Anyone have an old road bike they want to unload for cheap?

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Noah Mustion
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I am thinking of adding to my fleet so if anyone has a larger roadbike (I’m 6’1 or so, so I suppose 58, 59 cm is best) to sell cheap let’s talk… if it’s in sort of dingy condition that’s fine. I’d be stripping the paint and replacing the wheels anyway


Erica
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My boss has an awesome Schwinn in the basement of my work, purple with a white fork, I’ll ask her tomorrow if it’s still available. I can’t be certain, but I think she’s selling it for $100.


Noah Mustion
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hmm.. i’m definitely trying to go lower than that… maybe wishful thinking but i could also get a bike on CL for 75… since i plan to do work on it (i’m not going to lie… i’m building a fixed gear) and i’m going to strip the paint for my usual ugly paintwork, i almost prefer something a little beat up


Erica
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well, she pulled it out of a dumpster and fixed it up, her cost is usually based on what it cost for her to fix it. I’ll text her now to see if it’s still there/how much she wants for it.

Also, it has a pink water bottle cage that I covet.


Noah Mustion
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sorry, didn’t mean to sound so ungrateful – just putting my extreme frugality out there :)

PINK water bottle cage? no. that’s MINE…


Erica
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no, it’s good that you did, because she said she wanted 200 for it, because she put about 100 into in in new parts.. Maybe CL is your best bet, I got the blue bike for about 70 on there, it was 80 because the guy delivered it.


dbacklover
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Dont forget freeride, I got the Ventura im fixing up for 40$ and im pretty sure ill be able to reuse most of it except the stem and BB


Noah Mustion
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they sold you the whole bike for $40? i always thought their prices were a little steeper than that. why, that’s 2.5 tuesday night volunteer shifts!!!


Lou M.
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I got a complete Schwinn Continental for $25…big bargain.


dbacklover
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I guess it depends on the bike. it started out pretty beat up and I worked all day on saturday to find parts for it. like I said the bb was shot and I had to cut and drill the stem for three days before I could get it out.


sloaps
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I have a 58cm Specialized Allez (early 1990s). Previous owner rarely used it, as there was very little wear on the bike’s naughty parts.

I put a few thousand miles on it. lemme know if you’re interested.


bikefind
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i always thought their prices were a little steeper than that.

I guess it depends on the bike.

It *completely* depends on who’s in the shop when you ask for a price. (Only talking about bikes that haven’t yet been tagged and priced of course.) Lots of people have a very different initial sense of what a given bike is worth. If there is a variety of staffers/opinions in the shop, they’ll have a conversation or do an average. If not, you might get a price that’s near one extreme or the other.

I’m not naming names, but then the information is available to anyone who wants to volunteer enough during open shop to see how different staffers tend to price.


Noah Mustion
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Hey! Now I know who bikefind is…

I completely forgot that you told me that important fact the other night.


bikefind
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pm on it’s way.


bikefind
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the other good thing about volunteering in open shop is that you’re *there* when the bike you want shows up. If you just go in for a quick visit to find a bike, it’s less likely that the bike you’re hoping for is just sitting there waiting for you. But if you do a handful of 4-hour shifts, especially up at the front counter, you see the stuff as it comes in. And if you have enough hours racked up (or all the earn-a-bike reqs in order) then you’re in a good position to keep from letting “the one” get away.

Some people have expressed frustration over the reality that it often works this way. Not saying it should or shouldn’t, just observing. Also, again, anyone’s welcome to shadow a couple staffing shifts (or how ever many they need to feel comfortable staffing) and then take responsibility for a shift. (There’s more training available too – I’m just saying that being the first person to see bikes come in isn’t an opportunity reserved for anyone in particular.)


Mick
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BTW Freeride is having training for staffers this saturday at 11 am, if anyone wants to get involved.


Noah Mustion
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this summer i was going to freeride pretty regularly. i just sort of lapsed as of late. need to get back into it. unfortunately my tuesday nights have been western movie nights with a friend. need to move that.


bikefind
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Freeride is having training for staffers this saturday at 11 am

-with the recommendation that people shadow at least once before attending, and the request that they RSVP.

http://freeridepgh.org/2010/09/20/staffing-skills-workshop-this-fall/

edited to add: if you haven’t shadowed but would like to, and *then* go to a workshop, there’s another one going on next weekend after open shop (oct 9)

another @#$% edit (partly to clarify about the workshops and partly to follow up on noah’s mention of (tuesday) volunteer nights):

The workshops are to help people prepare to staff open shop, which these days are held thursday nights and saturday afternoons. This isn’t about being the mechanic walking around helping people, it’s about being at the front counter area, running the register, explaining programs to people, exchanging ID’s for toolboxes, etc. It’s a good option for people who want to volunteer but don’t have tuesday nights open. Also, that matter of being positioned at the front of the shop and getting to see what comes in…


StuInMcCandless
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I have an old Raleigh that you can just plain have. I know I have neither the time nor resources to make it usable. The last I remember riding it was in 2000. It probably needs everything, so a fixie rebuild might be just the thing. I got it for nothing 10+ years ago, and have put nothing in it, so that’s what I’m asking.


Noah Mustion
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stu:

what’s wrong with it? size?


StuInMcCandless
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27″ wheels, I haven’t measured the frame. It just hasn’t been used in a long time. Tires dry rotted, tubes shot, wheels might be OK but look rusty, frame appears to be fine. Looks very much like the old red Raleigh Record I often ride, but no decals.


Noah Mustion
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i’d be replacing the tires and tubes as a matter of course as well as the rear wheel with the fixed (although if it’s in better shape than the wheel on my current bike, i’ll use it for that)


StuInMcCandless
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@Noah – I’ll get a photo of it for you, if you want. What dimensions on the frame most matter to you?

It’s rollable; I can probably even transport it on a PAT bus rack.


Nick D
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I’ve picked up plenty of great CL finds (practically unridden dust collectors for under $50), it just a matter of timing (and being able to get out to the ‘burbs).


spakbros
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Noah Mustion
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Stu,

A photo would be great. I’d love to see it.


edmonds59
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There’s your fixie right there, $25! Decent crank set too, looks like:

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/1982418392.html


Noah Mustion
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Hey Stu, I could come up to McCandless and pick the bike up and spare you the trip on the bus. Let me know when works for you.


mark
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i have an old peugeot frame in my basement that i’ve never built, i bought it for 30 bucks or something and haven’t touched it… its definitely a beater… probably around a 57… pm me if you want it.


StuInMcCandless
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@Noah – One major piece of info I didn’t supply before: It’s a women’s step-thru frame.

Link to photo set

It’s certainly fixable. Looks like I last rode it in 2005.

Let me know if still interested.

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