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  1. #1
    Accuracy is Speed
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    got the perfect commuter... I think

    Originally, I was putting together a build-up project for a Crosscheck commuter bike for my wife. As I took stock of the parts and calculated my budget - it looked like I was going to spend around a $900 including frame, all things considered (I needed it as light as possible yet somewhat durable, so that eliminated some truly cheap parts).

    But lo' and behold, while searching on Ebay this week, I discovered a Gunnar, fully loaded and spec'd with Ultegra components, and even a computer, all in "perfect" condition for $900; strangely enough, this auction was for only 72 hours. I thought what the hell and submitted the $900 bid. I won, nobody even bothered to bid on it except me (I lost on a 10 year old, well used Waterford touring frame last week that ultimately went for $543). The components alone is worth about the same as my entire Surly frame+components budget. The Gunnar is only 2 years old, what a deal, eh?

    Ok, ok, I know this is Ebay and I may be getting a repainted Huffy with Shimano Tiagra rebadged as Ultegra. So we're going through Ebay's escrow service ($30) for this transaction. Too good to be true? Did I pay too much in my desire to get a Waterford made bike for under $1000?

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    Neat - w/ ice on the side dalmore's Avatar
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    congrats! Picts picts picts ....
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    Accuracy is Speed
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    As soon as the bike arrives! Here's the sad part... I might have to do something with the paint job and decals to detract attention that it's a high quality bike. Thankfully, the bike is the bland silver color. Although wife will be parking it in a dedicated commuter bike rack, that's not really safe either. It's silver with the Gunnar/Roadie name splashed acrossed the tubes. I was thinking of spraying on "Easy Off" or taking some fine grit sandpaper to all the black anodized parts to make it less attractive and then painting over the Gunnar decals with a similar silver paint. Haven't decided yet.

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    My guess is, you got a lucky deal on a used bike. It happens.

    I got a lucky deal on a used bike too, but for me it was a bike that I would have paid $70 for, (heck it might have been worth $200 even in non-working order for all I know) and I got it for free. Its brakes needed to be replaced and the derailleurs needed to be adjusted, but... who cares, it was free!

    My girlfriend's bike was a lucky find on Craigslist-- $100 for a 15-year-old bike in perfect condition, about equal in quality to a new $200 bike.
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    Neat - w/ ice on the side dalmore's Avatar
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    DUDE!! I got curious so I searched the completed listings You scored! FTW. very sweet.
    Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more. Bark less.

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