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Old 07-19-15, 12:47 PM
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Well, there you go - my life is complete..!
I saw those bikes on E-Bay a while ago. Or someone posted about them. They look like pretty sweet bikes.

But it is hard for me to accept all that fancy aero stuff, then the cheapest shifters available, odd brake placement, cheap derailleurs...

It is hard to judge the rest of the bike, but I don't have a lot of faith that it is of any higher quality than the GMC Denali bikes for a lot less.
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Old 07-19-15, 12:57 PM
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^^ If you've gotta name your bike MACHETE! and go with 90s-era tribal graphics you're probably trying to compensate for something.
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Old 07-20-15, 05:41 AM
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This time of year around here, you start seeing more of these junky bikes advertised as suitable for Burning Man. It makes me wonder if there's some giant pit in the desert where they all get thrown in on the way home... like wrecked SR-71's at Groom Lake

sacramento bicycles ""burning man"" - craigslist
Shoot...there is a vintage StumpJumper in that list for $80 that has a can of red spray paint as one of its three pictures. The Horror!
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Old 07-20-15, 09:20 AM
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Shoot...there is a vintage StumpJumper in that list for $80 that has a can of red spray paint as one of its three pictures. The Horror!
Well, that's what the ad claims, anyhow. For the money I like this one better



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Old 07-20-15, 08:18 PM
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The Thing

I bet this thing would be exhilarating on a steep downhill.


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Old 07-20-15, 08:28 PM
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They've got one of those hanging up at our local bike co-op. I wonder if it was actually commercially made...
Perhaps until the lawyers took over the corporate world
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Old 07-20-15, 08:41 PM
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They're not homemade....I've seen several that looked just like that.
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Old 07-20-15, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
They've got one of those hanging up at our local bike co-op. I wonder if it was actually commercially made...
Perhaps until the lawyers took over the corporate world
Such things appear with some regularity. A couple years ago my charity club was looking for bike donations and wound up with a few "Cyco Cycles" (to be read: Psycho cycles, but more fun to say: pycockicles) which are misbegotten tricycle unicycle thingies.

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Old 07-21-15, 05:11 AM
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What an idiot. Take a nearly mint condition chrome lugged Fuji, turn it into a worthless pile of newer replacement parts, and then charge big money when you get tired of looking at it.,,,,BD

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Old 07-21-15, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
What an idiot. Take a nearly mint condition chrome lugged Fuji, turn it into a worthless pile of newer replacement parts, and then charge big money when you get tired of looking at it.,,,,BD

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At least he did not butcher the frame, but he is asking too much for it.
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Old 07-21-15, 10:20 AM
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Those have got to be the smallest fenders I have ever seen -- what's the point? Esp. the rear one, if you're going to have gorgeous wood, have a lot of it!
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I've loving the caveat emptor here.
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Old 07-21-15, 01:25 PM
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I have to disagree... a bit.
The bike looks sharp. Longer fenders might be nice (matching?), but the short ones are less intrusive. And, I think he has gotten away without the fender wires which are always a bit pain.

The horizontal dropouts make it a good candidate for fixie conversion.

I suppose I still don't understand the fixie craze though

I wouldn't pay half the asking price though. Be prepared to see that bike on Craigslist for quite some time.
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Old 07-21-15, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
I have to disagree... a bit.
The bike looks sharp. Longer fenders might be nice (matching?), but the short ones are less intrusive. And, I think he has gotten away without the fender wires which are always a bit pain.
Maybe short fenders have a cleaner appearance, but what do they do? No fenders is an even cleaner appearance, with similar performance.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Maybe short fenders have a cleaner appearance, but what do they do? No fenders is an even cleaner appearance, with similar performance.
The rear fender covering the rack area is the most important for protecting the backside. The downtube will take a lot of the forward spray. The rear fender could be shortened as the spray comes off at a tangent, so anything beyond horizontal is not necessary (for the rider in the front, it may help with drafting).

The front fender should protect the pants and shoes. However, the most annoying thing with the front is getting sprayed in the face. With water spray coming off of the tire at a tangent, there is a critical point where the spray can come below the fork and peel off and up into the face (depending on fork crown clearance). It likely takes very little fender to protect from that.

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Oh, that is Houston. Does it ever rain in Houston? I think the fenders are just for show

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Old 07-21-15, 01:52 PM
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road bike - $250



Oh...

Yes, it does actually come with a front wheel. Just too much work to install it for the photoshoot.



Not to mention, of course, one can buy a brand new ZeroGrav bike from Amazon for $235.90 including free shipping

I suppose the assembly is worth that extra $14.10????

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Old 07-21-15, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
I suppose the assembly is worth that extra $14.10????
It might be worth $14 for the 'small terror on <the> handle'
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Old 07-21-15, 02:26 PM
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Look at those shifters! (better view on the amazon link) I've never seen those before, surprised they're actually Shimano. They remind me of an old Suntour wishbone shifter I once found in a parts bin, except they rotate forward/back instead of left/right.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Look at those shifters! (better view on the amazon link) I've never seen those before, surprised they're actually Shimano. They remind me of an old Suntour wishbone shifter I once found in a parts bin, except they rotate forward/back instead of left/right.
Those are similar to the shifters on the Fuji Ace 24. The ace has an indexed 7s shifter. It works reasonably well, but I have troubles convincing my nephew to shift while pedalling.. he likes to set it, then hop on and ride.

Every once in a while I bump my stem shifters, so bar mounted shifters would be a good alternative.

Looking at the Amazon specs... now I'm confused.

Derailleur Shifter : A050 SIS Handlebar Mounted, Non-Index (Shimano)
Of course, when one looks up the definition of SIS, one gets: "Shimano Indexing System". And the descriptions of the A050 seem to indicate indexed.

Now I'm really confused.
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And another bike with not particularly extensive fenders. And we have wet winters here.

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Old 07-21-15, 05:03 PM
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Those look like the Weinmann inox fenders that are stock on my Raleigh Carlton. They actually do a decent job at keeping my ass and face dry when the roads are wet.
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And another bike with not particularly extensive fenders. And we have wet winters here.

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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Look at those shifters! (better view on the amazon link) I've never seen those before, surprised they're actually Shimano. They remind me of an old Suntour wishbone shifter I once found in a parts bin, except they rotate forward/back instead of left/right.
Same shifters that were on the Schwinn Varsity sold at Walmart not too long ago (maybe still). For low end shifters, they're not the worst I've used. Better feel than grip shifters.
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very nice...you can ride this thing on a wall...i'm in!
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very nice...you can ride this thing on a wall...i'm in!
Crazy Awesome SKATE BIKE!
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