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Old September 15th 06, 07:09 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Maurice Wibblington
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes

I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.

is this something that police stations still do? I'm wondering about
getting a 2nd hand bike - must be hundreds sitting in sheds/garages
doing nothing but gatheiring rust? I was surprised to see how few
local to me on ebay.


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Old September 15th 06, 07:21 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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On Fri, 15 Sep 2006 19:09:01 +0100, Maurice Wibblington
[email protected]/met wrote:

I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.

is this something that police stations still do? I'm wondering about
getting a 2nd hand bike - must be hundreds sitting in sheds/garages
doing nothing but gatheiring rust? I was surprised to see how few
local to me on ebay.


have a look at Bumblebee Auctions
http://www.bumblebeeauctions.co.uk/XcAuctionPro.asp

Nigel
replace SPAMHATER with n and t*sc*li with totalise
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Old September 15th 06, 07:56 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Sandy Morton
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes

In article , Maurice
Wibblington [email protected]/met wrote:
I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.


Our local nick leaves them in the garden in the hope that someone
will take them away.

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Old September 15th 06, 08:14 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Bill
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"Maurice Wibblington" [email protected]/met wrote in message
...
I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.

is this something that police stations still do?


Is ringing them up and asking a bit too obvious...?

bill


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Old September 16th 06, 02:30 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Rob Morley
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes

In article
Maurice Wibblington [email protected]/met wrote:
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I was surprised to see how few local to me on ebay.

Old bikes don't seem to sell well on eBay - I've seen a few starting at
under a fiver that would have made great commuters or winter hacks but
didn't get any bids. It's probably just as well that they weren't near
me, or I'd have a few more bikes that don't get ridden enough.
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Old September 17th 06, 05:12 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
cas
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes


"Rob Morley" wrote in message
t...
In article
Maurice Wibblington [email protected]/met wrote:
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I was surprised to see how few local to me on ebay.

Old bikes don't seem to sell well on eBay - I've seen a few starting at
under a fiver that would have made great commuters or winter hacks but
didn't get any bids. It's probably just as well that they weren't near
me, or I'd have a few more bikes that don't get ridden enough.


Here in the Poole area the police sell them off through a local auctioneer
room in a general sale every 6x months or so ,there is often some good
cycles there.Also if you go to your local tip its' surprising what is thrown
away ,they usually keep the good ones aside for resale ,have a look....cas


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Old September 17th 06, 06:03 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Neil Williams
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes

Maurice Wibblington wrote:
I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.

is this something that police stations still do? I'm wondering about
getting a 2nd hand bike - must be hundreds sitting in sheds/garages
doing nothing but gatheiring rust? I was surprised to see how few
local to me on ebay.


Try your local tip. I'm told there can be some good bargains there
from people who bought bikes and never (or rarely) used them.

Neil

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Old September 18th 06, 09:17 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Tim Forcer
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Default do police stations still sell recovered bikes? 2nd hand bikes

On Fri, 15 Sep 2006 19:09 Maurice Wibblington wrote:

I'm wondering about getting a 2nd hand bike - must be
hundreds sitting in sheds/garages doing nothing but
gatheiring rust? I was surprised to see how few
local to me on ebay.


The problem with run-of-the-mill bikes on eBay is a) transport costs -
means that only local bidders would have any interest and b) new bikes
are so cheap compared to parts for servicing an old one.

I suggest by far the best option is "FreeBay", ie Freecycle. The
Southampton Freecycle forum often has bikes on offer. Unfortunately,
I don't know of a portal for finding the nearest Freecycle group to a
postcode - there ought to be one?

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Old September 18th 06, 10:36 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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"Neil Williams" wrote in message
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Maurice Wibblington wrote:
I'm sure I read years ago that the lock nick was selling bikes that
had either been recovered from tea leafs, or had found their way to
the police station by some other means.

is this something that police stations still do? I'm wondering about
getting a 2nd hand bike - must be hundreds sitting in sheds/garages
doing nothing but gatheiring rust? I was surprised to see how few
local to me on ebay.


Try your local tip. I'm told there can be some good bargains there
from people who bought bikes and never (or rarely) used them.


I would have thought that as well, until I visited my local one this
weekend. An absolute pile of rubbish. They were all rusted to bits, missing
wheels, chains etc... For 10 each, it still wasn't worth it.

http://static.flickr.com/82/246362378_0f79a87ecb_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/90/246362233_8c0f366e9e_b.jpg



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Old September 18th 06, 11:04 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Peter Scandrett
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Tim Forcer wrote on 18/09/2006 09:17:
I suggest by far the best option is "FreeBay", ie Freecycle. The
Southampton Freecycle forum often has bikes on offer. Unfortunately,
I don't know of a portal for finding the nearest Freecycle group to a
postcode - there ought to be one?


AIUI freecycle is done by area, so the best you'll get is the 'official'
geographical-ish regional list on freecycle.org:

http://freecycle.org/display.php?reg...ited%20Kingdom

HTH

Peter


 




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