|Raleigh Grand Prix -$35 spent|
|Peugeot U-O8 - $35 spent|
|Motobecane Nomade - Frame set for $5|
- "rare" a tactic to make the high price seem reasonable except these bikes are "rarely" rare they are usually bikes built by the tens of thousands. Like rare 1971 VW beetle....
- "All original" usually code for "nothing has been done to this bike for 40 years" so expect dry rotted tires, tubes that won't hold air, dry rusty chains and hard brittle cables and housing and brake pads, i.e. they need a lot of TLC and at least the $60 worth of parts.
- "might" as in "might need a tune up", " might need new tires" translation is "Definitely"
- Minor Frame damage, or "small" crack in frame. Run don't walk away! you don't want to deal with that.
- Record Du Monde for sale, there is no such bike model -its a sticker on a Peugeot frame to commemorate that one of their bikes set a World Record in some discipline. This is most likely a Peugeot UO-8 which they made a couple Million of during the bike boom. It a great riding frame and I have rebuilt quite a few, just beware of some of the issues you may encounter with older French bikes.
- Dry rotted tires
- Dried up patched together bar tape
- Surface rust on some of the chrome and oxidation on the alloy parts indicating to me that the bike was stored outside at some point or just someplace moist...wonder how those bearing are doing?
All that said I have found bikes on Craigslist ...
|Free bike that became a single speed|
|Peugeot Course- bought for myself originally $75|
|Motobecane Grand Touring - bought for myself keeper! $75 after sale of saddle and tires|
|Motobecane Mirage - in the queue $35 spent|
Again I am fortunate to live in a Neighborhood that holds a garage sale day every May so I can hit a ton of them in one fell swoop in a small area. You never know what you are going to find and like C-List people often have an inflated idea of what things are worth but I try to remember, like C-List, its in the garage sale because they want it gone.
And if you see an old bike at a garage sale and its not marked- Ask! that is how the Miyata below, one of the nicest bikes I have ever found came into my hands for $25. It was hanging in the Garage and wasn't marked, I asked the nice lady running the sale and she said "oh that was the bike my husband commuted on, he said it was ok for me to sell it". Randy at My Ten Speeds advises asking if they have any old 10 speeds even if you don't see any bikes at all, they might have forgotten it or didn't think it was worth putting out. Here are few project bikes that started life in garage sales...
|Takara Sport $10 spent|
|Takara $25 spent|
|Lovely Miyata 912- Sorry to let it go -$25 spent|
I have only done this once and it was Good Will express, I have seen some bikes in Good Will I thought were way over priced but as always you can sometimes find a gem.
|"Free Spirit" or in this case broken spirit...$9.95 spent|
Again this was a one time deal and it was a campus police auction but for $5 I got a pretty good starter project. It would have been worth that for the parts..
|The $5 ride - Raleigh Reliant|
As I mentioned in a previous post, I see plenty of bikes in the neighborhood put out for free but mostly they are kids bikes or cheapo mountain bikes, but every once in a while...I have had two old 10 speed scores, one I got home to discover frame damage so it became a parts bike and the other is in the queue.
|Just parts- front crash for frame|
|awaiting its turn...and a wheel|
Until next time...Ride. Bargain hunt.Smile.Repeat.