[TheThinkTank] bio cleaner, and bike blue book....

veganboyjosh at gmail.com veganboyjosh at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 14:02:35 PST 2008


colin,

i think that;s a much better approach than a printed book. with enough
entries/feedback/participants, it could be really useful.

On Feb 10, 2008 1:35 PM, Colin Dixon, Phoenix Bikes <
colin.phoenixbikes at gmail.com> wrote:

> Would a Bike Prices Wiki work? Seems like publishing something wouldn't
> keep up with trends, and, since its used bikes, wouldn't have the pay off in
> advertising, etc. that an auto blue book has.
>
> Someone could post a bike and let everyone go at it.  Comments, discussion
> and regional pricing included. Cites to local shops, craigslist, and
> esteemed commentators encouraged.
>
> And, as much as this would help us by shortening those pricing arguments,
> it would be an even greater help to the bike illiterate who search
> craigslist and don't know whether they're getting ripped off, so don't buy a
> bike or get sold on way too much bike at an aggressive LBS.
>
> Would people - us & the rest of the cycling community - be willing to do
> the maintenance? Or would the resource be irrelevant since we all have
> different priorities, business models, & audiences?
>
> - Colin
>
>
> On Feb 10, 2008 12:30 PM, Jonathan Morrison <
> jonathan at slcbikecollective.org> wrote:
>
> > 1) The Kelley Blue Book for cars is also affected by region too.  We
> > have a unique issue because to keep our shop from getting too full we sell
> > the bikes for next to nothing, or give them away to people who have a letter
> > from a good will agency, just so they don't start stacking up.  Working
> > Bikes in Chicago is a great example of an organization who makes their
> > margins in quantity.
> >
> > 2) http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Parts_Washers
> >
> > --
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Jonathan Morrison
> > Executive Director
> > Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
> > 2312 S. West Temple
> > Salt Lake City, UT 84115
> > w: 801-328-2453
> > c: 801-688-0183
> > f: 801-466-3856
> > www.slcbikecollective.org
> >
> > Get Addicted to Crank!
> > http://www.slcbikecollective.org/crank/
> > On Feb 10, 2008 12:17 AM, Angelo Coletta <ruotangelo at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > > While there is no comprehensive pricing book for cycles, there are
> > > ones that have been done for those who collect "classic American bikes(1930
> > > to 1960)"
> > >
> > > I have used a halfing method for appraisal.  $200 was the new selling
> > > price; 1yr old $100; 2yr $50.00 and so forth.  That is a base line.  Then
> > > comes the art and the subjective: condition, desirability, rarity.  Any
> > > up-fitting done?  Frame type and size.  Component quality.  Accessories.
> > > All factors that affect value.  Also there is the wholesale price and the
> > > retail price.  That would reflect any labor invested in making the unit
> > > saleable.
> > >
> > > Hope this helps.
> > >
> > > Angelo
> > >
> > > *Velocipede Bike Project <info at velocipedebikeproject.org>* wrote:
> > >
> > > So here are two hare brain ideas that have been thrown out here in
> > > baltimore and i wanted to get y'alls take on them...
> > >
> > > 1. a bicycle blue book...we were talking about pricing bikes and how
> > > arbitrary it often seems,(often two members will claim wildly
> > > different
> > > prices with equal authority and citing the same number of sources) and
> > > someone mentioned that in this time of the growing bicycle
> > > collective/community shop projects there may be enough of a market to
> > > be
> > > able to approach a publisher about creating a blue book that would
> > > price
> > > for instance, a 1982 murray...I know this sounds crazy, but I was
> > > wondering how crazy was it really....
> > >
> > > 2. Someone approached us recently about a bio friendly parts cleaner.
> > > Apparently it has enzymes that eat oil so less bad stuff going into
> > > the
> > > environment/less exposure to toxic chemicals ourselves. He said he may
> > > be
> > > able to get us a machine for free, but it would cost around a grand to
> > > fill it up. does anyone have any experience with this kind of machine
> > > or
> > > technology? Is it worth our time and fundraising? I've been thinking
> > > alot
> > > lately about ways to make our shop more green friendly by doing things
> > > like cutting down on plastic use and using vinegar and baking soda as
> > > cleaners instead of bleach and such...
> > >
> > > http://www.biocircle.com/portal/page?_pageid=73,394253&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
> > >
> > > what do y'all think? am I crazy?
> > > -beth
> > > velocipede bike project
> > > baltmore, md(hey, try to remember to include your city and shop in
> > > posts)
> > >
> > >
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