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What is the least $ you have paid for a bike?(11 posts)

What is the least $ you have paid for a bike?rwbadley
Jul 16, 2002 9:16 PM
Every so often we have a post about the cost of a quality bike. How much should I spend?, Should I buy new? Used? A friend has a bike he wants to sell and etc...

I would like to know if anyone has found any great deals on a good bike that they actually use on a regular basis.

I'll start with a few, and I hope there are others out there. I have to admit to having more than a few bikes that were "great deals"

I paid $45 for a mid 80's Celo Europa Super. Pawn shop had a tag on it for $60, but I talked 'em down! Built by Colnago with some Campy super record. I traded a few parts off it and boom, a great bike for 75. I ride this one a lot for training.

Found a Bianchi cross bike. $20 at a thrift shop. Superset frame and high end suntour stuff. I put new tires and bar tape on it. Total cost $60. I use this for a daily rider.

There are deals out there, we just hope to find them.

The key is to not be in too big a hurry, recognize quality, and be in the right place at the right time. What I do is if I come onto a cheap something that is priced way below the value of it's parts, it's best to just get it and think about it later. Heck, you can always sell the stuff on e-bay!

Oh, and it helps if you are able to wrench on it yourself, if you don't have the room to keep stuff, or you have to pay to have things done, you will probably not come out ahead.

I tell wifey I'm saving money when I bring another load of junk home. Then take her out to dinner later, courtesy of the 'bike fund'.

Happy hunting!

My best deal...Ron B
Jul 16, 2002 9:40 PM
isn't all that great, but then I haven't bought many road bikes.

In 2000, I bought a 2 year old Fuji Roubaix, Cro-Moly frame, complete 105 components and in perfect shape for $340.00. It's the only used bike I've ever bought.
Spouse tariff?AllisonHayes
Jul 17, 2002 4:08 AM
So RW (emphasis on the double-U: Aaarr Double-yew)

I bought this great . It only cost . I got a great deal! But to keep everything quiet on the home front, dinner cost an additional $120.

And then there was the new shoes, dress, hair stylist, spa--and probably a new bauble thrown in every so often. So the entire tariff came to a whopping $3000 (averaged over 5 yrs-them baubles add up over time).

(Aaah, what would life be like without such tariffs? As RW maintains marital harmony through an equal measure of common sense and joi de vivre.)
Hee, Hee, you Aaarr so right. Just think...rwbadley
Jul 17, 2002 6:32 AM
Allison, if I bought a "real" bike how much it would cost me!

Jeez, so I got a great deal on the Serotta, only 1800 on e-bay. But the trip to Europe cost 4200!

Wow I gotta get a handle on this wacky problem of mine... That new tire cost me 300 bucks!

Aaarr Double-yew
$5 for a 50's ca balloon tire special, first bike (nm)MXL02
Jul 17, 2002 5:00 AM
Full chrome lugged frame, Schwinn Voyageur 11.8Lone Gunman
Jul 17, 2002 5:58 AM
Had all the components, early shimano stuff, zero rust on it, very dirty/greasy 2 small dings in the top tube. Measured it, (it is my size)bought it brought it home and stripped the components off. Gave it a rightous bath and polish, relubed the bb and headset, and now am a few days away from having a fixed gear rider that is stunning to see. $65 for bike, put another $250 in on parts (rear hub, 2rims, tires, tubes, tape, lacing and sprockets, apprx. $200) plus a new bar and stem, brake pads/cables, tape.

Could have got a new track or Bianchi Pista for a few hundred more, but what fun would that be? Actually, this bike can be quickly converted back to a 7 speed road bike if I want/need so it's versatility is also nice.
Found Schwinn Caliente in trash. Best bang for your buck :) nmtz
Jul 17, 2002 6:04 AM
mid 80's Trek, free from neighborbike_guy
Jul 17, 2002 6:28 AM
It had belonged to his son who had moved away and he was tired of storing it. He had also seen me a few times outside cleaning and working on my bikes. He would always say 'is that bike still broke', he really thought something was wrong. After saying this a few times he showed up one day and said maybe this one won't break as much.
Great deal, I had to pay for mine!rwbadley
Jul 17, 2002 6:36 AM
I found a mid-80's Trek 560 in the paper for 100. Came with new tires and a set of clipless pedals and shoes in new condition.

My son rides the Trek with toe clips, I hijacked the pedals and shoes (they fit perfect) for my road bike.

$7 for a Columbia 10 speed, and $25 for a Trek 1000jromack
Jul 17, 2002 6:35 AM
The Columbia was at a Police Auction in the 70s (my first multi-speed) and the Trek was at a Thrift store.
re: What is the least $ you have paid for a bike?aliensporebomb
Jul 17, 2002 10:19 AM
A friend bought a brand new Schwinn World Sport in
1989-1990, brought it to my place a week after he
bought it, then vanished for a decade. He ended up
in Texas and forgot all about the bike. He said
"Throw it in the lake or donate it to charity or keep
it, whatever."