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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..
    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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    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..
    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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    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...
    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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    $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
    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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    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:




    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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