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Salvage Frames - Where in the greater Houston Area can I find some?

Old 06-02-11, 05:59 PM
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Salvage Frames - Where in the greater Houston Area can I find some?

So I've restored a bike or three, rebuilt a few from the ground up and so on, and then I found this guy Atomic Zombie and some of the wild creations he's made using donor bikes he's found almost exclusively at his local landfill or city dump. My question is this - does anyone know where the local landfills/city dumps are around town, and if so, can I go in and find stuff like this? His book said that many landfills and dumps will have designated areas for metals and what not, which is where he finds most of his donor frames, etc...

Any advice on this would be great - I can't wait to get started on my next project!
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Old 06-02-11, 07:41 PM
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Around here (Dallas suburb) if you lay an old bike or washing machine or things like that out in front of the house, there are some guys cruising the neighborhoods picking up scrap like that. Find one of them, tell 'em what you're after, and if you're willing to pay more than scrap price, you're in business. (if they don't pick it up, the city "big stuff" truck picks it up).

I don't think they'll let you roam the local dump looking for crap, especially since they're burying it with a bulldozer as it's being dumped. That might work in some places, but not here. And the "recycle" stuff doesn't go there anyway.

Or, go to the thrift stores, like Goodwill, Salvation Army, see what they have.

Or, look up police auctions. The one I went to had a bunch of Walmart-type bikes that sold for around $5 each. Which is sort of a ripoff, still, but anyway, it's not too bad.

Or, put an ad in Craigslist saying what you want and what you want it for. Some of us have old junk in the garage that we'll never throw away, but if someone asked, it's theirs free, too.

You might also check with smaller operators of recycled metal places, I see a few that say "We buy cans", and they might be glad to unload bikes worth $1 as scrap for $5 or so.
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+1 troll Craigslist and garage sales, lots of $10 bikes

Or contact your local spokes for folks org, and bike shops, see if they have any donor collections.
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Thanks for the responses you guys! I've been trolling CL for some time now but very few people know or list what the frame is made of. Sorry I didn't make that clear initially - I'm looking specifically for mild steel frames that I can do basic welding with. I need to keep watching CL and also start hitting the garage sales. I've already emailed Matt at Sprockets per your recommendation Jamesw2, so thanks for that! His shop looks awesome! I'll start calling the LBS's and see what they have as well. Police auctions - now that's a god idea too!

Thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by roadnoob412 View Post
Thanks for the responses . . . I've already emailed Matt at Sprockets per your recommendation Jamesw2, so thanks for that! His shop looks awesome! I'll start calling the LBS's and see what they have as well. Police auctions - now that's a god idea too!

Thanks everyone!
Your welcome Roadnoob! If you can stop by it would be better. It's like an auto wrecking yard only for bicycles. Lots to look at but difficult for one person to remember the invintory.
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Gotcha Jamesw2 - I should probably just make a trip up to see him. I was hoping to save a little gas since we're on complete opposite sides of town from each other.

Thanks again!
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...I'm looking specifically for mild steel frames that I can do basic welding with...
http://www.cyclonecycles.com/home.html has a giant pile of frames out back.
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