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    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
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    I got a big dose of bike karma off Craigslist

    I've helped at least a dozen friends buy bikes over the past few years, by finding them deals on Craigslist and helping them pick out models and such. I just helped my roommate find herself a nice, practically-brand-new 55cm road bike a few days ago off Craigslist. While searching for bikes for her, I found an ad for an "aluminum 60cm frame w/carbon fork" with no price. Hey, I thought, I would love to have a new, properly-fitting frame and a carbon fork! I emailed, asked a couple questions and how much it would cost me.

    Well, it turns out the gentleman posting it insisted on giving it away free... he has too many bikes and just wanted to find this one a good home. Imagine my delight when we met bright and early this morning, and I received...

    • A 60cm Nashbar road frame in perfect condition.
    • A Profile Design SC carbon fork
    • A Cane Creek threadless headset
    • A brand new Ritchey stem
    • Two (!!) sets of Shimano 105 octalink/hollowtech cranks and chainrings, in 172.5mm and 175mm lengths.
    • A complete set of Shimano 105 brakes
    • A random Campy 56T chainring
    • A Cateye Astrale computer with cadence.
    • To top it off, we met in the parking lot of a nearby bike shop, and they sold me a NOS Octalink bottom bracket in the correct size for only $35.

    So wow, this is gonna be a great upgrade for me !!! Karma simply demands that I give away my current frameset (57cm Trek 1100 aluminum frame with CrMo fork), so I hope to post it on Pay It Forward at some point when I manage to swap all the components over to the new frame.
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    Your story just inspired me to give this bike I have, it's too small for me, to a kid I know, he has a walmart bike... It'll free up some much needed room at the same time!

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    Nice CL find. Sounds like the original owner succeeded in finding a nice home for it.

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    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
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    Yes indeed! Gurry, glad to inspire and I hope the neighbor's kid will appreciate it . It looks like the only part I need to complete my build of this frame is a new braze-on clamp adapter for the FD.
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    Awesome story! I did a similar good deed with my old bike. A friend of mine wanted to get into riding his bike around, nothing serious just ride to school and work. I had an old road bike that just hung around and I gave it to him for free. When i see him riding around on it, it makes me happy that the bike went to a good home. : )
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    Kudos to everyone! I have given away several bicycles, and been given several in return.

    Thus my philosophy of 'pay it forward'. Gotta have that love in your heart .
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    what! people don't even reply to me when i try to buy off them!
    -- Zan

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    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
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    Here's the Pay-It-Forward for my old frameset, cranks, and brakes!

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.p...postcount=1184
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    you are one lucky guy.

    That was going to say something that roughly rhymes with "master," but even legitimate words get xed out on this site.
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    cool! I don't know if it feels better to give away or receive a bike, but it doesn't really matter


    they both feel pretty dang alright

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    I'm not giving you guys my Miyata...don't even think it.

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    Well, I gave away the frameset, crankset, and brakes tonight... to a guy hoping to build up a commuter road bike. I think we both came away happy!

    That felt good
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