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Old 06-01-17, 05:26 PM
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Attempt to relive past....

...for $50?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/bik/6138017667.html

This is an exact copy of the first "real" bike I got for Christmas in the early 90's. Rode the ever-living crap out of it for a lot of years (pretty much until I started driving). Not sure what happened to it, I think my mom chucked it when she moved last time.


I've been thinking about getting another MTB lately, tons of lovely trails to hammer around on here in the PNW....


Nah, probably better ways to spend $50.
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Old 06-01-17, 05:49 PM
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There are certainly better ways to spend $50, but the nice thing about that bike is you could buy it, ride the crap out of it for a couple of years, leaving it sitting in your garage for a couple more and then re-sell it for $50. It's basically free.
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Old 06-01-17, 05:50 PM
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Keep your money and cherish the memories as reality will likely be a disappointment! Good bikes for kids to kick around on.
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Old 06-01-17, 06:38 PM
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buy it and enjoy time tripping thats what i do
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That would be a better choice for reliving one's first "real" bike than my Huffy White Heat! God, how we kids wanted those when they came out. Came across that bike while moving some stuff around in storage garages a few years ago, and it was eye-opening: heavy, steel rims, BMX-style caliper brakes, awful shifters... perhaps that's why I hardly biked again for years after getting my driver's license.
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if you really want an old MTB that's a pretty good price, IMO.
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Old 06-01-17, 08:10 PM
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You can't go home again.

But you can "visit"! I bought an old Schwinn similar to my or Coppertone Varsity (1964). It rode just as I remembered. It was fun. A nice little "visit". But I didn't keep the bike.

I'd buy the bike!
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Originally Posted by Mechanicjay View Post


Nah, probably better ways to spend $50.
You're right, booze and hookers is always the wisest investment choice!
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I stand by my claim that the Alu Trek 7x0/8x0 mountain bikes are the 60's Beetles of the bike world. Cheap, durable, fun.

Spend the money, if you change your mind, you can get $50-100 for a sound, clean bike.

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I agree that there might be better uses for the money, but if you can spare the funds the bike might make a nice guest bike or loaner. Now if it were the very same bike you used to own that would be different, although I rebought a Nissan pickup after selling it and never used it much and wound up selling it again a year later.
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Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
I stand by my claim that the Alu Trek 7x0/8x0 mountain bikes are the 60's Beetles of the bike world. Cheap, durable, fun.

Spend the money, if you change your mind, you can get $50-100 for a sound, clean bike.

Re Nostalgia -

Y'all are doing a terrible job of helping keep my money!! LOL
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Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
I stand by my claim that the Alu Trek 7x0/8x0 mountain bikes are the 60's Beetles of the bike world. Cheap, durable, fun.
It's an apt analogy, but...
* This bike's lugged steel, not aluminum. (Even better.)
* This bike should be cheap, durable, and fun ...and a heck of a lot more reliable than a '60s VW.

...coming from the former owner of a '68 VW bus.
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I do have one of those, found it abandoned in front of work along with two kiddie bikes.
Rear wheel was wapped.
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Am I missing something because it's going for $99.
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Old 06-02-17, 06:59 PM
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$50, $100, whatever.
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Old 06-03-17, 05:31 AM
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It's pretty easy to pick up a blast from the past, but if I tried to ride those lead weights I'd feel the old man bones I have. It's also pretty easy to pick up a top end bike from the past, for not much more, and pretend I have young legs again.
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Old 06-03-17, 05:40 AM
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Go make an offer.
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Easily worth $99 for the sentimental value alone, even if it only as a wall hanger.
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the nostalgia might make it worth it but if youre just looking for a vintage mtb there will be higher end stuff available for a similar price point. maybe i'm a snob but at least go for something with a chainring that isn't riveted together. also, the ad claims it's been serviced but the front tire is flat and the front brake cantilever is hanging down, so make sure that's all sorted out before handing over that benny
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In Seattle? I've got an 820 for on the cheap or trade for road parts. It's big like a 21.5" I'll check.
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Y'all are doing a terrible job of helping keep my money!! LOL
you're asking a bunch of addicts if you should have more. what do you expect? I like the idea mentioned to buy it & ride it for a while before flipping it. who knows what memories it will bring up. but the ad says $99 not 50

would love to ride my first new bike again (10th B-day surprise). but even if I found a blue Stingray with a metalic silver flake blue saddle I'm too farking big for it. you have a unique opportunity

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Guess the add was updated. It was definitely only $50 the other day. I guess he "serviced" it and is now asking $99. That definitely cuts too deep into my limited hobby budget. Oh well.
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too much traffic from BFers

I'm always careful what I share, if it's something I'm personally interested in
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