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    Think This Bike's Stolen?

    IMO, kind of a vague description...looks like the seller doesn't know much about the bike. You think this could be stolen?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Trek-Road-B...item19c5edbcfe

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    I would be more concerned with the seller being legit. I mean the dude has NO feedback, ok so maybe he is getting started? He will take paypal so that is a good sign, if the bike were stolen he probably would take $300 for it, so I doubt he would start it at $800 and detur potential buyers. In my opinion, he is a clueless ebayer, who is probably selling the bike for a friend, because he knows more about how to work the internets than the real owner of the bike, so he setup an ebay account (for his friend) and a paypal account to sell it. And $12 shipping? You may want to ask some questions about that before bidding. But Im 90% sure you would get the bike if you won it. Stolen? Probably 20% possible, but any thief would probably look to pwn it off locally, for quick turn around than hassling with ebay selling. Just my thoughts on the matter
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    And a non-drive side photo - THE HORROR!

    Doesn't scream stolen to me, more like a disinterested cycling noob (hence selling the bike).

    Ask him a complicated question - see what comes back!

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    Maybe a soon to be ex-wife is getting rid of toys while hubby is away? I'm not sure I would go with stolen, but seems to be to be an uninformed person, questions questions questions. I bet you could smoke a rat out with the right questions if you were interested in the bike.

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    ^ exactly what I thought.
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    Heck I've had my bike since 1998 and have ridden it a bunch here and there and I don't know much about the technical details of it. I'd have to link them to bike-a-pedia for the information.

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    Seems kinda expensive for what it is. No mention of the component level. Just one image. "Used for competitions only" ... who competes with a tail light and saddle bag? Probably just a clueless seller.

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    Agree that it's probably not stolen. I don't think the average bike thief is going to take the time to ebay it. Could be wrong but I would think pawn shop or CL would be more likely for a hot bike.
    My biggest concern is the repetition of "no returns". Carbon fiber and being adamant about no returns would be red flags for me. I would suspect a crash and the possibility of a cracked CF fork or some such.
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    A good ebay rule for me is to ask questions and if I don't like what I see....pass....let someone else have the deal, or get burned. And I hope that doesn't sound callous or "not my problem" but I have found if something seems fishy, it probably is. As to wife selling hubby's stuff, that is a possibility, so I stay away from that too. I don't want to get dragged into an ugly relationship or divorce battle.

    If it smells bad, it is bad. And buying from a zero feedback seller, with a high dollar item? No thanks...
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    dam things huge. trek make a 65 cm?

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    but it doesn't look like its 65 cm, typically 65 cm frames have a very long head tube. maybe 55 cm. I'd like to see the closeup of the 65 cm sticker.
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