karma is my higher power
karma and craigslist
Today was a good day for me.
I have been riding a Sedona DX I bought new last year-end of season and I have liked it a lot. I have lost weight and my health is improving. All pluses for this broken down clyde. While i am happy with my bike I quickly figured out that I would have been even happier if instead of the Sedona I had bought a Cypress. Itís basically the same bike but with 700's instead of 26" wheels. It wasn't the end of the world but it was there in the back of my mind. After all the $400 I spent on the Sedona and $100+ of extras was a serious investment for me, I am on a small disability check and in school retraining for a new career.
Inevitably I found myself wishing for more speed, bigger wheels and the flexibility flat bar 700 wheeled bikes would give me as I develop as a rider. I started looking at different bikes and watching Fleabay/craigslist for possible stepping stones. I figured I could buy a used bike and ride it as I bought better equipment for it.
Not knowing enough about frame geometry, sizing or much at all about bikes I jumped the gun last month. I bought a used Specialized Crossroads Cruz. Nice enough bike. I paid $100 and then had the shop tune it up, new chain, true a wheel and a new rear cluster later I had $170 invested total. Not great but I figured I could live with it. Well I was wrong, I didn't take into account the stem/handle bar setup and the fact it was not compatible with my damaged discs in my neck and back. So I sat the last month looking at it and realizing I'd have to drop more Money into it to even get it to a rideable set up for me. Lesson learned. I started to look at what would be a good bike to save up for. I figured I'd craigslist the Crossroads or donate it to a local church or shelter.
So I posted earlier today asking for advice on a step up from the Sedona. I was figuring I'd have to scrounge for the next 8 months or so to be able to drop 6-800 on a new bike. Which I may still do, but karma stepped in and gave me a solution. Today as I researched different bikes I was on the local craigslist and there it was. The solution that I wished I had done all along, a "Used" Cypress. I figured, ok I'll look but it will be beat up, the wrong size or some horrible color I can't live with. Wrong, Wrong and Wrong again.
The ad said "LIKE NEW" and the seller said they bought it new in 2007 and it had less than 25 miles on it. I was skeptical to say the least, I suffer from bouts of cynicism. Sakes alive, itís like it just rolled off the show room floor! The tires even have the mold line on the tread. The bike is a 19", the exact size I need and itís a really sweet looking matte black. So how much would this perfect solution run me?
A whopping $125.00 !!!!
So I called, figuring it was sold, you guessed it - I was wrong again.
LINK to Specs
Off I flew to meet the guy. An hour and a half later and I was smiling ear to ear! Itís not the High dollar flat bar road bike I was going to splurge on, but it is exactly what I need right now. This allows me to sell the Sedona, and put that money aside in my future bike/upgrade fund. I can ride without the nagging "you bought the wrong bike" voice in my head and I can afford this.
Today karma came knocking and I am so happy I was home to answer the door. Sorry for the ramble.
Last edited by w00die; 11-09-08 at 02:04 PM.
awesome, they are a gorgeous comfort bike, and will definately do your back well.
Is that fire extinguisher in the background because the bike is so smoking-hot! Enjoy it and good find.
Downtown Spanky Brown
Wow nice find!!!!!
I'd recommend keeping the old Sedona as a backup/guest bike, never know when a friend will want to give biking a try. I like your idea of donating the other bike, or if you need to recoup your costs maybe you could sell it for what you have into the new one.
Last edited by bautieri; 11-08-08 at 09:35 AM.
Reason: I can haz better speeling?
you could totally sell your sedona for what you bought that bike for, and then you can buy another new bike, because that would simply be trading your sedona for a cypress
at least that is the excuse that i would tell my wife in order to get another bike.
Nice work!! I love Craigslist...glad to hear you'll be faster and more comfortable!
karma is my higher power
Destroyer of Wheels
Congrats - now THAT's some bargain shopping!
Great bargain for you and congrats (it's luck rather than karma, though).
karma is my higher power
Actually it is karma to me. I did a few things the couple weeks prior to this happening instead of blowing a bunch of money on a new bike. I made a decision that those things were more important to those people than a new bike was to me. To me it felt like a bit of the good karma coming my way. I have a life time worth of experience with bad karma, its been nice over the last decade that the good has out weighed the bad. I noticed it more after I stopped drinking 14 yrs ago and stopped being such an A*hole, self absorbed jerk. I feel much better caring for others and letting the rest work itself out. This is just my view on it, others may see it differently, to me it's karma.