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    Your best 2nd hand bike find...Rides again

    I have a long history of bargain shopping.. I grew up going to auctions and flea markets. So naturally when checking out yard sales and flea markets I am keeping an eye out for bikes. I have found a few very good deals. My current ride is a Jamis Dakar Pro that I paid less then a 10% of its original cost.
    But yesterday I found probably my best deal of all time. I was taking the kids to a pumpkin patch when I noticed a yard sale and they had two bikes near the road. I spotted that one of them was a hybrid bike. I waited till we were coming back by to stop. It was a Trek 730 Hybrid. I told the wife if they want $30 for it I will be taking it home. How much I ask, the lady says $5.00!!! Now its not a top of the line bike, they originally sold for $400-500 but for $5.00 it put a smile on my face.

    So here's the question whats your best 2nd hand bike find?
    When you've seen someone rupture their scrotum on a bike you won't take the standards for top tube clearance lightly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    My list is far to long to post.
    That's why it says your best..
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    I recently Bought this bike on CL for $75 Its a like new 95 Raleigh M-60

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    My 1982 Stumpjumper that I bought two years ago for $10, or maybe my pre-war Princeton frame and fork and the 1962 Schwinn cruiser frame, fork, crank, stem and bars for free from a sign I noticed while driving down the street that said" free bike parts"
    Also got a 1988 Stumpjumper for free from my wife's friend who wanted it out of her garage.

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    $50 Prestige Scott Team with full XT
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    Probably my most memorable score was one I've posted here at least once or twice here, but 7-8 years ago I came across an estate sale a son was having for his dad that had passed. The guy had nothing but the best as far as vintage bikes, tools, and parts go. I got two mint Ritcheys (his and hers Team Comp and Timber Comp), a mint Richard Sachs, a Medici and tons of parts and tools. I asked how much for everything and he thought about it and said "how about all of it for $500?". By the tone of his voice I think he expected me to counter on his price. It was a craigslist ad that had the title "2 Richey mountain bikes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Probably my most memorable score was one I've posted here at least once or twice here, but 7-8 years ago I came across an estate sale a son was having for his dad that had passed. The guy had nothing but the best as far as vintage bikes, tools, and parts go. I got two mint Ritcheys (his and hers Team Comp and Timber Comp), a mint Richard Sachs, a Medici and tons of parts and tools. I asked how much for everything and he thought about it and said "how about all of it for $500?". By the tone of his voice I think he expected me to counter on his price. It was a craigslist ad that had the title "2 Richey mountain bikes".
    Very nice..
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    So of my best finds include:

    Barracuda A2R $30 at garage sale
    Trek 990 $25 at a garage sale
    Parkpre Catalyst $10 at a garage sale

    So far this year has been a little slow but hopefully I can find some cool deals again next year

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    Near perfect 1982 Stumpy for $20 at a resale shop. I now keep my eyes peeled...

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    It's no Filet-brazed deal, but I got a matched pair of Ted Wojciks (road/mtb) for my wife. Road with 105, mtb with XT/XTR. Altogether they were about $875.

    Absolutely gorgeous bikes. Couldn't have been happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLEJCE View Post
    Near perfect 1982 Stumpy for $20 at a resale shop. I now keep my eyes peeled...

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    Nice reminds me of my Ross Mt hood.. I will give you $25 for it...
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    $14.99 Brodie in my size... not nice one, but a Brodie nonetheless. It's waiting for paint in my garage... one day I'll get to it.

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    Late 60's Gitane with full Campy Record at a garage sale down the street for $20.

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    Did a moving job here in Brooklyn a couple-few years ago and bought an old Gitane track bike from the customer for $150. Came with Dura Ace cranks, brand new Campy Veloce front brake, and Campy Omega Strada Hardox wheels (though one had a dinged rim). Not the steal of the century, but not bad considering he'd bought it for something like $600 a couple years earlier.

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    Got a Wicked, Fat Chance with all original parts for $65 it wasn't my size but I could not resist. It had nice yellow Blackburn cages to match the paint, and rear mt rack. Sold it at the last VeloSwap for $200 passing along a great bike to someone who will use it.

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    All that Karma, and for what? Sad. Bike hoarding justified!

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    I used the cash from my Veloswap sales to get Campy Record for my roadie, so I'm happy to have the space in the garage, and 4# of carbon fiber parts for my riding pleasure, and a Fat bike for this winter.

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    My find

    My $5.00 bike with a new $6.00 seat and $10.00 tires.. Your best 2nd hand bike find...Rides again-canon-camera-1117.jpg
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    Your best 2nd hand bike find...Rides again-2013-10-27-144215_1366x768_scrot.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    My $5.00 bike with a new $6.00 seat and $10.00 tires..

    Is that a good deal?

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    When you pay $5 for an entire bike then $10 for tires has to feel like a ripoff.

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    when i scored this P-23, and since the ad said "make an offer" that's what i did...



    now..

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    2001 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra - 19 pound Grocery-Getter

    Automotive boneyard find, for $25. I found this sitting at the bottom of a pile of rusty, old, crappy bikes. I was just about to walk away, until I noticed the intact "Made in USA" decal.

    After an hour of junk de-tangling, here is what I brought home:



    One month and a full Headshok rebuild, including six mist coats of automotive engine enamel later:




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    2001 isn't vintage but good for you for getting it up and going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Is that a good deal?
    Are you serious?
    When you've seen someone rupture their scrotum on a bike you won't take the standards for top tube clearance lightly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    When you pay $5 for an entire bike then $10 for tires has to feel like a ripoff.

    I actually paid .99 for two new tires and $8.99 to have them shipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Automotive boneyard find, for $25. I found this sitting at the bottom of a pile of rusty, old, crappy bikes. I was just about to walk away, until I noticed the intact "Made in USA" decal.

    After an hour of junk de-tangling, here is what I brought home:



    One month and a full Headshok rebuild, including six mist coats of automotive engine enamel later:




    Nice Job! I'm thinking about painting a frame of mine black. Question is engine enamel more chip resistant? I know its a high temp paint but bikes are pretty low temp. I'm trying to decide whats the best paint to use. I figured quality auto body touch up paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Nice Job! I'm thinking about painting a frame of mine black. Question is engine enamel more chip resistant? I know its a high temp paint but bikes are pretty low temp. I'm trying to decide whats the best paint to use. I figured quality auto body touch up paint.
    The key to making auto engine enamel chip-resistant, is in the curing. What I really did was simply mask-off all the decals, touched up/raised all the deep knicks and chips with several coats of Revlon Black Star nail polish and roughed-up the existing paint to give it some "tooth."

    I applied six light coats of VHT Satin Black ceramic engine enamel, @15-minute flash dry times in between. I baked the frame under heat lamps, at 195F in three, four-hour intervals. Any higher heat would compromise the T6 heat treatment(annealment) of the 6000-Series aluminum alloy, which is why I decided against Powdercoating. I allowed the frame and fork(touched-up only) to cure on my rooftop for an additional 14 days, in the sun. The result was fabulous; chip and abrasion resistant!

    Engine paint is ideal for bikes, because the enamel is designed to stay together(not chip) under torque and the load forces of cycling...which is nearly equal to exhaust cooling and heat expansion cycles, in cars.
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    15 years unused in a basement.





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    Cool retro Yeti, are the three main tubes carbon?
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    Always felt like this MB1 was a score and a half. Paid $120.00 off CL. Ad was stated as "Bridgestone mountain bike". The picture was awful and blurry. The "aged" original owner had a wife that just wanted it out of the garage. It had its fair share of patina and a lovely couch saddle - quite original otherwise. I have not seen a deal like this on CL San Diego in years. Image is from an hour after pick up.
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    As tacky as it may be, I'd love to know what you paid for that Yeti...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Cool retro Yeti, are the three main tubes carbon?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Benster View Post
    As tacky as it may be, I'd love to know what you paid for that Yeti...
    Come to K'Ville and I'll tell ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    15 years unused in a basement.




    Those are classic infomercial before and after photos. The sad, poorly lit, out-of-shape before photo vs the smiling, lean and mean after photo.

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    1984 Stumpjumper SC for ten bucks at the dump.

    1985 Timber Comp for sixty bucks. Haggled with a recycle dude on the side of the road.

    A pair of King Hubs with ti spokes on Bontrager Valient Assym rims with ceramic brake tracks. Thirty bucks at a garage sale. Minty fresh too.

    2000 Litespeed Vortex road bike. 6/4 ti frame with complete Dura Ace. Two hundo at a garage sale.

    The Speshy was a 20" and the Ritchey a 17" so they had to go.
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    1984 Univega. For about what you would pay for a 1984 Univega. Fortunately it was dripping in early CBR components.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    15 years unused in a basement.





    There aren't many guys that have the resources for a proper restore like that. Very nice work, as always. Oh and that Cannondale may not be vintage but Zachariah did one hell of a job on that. Looks like a great town/commuter bike.
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    About 3 years ago I went to a local bike swap and found a guy with a box of misc. junk with a "free" sign on it. I found a Ziploc bag full of assorted sized bolts and I grabbed them. Got em home and threw them in a box and forgot about them for a few months. When I went back in to use them I found out about 80% of them were titanium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Those are classic infomercial before and after photos. The sad, poorly lit, out-of-shape before photo vs the smiling, lean and mean after photo.
    Exactly the angle I was going for!

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    There aren't many guys that have the resources for a proper restore like that. Very nice work, as always.
    Thanks man! It definitely involved help from my VRC buddies.
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    CL has been good to me. My neighbors trash has been good to me. But the question is "your favorite second hand bike" By far it's this.
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    I guess my best would have to be my Elgin. Paid nothing for the frame. Did a strip of an older Turner for the headset, wheels, shifters, brakes then sold the Turner frame. Spent 20 bucks at the swap meet on the fork an 25 on new seals and oil and used the leftover paint from the frame to paint it to match. Only new parts are the cranks and handlebars. This one gets me to work everyday. I would say my total out of pocket with welding supplies was probably way higher than most other bikes in this thread but it is my favorite.

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    I paid $100 for this Klein. It was heavily crusted with grease at the time of purchase but I figured I couldn't lose at $100. After lots of cleaning...well look closely and you will see. But still the parts were nice.

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    For a bike less than 20 pounds - it's WORTH IT!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    I would say my total out of pocket with welding supplies was probably way higher than most other bikes in this thread but it is my favorite.
    My out of pocket on rebuilding the Bad Boy frameset...........$ 25:

    Wheelset: Velocity Blunt SL/American Classic Disc Lite.......$775
    Headshock Full rebuild........................................... ........$150
    Crankset: FSA Energy 2 x 10 46-36...................................$225
    Front Derailleur: FSA Energy............................................ $ 45
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 4ti......................................$200
    Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M960.....................................$175
    Shifters: SRAM X0 9-speed Grip Shift................................$120
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 Grilon Composite 9-speed...........$145
    Chain: SRAM PC-1091R 10-speed......................................$ 50
    Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro III Mithril....................................$140
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM................................................ .......$100
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL................................................ ..$350
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    My out of pocket on rebuilding the Bad Boy frameset...........$ 25:

    Wheelset: Velocity Blunt SL/American Classic Disc Lite.......$775
    Headshock Full rebuild........................................... ........$150
    Crankset: FSA Energy 2 x 10 46-36...................................$225
    Front Derailleur: FSA Energy............................................ $ 45
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 4ti......................................$200
    Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M960.....................................$175
    Shifters: SRAM X0 9-speed Grip Shift................................$120
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 Grilon Composite 9-speed...........$145
    Chain: SRAM PC-1091R 10-speed......................................$ 50
    Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro III Mithril....................................$140
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM................................................ .......$100
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL................................................ ..$350
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    out-of-pocket Total: $2380
    Ok yeah you got me there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    This one gets me to work everyday. I would say my total out of pocket with welding supplies was probably way higher than most other bikes in this thread but it is my favorite.
    Having seen this one in person, the pictures of this bike do not do it justice.

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    I've posted my early Zaskar story here before, but here it is again.
    '92 Zaskar, rebuilt and updated

    I love threads like this.

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    this is my take a spin around the block with kids or laid back park ride bike. it's not too rare or very sought after, but it's 30 years old and all original.


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    Quote Originally Posted by melan47 View Post
    this is my take a spin around the block with kids or laid back park ride bike. it's not too rare or very sought after, but it's 30 years old and all original.

    Wow. I really like that build: the Suntour Beartraps (on Sugino ATs maybe?) and the DiaCompe 980s. You have the sweet Suntour tumbies too? That's just some cool early MTB kit, nicely preserved. Thanks for posting

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