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Old 07-10-15, 12:27 PM
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Sometimes your neighbors surprise you

My neighbor recently approached me to "take a look" at her bike, as "something was weird." I hadn't seen her ride it, so i expected a rusty boom bike or, more likely, a crummy department store hybrid. Imagine my surprise when she wheeled in this Merckx with (almost) full 9 speed Ultegra! Indexing was slightly out of whack on the RD, easy enough fix. Of course I had to take it for an extended test ride, just to be sure.

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That's a fun-looking bike.

And yeah, I know what you mean about surprises. Had a doctor some years back ask me to go over his bike. It didn't look like much at first glance but turned out to be an awfully nice bike from back in the day with Biopace rings on it. Just yesterday a neighbor kid came over with his uncle's 27-inch-wheel bike. I'm expecting a heavy clunker, and this thing was a gorgeous Univega something or other that was lightweight and well-balanced and just is a beautiful bike.
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Old 07-10-15, 12:49 PM
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Shoulda told her it's a total loss and worth only about $100 but you'll give her $150 since she's a good neighbor.
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Shoulda told her it's a total loss and worth only about $100 but you'll give her $150 since she's a good neighbor.
Yeah - complete piece of... ahem... "junk". You really should offer to dispose of it for her. ;-)
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Old 07-10-15, 03:42 PM
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I have a few neighbors I wish would surprise me.

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Back in the 70's I had a co-worker who asked me to take a look at the two bikes she and her husband had. I agreed and said bring 'em in. Her hubby vetoed the idea and said he'd take them to his favorite shop. Turns out they were custom built Singers. I can hardly blame him now for going all elitist on me.
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An EM with a rack on it !

Don't move from that neighborhood, something good might just wind up staying with you.
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