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Old 01-04-19, 02:21 PM
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This is a little bit of a head scratcher...this is for sale by a local pro flipper (they even have a website). Why would you leave the stem super extended like this? 5 minutes of labor and it would look a lot better. Also on the goofy side, they tend to call every bike they sell a "triathlon" bike for some reason.

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Trek 1000 SL Triathlon, Road Bike, Shimano Tiagra rear derailleur, Shimano Sora Sti shifters, Bontrager crankset, Bontrager carbon fork, Shimano front derailleur, Alex rims, Velo saddle, platform pedals included, 57 cm. $345
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
This is a little bit of a head scratcher...this is for sale by a local pro flipper (they even have a website). Why would you leave the stem super extended like this? 5 minutes of labor and it would look a lot better. Also on the goofy side, they tend to call every bike they sell a "triathlon" bike for some reason.

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The bike looks like it is in nice shape, although the chain has an odd splotchy look to it. Still, $345 is on the high end for that bike.

If one takes off the extender, then the cables may well be too long, but one could advertise the bike with or without the extender (plus cutting cables to length if desired).
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Old 01-04-19, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
This is a little bit of a head scratcher...this is for sale by a local pro flipper (they even have a website). Why would you leave the stem super extended like this? 5 minutes of labor and it would look a lot better. Also on the goofy side, they tend to call every bike they sell a "triathlon" bike for some reason.

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Trek 1000 SL Triathlon, Road Bike - $345 (Tampa)
Well, not EVERY bike; they managed not to use "triathlon" on that hideously ugly barf-colored beer-can Trek hybrid. I'm guessing they consider any road-ish bike a "tri" bike. There's a guy here, not a commercial/pro seller, he just flips what he finds now and then, but he calls every bike that vaguely resembles an old-school roadie an "English racer".

But once again, this Tampa seller is clearly a commercial enterprise, not paying their way on CL. They couldn't make it more obvious, posting the URL of their business on a listing "by owner". This is borderline fly-by-night; they're trying to run a business by hosting photos on barfbucket and using CIAmai... er... gmail for their Email.

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Old 01-04-19, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue
...but he calls every bike that vaguely resembles an old-school roadie an "English racer".
When I was growing up any English 3-speed is what we called an English racer.
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Old 01-04-19, 06:40 PM
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I also get the sense that a lot of clueless CL sellers call anything with an upright/flat bar a "mountain bike".
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Originally Posted by madpogue
I also get the sense that a lot of clueless CL sellers call anything with an upright/flat bar a "mountain bike".
I'm fine with that as long as they don't call everything with 2 wheels a Road Bike.
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Anyone looking for Italians?!
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I've had a rack on my old Italian road bike for years. But, a basket is one step too far.

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This one should probably go into the "Are you Looking" thread, but we've been talking about key words and handlebars, and it just meets the Wacky threshold.

50cm Carbon Fiber Trek 5020 Touring Road Bike w/ upgraded COCKPIT - $240 (Eugene)



So, what exactly is a touring bike?
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I was in a shop Friday and saw an A-D Inter 10 dressed like this. Almost took a pic but decided to let it be.
Originally Posted by CliffordK
This one should probably go into the "Are you Looking" thread, but we've been talking about key words and handlebars, and it just meets the Wacky threshold.
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Old 01-06-19, 01:50 PM
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Health-Bike...AAAOSwbPxXPzt3

"Health Bike from Buffalo"

Ps it's a "Classic frame very valuable!"

Bidding starts at $800 + $3.50 shipping
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Originally Posted by WGB
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Health-Bike...AAAOSwbPxXPzt3

"Health Bike from Buffalo"

Ps it's a "Classic frame very valuable!"

Bidding starts at $800 + $3.50 shipping
Of course it's valuable, it has the coveted front air brakes...
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Old 01-07-19, 02:28 PM
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For sale...bike lock and helmet. Had bike stolen and have no purpose for these now. All of it unused.
Well, maybe he should have used that unused lock. Oh the irony.

https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/bo...789229527.html

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Of course it's valuable, it has the coveted front air brakes...
The other day, a guy on a bike turned in front of me on a bike lane here in Evanston, IL. As I was following, I noticed his back U-brake was unhooked. A half a block later I moved into traffic to pass him and set up for a left-hand turn. I glanced over as I passed and noticed his front brake was similarly inoperable. I guess that's one way to solve brake/wheel rubbing.

(I'm a great one to talk. For awhile in grad school in Iowa City, I rode a bike with no brakes and generally didn't bother to lock it. I figured if someone stole it, he deserved what he was going to get the first time he descended the hill by the Old Capitol.)
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I made a trip to the co-op yesterday to take some parts that I am not going to use. I was pretty ruthless and got rid of some stuff I had been holding on to for a while. I almost threw an old Salsa road bike stem in the box but changed my mind at the last second. I know I am never going to use that stem again but it was just a bridge too far. When I got home I decided to see what a Salsa stem would go for. Good lord! All the way up to $300 and more for some of them. This one is in about the same shape as mine and it lists for $85. I would be embarrassed to charge someone that much.
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I have a vintage 1977 Trek bicycle in collectible condition. No dents or dings to frame. These complete Trek bikes were built in a barn and were only sold here in the Midwest. If this listing is up, it's still available.
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Not sure what's "wacky" about that ^^^^^; it's a handsome and very original-looking old bit of local history, at a fair market price. In fact, those backgrounds look suspiciously familiar; IIRC that's a member here on BF, who obtained this bike, oh, six-ish months ago.

Granted, it was built in a pole shed, not really a barn. But Trek does like to make hay (pun slightly intended) of their "born in a barn" legacy.
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Probably accounts for all those "barn finds" I keep seeing lately....
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Built in a barn, sold only in the midwest...just sounds funny. Like a red barn with hay and an old farmer building bikes. Only for sale in the midwest. And does that make it a better bike?

I get a kick out of Chicago made Schwinns too...Well, yes, thats where the factory was. Its like saying a Detroit made Chevy.

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The difference, of course, is that most automobiles sold by the big three are still built somewhere in the US, OTOH, most bicycles sold by the big US brands are built in China, or perhaps Taiwan. So yes, a Waterloo build is a selling point for a Trek.

Waterloo is a small village; I reckon most of the staff in the early years were rural guys. The seller was just making oblique reference to the "Born in a Barn" statement on the history page of Trek's web site. The "barn" is actually a Cleary/Wick style pole building, on a cross street just a couple blocks off the main street in Waterloo, right next to the tracks that parallel the main street. It is painted barn red.

I don't think the sign is there anymore.
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I donít even know anymore...



At least itís a drive side photo?
https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...791284848.html

No information in this ad at all, nothing in the text, nothin in the pictures...

doesnít say or show what the bike is, or the size, or the brand, or the... anything.

oh, and itís $500.00
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I'm not saying this person is delusional........well, yeah, I am.

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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...791284848.html

No information in this ad at all, nothing in the text, nothin in the pictures...

doesnít say or show what the bike is, or the size, or the brand, or the... anything.

oh, and itís $500.00
Reminds me of the "spy" photos of, say, the 2021 F-150 spotted cruising around Dearborn, stickered up so you can't tell what it's gonna look like. So this must be some future bike, eh?

WW bonus points - photographer shadow in frame.
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly


At least itís a drive side photo?
https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...791284848.html

No information in this ad at all, nothing in the text, nothin in the pictures...

doesnít say or show what the bike is, or the size, or the brand, or the... anything.

oh, and itís $500.00
That looks like digital camo to me - my guess is it's a military surplus bike. $500 isn't bad considering that we the taxpayers probably spent $5,000,000 on R&D and then $25,000 per unit!
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Originally Posted by jlaw
That looks like digital camo to me - my guess is it's a military surplus bike. $500 isn't bad considering that we the taxpayers probably spent $5,000,000 on R&D and then $25,000 per unit!
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/histo...zle-180958657/

Razzle Dazzle Camo from WW I
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