices and we must pick our battles.
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Old 02-23-06, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
If you repair peoples bikes for free and help em out thats great, thats how it should be. I gave someone one of my bikes last November after she complimented one of mine she saw me on, and told me she used to ride a cruiser before she moved to this town but had to get rid of it to move, so I gave her a nice girls cruiser I recently got at a garage sale.. she tried to offer me money for it.. which I refused. I tried to explain to her why I hate money and what it stands for, but I dont think she got that haha.

Oh, great. A communist.

Whether or not you like to believe it, some people have to pay for their food, their housing, their tuition. Occasionally, that means making some money. And in context, $80 is almost nothing. Sure, he's gloating that he made some money while he made his brother happy, but then again, you're lording your holier-than-thou BS economic principles over us, aren't ya?
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