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How do i sell my bike?

Old 11-21-04, 08:19 AM
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How do i sell my bike?

I recently got a nice new road bike so i now have no use for my old city bike which i brought for commuting in the gap between destroying my old road bike and getting the new one. It is a Marin Kentfield and cost 300 new in February this year. How should i go about selling it? It's in all but perfect condition so i just want to know how much i should ask for it and where i should advertise it?

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 11-21-04, 09:26 AM
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Don't sell your bike. Everyone who rides bikes needs at least two bikes (actually, a good case can be made for having four,five, or six bikes).

The better bike mechanics in my neighborhood tend to be busy. So, a repair, adjustment, or tune-up can last several days, or even longer. Having a "second" bike allows you to ride while another bike is in the shop.

But, you can set up different bikes for different needs. One of my road bikes is "stripped". There is nothing on it. It is set up for the rare times I feel like just going out and riding fast (well, fast for me - slow for everyone else). Another of my bikes is set up as a shopping bike. Fat tires. Racks for hanging shopping bags. Lots of lights for midnight runs for pretzels, and other essentials. Then there is "shorty", a bike that is too small for me, but perfect for vertically challenged friends who might be visiting me.

Then, there is my "rainy day" bike, with full fenders and alloy parts, a touring bike, for long slow trips, carrying lots of gear, my "midnite movies" bike which is too ugly and cheap to steal,...well, you can't have enough bikes.

And TWO is the bare minimum.
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Old 11-21-04, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Don't sell your bike. Everyone who rides bikes needs at least two bikes (actually, a good case can be made for having four,five, or six bikes). And TWO is the bare minimum.
My advice is, if you have two bikes, to always keep them safely locked away in separate rooms. Otherwise you're likely to find that they've reproduced and you'll have four, five or six before you know it. Where do you think that hybreds came from? Now we have hybreds mateing with road and mountain bikes and generating all manner of bastard offspring.

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Old 11-21-04, 10:10 AM
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Like me... hmmm, road bike, mountian bike, commuter hybrid, 100 huffy kmart special...
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Old 11-21-04, 04:47 PM
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How could someone possibly only have one bike? What happens when you want to ride but conditions outside make you want to keep your nice new road bike inside? You definately need to have a back up bike. Just outfit it so it serves other useful puroses that your road bike can't.

Right now I'm working on an incidious campaign to convince my wife that yes I do need a hybrid bike for rainy days. Can't seem to get full fenders on either of my road bikes and the wider tires (tyres) will grip wet roads better. I might end up buying a new bike for her like an Electra Townie though convincing her that we need to spend almost $400 for a bike for her is like pulling teeth. Just about have her convinced though. Taking her to test ride one soon.
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Old 11-22-04, 11:09 AM
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In case you can't afford to keep the other bike, this is a good website: http://seattle.craigslist.org/about/cities.html. Pick your city and advertise for free.
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Old 11-22-04, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
My advice is, if you have two bikes, to always keep them safely locked away in separate rooms. Otherwise you're likely to find that they've reproduced and you'll have four, five or six before you know it.
That is the second funniest post I've ever read on this board...it's funny because it's true!
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