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Old 04-29-13, 10:36 AM
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Yet another from so called professional builders in Denver. $200+ for POS Huffy.

https://denver.craigslist.org/bid/3766441464.html
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sweet a restored schwinn...

maybe it was borked for a reason..
he did a number on the front spokes too.. yikes!!

https://rochester.craigslist.org/bik/3773501967.html
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As tiny as those photos are, I actually recognize that bike as one that a member here (I forget who it was) contacted me about a few years ago. The bike has steel tubes welded across the top tube for some unknown purpose, it doesn't look like it would be possible to pedal it.

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This ad has been showing up for the past couple of months. He doesn't know what it is but it's got to be worth $300. Crappy photos too.

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/3756489970.html

Strange and weird bicycle. - $300 (Tampa)



Or best offer. Not sure what it is. Might be a treasure. Located near Busch Gardens.
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Man, if these people get even 2/3 of what they're asking for junk like that, I've got $2000+ worth of bicycles stashed in my garage!
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
As tiny as those photos are, I actually recognize that bike as one that a member here (I forget who it was) contacted me about a few years ago. The bike has steel tubes welded across the top tube for some unknown purpose, it doesn't look like it would be possible to pedal it.
Funny thing is...I remember a CL ad like this from maybe a year or two ago. Same wording and low quality type pics. I thought it was listed in the next town over (Clearwater). I think I even posted it here.
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Despite the delusional price, that is not what annoys me about this ad, it is the baloney claims of it being full NJS. The only component that is NJS is the saddle and the hubs...

https://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ479221450

AQUILA track fixed gear COMPLETE FULL NJS - $3000

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NJS in the track world is the same as JDM in the import world.

Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
Despite the delusional price, that is not what annoys me about this ad, it is the baloney claims of it being full NJS. The only component that is NJS is the saddle and the hubs...

https://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ479221450

AQUILA track fixed gear COMPLETE FULL NJS - $3000
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https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3775104164.html

Near the hwy
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This isn't classic, but these CL ads seem odd. Note the CL poster has cut and pasted another CL ad into their post. Scam?

https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/3774720479.html
Hibrid Bike - $300 (dunedin)

You must see this byke

This one you can see where they pasted a changed phone number and location into the image.

https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/3773810875.html
Bicycle - $300 (Dunedin)

Not used much with extras
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Originally Posted by kunsunoke
Are the bikes dope or is the seller a dope? Confused.
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$200 for a Huffy?? And I love the implication that it may be worth up to $900...

https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3752633970.html
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I don't know why, but, there's a somewhat cult following around the Aerowind. Don't ask me why, I just know that they're considered "collector's items" to some...
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I'm with you on the Aerowind thing Huffy made five levels of these so the pricing can get a bit harry.
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Five levels? I only know of two, and I have four Aerowinds in the garage in Houston. There is a 26 inch(1 3/8's) and a 27 inch that I know of. The 27 inch was a "little" nicer, but not by a whole lot. It had a larger frame at least. The worst feature of these bikes was the stamped steel crown race, which makes it nearly impossible to make the headset feel sturdy. Oddly enough they also seem to have one of the earliest uses of aero brake levers, and with cotton bar tape and turkey wings no less. They share the same gold 6 speed cassette (yes a cassette) and gold chain as the Voyageur 11.8, but with Araya steel rims. Lots of contradictions on them for sure. For every nice component, there seemed to be one that counteracted it. I had a brand new one for a brief time around 1980 or 81. It was stolen the first time I rode it to school, from a locked parking lot. My favorite component are the cranks. It's a very unique piece, and ONLY works with the original bottom bracket. It's a BMX bottom brakcet shell, but has a splined spindle. I think I will get one of my 27 inchers ridable when I get home in a month or so, just to say I did, haha.,,,,BD

Here's my very clean 26 inch wheeled version... I somehow doubt it's this clean now, after three years of no care...

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Originally Posted by jhess74
$200 for a Huffy?? And I love the implication that it may be worth up to $900...

https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3752633970.html
Of course you know what "budget" a craigslist post in madison speaks of...
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
Five levels? I only know of two, and I have four Aerowinds in the garage in Houston. There is a 26 inch(1 3/8's) and a 27 inch that I know of. The 27 inch was a "little" nicer, but not by a whole lot. It had a larger frame at least. The worst feature of these bikes was the stamped steel crown race, which makes it nearly impossible to make the headset feel sturdy. Oddly enough they also seem to have one of the earliest uses of aero brake levers, and with cotton bar tape and turkey wings no less. They share the same gold 6 speed cassette (yes a cassette) and gold chain as the Voyageur 11.8, but with Araya steel rims. Lots of contradictions on them for sure. For every nice component, there seemed to be one that counteracted it. I had a brand new one for a brief time around 1980 or 81. It was stolen the first time I rode it to school, from a locked parking lot. My favorite component are the cranks. It's a very unique piece, and ONLY works with the original bottom bracket. It's a BMX bottom brakcet shell, but has a splined spindle. I think I will get one of my 27 inchers ridable when I get home in a month or so, just to say I did, haha.,,,,BD
And that one (from above) looks like it had the prototype for these campy brakes;

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Campagnolo-C...item4ac3e9285e
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$200 for a Huffy?? And I love the implication that it may be worth up to $900...

https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/3752633970.html
We have Budget Bicycle Center to blame for that again.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man
Are the bikes dope or is the seller a dope? Confused.
This is a hipster / slacker marketing technique, I would imagine. The seller's probably been doing this for a while, and so knows his target audience (urban, young, ignorant, style-chasing, mechanically disinclined).

I'm guessing he's selling PROC-built container bikes, similar to what is now being sold in Target or Wal-Mart. The fly-by-night nature of the transactions ensures that he's not responsible for support after sale. Caveat emptor.
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Originally Posted by anixi
I don't know why, but, there's a somewhat cult following around the Aerowind. Don't ask me why, I just know that they're considered "collector's items" to some...
They're collectors' items in the same sense that pet rocks or cabbage patch kids were.

I remember those things when they came out, and they weren't that good. Some reasonable-quality parts were placed on Huffy's usual MIG-welded mild-steel frames. The ovalized tubes were used as a value-addition. The end result was the usual 32 lb. simulation of a bicycle that Huffy normally sold to the masses. At least they were made in this country back then.
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Originally Posted by kunsunoke
This is a hipster / slacker marketing technique, I would imagine. The seller's probably been doing this for a while, and so knows his target audience (urban, young, ignorant, style-chasing, mechanically disinclined).

I'm guessing he's selling PROC-built container bikes, similar to what is now being sold in Target or Wal-Mart. The fly-by-night nature of the transactions ensures that he's not responsible for support after sale. Caveat emptor.
Looks like the pictures are of a Respect brand "Urban Mini Velo" which sells on their web site for $400 +shipping. Actually the phone number on the listing is the same as the Respect web site.. probably aren't selling on his website so he's slanging them in person via CL

The bikes direct mini velo offering is $300 shipped which beats this guy's price in person price.. plus if you have a problem you don't have to go near the hwy
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They all had those brakes, that I know of. Shimano Parapul I think was the model name?,,,,BD

Meanwhile Mr. Gran Prix is still at it, still at $299. Hasn't budged an inch on the price in the year or more he's been posting it...

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3746897864.html
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Originally Posted by kunsunoke
We have Budget Bicycle Center to blame for that again.
I stopped by Budget last summer, when my girlfriend lived in Madison. Saw a decent looking SS built on an old Raleigh Grand Prix frame with re-dished 27" wheels and got excited thinking I was looking at about a $100 bargain that I could use as a beater... they wanted something like $549, iirc. After looking around, I saw old Ross and Takaras for upwards of $600 - it was insane. Can anyone explain how that place stays in business? Do they hide gold or precious gems in random frames or something??
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obviously people are buying them or they wouldn't be in business.. in general the masses don't know the difference.. they see a bike they like and pay the price, but i don't know how they can survive on ebay and walk ins alone. at those prices.. sheesh..
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[h=2]Here's one for y'al -- the price is right!:

white classic road bike - $45[/h]
classic road bike everthing works on it just needs a set pole and a set
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Might put aside the awful fork and go for it if not for the fact that it needs the super rare set and set pole.
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