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!)
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!