Re: what's your greatest/cheapest score on bikes or parts?
Well, it seems like deals find me. I have had pretty good success without looking. Made a turn down a street one time just as a guy is walking out to the curb a Schwinn Jaguar. It had been sitting in a metal shed for some time and had a lot of surface rust on it, but it was complete. A neighbor shows up at my door with a 1970's Sportcrest? Department store 3 speed roadster he just picked up off the curb,.... it was dirty, but the kicker! it was like new. When I was looking for bikes Goodwill was a great place to shop about 10 years ago. Found alot of English lightwieghts for next to nothing. I would only pick up the bikes that were in better than average condition, nice paint, decals, and complete. '64 Huffy Sportsman $15, '63 Phillips $10, '64 Hercules $2, and have a real nice mid '60's Armstrong that is all original down to the innertubes for $20. Replied to a classified ad one time for some bike parts, when I got there she uncovered a Western Flyer X-53, not complete but worth the $10 bucks. Frame, tank, forks and fenders,.. no light , rear rack or chainguard. That leads to an Auction I was at about 8 or 9 years ago, long story short, it was an estate sale for a gentleman that had a bicycle shop that had closed back in the '50's. In the back of his garage was a small room that he kept what must have been the remainder of used parts from who knows what, repairs? After the big ticket items sold, NOS parts, rare and unusual bits and pieces, they auctioned off the remainder of this room for one money. There were about 50 bicycle frames ranging from the '30's to the '50's, Roadmaster, Hawthorn, Rollfast, Western Flyer, Elgin, Flying Ace, Goodyear, to name a few. Along with bins of used parts, New Departure hubs, Bendix, sprockets, cranks, Wald kickstands, stems, truss rods, cigar boxes of bicycle related nuts, axles, bent seat post etc..There was a 55 gallon drum of old rusted handle bars. Anyway here are some pictures the day I picked this stuff up, I had to rent a 15' truck to get it all home. Oh!... the deal? $400 +truck rental.