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Old 01-24-23, 01:43 PM
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How to interpret Craigslist/eBay ads

Borrowed from another forum, but so apt!

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There are good. Yours might be even better. Lets see what you got!
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Originally Posted by Robvolz View Post
Borrowed from another forum, but so apt!

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There are good. Yours might be even better. Lets see what you got!
I mostly see these in the Vespa and classic car world
"ideal base for a restoration" = expect a pile of rust foam held together by body filler or paint
"As I know it belonged to a famous cyclist" = I want way more more momo than what it worths
"It is so rare it doesnt even have serial no." = rarely legit often stolen
"it must be a prototype" = the first 2 pages of google didnt show it
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Recent Tune-up = Sprayed some WD-40 on the chain and put air in the tires (aligning the valve stems optional).
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I know what I've got = has no idea, and way over priced
No longer for sale after Sunday = garbage pick up is Monday
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Needs tubes: Tires are flat from sitting and I don't have a tire pump.
Fork's not bent: Fork and frame are bent.
Slight surface rust: You'll need a tetanus shot.
Needs TLC: All the love in the world won't fix what's wrong with this bike.
Ground-up restoration: Ground up restoration.
Serious inquiries only: Seller lacks a sense of humor.
No tire kickers: Bike would fall apart if you kicked it.
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Sold new for over $1,000 - I got it at a garage sale for $28.
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ready to ride, just needs cleaned up=been sitting outside for a decade
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Barn Find: Covered in many years accumulation of dust, mildew, and unspeakably disgusting insect and animal droppings.

Peugeot PX-10: UO-8

Lightweight: Lighter than a Varsity.

Patina: See barn find.
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My favorite is “Tires hold air”…..ummmmm No!! On the vintage bikes I buy, tubes hold air and “tires hold air” means tires are certainly dry rotted to a crisp and dangerous to ride. Just say they’re rotted when you know that they are. The disingenuousness of this statement infuriates me.

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"Bike for sale" = A glimmer of hope.
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Old 01-24-23, 07:25 PM
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Needs new tires = needs new wheels
Needs new rims = needs new wheels
Needs new tubes = needs new wheels
Will meet at [local transit hub] = stolen
Needs peddles = stolen
Needs breaks = stolen
Schwinn = Trek
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Reluctant sale = I forgot I had it

Campognola components = I can’t read

I have too many bikes = my wife said I have too many bikes
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my fav: Serious inquiries only: Seller lacks a sense of humor.

I'm going to use that
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Tire tread is still good. = Sidewalls are threadbare and crumbly.
No kickstand. = They would have put one on if they knew how (thank god (not all of these have to be bad))
Tires are flat I don't have the pump that works with them. = Bring a presta compatible pump.
Comfy seat. = Gel-bloated aftermarket abomination that weighs 8 pounds and is the size of a wedding cake. Do they ever have the original saddle? No.
Tires like new. = Flipper that loves to use tire shine. Hope you hate traction!
No price, just OBO = They're rubbing their hands together dreaming of a fevered bidding war.
Top of the line. = Mid-range at the very best.
Studded tires included. = Retired and probably very rusty winter beater.
Hybrid = Rigid mtb
Road bike = Rigid mtb with slick tires
Touring bike = Regular road bike
Compare to Surly = Steel bike.
Mentions Grant Peterson in ad text = Bridgestone Tax helpfully included
Mentions bicycle color in ad title = Couldn't think of any remotely useful info to add.
Included disclaimer that the bike photos they used aren't of the actual bike for sale. = They enjoy wasting everyone's time.
Pedals and Brooks saddle not included. = They didn't want to retake photos sans those items.
Ad for Viscount that mentions the Death Fork. = They realize they have an uphill battle selling this, but put a premium price on it anyways.
Collectible = Hoarders collect old newspapers and jars of urine- so what?
Must take all. = One semi-interesting bike and the rest are BSO trash. Or one men's cruiser and matching ladies cruiser.
Fugi = Fuji
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RARE = no one ever wanted one of these back in the day.

CLASSIC = Not classic

VINTAGE = Old POS

Collectible = By the garbage man.

Top of the Line = Best of the box store junk.

,Patina = rust bucket

Sells on ebay for $1000 = saw some crazy seller ASKING $1000 for a similar bike once.

No low ballers = delusional seller, thinks he has gold, but its really crap.

Frame size 56 inches = I don't understand metric (I see this A LOT)!

Custom build = took 3 bikes out of the trash and cobbled them into one.

REDUCED MUST SELL! = I was asking 10 times market value, now I am asking 5 times. I see this a lot.

Gravel bike = drug it behind my truck down a gravel road.

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size 26" = 700c
27" tires = 700c
28" tires = 700c
26" wheels = 700c
25" wheels = 700c
55cm = measured from the TOP of bottom bracket to the center of seat/top tube
55cm = top tube measurement
55cm = measured from center of bottom bracket to center of top tube, but vertically, ie not along the seat tube.
Good for 5'4" to 6' = no, it isn't
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Will meet at [local transit hub] = stolen
Actually, I ALWAYS meet the buyer at a public, and well-attended, location. Both for privacy and safety.

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Included disclaimer that the bike photos they used aren't of the actual bike for sale. = They enjoy wasting everyone's time.
Or = scam ad, seller has no actual bike to sell
Fugi = Fuji
= I'm too lazy to go and look at the bike to get the spelling right

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Frame size 56 inches = I don't understand metric (I see this A LOT)!
Also applies to wheel size 700cc or 700cm. Pray that the seller's job is not in any science, technology or engineering industry.
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"Don't you hate Craigslist and eBay?"

"Yeah, so many flakes and know nothings."

"By the way, that's a really cool vintage bike. Where'd ya you get it?"

"Thanks! Oh, this one? Uh, Craigslist. I love it."
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I really like the 'very rare' and 'sought after' listings that have the marque spelled wrong. And the many, many, many 'record du monde' model Peugeots....
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I'm <this or that> tall and it fits me well. (usually 54-55cm frames sold by 1,80-1,90 m tall persons)
Preferred delivery method: Local Pickup or Shipping --> "I have never shipped a thing and never will". or even better, "I ship.... but not to Germany"
Custom: rattle canned, or mismatched parts
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Another definition of "rare": It's the only one I have.
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Recently serviced = I put some grease on the chain a few years back

NOS = Not Overly Special
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Custom: This bike is made up of a bunch of different parts made by a bunch of different manufacturers, and I either don't know what they are, or don't want to take the time to list them all. Probably also involves totally wrong/excessive stickers and spray paint. This grouping also includes the subcategory of "Costom" which is a department store BMX bike. These are frequently covered in spray paint, with a 1” quill stem maxed out above the insertion line, bars tilted forward 45 degrees or more, and 9:15 gearing. Chain is also usually partially painted. Stock brakes removed because that’s how kids ride today. 90% chance the front rim is radial laced and spray painted also.

Rare: rusty as a *****, I don't have time to get busy with some Scotchbrite or some CLR. Adds to the "character" of the bike, whatever that means.

Vintage: (they love to throw this one around in hopes of catching some doofus hipster) Just plain old, as in I rode it in high school, I'm now 63 years old. It's been sitting in garage ever since.

One of a kind: Sure, they made millions of Univegas, but THIS one is special. Special like I cut a thousand football fields worth of grass to buy it back in 1981. So it's real special. To me, only. And now it can be yours!

Old School: It's from 1998.

Restored: similar to "Custom", but with the use of 60 grit sandpaper.

Like New: My kid rode it a few times and it's been sitting in the garage with crap piled on it for years.

$$ Needed: Got any meth?

Just needs a new tire: ...and a new front hub, and all bearings repacked, and a chain, and brake cables...

Pick up only, no delivery: I'm on my third DWI

80's BMX: Huffy, Kent, Royce Union, Team Murray, Ross, Columbia or Free Spirit.

Need gone ASAP: I won't stop double posting until it sells for 2x it's value.

Firm: Don't bother emailing, I'm tired of responding to reasonable offers.

No Lowball Offers: I don't want informed buyers telling me I am selling a POS for big bucks.

Unbranded parts: Cheap parts that I don't even know what they are (or are embarrassed to say).

Will clean up nice: I can't break it down because the hardware is stripped or seized due to rust.

Taking offers: looking for free expert appraisal but not actually willing to sell

Barn find: bought it yesterday on CL for $50 now it is $500. Alternatively, may be covered in manure.

No lowballers, I know what it is worth: Checked the sold listings on eBay and found a pristine example of something that is the same make (not model) as this rust bucket being listed on CL

Paid $X at local bike store: Still fuming that the bike traveled more miles in the trunk of the car on the way home from the bike shop, than their child ever rode it

Freestyle BMX: Hardware store bicycle with no gears. Most likely has bent pegs and weighs at least 38 lbs

Recently tuned up at bikeshop: I ran it under a hose and inflated the tires.

Old racing 10 speed: 70s 'bike boom' road bike with a heavy hi-ten frame, rear wheel dork disk, stem mounted shift levers, steel rims, cottered cranks, and turkey wing safety brake levers. From a brand you've never heard of.
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26mm clamp: Removed from bicycle with drop bars

French Threads I: Removed from Peugeot

French Threads II: Part is clearly labeled “Made in France”

French Stem: French Brand

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