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Old 02-19-20, 01:21 PM
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Does anyone else find a nice vintage bike and tell yourself I can buy this one and sell one of my other ones I have?
It doesn't ever seem to work out that way.
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Old 02-19-20, 01:49 PM
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Sometimes it works. I was about to sell one after a n+1 to return to n but I made the mistake of riding the planned -1 bike and it rode so nicely that I couldn't sell it.
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I tell myself that all the time. It works fine.

Oh, are you implying that we should actually DO that? Are you trying to get banned from the forum?
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I made that mistake once. I don't plan on doing that again.
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It's actually a great plan if you have limited space, maybe the only way to do it.
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I have a couple of vintage bikes that the frames are a bit bigger than what I normally ride. I got them for around $30.00 Canadian each. One is a Miyata Seven Ten that I paid $30.00 CDN for because I wanted the wheels that had brand new never mounted tires. I made the mistake of riding it. Ditto for the others that I should sell.

$30.00 CDN Miyata Seven Ten.






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Originally Posted by robertj298 View Post
Does anyone else find a nice vintage bike and tell yourself I can buy this one and sell one of my other ones I have?
It doesn't ever seem to work out that way.
Can't imagine telling myself I would ever sell any of them, that would just be silly.
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Old 02-19-20, 05:17 PM
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I buy whatever catches my eye, and sell whatever I lose interest (in). C'est la vie.
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depends on whether the significant other notices ore not Word to the wise, my wife has no interest in those death traps, but caught a glimpse of de rosa red and asked what the new bike was..... but no notice of team miyata blue . so if you get a red de rosa you can sure it will be noticed....even if you don't want it to be noticed
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I've actually not only thought about it, I've actually done it.

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Old 02-19-20, 06:42 PM
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depends on whether the significant other notices ore not Word to the wise, my wife has no interest in those death traps, but caught a glimpse of de rosa red and asked what the new bike was..... but no notice of team miyata blue . so if you get a red de rosa you can sure it will be noticed....even if you don't want it to be noticed
My wife noticed I sold a bike once, the one she hangs her sweaters on to dry. Today I needed to clear my damaged/spare parts bikes to make way for a car that a family member needs to store for a year. Brought a load down to the scrap metal guy and he had a Paramount MB and a late 80's Stumpjumper sitting in there. Had to look away.
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I’ve done this a couple times (like just yesterday). So this means since I sold 4 bikes at a swap meet, I can get the next 4 I’m interested in? The wife has kind of resigned to the fact that I will continue to roll through bikes. However, she does know I am respectful to the amount of money that funds the inventory.
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Does anyone else find a nice vintage bike and tell yourself I can buy this one and sell one of my other ones I have?
It doesn't ever seem to work out that way.
Have you been talking to my wife?!?!?


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Brought a load down to the scrap metal guy and he had a Paramount MB and a late 80's Stumpjumper sitting in there. Had to look away.
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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depends on whether the significant other notices ore not Word to the wise, my wife has no interest in those death traps, but caught a glimpse of de rosa red and asked what the new bike was..... but no notice of team miyata blue . so if you get a red de rosa you can sure it will be noticed....even if you don't want it to be noticed
LOL, I just pulled it out of the box last week. It is hanging next to the red Langster. So far so good!

When she notices, my response will be "You got a cat, I get a bike."
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It's worse when you tell your wife you're going to do that....then not follow through lol.
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LOL, I just pulled it out of the box last week. It is hanging next to the red Langster. So far so good!

When she notices, my response will be "You got a cat, I get a bike."
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nice....and my wife got 2 cats......but they like me better
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Brought a load down to the scrap metal guy and he had a Paramount MB and a late 80's Stumpjumper sitting in there. Had to look away.
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Does anyone ... tell yourself I can buy this one and sell one of my other ones?
It's always worked for me. That's how I "trade-up."

I thank the lords and devils for craigs and ebay every day.
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It's always worked for me. That's how I "trade-up."

I thank the lords and devils for craigs and ebay every day.
Same here. Its a game that I thoroughly enjoy playing. Akin to fishing; we remember equally the big ones landed as well as the ones tat spit out the hook an disappeared into the depths.
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Does anyone else find a nice vintage bike and tell yourself I can buy this one and sell one of my other ones I have?
It doesn't ever seem to work out that way.
Yes
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Tip: Find bikes that aren't your size. So much easier to part with those. Also easier to find.....
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LOL, I just pulled it out of the box last week. It is hanging next to the red Langster. So far so good!

When she notices, my response will be "You got a cat, I get a bike."
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that cat could be a sibling for the two our family took care of for 19.5 and 22 years respectively​​​​​​. Good cats.
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I have done that before. I bought a 1984Centurion Elite RS for$100 and rode it for 2 years. I actually liked the bike a lot , it was just not the seventies or Euro bike I usually roll with. I listed it on CL for $300(it was like new and all original) and sold it within a couple of days .I put the money in my sock drawer and , wouldn't you know it, a 1977 Raleigh Competition GS showed up on CL for $300 that was in just as good of shape as the Centurion! It wasn't planned , but it just worked out. My wife just resigned herself to my obsession .

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