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Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
798
44
Unionville, CT
Also, if you want a specific bike, be ready to pay top dollar (when and if you find it). If your criteria is broad, you have a better chance of picking up a deal.

I’m fancying a ‘70s or ‘80s road bike right now. I hear Goodwill is a great place to find them, so far no luck. I did come across an ‘87 Fuji Palisade at a LBS. Trade in on new bike. I left my number to call when they figured out what they are doing with it. Might follow up on that soon.
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,765
The Land of Oz
Also, if you want a specific bike, be ready to pay top dollar (when and if you find it). If your criteria is broad, you have a better chance of picking up a deal.

I’m fancying a ‘70s or ‘80s road bike right now. I hear Goodwill is a great place to find them, so far no luck. I did come across an ‘87 Fuji Palisade at a LBS. Trade in on new bike. I left my number to call when they figured out what they are doing with it. Might follow up on that soon.
Man, FB Marketplace, scrap yards, thrift stores, and garage sales abound with those. What are you after, specifically?
 
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Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
798
44
Unionville, CT
Good question, @partsguy, in that I'm still figuring out what kind of rider I am. [OP - sorry for the hijack, but I hope some of this will prove relevant.] Right now my "long distance" bike is my only lightweight, a Schwinn Speedster, 3 speed. As I venture off the MUP more frequently (and go farther distances), I feel I'd benefit from a more efficient bike. The last road bike I had was a 1987 Trek 560 pro-series with 105 (not mine pictured, but identical) which I purchased used from a bike shop in the '90s for $200. I also loaned it to a guy who was deported, and never knew what became of it. I didn't appreciate the bike when I had it (cause it was "obsolete"), but it really did everything I needed. 12 gears, lugged frame, cool paint job, pre-Taiwan, working brakes, light enough that I could car top it. So while I love older bikes, something from that era would probably hit all the marks, and be price friendly as well.

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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
12,922
crown point<indiana
I usually look at FB marketplace,CL,shows,estate sales ,etc.Usually its just luck.I find them when I dont really look for them.I always carry money just in case. It seems when I dont care about looking for bikes they pop up.lol
 

Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
798
44
Unionville, CT
I got my first old bike from a flea market. I bought two bikes (and many parts) from Cabers sight unseen through mail. One bike through Craigslist, three bikes at local swaps, and a frame (and many parts) through eBay.
 
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stezell

I live for the CABE
May 8, 2014
1,722
Clarksville, TN, United States
It also depends on your location, because I'm in a dry area when it comes to old bikes. Unless you consider JC Penney, Walmart, Kmart, etc., old or antique bicycles and a lot of people that post them for sale think so. I know I'm not alone when I say this, but I get the majority of my bikes and parts from fellow cabers on here.

Sean
 

piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
1,568
59
Sanger, TX
Good question, @partsguy, in that I'm still figuring out what kind of rider I am. [OP - sorry for the hijack, but I hope some of this will prove relevant.] Right now my "long distance" bike is my only lightweight, a Schwinn Speedster, 3 speed. As I venture off the MUP more frequently (and go farther distances), I feel I'd benefit from a more efficient bike. The last road bike I had was a 1987 Trek 560 pro-series with 105 (not mine pictured, but identical) which I purchased used from a bike shop in the '90s for $200. I also loaned it to a guy who was deported, and never knew what became of it. I didn't appreciate the bike when I had it (cause it was "obsolete"), but it really did everything I needed. 12 gears, lugged frame, cool paint job, pre-Taiwan, working brakes, light enough that I could car top it. So while I love older bikes, something from that era would probably hit all the marks, and be price friendly as well.

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I see you are in Connecticut. I had a project in Southeast Connecticut just over 4 years ago. There were bikes to be found all over there, and in Rhode Island. I had a lot of luck on Craigslist, the local newspapers and just keeping my eyes open while driving around. A lot of bikes are for sale, that the people have no intention of selling, if you ask.

I scored a truck load of bikes in Nebraska and Iowa knocking on doors, looking in local papers and the old craigslist. That and I ask people, plumbers, electricians, the folks who work in other peoples houses and see what they have there.
 

Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
798
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Unionville, CT
...That and I ask people, plumbers, electricians, the folks who work in other peoples houses and see what they have there.
Really good idea! I went to look at a Vespa VNB a couple of years ago, and the seller mentioned he's a town building inspector, and regularly finds this stuff and offers on it. My realtor knows I'm into bikes, I should probably have her keep on the lookout.
 

highship

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 1, 2012
248
Northampton, United States
By "score" do you mean a good deal on a bike or do you mean a nice bike regardless of cost? I ask because I have found nice bikes at good prices which is what I consider a score. I'm not sure I would consider a nice bike at a high price a score... my point is, the big spenders always find "scores". If money is not a consideration watch here and eBay, you'll see "scores" all day. If by score you mean a good deal on a good bike CL and tags sales are probably your best bet.
 

piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
1,568
59
Sanger, TX

Krakatoa

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 12, 2016
3,712
Warren, RI, United States
There aren't really many bikes left in New England they're all rusty lumps by now. I think they're all in Texas & Oklahoma.
 
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