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Old 01-08-19, 08:27 PM
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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 View Post
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 madpogue View Post
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.
yup, i remember the thread well, nice bike.
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly View Post


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 View Post
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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Originally Posted by jlaw View Post
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!
Why would you add high vis orange to camo?
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Old 01-10-19, 12:04 PM
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Why would you add high vis orange to camo?
He trying to avoid being hit by torpedoes and cars. Pretty smart IMO.
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Wacky expensive Allez

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/...788677339.html

Yours for only $1,750.
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^^^^^ The "C-word" effect - if the bike has so much as a crank bolt cap that happens to bear the marque, it's automatically worth four digits minimum.
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Old 01-10-19, 02:58 PM
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I have a bike with those same wheels (rims anyways)
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Old 01-10-19, 03:20 PM
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I have a bike with those same wheels (rims anyways)
You couldn't pay me to own another set of those wheels. Most frustrating tire installation/removal I've ever experienced.
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Has this been discussed before? They've been reposting this bike for years for $15,000 "(nonnegotiable)"

Everytime I see it I'm a bit annoyed, a bit perplexed. It seems pretty far to go for a troll.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik...783713658.html

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You couldn't pay me to own another set of those wheels. Most frustrating tire installation/removal I've ever experienced.
I have a set of the Ambrosia rims that I am fixin' to build up with Campy NR hubs. They were take offs from a bike that I bought for parts. The wheels were clearly built by an inept amateur - wrong size spokes, tension too loose (and very inconsistant) so I planned to just disassemble and sell for parts (but that never really happens, does it). I had heard that the rims were difficult so before I took the wheels apart, I tried mounting and demounting a selection of tires that I had. I was surprised that they weren't all that difficult, requiring only my thumbs to mount. I know what's going to happen, though: I will go to the trouble to build them up and then find it impossible to mount tires. Stay tuned.
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Originally Posted by delicious View Post
Has this been discussed before? They've been reposting this bike for years for $15,000 "(nonnegotiable)"

Everytime I see it I'm a bit annoyed, a bit perplexed. It seems pretty far to go for a troll.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik...783713658.html

The owner clearly does not want to sell it. He or she certainly has 4 figure into it but the asking price definitely would provide an obscene profit.
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Originally Posted by delicious View Post
Has this been discussed before? They've been reposting this bike for years for $15,000 "(nonnegotiable)"

Everytime I see it I'm a bit annoyed, a bit perplexed. It seems pretty far to go for a troll.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik...783713658.html

Very nice looking bike (ok looking model, presumably not included) -- how is one supposed to shift the SA-5 igh?
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Old 01-10-19, 04:34 PM
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Very nice looking bike (ok looking model, presumably not included) -- how is one supposed to shift the SA-5 igh?
They need to work on the focus of the first photo, as nothing is in focus. The wall?

My guess one could friction shift the IGH fairly easily, although it might be easiest to just add a SA 5 speed bar end shifter.

The bike looks cool, but not $15K worth of cool, nor $1.5K worth of cool.
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They need to work on the focus of the first photo, as nothing is in focus. The wall?
Model's face (i.e. seller's girlfriend) is in focus

My guess one could friction shift the IGH fairly easily, although it might be easiest to just add a SA 5 speed bar end shifter.
Then seller should install one of those included campy friction shifters -- otherwise what gear will the igh even be in?
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Old 01-10-19, 05:17 PM
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Then seller should install one of those included campy friction shifters -- otherwise what gear will the igh even be in?
Everything is just slightly out of focus. It makes me want to dump the auto cameras and return to the SLR cameras.

There is some kind of a big klunky black shifter installed on the Downtube, and appear to be cables running to the rear SA hub. But, not the pretty Campy parts in the later photos.
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Everything is just slightly out of focus. It makes me want to dump the auto cameras "smart" phone "cameras" and return to the SLR and/or any REAL controllable digital cameras.
Fixed that for ya (at least as it applies to the photo above). You don't need to "go SLR" to take good photos with proper focus. I went from 35mm SLR to digital point & shoot about 12 years ago, and finally from P&S to DSLR about 3 years ago. But I still use my P&S cameras now and then, and can beat that ^^^^ quality with one hand. Yeah, you can do a LOT more with SLR/DSLR, but most P&S cameras have a pre-focus feature. Point the focus sensor at what you want in focus, half-press the shutter release, hold, re-compose and shoot. Usu. takes 1-2 seconds, and should be second nature to any P&S user. But alas, the myth of smart phones having a real camera persists; too many people think, "oh my phone camera is so high-res", so it can't take a bad photo.

Actually, pixel-peeping the photo, it looks like camera motion blur, not the lens out of focus. Probably low-light, so a long exposure, phone "camera" doesn't have stabilization, and the shooter was too excited thinking about his GF to hold still. In any event, a sub-$100 camera, with a marginally sapient biped behind it, could take a sharp shot in that situation.
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
I have a set of the Ambrosia rims that I am fixin' to build up with Campy NR hubs. They were take offs from a bike that I bought for parts. The wheels were clearly built by an inept amateur - wrong size spokes, tension too loose (and very inconsistant) so I planned to just disassemble and sell for parts (but that never really happens, does it). I had heard that the rims were difficult so before I took the wheels apart, I tried mounting and demounting a selection of tires that I had. I was surprised that they weren't all that difficult, requiring only my thumbs to mount. I know what's going to happen, though: I will go to the trouble to build them up and then find it impossible to mount tires. Stay tuned.
I'll be praying for you. I'm telling you, it got to the point that it took me and my buddy with several tire levers and flat head screwdrivers just to get the bead to seat. Frustrating doesn't even begin to describe it.
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Not even if Kevin Costner rode it in the movie and signed it.
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You couldn't pay me to own another set of those wheels. Most frustrating tire installation/removal I've ever experienced.
This, granted it doesn't help at the side of the road.

https://www.jensonusa.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Bead-Jack-With-Handle-Black?pt_source=googleads&pt_medium=cpc&pt_campaign=shopping_us&pt_keyword=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInt3rl-7l3wIVwxx9Ch1L7w1nEAQYASABEgJbyfD_BwE
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it doesn't help at the side of the road.
Exactly. I'd never ride any wheels that require that tool.
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