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Old 02-09-19, 09:25 AM
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I wonder if he's still thinking they will fly off the shelf 23 days later...

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Old 02-09-19, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie
I wonder if he's still thinking they will fly off the shelf 23 days later...

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...797039021.html
Always amuses me that someone thinks a cantankerous attitude won't turn off buyers (price notwithstanding). There are better ways to get the idea across, honey vs. vinegar and all that... On a tangential note, maybe he should pitch these as a fireplace log support, the arrangement sort of has that vibe.
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Old 02-09-19, 08:27 PM
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This one includes most of the usual wackiness. No pics, wall of text, rambling comments, outrageous value claims...

https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/bik...815733120.html
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
This one includes most of the usual wackiness. No pics, wall of text, rambling comments, outrageous value claims...

https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/bik...815733120.html
I got a headache just looking at the text block - I couldn't force myself to read all the way through. This guy should be a politician! Wait - NO!!!
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That's a good one alright. He's kept it up to date and competitive. What a mess.
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https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/...808729036.html

I know times have changed, but I paid $10 for one of these when I was hard up in college.
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Originally Posted by Oldguyonoldbike
https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/...808729036.html

I know times have changed, but I paid $10 for one of these when I was hard up in college.
At least it is in one piece, and appears to be complete.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/d/...815812279.html



Ok, so the seller here apparently put in a lot of work, but there are quite a few missing pieces. Seat, seatpost, seatpost clamp, spokes, pedals, wheel nuts, chain, handlebars, grips, brake anti-rotation bolt, tires, tubes, decals, headbadge, ...
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Old 02-10-19, 07:45 PM
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Holy carp - that's a sofa on wheels. All you need is a tv and a snack tray to make it complete!
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What is it about cats and bikes?

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The seller can keep the bike. I want the cat.
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Old 02-11-19, 07:03 AM
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That 80/20 aluminum framing extrusion is costly enough on its own.
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Another fine example of the "close coupled" frame modification.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...816243678.html

The Raleigh Weinman 605 - $170




bicycle type: other
frame size: 26 inch
wheel size: 26 in
The Raleigh Weinman 605
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Old 02-11-19, 07:08 AM
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The seller can keep the bike. I want the cat.
I like that the cat and the bike are color matched.
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Creative Ad?

This ad is, ahem, creative:

Vintage American Flyer - $150


Celebrating 25 years of American cycling history. It was this movie that inspired a young Bobby Julich. Julich would go on to become one of the most successful cyclist in American history. In 1985 Specialized provided the alloy bars and forged quill stem. One thing that hasn't changed is the iconic 'S' head tube logo. The frame was constructed using Tange Prestige tubing and featured lugged construction. The 1985 bikes featured Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs with six-speed free wheels. The frame used horizontal dropouts for wheelbase adjustments and proper wheel alignment.

We bought this beauty at an estate sale. We added new wheels, new seat, new tape on handle bars and a cool bicycle pump.

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/bi...814460489.html

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Old 02-11-19, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig

This ad is, ahem, creative in its use of misrepresentations:

Vintage American Flyer - $150

Celebrating 25 years of American cycling history. It was this movie that inspired a young Bobby Julich. Julich would go on to become one of the most successful cyclist in American history. In 1985 Specialized provided the alloy bars and forged quill stem. One thing that hasn't changed is the iconic 'S' head tube logo. The frame was constructed using Tange Prestige tubing and featured lugged construction. The 1985 bikes featured Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs with six-speed free wheels. The frame used horizontal dropouts for wheelbase adjustments and proper wheel alignment.

We bought this beauty at an estate sale. We added new wheels, new seat, new tape on handle bars and a cool bicycle pump.

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/bi...814460489.html
That is all plagiarized from this page (which could be getting info from elsewhere, but I'm not seeing it).

https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-of-c...erican-flyers/


As the team tackles the roads of California they will also be celebrating 25 years of American cycling history. It was back in 1985 that the cult classic American Flyers hit the screen. It was this movie that inspired a young Bobby Julich. Julich would go on to become one of the most successful cyclist in American history. In his career, Julich finished third in the 1998 Tour de France, and won Paris-Nice in 2005. Julich now works for the Saxo Bank team and is responsible for the idea of creating the commemorative edition American Flyer bikes for the team to ride during the Tour of California.

The original 1985 Allez from the movie American Flyers. The frame was constructed using Tange Prestige tubing and featured lugged construction.
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In 1985 Specialized provided the alloy bars and forged quill stem. One thing that hasn’t changed is the iconic ‘S’ head tube logo.
...
1985 was four years before the first STI brake/shift levers appeared in the professional peloton. The 1985 Allez used downtube friction shifters.
...
The original Campagnolo crankset spins on a square taper bottom bracket spindle with loose pack bearings.
...
The 1985 bikes featured Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs with six-speed free wheels. The frame used horizontal dropouts for wheelbase adjustments and proper wheel alignment.
...
A legendary Selle Italia Turbo saddle adorns the Allez. The Turbo was a mainstay in the professional peloton well into the late 1990s, and is still used by a few diehards.
Thing is, of course, that is likely an "American Flyer" 10-speed bicycle from the mid 70's, probably pre-dating the film mentioned by a decade, and having nothing to do with the Specialized Allez.

Probably also made in Japan.

70's American Flyer road bike?




The price does reflect that the bike is not a Specialized Allez with full Campagnolo... and probably $150 is within what one might expect for the High-Ten Flyer in reasonably good condition.
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That is all plagiarized from this page (which could be getting info from elsewhere, but I'm not seeing it).

https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-of-c...erican-flyers/
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As the team tackles the roads of California they will also be celebrating 25 years of American cycling history. It was back in 1985 that the cult classic American Flyers hit the screen. It was this movie that inspired a young Bobby Julich. Julich would go on to become one of the most successful cyclist in American history. In his career, Julich finished third in the 1998 Tour de France, and won Paris-Nice in 2005. Julich now works for the Saxo Bank team and is responsible for the idea of creating the commemorative edition American Flyer bikes for the team to ride during the Tour of California.

The original 1985 Allez from the movie American Flyers. The frame was constructed using Tange Prestige tubing and featured lugged construction.
...
In 1985 Specialized provided the alloy bars and forged quill stem. One thing that hasn’t changed is the iconic ‘S’ head tube logo.
...
1985 was four years before the first STI brake/shift levers appeared in the professional peloton. The 1985 Allez used downtube friction shifters.
...
The original Campagnolo crankset spins on a square taper bottom bracket spindle with loose pack bearings.
...
The 1985 bikes featured Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs with six-speed free wheels. The frame used horizontal dropouts for wheelbase adjustments and proper wheel alignment.
...
A legendary Selle Italia Turbo saddle adorns the Allez. The Turbo was a mainstay in the professional peloton well into the late 1990s, and is still used by a few diehards.
Thing is, of course, that is likely an "American Flyer" 10-speed bicycle from the mid 70's, probably pre-dating the film mentioned by a decade, and having nothing to do with the Specialized Allez.

Probably also made in Japan.

70's American Flyer road bike?

snip . . .
The price does reflect that the bike is not a Specialized Allez with full Campagnolo... and probably $150 is within what one might expect for the High-Ten Flyer in reasonably good condition.
So maybe the whole ad is just puffery? It sure looks like the ad language is touting the bike for sale as the tange prestige specialized American flier but maybe not and it's just a weird ad that has nothing to do with the bike being sold? OK, that's not how I read the ad but then maybe that's what the seller is saying.

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Old 02-11-19, 01:39 PM
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So maybe the whole ad is just puffery? It sure looks like the ad language is touting the bike for sale as the tange prestige specialized American flier but maybe not and it's just a weird ad that has nothing to do with the bike being sold? OK, that's not how I read the ad but then maybe that's what the seller is saying.
Hard to say.

Much of the text was clearly taken from the Specialized article, but it was also edited and shortened.

The seller likely was clearly aware of the American Flyers movie (or found it). So, they were trying to connect their bicycle to the movie.

But, yes, "puffery".

As we've seen in the C&V world, there are many "commemorative" bikes made. For example, various Olympic commemorative bikes (often using low quality components).

The seller may have assumed that this American Flyer was commemorative to the movie. However, I don't see any indications of a connection.

There was also a "Western Flyer" bicycle, but there is no clear connection between the Western Flyer and American Flyer, and the head tube badges seem to be quite different.
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All bearings sealed against contamination by moisture and dirt . The price is pretty funny too .

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All bearings sealed against contamination by moisture and dirt . The price is pretty funny too .

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...809674955.html
The ad is a straight copy from the 987 Schwinn catalog referenced in the first line. Including the "All bearings sealed ......"
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^^^^ Yeah, that one's checking all the boxes. Those "aerodynamic" spokes look pretty round to me. And aero stays/fork? Who knew?

How did he cram 36 spokes into the "32 spoke" wheels? And only 25 inches?

The bag over the saddle should have a "Sanitized for your protection" band over it...

Coup de gras - the upside-down flat-on-the ground shot to show the NDS.
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I think these are actually "real" helmets. Taking more ordinary helmets and augmenting them. I'm not sure about cooling for warm weather riding.

There seem to be much more unique motorcycle helmets available for those riders that wish to stand out.

Who needs MIPS when one can have one of these?

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You think those are bad, how about the guy who modified his CPAP mask (treatment for sleep apnea) into a face hugger from Alien?
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