I'm in favour of dumpster diving..


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razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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So our shop shares a dumpster area with a restaurant or two and sometimes I come across goodies. Today, a prefect Oxicilix Acid parts cleaner bucket. View attachment 1009510

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Just the right size to take a complete rusty saddle. And a screen thingy to keep the small parts from sinking to the bottom. View attachment 1009510

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Find me one
Found this '85 RockHopper next to a metal recycling dumpster last Saturday at the recycling center. Most of the parts were toast but the frame and fork are in nice condition. I thought it was gray when I first saw it but realized that under the thick layer of dust and grime was really nice dark blue metallic paint. Tons of braze-ons and lots of tire clearance. Could be a super fun touring or bikepacking rig.
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Some of my best bike projects came from my local recycling center. Ya can't beat free!!
PLEASE!!!
 
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razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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#22
No pic but 10 or so years ago,I found a 70's J C Penny touring bike, in perfect condition,with a rear disk brake in a dumpster in a driveway. Same kinda story,bike was bought for someone in their 50's for exercise,it was never used, the guy died and the family just wanted to clean out the place. I gave it to a neighborhood kid.
Good for you.
 

Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
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1,498
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#23
Find me one

Some of my best bike projects came from my local recycling center. Ya can't beat free!!
PLEASE!!!
I'll keep an eye out. I'm a pack rat from WAY back. I never toss anything out. Only problem is, when I need something it's under all the other stuff and then sometimes I end up buying stuff I already have cuz I can't FIND it....
 

razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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this rod brake Raleigh was actually thrown into a dumpster along with the paperwork.An old man died and the family cleaned out the garage......
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Man o' man!! What some people toss in dumpsters is unreal!! I would like to borrow your horse shoe when you found this GEM!!! I found a pre-war hiawatha girls bike at a recycling center and was only missing one of the truss rods. Best find yet. To bad they don't let you do this any more for stupid insurance reasons. Enjoy your new treasure. Razin.
 

razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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I'll keep an eye out. I'm a pack rat from WAY back. I never toss anything out. Only problem is, when I need something it's under all the other stuff and then sometimes I end up buying stuff I already have cuz I can't FIND it....
That my friend is the joys of "PACK RATTING" Save it. Don't toss it is my motto.
 

razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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I knew a guy who was living in a garage several years back who basically lived on a shoestring and a prayer. One day i invited him to go to a bicycle club meeting with me as he was an avid rider.

When i picked up Tom, he had a plate of submarine sandwich sections to take to the meeting. I told Tom that that was nice of him but he didnt need to spend his limited resouces on that. He replied "thats ok, i got them in the dumpster at the Lucky Dollar and they only expired yesterday".

As far as i know, no one got sick..
That sounds like me in my young and dumber "didn't have a dime to spare" days when i was living on a shoe string and a prayer. Been their, done that.
 
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OhioJones

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 1, 2015
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Detroit, United States
#27
Potato chip manufacturer just outside of Pittsburgh. Have dived that place with a friend I met while touring for well over 15 years now. When you're crammed in a van with several other people for what can be anywhere from a short two weeks to three months, a free endless supply of potato chips at 3 am in the morning can be VERY much appreciated. Coincidentally, PBGH is one of my top three cities to be in. :]
 

Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
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Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
#31
I;m still using parts I pulled out of the Peloton bike shop dumpster in Northampton, MA back in the 1980's. Those guys threw EVERYTHING away.
 
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bikewhorder

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Nov 9, 2011
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Midcoast, ME
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bikebozo

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 1, 2015
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Winter Garden, United States
#35
Mike Fallon got a 1889 Victor Spring fork , before it went in the dumpster , it sold for over 10,000, my best so far was a book thrown away while I worked at the schwinn museum , I sold it for 4,250.00, there is a lot that gets tossed , remember a few years ago when Albert Schauffs stuff was thrown out , it was close to a million dollars in the dumpster
 

razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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#36
Mike Fallon got a 1889 Victor Spring fork , before it went in the dumpster , it sold for over 10,000, my best so far was a book thrown away while I worked at the schwinn museum , I sold it for 4,250.00, there is a lot that gets tossed , remember a few years ago when Albert Schauffs stuff was thrown out , it was close to a million dollars in the dumpster
Man that's way cool what you can find in dumpsters. Wish i could get that lucky. Great score. Razin. P>S> Who was Albert Schauff?
 

bikebozo

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 1, 2015
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Albert was one of the 1st transportation collectors , in the 18 80s he collected , photos and catalogs of everything made , in the car Era, while he was alive , he collected all the same items, his stuff was thrown out by his ancestors , and a homeless man discovered them in a dumpster , it was the most extensive collection ever seen or heard of! The homeless guy , sold a few items ,and got set up in an apartment and got on ebay . The homeless man said all he could get was 5 trunks full back to his camp , he did not realize what he had discovered
 
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razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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#38
Wow!! What an amazing cache!! This stuff could be priceless!! Hope his good fortune did not get squandered away. Some people have all the luck. ME? Just bad luck. Thanks for that interesting tid bit of information. Razin.
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
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2,088
Hollister CA
#39
in the 80s i knew a kid that lived by a Sony warehouse and that kid dumpster dived and found all sorts of cool gadgets in working order. Ive been a fan of rescuing stuff from anywhere ever since. Youd be amazed how much gets left behind after fleamarkets as a matter of fact when the sea gulls come so too does a wave of scavengers after the flea is near closing. We are surrounded by abundance of stuff in the states...... no reason to starve out here happy digging yall.. just double scrub or glove up afterwards
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
5,430
2,088
Hollister CA
#40
p.s. i got my start fixing bicycles when i was about 12 from a bicycle dump in some kids back yard in the neighborhood i grew up in. I had access to tools from my dads toolbox so i had fun taking stuff apart and building up riders.
 

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