Talk about all things Rat Rod Bikes.
Today I had someone drive over 2 hours each way to buy a bicycle from me.. a decent fixed up older women's Sears flightliner frame style cruiser bike (no tank or fenders).. nothing rare or super special, and it was less than $80. It was surprising that someone travel so far for an 'okay' bike. My personal best for acquiring a bike was 75 minutes each way.
What's the farthest you have traveled for a bike / had some travel to get your bike?
Is that a 26" or a 24" bike?
drove two hours each way for a eleven cent ebay buy of a ladies 63 Huffy Eldorado because I was redoing it and using it as a Christmas gift.
and drove a hour and half each way for a ninety-nine cent 60's Worksman Folder that I still ride around
but to be fair I live in rural Ohio.. and the barn finds are getting further and further away/apart
I still enjoy road trips with my wife, it wouldn't be anything for us to go a state or two over and make a trip out of it just to get a bike, or a dollhouse for her.
my ebay search area for bikes spans nearly 300 miles, Craigslist I stick very local...
had a gentleman drive up from Virginia, on his way to Indianapolis, to pick up the above mentioned Huffy (the girl I gifted it too never cared for the feel of it.) but he emailed me before hand to see what else I had to make it worth his while.. ended up grabbing three bikes total that day from me.. unfortunately I missed him as I was at work.
I can't remember anything I have ever forgotten.
I went my house in Auburndale Fl to a cool guy in Plant City Fl whose Grandfather Went by (Bicycle Bill) years ago who owned one of the Largest Schwinn bike shop many years ago that I got the 96 Murray Santa Cruz I had and my dad's 90's Western Flyer then a month later I got my Spaceliner Klunker, he also at the time had a Grey Ghost Repop Krate I believe for $599 but I didn't have the money for that.
From a CL sale I also sold my Tyler to a guy from Orlando that had a Family member in Winter Haven not far from me but he had Polish ancestry so that is part of why he got it for his daughter, I hope they enjoyed the bike since I haven't heard from him again so it must be ok.
Funny you should ask. Two years ago I drove 1 hour 45 minutes to, and 2 hours 20 minutes from (rush hour on the Baltimore beltway) for my 55ish Rollfast "Springer". I scour CraigsList all the time looking for what I want and have not seen anything close to me...until last month. I checked out CraigsList in South Jersey for finds in the hopes that I would happen upon something while visiting my daughter at Rowan University...3 1/2 hours away. Lo And Behold...I found my most recent prize, a 1940ish TruSport from Philadelphia PA. The first one I went a long way for...for the bike alone. The second one was a gift horse. I just happened to be there at the right time.
How Come I'm Not In Charge?
I have driven 60, 80, 90, and 100 miles for bikes in the past year, 60 to trade a Schwinn road bike for 2 cruisers, 80 for my '56 JC Higgins men's tank bike, 90 for a cheap 80's Mongoose BMX, and 100 for a cheap King Sting.
2 people have driven 80-100 miles to come to my house for free bikes. I'm starting to run out of the good stuff.
The only way I will get good stuff around here is by getting good stuff from somewhere else. haha
Check out my Build-Off bike: ☆ 1936 Off-Roadmaster Klunker ☆
I once rode my bike 15 miles each way to do some bike swapping with a fellow member here. Other than that I have had people drive from Bloomington to buy bikes before.
It doesn't matter what I paid for it, it matters what it's WORTH. I never buy anything I will regret KEEPING.
I drove 2 hours each way for a FREE Columbia 3 Star Deluxe
Does it count if you use your werk truck? someone had some parts in Va and I took a run going near there. It was 7 hours one way
I was chasing a dream,but tripped over reality and bust my head on the truth
By the way...A woman with tons of stuff is a hoarder. A man with tons of stuff is a collector.
This touches on a fantasy I have. Finances willing, I hope to score my next pair of classics at great distance from my home here in Southern California- say, the girl's bike in North Carolina, and the boy's in Iowa, or something. Then I want to plan a road trip around picking up the two bikes. Someday...
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I have a similar fantasy about buying a car, a great bargain, and flying out to get it and driving it home. I came really close many years ago when my father-in-law was shopping for a diesel Ford Excursion and found one in Texas and was ready to buy it and send me out to drive it home. He ended up getting a better deal local.
Careful what you dream for though. When I was selling my 1999.5 Audi A4 Quattro Avant 1.8t 5 speed (modified), a guy from Buffalo NY just had to have it. He sent me a deposit and flew down. I picked him up at the airport in Raleigh, he new the car had issues (it was an Audi, duh), but he drove it home... well, part of the way, when the turbo went out took out the engine in the middle of the night the rest of the trip was walking, being towed, a taxi ride, and bus. I felt horrible and sent him a couple hundred (maybe $300) to help with the tow bill, he never responded to that gesture. I heart ached about it for a long time, but finally let it go, I was up front about everything and went above and beyond in the end.
Anyway, good luck to you!
Check out my Build-Off bike: ☆ 1936 Off-Roadmaster Klunker ☆
Drove 90 mi's each way for the base of my Audrey Hepburn tribute bike. (a '47 Schwinn New World)
Paid $25 for it. Bike was a train wreck, but worth every second and every dollar for the gas. Plus the guy was real happy that it was going to a good home. He had stored it for nearly 40 years after finding it in the trash.
Killin' threads since 2000................X
A couple of hours. It was a Dyno in mint condition, and about half the price of what I'd consider 'market value' for them here in Australia. I took the day off and we went down the coast, had lunch in a nice cafe and picked up the bike on the way back home, to coincide with when the guy got home from work. We've driven a couple of hours for some chairs we got on ebay once too. Work covers petrol, and I'm usually struggling to make the minimum mileage I'm supposed to make, so we don't mind a drive. You do get weird looks when you tell people where you've come from though
i just did a 4 hour round trip for these, drive time(yessterday 4/21), over all trip with lunch and tootling around about 6 hours!! i would do it again today if something else popped up!!!!!
here is the rest of the family,going back to get more family members soon.(the wifes van can only haul so much!)
crappy pic but thats is just a 1/4 of whats there!
"Life's a garden,DIG IT" joe dirt!!!
I once drove 4 hours one way, to pick this up. It needed complete resto and the guy had no idea what he had so the price was right.
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. Revelations 3:10
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