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Old 05-02-17, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
I'd pay $170 for that bike. He's not the best salesman, that's for sure!

'fabric scoop saddle'? Does he mean Brooks Cambium? 'I'm holding on to the Brooks lol' -- is he saying 'there was a leather Brooks on it, but I'm keeping that so I put this Cambium on there for you' or is he saying 'I paid $100 for this Brooks Cambium saddle in the picture, just letting you know I paid $100 for it, because you can't have it!'?
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$170+$30+$100=$300 which is listed at top.

Looks like it could be an easy tune-up, but expensive if paying shop rates

I route my cables differently, so I'd do my own taping.
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Originally Posted by rocks in head
Packed with care and ready to ship globally?

"Lot of 150 bicycles for $1300"

"Business selling new and used bikes Lot.
All Brands
All sizes
All quality
And All MUST GO! by the Lot"

About $10 per bike. Could probably strip and eBay the lot and double your money.

Or ship it to a restoration business in Africa. Charity?

Hopefully not stolen.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
About $10 per bike. Could probably strip and eBay the lot and double your money.

Or ship it to a restoration business in Africa. Charity?

Hopefully not stolen.
Dunno... I didn't exactly take a close look at that photo but it's 100% racks and fenders. I'd guess they're used / abandoned Dutch bikes imported, and that's how they came off the container. Could have gone to Africa already I suppose.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
'fabric scoop saddle'? Does he mean Brooks Cambium?
Fabric is a brand of saddles. Scoop is one of their series of saddles.

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Old 05-02-17, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by rocks in head
Dunno... I didn't exactly take a close look at that photo but it's 100% racks and fenders. I'd guess they're used / abandoned Dutch bikes imported, and that's how they came off the container. Could have gone to Africa already I suppose.
Listed as "Falls Church"

Is that a church? Perhaps they had a charity project that flopped.

Odd rounded racks and lights. You may be right that the bikes came from Europe.

If I was sending/donating to Africa, I'd ship as-is and hire locally to repair. Have tires and tubes shipped direct from China to destination.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Listed as "Falls Church"

Is that a church? Perhaps they had a charity project that flopped.

Odd rounded racks and lights. You may be right that the bikes came from Europe.

If I was sending/donating to Africa, I'd ship as-is and hire locally to repair. Have tires and tubes shipped direct from China to destination.
Falls Church is an independent city of roughly 12,000 wealthy souls about 8 miles due west of the White House in Northern Virginia. It has the distinction of having the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the country.

The bikes were probably acquired months ago, (in anticipation of a different election outcome), to sell to the State Department or an NGO or some other entity as part of a foreign aid package. The deal was likely nixed by the current administration.

(Entirely speculation based on my decades of experience in DC. (The bit about the bikes; the Falls Church stuff is fact.))
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I love treasure hunts. If I had the space I would definitely go for a look see. Finding just a couple of winners would pay for the lot although there may be a lot of crush damage due to method of storage. Or rust from being outside.

Or they could mostly be wally world specials.

Who knows, but picking thru the lot would be the fun part......shipping and storage not so much.
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Fall Church? Ain't been there in years. That was the last leg of three stop TJ MAxx run we used to do. After unloading I would go over to the Old Country Buffet for lunch sometimes

Nice pile of bikes. I wonder if that was part of that Bikes not Bombs movement
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Nice paint job. Always gotta make sure you hit the seat and handlebars too. . .

Vintage Cruiser Bike Great Parade or Burning Man Bike - $175 (Ballard)


"Vintage (probably 1950s) classic cruiser bike, believe Schwinn, painted gold, great parade bike or for Burning Man."

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I emailed asking if they meant $29.99, and got this response:

"Sorry, no mistake, this is a once in a life time collection. Tu"

So I say "Collection of what? There's only one bike pictured"

and he responds, "Well as stated it's a collectors dream to own, this rare piece, has 12 miles on odomitor and came with all the Bella and whistles fully loaded. "

AS STATED WHERE?

This bike was listed a month ago for $100 or something. I should have bought it then. I kinda want it.
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Odd looking Brooks saddle. It's not even leather.

Vintage Brooks Bicycle Seat Saddle | eBay

Looks rather like a Mesinger to me.

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I feel like some of the people posting here are confusing "wacky" with "less-than-perfect sales posting".
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In what way?
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
About $10 per bike. Could probably strip and eBay the lot and double your money.
Just applying my "guess how many gumballs" skills to the photo, I bet there's way more than 150 bikes in the pile. Is it the whole pile for sale as one lot? Or pick a pile? It looks like there's probably four bikes for each rack you can see, and 7 or 8 pallets. What's really weird is they all look like the same model of city bike, and that they were all at least lightly disassembled to stack. Who is responsible for all this, what were they trying to do?
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Originally Posted by ksryder
I feel like some of the people posting here are confusing "wacky" with "less-than-perfect sales posting".
It's not like there's rules or anyone to enforce them
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Originally Posted by exdraghunt
Vintage Cruiser Bike Great Parade or Burning Man Bike - $175 (Ballard)
It's out of season for Burning Man bikes, there are only about two dozen of them listed in the surrounding area
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
In what way?
Wasn't referring to your post although it might look that way because it directly followed, just a more general observation on some of the previous pages where there are posts where I can't really figure out what is supposedly wacky about them, other than some poor grammar.
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Originally Posted by ksryder
Wasn't referring to your post although it might look that way because it directly followed, just a more general observation on some of the previous pages where there are posts where I can't really figure out what is supposedly wacky about them, other than some poor grammar.
Each person sees a little different humor.

Lots of wacky bike collections showing up.

Raleighs marked as Schwinns. Schwinns as Raleighs. 370/730

Auto correct can give unique interpretations.

And, of course the rocket and jet bikes along with other custom builds.

Head-on crashed bikes being sold as excellent condition

"Recently Tuned" with major parts missing.

Mismatched rim sizes?
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty
Just applying my "guess how many gumballs" skills to the photo, I bet there's way more than 150 bikes in the pile. Is it the whole pile for sale as one lot? Or pick a pile? It looks like there's probably four bikes for each rack you can see, and 7 or 8 pallets. What's really weird is they all look like the same model of city bike, and that they were all at least lightly disassembled to stack. Who is responsible for all this, what were they trying to do?
I'm pretty sure the whole thing is for sale a a lot... "Truck can be arranged".

Yeah, there's way more than 150. I don't think the person posting bothered to even do a quick estimate. I count 4 bikes per "layer", 5 "layers" deep per pallet. Then they're stacked, so maybe 300-350 bikes total. I don't think they were really disassembled... steer tube turned 90, handles rotated downward is all.

More picture forensics says dutch to me. Backward-facing kickstands, fenders, reflectors, front dyno lights, consistent handlebars, and no top tube / beefy downtube on the top bike in the foreground stack says this was a bulk purchase of dutch style bikes from somewhere in Europe. I have no idea what you'd do with them, there's not that much demand for dutch style bikes here in the D.C. area, or really anywhere that I'm aware of in the US.

By far the weirdest / most intriguing CL post in a while for me. If you had the space, time, and skill, you could buy them all, and flood the market with $50 bikes and still make a huge margin. I suppose that's what this "business" that's liquidating was going to do.
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Yeah if that was in San Diego I'd be all over that for $1300. I'd have to rent a storage unit to put them, or find a friend or family's yard to borrow for a little while though. Would offer to split the profit with them.
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Originally Posted by exdraghunt
Nice paint job. Always gotta make sure you hit the seat and handlebars too. . .

Vintage Cruiser Bike Great Parade or Burning Man Bike - $175 (Ballard)


"Vintage (probably 1950s) classic cruiser bike, believe Schwinn, painted gold, great parade bike or for Burning Man."

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Skip-tooth chainring might suggest even older. Still nothing "wacky" about this post...
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Odd looking Brooks saddle. It's not even leather.

Vintage Brooks Bicycle Seat Saddle | eBay

Looks rather like a Mesinger to me.

Brooks 'mattress saddle', circa 1972, common as dirt and ain't worth ugatz...

BTW, this post has nothing 'wacky' about it either...
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Originally Posted by rocks in head
I'm pretty sure the whole thing is for sale a a lot... "Truck can be arranged".

Yeah, there's way more than 150. I don't think the person posting bothered to even do a quick estimate. I count 4 bikes per "layer", 5 "layers" deep per pallet. Then they're stacked, so maybe 300-350 bikes total. I don't think they were really disassembled... steer tube turned 90, handles rotated downward is all.

More picture forensics says dutch to me. Backward-facing kickstands, fenders, reflectors, front dyno lights, consistent handlebars, and no top tube / beefy downtube on the top bike in the foreground stack says this was a bulk purchase of dutch style bikes from somewhere in Europe. I have no idea what you'd do with them, there's not that much demand for dutch style bikes here in the D.C. area, or really anywhere that I'm aware of in the US.

By far the weirdest / most intriguing CL post in a while for me. If you had the space, time, and skill, you could buy them all, and flood the market with $50 bikes and still make a huge margin. I suppose that's what this "business" that's liquidating was going to do.
Get the price right and they would sell in a big city. But margins are tight if one wants to do a professional job tuning $50-$100 bikes. Scrapping a few. Cheap Alibaba tires and tubes.

One could also build a rental fleet. I bet one could rent a lot to college students $30 for sept-june or $10 per month. $5 a day except during big events.

Hit events like the Olympic trials hard.

Still, if it was me, I'd pack a container and ship to somewhere in Africa. 100 to 200 happy people riding bikes
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1st floor, $100 piles , 2nd floor $200... https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bop/6104097129.html
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Another pile that doesn't look like outright junk. You gotta wonder...
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