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Sheti-Phian
06-20-2014, 11:20 PM
Has anyone used Bargain Basement Bicycle Parts this year?

Last spring I inquired about shipping to Canada, and they promptly responded telling me they do.

18 days ago I had a product inquiry and still have not received a reply.
2 days ago I placed an order, still no confirmation or payment request.

If they are out of business or just out right ignoring me*, I need to find somewhere else with comparable prices (so far everything is 8-10x more expensive elsewhere)
*Could be blocking Gmail or ignoring Canada (location was indicated in product inquiry and order)

Radical Brad
06-21-2014, 05:46 PM
I contacted their sales dept. and pointed them to this thread.
Perhaps you will get a response.

Brad

Sheti-Phian
06-24-2014, 12:38 PM
Thank you,
With luck they'll respond, if not I might have to wait for off season to get some deals.

Sheti-Phian
06-28-2014, 02:34 PM
Well its safe to assume these guys are gone.
My email and order have yet to be responded to, doesn't seem Brads email was responded to, and another person I know still hasn't gotten a response.
Better Business has them flagged as a risk, so maybe they where doing something illegal and got busted.

Either way looks like my best bet is to grab some bikes from Walmart when they go on sale again and chop them up.
This is cheaper then buying parts locally or online, and I can still scrap the left over metal and ebay the unneeded parts.

edspedalcars
06-28-2014, 04:58 PM
Well its safe to assume these guys are gone.
My email and order have yet to be responded to, doesn't seem Brads email was responded to, and another person I know still hasn't gotten a response.
Better Business has them flagged as a risk, so maybe they where doing something illegal and got busted.

Either way looks like my best bet is to grab some bikes from Walmart when they go on sale again and chop them up.
This is cheaper then buying parts locally or online, and I can still scrap the left over metal and ebay the unneeded parts.

Hi Sheti-Phian

Sorry to hear about your frustration with getting parts.

I inputted the address of bbbp, into 'Google Maps', (street view), and it's interesting what I found.
Can't confirm this to be accurate.

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Here's a thought for you. I did some other research, and found this for you.....https://www.freecycle.org/browse/CA

It may not satisfy all your needs, but it's well worth the effort, (what effort?), to sign up and make a post. It's like fishing,
you bait your hook, throw out your line, sit back with your favorite beverage, and wait until you get a bite. What could be easier.

A number of us have and continue to benefit, from this donor source. I have received at least 11 bikes myself.
I'm still working off from them, and will have parts remaining for my next build.
I keep my post for bikes current, all the time, as you never know when your going to get a response.

One lady gave me 5 bikes, all were top condition. Three of the bikes were the same.

http://s28.postimg.org/ud44nnbm1/freecycle_bikesx5_002.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/ud44nnbm1/) http://s28.postimg.org/z0a6peyyx/freecycle_bikesx5_003.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/z0a6peyyx/)
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Also, I got a hand full of bikes from my local, 'swap meet'. Not sure if you have anything like that in your local area,
but it's been much cheaper than buying new bikes.

Got my handlebars for the Inferno, for $3.00, and some guy wanted to buy them from me, before I got out of the swap meet.
I've paid as little as $10.00 and as much as $25.00 for a single bike. got all my 68 spoke wheels, (6 each), for about $ 10.00 each.
Two of them came on a complete bike, for only $ 15.00.

http://s28.postimg.org/8e4m908w9/hub_welding_008.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/8e4m908w9/) http://s28.postimg.org/qfnr6t2x5/hub_welding_012.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/qfnr6t2x5/)

Anyway, just a thought for you.

Sheti-Phian
06-29-2014, 08:51 PM
Out of a basement isn't too surprising to me (does make me think chop shop though :) ), there is a computer shop ran out of a guys basement where you park in his driveway and walk to the back door. (prices are mostly terrible but the odd thing is good)

Sadly I'm in a dead little town, the local bike shops either decided to "go pro", closed shop, or jacked up their prices to unreasonable levels due to lack of competition.

I gave freecycle.org a shot after Tradetek suggested them.
The link takes me to a yahoo group (very active 10+ posts per week), but if your not already in it you can't get in (seems like a common problem) the group has no mods and the admin doesn't accept new applications.

Not sure if there is a swap meet here or not, wasn't looking last year and it hasn't been announced in the paper yet this year.

I hit up a few pawn shops, what a joke that was, I can get a new bike from Canadian Tire for the same price, or about $50 less from Walmart when not on sale.

I will not give up, just might become a winter project ;)

Sheti-Phian
07-11-2014, 09:40 AM
Some good news :)

Turns out there is another freecycle group for my area, and its active enough I got a response within 12 hours. It covers my town and a a few surrounding it, not on freecycle.org but looks to be a replacement for the ones no one can get into anymore.
Sadly nothing bike related, currently seems to only be plants.

Here's the kicker bbbp called me, in their message they said my order was ready and then just needed my credit card to ship.
I was hesitant to call back, wasn't sure if I trusted them anymore, they never answered the email and almost 3 weeks of silence passed since the order.
Decided to call, trusted my cards protection, it turns out they where having computer trouble, they should be shipping my "by the weekend".
Ended up placing a second order for the needed rims, I tried to avoid getting them online for shipping reasons but locally it was $50+ each so even with shipping it will be cheaper :rolleyes4:

Funny thing is I was swapping phone providers when they called, if it would have been the following day I wouldn't have received their message at all because the number port didn't happen until the day after.
I couldn't even return their call when I decided I would 'risk it' due to the transfer.

RV3maker
07-12-2014, 12:40 AM
I recommend that you just call them and talk to them. I have ordered from them several times and picked up directly. I have been to their warehouse facility and they have TONS of brand new stuff (like buildings) that they don't even list....EVERYTHING. If you were looking for something unique or wanted several of an item (forks, wheel sets, frames, etc) you could probably call them and they could find it.

They are great people.....My wife was headed to Springfield, MO today for a funeral (5 hours away). I called them yesterday afternoon, ordered on line, called them at noon today and they had the order pulled and ready for my wife to pick up at 3:30pm. They even met her at a location that was convenient to give her the parts.

I have met Ed, the founder and it is really a small family business that a friend and his son help out with. He does it purely becasue he believes that you should be able to buy cycling goods at good prices.

For what it's worth.....I hope all your experiences with bbbp are good.

Rob
RV3maker