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Old 08-13-12, 10:51 AM   #1
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Lost Auction Overcompensation - Craigs List Spree 7 bikes, 7 days

Last week I lost an ebay auction on a very nice bike, I bid an insanely high amount (for an old, sight unseen, four crappy pic listing, bike), and lost by one bid. I was disappointed, but relieved in a way, as I have gotten screwed on every other bike I've bought off ebay.
So I went on a Craigslist spree, trying to buy every cool, good deal bike I could find - the goal: 7 bikes in 7 days.
Here's how I did:

Monday, August 6 - Shippensburg, Pa


1985 Mongoose ATB - bought without wheels $60.

Wednesday, August 8 - Lebanon, Pa


1985 Centurion Lemans RS - all original, ridden once and stored in garage. I wiped this one down.


1985 Centurion Lemans RS - all original, ridden once, as found.

I will keep this one for my wife, but the larger bike is still too small for me so will find a new home. I paid way too little for these, I actually felt guilty and gave the owner an extra 20% above their asking price of $50 (for the pair!)

Harrisburg, Pa

I also bought a more modern full suspension Schwinn Homegrown mountain bike, it languished for months on my local C.L., so I bought it as a parts donor. No pics, but I saw the seat sell on ebay the other day for more than I paid for the whole XT bike.

Thursday, August 9 Allentown, Pa

No pics here either, although this was by far the craziest adventure... I bought a set of wheels for the Mongoose bike on ebay for $25. I also spotted a Peugeot Orient Express mountain bike on Craigslist nearby. There was not a very good pic of the bike in the ad, but I was pretty sure I spotted my all time favorite pedals, Suntour XCII beartraps. Sometimes you need to go the extra mile to get the deal, and I offered the owner twice what he was asking, he told me I could look at it first. I bought it, and the wheels and pedals are pictured on the Mongoose. The Peugeot got fixed up and given to my friend who was looking for a beater. He had the bike advertised at $25, I gave him $50. So far so good...

There was also an ad on Craigs list for a box of bicycle books, from the '70's and '80's for $20, seemed cool. Well I was directed to a not so great part of town and was told to ring the buzzer, all the while under the scrutiny of some serious looking sleeved / throat tattoo's who wanna know why I parked (my wife's new TDI, no less!) on their block. No one answered, so I split fast... I've been to 3rd and Indiana, and while this wasn't that bad, I didn't wanna hang around for some crappy books....

Sunday, August 12 Manheim, Pa


1960's Rixe, Made in West Germany.

I found little info on this bike, however the distributor was located about twenty miles from where it was purchased. Really cool old bike I am not sure what to do with, but will be a fun project, except the decals wanna fall off if you look at them. Paid the asking price, $50

So that's six, and no pics of seven yet, but I went for broke last night and bought some crazy looking Merlin Titanium bike for a good price.

In the end I met my goal, but I've now gone from three bikes, (2 for me, one for my wife), to 9 (I did give away the Pug). I guess I didn't really think this through, but it was fun!
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Old 08-13-12, 11:02 AM   #2
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I'm familiar with PAD (photo-a-day) but your story is so much cooler. Can't wait for pics of the Merlin! Thanks for a good read.
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Old 08-13-12, 12:49 PM   #3
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The Peugeot Orient Express is a sweet bike. Search around and you give your friend a few threads to read.
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Thanks for the compliment! I cant wait to see the Merlin, too. It was another ebay buy, but I made sure to ask questions and the pics were pretty good... But some of the stuff (like the bolt on kickstand) were questionable.
I didn't mean to knock the Orient Express, on my 14th birthday I got a new Trek 420, but I remember standing in the showroom of the old PS&S on Horsham road, drooling on the Black Peugeot mountain bikes, chrome bullmoose bars shining under the flourescents. Anyway, this one has seen lots of use, hence the term "beater", Pardon Moi.

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Old 08-13-12, 01:06 PM   #5
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Compensate much ??................
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Old 08-13-12, 01:28 PM   #6
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The problem is I'd still trade all of them and throw in cash to get the one that got away! Someday... In the meantime, I have lots of stuff to play with, but realistically the Homegrown, the larger Centurion, and the Rixe will go.
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I don't know anything about Rixe either, but it really caught my eye.
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An interesting, funky, old bike. I like it.
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An interesting, funky, old bike. I like it.
+1 I wonder if it could be clear coated to stabilize the decals. It would be a shame to lose those.
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I might try to clear the decals, good idea. I actually took the Centurion apart to detail and lube it, and then your posts inspired me to do the same with the Rixe. When it came time to put the bikes back together, somehow some parts got mixed up... I ended up with this-


I had the BB spindle and front derailleur, but had to buy the derailleur hanger at the LBS, $5. I was looking for a use for those fenders, too! No bar tape, yet, I have black tape, but I think I'd like white, my LBS ONLY carries cork tape - nothing else!?!?
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Zoku620, Great bikes! I have to admit I have a strange Rixe obsession - I have a half dozen. Let me know what you plan to do with it if it ever leaves your stable...
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If I pulled that sort of Bicycle Buying Spree, I'd be sleeping in the garage WITH the bikes! :-)
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That Rixe is nice. It needs some older cranks. Does that saddle say "grand prix" on the side?
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What was the one that got away?
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I thought everyone who collected bicycles had to do this ?? Are you saying my wife lied to me ?
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Third and Indiana is a great book by Steve Lopez, one of the best writers ever for the Philadlphia Inquirer. That is as close as I want to get to that neighborhood again.

I like that Rixe too, we're the original parts too far gone to save it?
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Merlin update?
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Hello, time for some Updates! Months later, and I still have 5 of the 7 bikes, and parts from the two that were sold (Schwinn Homegrown FS and 57cm Centurion) The smaller Centurion is still a little too big for the Wife, and is in parts awaiting it's eBay fate. Here's some pics of the others.


Peugeot built for my Friend Kyle, has Bars and Drivetrain from Mongoose.

Rixe, on it's way to Single Speedness for my Friend Bill. The original crank/bb and Simplex Derailleurs were messed up, Sorry.
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Mongoose, Bullmoose Bars from Peugeot, Deore xt wheels from Schwinn Homegrown, XT Crank $5 garage sale score (Thanks Bill!)
Schwinn Superior - not one of the original Seven, has been renewed with the Centurion Parts.
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The Merlin, Lx/Xt from Homegrown. My first Ti bike, very happy!
Rixe saddle is Marked "Ranger", "Made in W Germany", very similar to Grand Prix seat.

Funny thing, just yesterday I saw another of my "Grail" bikes on eBay, so I will probably try to sell all the leftover parts, the Mongoose, and the Schwinn Superior, I just hope it isn't sold before I'm ready!

The "One that got Away" was a 1984 Ritchey Timberwolf, all original and really good shape. I had one in 1984 when I was a high school kid working in the local bike shop, and was serious about winning the Auction, but my bid (about $1400, plus shipping!!) was outdone, I could not believe it.
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