For the price of a brand new NEXT powerclimber and a trip to Wal Mart to buy it.
I was driving to work and spotted the bike lying in the grass at a garage sale. I never see old ten speeds in my neighborhood, and I have the same disease lots of you do, so I pulled over to check it out - a quick glance told me that it was full campagnolo, including pedals. It had a naked chain wrapped around the top tube with a lock and a crappy rubber cover over the saddle. I asked the garage saler "How much?" She pointed to a paunchy middle aged guy who spoke no English - he just smiled and waved "no". Soon a friend of his (Who was riding a Magna) came over to interpret. I told the owner that I wanted his bike, and he said (through the interpreter) "I need a bike". I immediately offered to take him to Wal Mart and buy him a new bike, and he accepted. I followed them back to their apartment,wincingly watched him lock it up again with the naked chain, and then we took a quick trip to Wal Mart, picked up a Next Powerclimber in "rojo", two bottles of Gatorade, and made the swap.
I haven't even looked at the bike, really, except as I loaded it into my truck. I'll remedy that tonight and take some photos. It has a Brooks Saddle under the crappy cover, and chrome lugs. There looks to be some dinging on the paint, and a couple of rust spots on the fork chrome. The previous owner is a day laborer, and told me that he bought it off an old man he did some work for.
How did I do?