Two close calls in as many days.
N+1 that is
I've been dreaming of owning a Penny Farthing for most of my adult life. I came real close about 20 years ago, but it wasn't meant to be. I was even closer yesterday.
I could have rode away with a brand new reproduction bike for the mere sum of $450. This bike was at an antique dealer on consignment for a photographer who only used it as a prop. Alas, my 'Danger Sense' was tingling. Sure enough, close inspection of the machine revealed that the back wheel tracked off-center from the front wheel. That combined with a headbadge in asian symbols scared me off.
I suspect it was manufactured by...http://www.tallbike.com/tall/index.html#
I'm kinda hoping to stumble into one manufactured by...http://www.hiwheel.com/
So when I got home I followed my usual ritual of scanning through the local craigslist ads and saw a 3 spd. Iverson (I think) for only $30. It seemed to be in excellent condition. Having a date with my bride lined up for the evening, a night at the Drive In Theater, I opted to postpone persuing the ad for a day.
It must have been in good condition because it had sold before we got back home.
So my stable has not increased in size this week, and the marriage is still peaceful (for now).