Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Is anyone else halting, or thinking of halting their C&V spending?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Is anyone else halting, or thinking of halting their C&V spending?

Old 03-18-20, 11:52 PM
  #51  
Pcampeau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 332

Bikes: 1968 Raleigh Super Course. 1972 Raleigh Professional, 1975 Raleigh International, 1978 Raleigh Professional, 1985 Raleigh Prestige, 1972 Schwinn Paramount, 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, 1978 Schwinn Varsity, 1976 Peugeot PX10, 1972 Motobecane Le Champ

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 53 Posts
Im a local Truck driver for USPS here in Minneapolis and a member of the APWU, my job is pretty secure, at this time anyway, and Im fortunate to have a fair amount of paid sick time should I become infected. Im thankful to have a few C&V projects going on right now as theres not much else to do. With no real change in income and most spending opportunities closed along with businesses, Im hoping to bank enough money to complete a few projects. I also have a small bike shop that I own with my brothers and we take customers by appointment only. I gotta keep wrenching. I figure if I keep my hands greasy enough I wont wanna touch my face.

Last edited by Pcampeau; 03-18-20 at 11:55 PM.
Pcampeau is offline  
Old 03-18-20, 11:55 PM
  #52  
Insidious C. 
Crash Test Dummy
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: PNW
Posts: 1,150

Bikes: Dawes, Williams, Raleigh, Daccordi, Scott, Univega, Mercier, Vitus, J. Anquetil, Specialized

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 288 Post(s)
Liked 99 Times in 67 Posts
I actually sold a bike yesterday with four other people interested. The guys flipping bikes must have balls of steel to be buying bikes right now.
__________________
I.C.
Insidious C. is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 12:00 AM
  #53  
RiddleOfSteel
Master Parts Rearranger
 
RiddleOfSteel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,303

Bikes: '88 Land Shark Road Shark 66cm - '88 Davidson Signature 67cm - Other Too-Small Frames awaiting keep/sell decision..

Mentioned: 177 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1082 Post(s)
Liked 423 Times in 283 Posts
At present, it is business as usual for my place of employment--aside from working at home that is. We're all adjusting, and I entertain levels of optimism--that we could see easing of things in a few weeks rather than a few months. Mentally, emotionally, and financially, I am fine, and I am extremely thankful. I want to keep up relationships in work and life, so that will be the next thing to work on.

I have my fleet of keeper bikes, along with a few bikes already complete and listed. If the cold late winter wasn't enough, the virus causing the fear and shutdown of things has made sales even slower. I was in Portland visiting family for an extended weekend just now, and the day I could visit a local bike shop (Community Cycling Center, my favorite Portland location by far), they had closed. At least I had a great time spending time with family and working on trucks.

My only C&V activity is the continuation of trickle-speed spending on odds and ends. I need to update my SLX-tubed Battaglin progress as selling the frameset prompted building it to "rideable" and then choosing to keep it. Picked up a fork for it, as well as a headset that should work with it as well. That's a long-term project for a number of reasons, but really, my planned spending has been minimal to none at best for months and was forecast to stay that way regardless of the virus. And having made a big discovery in foot/knee fitment, that should hopefully allow me to put some miles on some bikes and get me out of the apartment.
RiddleOfSteel is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 12:12 AM
  #54  
alo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 430
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 92 Times in 70 Posts
I am hoping to move to a new location a long way from where I live, at some time in the future. The cost of moving possessions will be expensive. As a result, I have stopped buying new things, but just continue to use what I already have. When I move, I will take very little with me. With the money I save, I will be able to buy new things.

For example, after I move I plan to get an electric bike. If I bought it now, and transported it when I moved, It would cost much more. The same thing applies to many other things.
alo is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 03:06 AM
  #55  
daviddavieboy 
Senior Member
 
daviddavieboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Great White North
Posts: 777

Bikes: Yeah, I have some.

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 269 Post(s)
Liked 81 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by jreeves View Post
I appreciate hearing stories like this. You guys are the backbone of the current economy and it's good to have the inside perspective.
Thank you I appreciate that. I am hearing a lot of talk about about parking though because they are finding truck stops closed and they cannot find places to eat/shower, etc. On a positive side that is what most truck drivers do is just talk, it would be a real disaster if it actually happened.
daviddavieboy is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 07:04 AM
  #56  
repechage
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 14,705
Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1443 Post(s)
Liked 393 Times in 311 Posts
Originally Posted by John E View Post
I'll buy if I need anything, but I am tight on space and reaching the age for downsizing, rather than any form of upsizing.
the excuse is to buy a bike a cm or two bigger, avoids the stork stem look.
there are always excuses, use them
repechage is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 08:22 AM
  #57  
JaccoW
Tinkerer
 
JaccoW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Posts: 1,559

Bikes: Batavus Randonneur GL, Gazelle Orange Excellent, Gazelle Super Licht, Gazelle Grand Tourist

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 495 Post(s)
Liked 398 Times in 250 Posts
My industry (IT) is well equiped to work from home though we too have been adjusting. I have been holding back the past two months after I was blindsided by a credit card bill last month but now that has slowed down a bit I have ordered a few things for my current build.
But where I would usually spend all of my budget to speed things up I have decided to be a bit more conservative this month and keep a bit of a personal buffer.

My girlfriend and I have a shared account where we put a percentage of our income on and we have a fairly decent buffer if worst comes to worst but social security in my country is a lot better than the US so I don't worry all that much.
JaccoW is offline  
Likes For JaccoW:
Old 03-19-20, 09:12 AM
  #58  
Schwinneffect
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38

Bikes: Invicta 3 speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 5 Posts
Spend now?

I'm actually thinking of spending more on stuff now. The economy is contracting right now, but helicopter money is on the way. Six to eight months from now when the chopper brings the checks, supplies may still be tight. I could see prices for things like tires, tubes, tools, etc. going ng up. Collector bikes are a luxury good so I don't expect them to sell well for a while, so there may be bargains in a couples cf months.
Schwinneffect is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 11:13 AM
  #59  
r0ckh0und
Senior Member
 
r0ckh0und's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Plano, IL.
Posts: 1,413
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Liked 42 Times in 31 Posts
My basement full of projects is my safe space. A stereo receiver, a beer fridge (craft beers over 8% abv will keep for 3-5 years by the way) and lots of bike projects. I have several non bike related projects as well. For the last several years I have focused on buying utilitarian type items for resale and at this point I rarely buy anything new. Buy things you like, because you might have to keep it. Use good judgement and stay safe...........Cheers
r0ckh0und is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 12:01 PM
  #60  
scarlson
Senior Member
 
scarlson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Medford MA
Posts: 924

Bikes: Ron Cooper touring, 1959 Jack Taylor 650b ladyback touring tandem, Vitus 979, Joe Bell painted Claud Butler Dalesman, Colin Laing curved tube tandem, heavily-Dilberted 1982 Trek 6xx

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 403 Post(s)
Liked 444 Times in 267 Posts
I'm using the time to finish up a huge backlog of projects. Unfortunately I still need a machine shop for some of them, and that's at work, which has been shut down.

I'd mostly decided already this year that I shouldn't buy any more stuff until my projects are finished (and, fingers crossed, some get sold). I make an exception for Biopace rings as those appear to help my knees and I'd rather not deteriorate more and have to go into PT because I'll get the damn disease from there!
scarlson is online now  
Likes For scarlson:
Old 03-19-20, 01:10 PM
  #61  
ThermionicScott 
7-speed cultist
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 20,062

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)

Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2785 Post(s)
Liked 707 Times in 498 Posts
Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
I'm using the time to finish up a huge backlog of projects. Unfortunately I still need a machine shop for some of them, and that's at work, which has been shut down.

I'd mostly decided already this year that I shouldn't buy any more stuff until my projects are finished (and, fingers crossed, some get sold). I make an exception for Biopace rings as those appear to help my knees and I'd rather not deteriorate more and have to go into PT because I'll get the damn disease from there!
Let me know if you're in the market for a 52/42 130BCD set...
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Likes For ThermionicScott:
Old 03-19-20, 01:19 PM
  #62  
Brad L
Senior Member
 
Brad L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast TX
Posts: 174

Bikes: 1959 Fiorelli Campione del Mondo, 1969 Colnago Super, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1983 Gitane Interclub, 1990 Specialized Sirrus, 2001 Colnago Dream B-Stay, 2007 Trek 1000 SL

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Liked 89 Times in 49 Posts
As a transplant recipient, if I get this bug I'll likely not survive. No point in buying anything if the wife has to deal with it later. Morbid, I know, but reality sucks sometimes.
Brad L is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 01:51 PM
  #63  
deux jambes 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
deux jambes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 1,007
Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 477 Post(s)
Liked 274 Times in 155 Posts
Originally Posted by Brad L View Post
As a transplant recipient, if I get this bug I'll likely not survive. No point in buying anything if the wife has to deal with it later. Morbid, I know, but reality sucks sometimes.
Im sure youre already being safe as can be, but please continue to my friend. When this is all over, we still want you around!
deux jambes is offline  
Likes For deux jambes:
Old 03-19-20, 02:12 PM
  #64  
scarlson
Senior Member
 
scarlson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Medford MA
Posts: 924

Bikes: Ron Cooper touring, 1959 Jack Taylor 650b ladyback touring tandem, Vitus 979, Joe Bell painted Claud Butler Dalesman, Colin Laing curved tube tandem, heavily-Dilberted 1982 Trek 6xx

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 403 Post(s)
Liked 444 Times in 267 Posts
Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Let me know if you're in the market for a 52/42 130BCD set...
My 130 needs are taken care of (that is the bike I use to test things out), but I do need some in the 110 department, 36 and 48 probably. I'm really shocked that they are good for something. I used to poo-poo biopace as a fad, but as they relieve my pain I have become an overnight convert.
scarlson is online now  
Old 03-19-20, 02:13 PM
  #65  
SurferRosa
Seor Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2,969

Bikes: Old school lightweights

Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1220 Post(s)
Liked 965 Times in 596 Posts
What's the protocol when a c&v bud is sick and you're interested in relieving him of one or two of his bikes? Do you immediately ask about his italians, or start slow by commenting about one of his currently unused french townies?
SurferRosa is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 02:27 PM
  #66  
RiddleOfSteel
Master Parts Rearranger
 
RiddleOfSteel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,303

Bikes: '88 Land Shark Road Shark 66cm - '88 Davidson Signature 67cm - Other Too-Small Frames awaiting keep/sell decision..

Mentioned: 177 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1082 Post(s)
Liked 423 Times in 283 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
What's the protocol when a c&v bud is sick and you're interested in relieving him of one or two of his bikes? Do you immediately ask about his italians, or start slow by commenting about one of his currently unused french townies?
Oddly specific!
RiddleOfSteel is offline  
Likes For RiddleOfSteel:
Old 03-19-20, 02:39 PM
  #67  
SurferRosa
Seor Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2,969

Bikes: Old school lightweights

Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1220 Post(s)
Liked 965 Times in 596 Posts
Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
Oddly specific!
I'd inquire how you're feeling, but your bikes are way too big for me.

Parting out anything?

SurferRosa is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 02:49 PM
  #68  
bark_eater 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Eastern Shore, MD
Posts: 891

Bikes: Road ready: 1993 Koga Miyata City Liner Touring Hybrid, 1989 Centurion Sport DLX, "I Blame GP" Bridgestone CB-1. Projects: Yea, I got a problem....

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 297 Post(s)
Liked 91 Times in 61 Posts
I've got most of the bits and pieces together for the next 4 projects. I'm going to let the fallacy of sunk costs push me along, so I'll be completing another wheel set, buying another set of cables , a stem and maybe a set of SKS fenders. If Trump sends me a Grand I'll be putting that into a CSA farm share. Of course I have a first grader home for the duration, so right now time is the limited resource.

Last edited by bark_eater; 03-19-20 at 02:56 PM.
bark_eater is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 02:52 PM
  #69  
RiddleOfSteel
Master Parts Rearranger
 
RiddleOfSteel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,303

Bikes: '88 Land Shark Road Shark 66cm - '88 Davidson Signature 67cm - Other Too-Small Frames awaiting keep/sell decision..

Mentioned: 177 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1082 Post(s)
Liked 423 Times in 283 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
I'd inquire how you're feeling, but your bikes are way too big for me.

Parting out anything?



No French bikes, and only one Italian. I'm putting parts in to bikes right now. Well, if anyone buys them. If they buy anything I'm selling. Haha.
RiddleOfSteel is offline  
Likes For RiddleOfSteel:
Old 03-19-20, 03:54 PM
  #70  
squirtdad
Senior Member
 
squirtdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
Posts: 7,152

Bikes: 85 team Miyata (modern 5800 105) , '84 Team Miyata,(dura ace old school) '82 nishiski,

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1215 Post(s)
Liked 428 Times in 324 Posts
Originally Posted by bark_eater View Post
I've got most of the bits and pieces together for the next 4 projects. I'm going to let the fallacy of sunk costs push me along, so I'll be completing another wheel set, buying another set of cables , a stem and maybe a set of SKS fenders. If Trump sends me a Grand I'll be putting that into a CSA farm share. Of course I have a first grader home for the duration, so right now time is the limited resource.
for future boredom help paper airplanes https://www.foldnfly.com/#/1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2
__________________
Looking for more time to ride what I have
squirtdad is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 04:37 PM
  #71  
bark_eater 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Eastern Shore, MD
Posts: 891

Bikes: Road ready: 1993 Koga Miyata City Liner Touring Hybrid, 1989 Centurion Sport DLX, "I Blame GP" Bridgestone CB-1. Projects: Yea, I got a problem....

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 297 Post(s)
Liked 91 Times in 61 Posts
bark_eater is offline  
Likes For bark_eater:
Old 03-19-20, 05:49 PM
  #72  
deux jambes 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
deux jambes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 1,007
Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 477 Post(s)
Liked 274 Times in 155 Posts
bark_eater I brake for puddles!
deux jambes is offline  
Likes For deux jambes:
Old 03-19-20, 09:31 PM
  #73  
ThermionicScott 
7-speed cultist
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 20,062

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)

Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2785 Post(s)
Liked 707 Times in 498 Posts
Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
My 130 needs are taken care of (that is the bike I use to test things out), but I do need some in the 110 department, 36 and 48 probably. I'm really shocked that they are good for something. I used to poo-poo biopace as a fad, but as they relieve my pain I have become an overnight convert.
Aw man, I had a 48/38/28 110/74 BCD set at one time, but sold it off already...
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 10:34 PM
  #74  
capnjonny 
Senior Member
 
capnjonny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Saratoga calif.
Posts: 624

Bikes: Miyata 610(66cm), GT Vantara Hybrid (64cm), Nishiki International (64cm), Peugeot rat rod (62 cm), Trek 800 Burning Man helicopter bike, Bob Jackson frame (to be restored?) plus a never ending stream of neglected waifs from the Bike exchange.

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 57 Times in 36 Posts
Squirt dad,
Thanks for the glider project. Just the thing to do with my 6 year old grand son.
I don't really buy parts as all my bike work is done for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange in Palo Alto Ca. and they have all the parts I need. I always have a project in the garage I am working on for them.
A couple weeks ago, when they were on the verge of closing the shop for our volunteer work days I scoped out all the bikes waiting to be worked on and took a few back to the house.
I have also been finishing up a couple pretty special bikes I completely restored, a 72 Botteccia Special, and the French Mystery bike I still can't connect with a name. (no decals or head badge on a repainted frame).
The Botteccia is now hanging in the rafters waiting to go back to the shop and the mystery bike is on the stand getting its jewelry . When it goes in the rafters with its sister I will probably start one of the other bikes.
If I run out of parts and pieces to get them ready I can always spent a couple weeks cleaning and polishing wheels or maybe even cleaning (I mean CLEANING) the shop . I might even find the keys I lost a couple weeks ago somewhere in the shop or house.
By the way , we are at ground zero for this sh--t show. Trust me folks , if it hasn't hit you yet, it will. Don't be stupid about this people. Survival of the careful!
capnjonny is offline  
Likes For capnjonny:
Old 03-20-20, 01:07 AM
  #75  
merziac
Senior Member
 
merziac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: PDX
Posts: 6,317

Bikes: Merz x 5 + Specialized Merz Allez x 2, Strawberry/Newlands/DiNucci/Ti x3, Gordon, Fuso/Moulton x2, Bornstein, Paisley,1958-74 Paramounts x3, 3rensho, 74 Moto TC, 73-78 Raleigh Pro's x5, Marinoni x2, 1960 Cinelli SC, 1980 Bianchi SC, PX-10 X 2

Mentioned: 129 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1886 Post(s)
Liked 841 Times in 598 Posts
Paging all members that have a ton of crap in reserve which would be many of us.

Matt is one helluva standup guy and has given me several good deals.

If he's up for it how about we facilitate a bin build for this for now, no strings, a targeted pay it forward as it were.

deux jambes , exactly what do you need?
merziac is offline  
Likes For merziac:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.