Won this 1920s Swift loop-framed bicycle on Sunday evening.
Looked a good buy on the face of it.
Went to collect it last night, in Wolverhampton, circa 60 miles away, and picked it up in the pouring rain outside the rail station, and didn't pay too much attention to the machine....
Just threw it in the back of a friends car and came home.
When I had a chance to look at it closely I realised it was not a Swift at all, but a Hercules.
Very nice bicycle, but not the machine listed on ebay!!
This is the machine I came home with.
When you look at the pics the differences are so obvious.
The loop has two joins to the lower down-tube on the 'Swift', the Hercules only one.
The Swift looks to have a 3 speed with bar mounted changer!! Hercules is a single speed.
I contact the seller (Who is a Theatrical Props merchant by the look of it) to point this out and she says one of her students did the listing, and that anyway they paid £80 for it originally and I should resell it on ebay and make a profit!!
I reply to this saying 'I bought a Swift, or thought I did, and how about an explaination'...
So here's me feeling a little foolish, with a very nice Hercules I have to say, but somehow it doesn't feel right
What to do?
Can't leave negative feedback apparently, and to be honest I don't really want to.
But this sort of incompetence on the part of the seller (if that is really what it is) needs to be addressed?
My own incompetence is another story.....
Especially in the rain
The sellers website is here: