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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-08-06, 09:02 PM   #1
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$100 Deep V's!!!!

I'm sorry for that. I really am. But here's the story:

On my way to the DePaul library to study, after watching Prison Break, I'm locking up outside Burger King for some coffee (closest thing). This guy walks up to me, older guy, suntanned, and says

"Hey, man, you interested in some Deep V rims?"
Ears prick up.
"Maybe, you got some?"
He looks at my bike and goes,
"Yeah, they got the dual sprockets on 'em like yours do" Giggidy giggidy
"You know what kind?"
"Oh, I don't know, the ones made in Australia." Giggidy goo.

I size the guy up; he's missing some teeth, and it's clear he's been through some shiz, but he seems OK. And I can probably take him if I need to. So I walk with him to the Shurgard on Ashland and Fullerton. He tells me about how he just moved back to Chicago from Florida, how he's a carpenter but he had a bad injury a year ago, but how he's going to find work in Chicago. He tells me how bad the neighborhood was even three years ago, let alone in the sixties, when there were three biker (motorcycles, Orphans don't count) gangs in this hood. This is, by the way, on the border of just about the most posh neighborhood in Chicago.

So we get back to his storage unit, and I kill him. Kidding! He opens up the door, and next to this old Motobecane roadie out come these dope-ass motherfukcing grey on black on black machined Deep Vs laced to IRO hubs. Fixed-fixed; grey (I think, maybe black) rims, black spokes, and black hubs. They spin like they're new, and they're totally true. Turns out he's got 4 bikes, and he had a friend who ran a shop in Florida who sold him these.

I'm cool. I'm like "Yeah, these are nice, but you know they're for a totally different kind of bike than the one you've got there, right?"
"Yeah, I know. I just got tired of working on bikes"
"So how much you want?"
"I don't know, man, make me an offer."
"Well, I got 50 bucks right here"
He makes a face
"But I can give you 50 more when I go to an ATM"
"Alright, man, it's a deal."

So we walk out to a Walgreens, and I give him $60, cuz I'm that kind of guy. We part ways, and he tells me he's glad I'm going to enjoy them. "You bet I am, man, I'm gonna ride on these every single day." I wish him good luck, I strap 'em to my back, and ride out of earshot before I yell out in sheer Jewish joy. (I'm a Jew).

So please, be happy for me.



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Old 05-08-06, 09:06 PM   #2
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Those are good wheels and I love that anodized grey -- I don't see them around anymore.

Great story.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:06 PM   #3
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congratulations.i hate you.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:06 PM   #4
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That's a hell of a deal.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:07 PM   #5
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Dang you're lucky!! That's the next upgrade I want to make on my bike. The only thing holding me back is the $260 cost for them, not to mention shipping from IRO.. ehh
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ok. So who in Chicago has had their wheels stolen in the last 2 days?
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Old 05-08-06, 09:08 PM   #7
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Sweet story.
Even scha-weeter deal and wheels.

Ride 'em in good health.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:08 PM   #8
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Uh, score.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:13 PM   #9
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ok. So who in Chicago has had their wheels stolen in the last 2 days?
Ummmm....seriously.
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Er yeah, I got my wheels stolen... in Chicago. Give back my charcoal colored Deep V's?

NOW!!!
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Old 05-08-06, 09:14 PM   #11
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Brace for guilt-induced insanity in 5......4......3....
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Old 05-08-06, 09:15 PM   #12
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I would not give someone a nickel 95 for those...but ****
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Old 05-08-06, 09:17 PM   #13
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yeah thats what i was about to say.

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ok. So who in Chicago has had their wheels stolen in the last 2 days?
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Old 05-08-06, 09:18 PM   #14
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Reason #12 I want to live in a city: Random dudes approaching me with practical bike scores.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:19 PM   #15
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Dear God,

It's me. Please. Please, please, please, do not let these wheels turn out to be stolen.

Please.
Thank you.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:21 PM   #16
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you lucky israelite !

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He had four other bikes, hm, I wonder if they were also for sale? Something tells me 'yes'.
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More than likely hot. A wino can pull an intricate story out of the sky and you dont think twice about (or question) it because you are so focused on the deal.
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stolen, for sure.
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that story screams stolen... enjoy em while they're hot!
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I am shocked it took 5 posts for the idea of stolen wheels to even be presented..
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Old 05-08-06, 10:10 PM   #22
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So what would you do in my shoes?
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Old 05-08-06, 10:15 PM   #23
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Take down the pictures so someone can't see them to describe them.
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Well, if you hadn't bought them someone else would have. That's about all the condolence I can offer.

I might have bought them, depends on my mood really. It's likely I would have just told him flat out that I thought they were stolen and then left.

I mean, come on, the dude supposedly brought the stuff all the way from Florida, but doesn't even know much about it?

Anyway, don't be surprised you find your new wheels and/or bike u-locked with someone else's lock in the future, with an angry biker or hipster ready to jump you.
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i would take down the cog info as well.
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