Meet Fred Demetrovich
A while back my friend Lacy Mahone was telling me about her latest bike score. I asked her where she got it and she replied, “Have you ever heard of a guy named Fred?” As a matter of fact…
Several year ago, when I rediscovered cycling, I hung out on online forums and tried to learn more about reusing old, and vintage bikes. On the local forums I noticed that most anytime someone would ask about finding a certain kind of vintage or used bike one name seemed to always come up in the discussion: Fred.
“Send him an email and tell him what you want, he’ll find you one” they advised me. And it wasn’t just 0ne person mentioning Fred, everyone seemed to know him and they all had good things to say about him. I was told I’d find him on Craigslist.
Most local bike shops offer used bikes that they’ve taken in trade, another good source is the sale/wanted bike section of Craigslist (which can also be a great source of hilarity too). So as I began to hone in my CL buying/selling skills I began to notice ads that were signed by “Fred”.
About his ads, three things stood out to me. His bikes always seemed reasonably priced, his ads had a personal touch, and you’ll often see his cat, Tommy in one of the photos.
I finally met Fred at the first Great Southwest Bike Swap in Fort Worth, his booth was set up outside and he a nice selection on hand. We talked shop briefly and then I watched him talk to prospective buyers a while.
I noticed he clearly understands that the key factor in making a bike purchase is getting the size right. I watched him work with a person or two who picked out a bike that was clearly too big or too small. He’d either show them a bike that was their size, or explain how to adjust the seat to get a better fit. I liked him. So who is Fred?
Fred served 23 years in the military, he was Army MP Corps. He’s been actively fixing up and selling biked for the last 7 years or so, but he cut his teeth on being a dad to four boys who all road BMX and road bikes. He’s a also fan of bike mechanic books. Fred says he never offers a bike for sale until it’s cleaned up and the brakes are in good order.
His favorite bike is a Raleigh mixte that he fixed up as a single speed. He was telling me that one of the most satisfying aspects of selling bikes to people is that he’s contributing to a life changing hobby/activity for someone. That’s got to be a cool experience.
You can catch Fred at most swap meets and on Craigslist. He usually has 30 or so bikes in his storage building and often times folks will drop by to see
what will fit them. I think Fred is a good friends to cyclists in Dallas, and he’s a good example of one of the interesting people you may meet, if you’re biking in Dallas.
Contact details – Fred doesn’t have a website but he can be reached at 214.728.1365 or fred247 [at] airmail [dot] net
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