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Old 08-09-19, 12:04 PM
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"Smoked chrome" in verb form.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I don't get tires for my $1200?



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Austro-Daim...AAAOSwE21dTFKK

Smoked chrome my azz

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Not a bad price considering it comes with the custom wood stand made with distressed wood.
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A more recent Trek for $300 seemed decent, but small details about the post made it slightly unsettling. Did they get "alfalfa" from the Alpha aluminum frame? "frame size: 56 you don't know how" No mention of the missing seat?

Trek alfalfa 2.3 road bike - $300 (Como Park, MN)

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/r...953335692.html



Trek alfalfa 2.3 56 cm 700 rims back rim campanero

bicycle frame material: aluminum
bicycle type: road
condition: like new
frame size: 56 you don't know how
make / manufacturer: Alfalfa 2.3 1990
wheel size: 700C
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@Drillium Dude complained about no tires for $1200. Here's maybe no wheels for $1500. No 50s-60s Campagnolo parts that I can see either. OTOH, you do get turkey levers. And, on the plus side, the one pic in the listing is from the drive side.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/b...953416433.html

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Free advice....
https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bik/d...954005579.html


Please all be smart look for rust on used bikes. They will break leave you hurt. Look at the pictures this guy buys old bikes and does his best to male money but the rust is everywhere.
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Originally Posted by WGB
Free advice....
https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bik/d...954005579.html


Please all be smart look for rust on used bikes. They will break leave you hurt. Look at the pictures this guy buys old bikes and does his best to male money but the rust is everywhere.
Flippers spat?

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I don't get tires for my $1200?



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Austro-Daim...AAAOSwE21dTFKK

Smoked chrome my azz

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Seller has dropped the price by $300. Smoked chrome is replaced by a reference to paint. Maybe he saw our yammerings about it--new price seems much more reasonable. Subtract component prices and end up with a gorgeous frame, fork, and headset for the price of a nice similar-era Paramount frameset ($600-700-ish range). Someone with more A-D knowledge can tell us how rare and desirable these Ultimas are, but I have a hunch that they are, like anything else similar, quite nice.
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Well, time to pick up a couple of spare tubes. I've been running 700c tubes in my 451 tires.

So, I bumped into this page:


Continental Compact 20 Bicycle Inner Tube - Black, 32/47-406/451 by Continental
by Continental

Price: $31.07 + $4.99 shipping





It might be ok if I got 10 tubes for that price, but I think it is $31.07 for ONE tube.
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Another bike I saw, same weird cutouts on lugs. This one has Rossin decals on it.
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Selling Bike $1000


Selling Bike $1000
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Roommate bought a bike, used for about a month and a half. Selling because it's been sitting unused for 2 months."


Nice looking Le Tour(?), but overpriced by at least $750
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Adoptabike here in Los Angeles

I like how all their Craigslist ads for bikes on sale are all "Lightweight"
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Seller has dropped the price by $300. Smoked chrome is replaced by a reference to paint. Maybe he saw our yammerings about it--new price seems much more reasonable. Subtract component prices and end up with a gorgeous frame, fork, and headset for the price of a nice similar-era Paramount frameset ($600-700-ish range). Someone with more A-D knowledge can tell us how rare and desirable these Ultimas are, but I have a hunch that they are, like anything else similar, quite nice.
I wrote to him. While he appreciated my input, he tried to downplay the issues I brought up. I guess when I suggested he should do a bit of research and then list at a more realistic price, he decided lowering the price by 25% would do it. He came across as trying to play it up beyond what it is.

It's nice, but it's nothing more than a $300 bike in most markets.

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Old 08-12-19, 07:44 PM
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Drillium Dude,
Those are some old boats in the unlimited category,but boy were they fun! Those old Allisons were a blast to hear running! The new T-55 Lycomings are quieter but do create more speed. Not the same without the roar of the piston power. Smiles, MH
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I wrote to him. While he appreciated my input, he tried to downplay the issues I brought up. I guess when I suggested he should do a bit of research and then list at a more realistic price, he decided lowering the price by 25% would do it. He came across as trying to play it up beyond what it is.

It's nice, but it's nothing more than a $300 bike in most markets.

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Thank you for the added context and follow up. His ad copy was lifted from a different website. Perhaps to an unsuspecting person--linking "a fine manganese molybendum" to a Jaguar E-Type, all why not saying that the "fine" material is actually Reynolds 531--the description sounds mythical and alluring, but this elevation-by-association is eye-roll-inducing in its try-hard attempt. It's DB 531 at a very high level, anybody who knows bikes to even a moderate degree knows that 531's reputation precedes itself. More knowledgeable bike enthusiasts will know A-D, and likely the Ultima and its place in the hierarchy.
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I am NOT a cycling genius... but... quality tires and a Cambrium saddle on a boxmart bike?!

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...951606359.html
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman
I am NOT a cycling genius... but... quality tires and a Cambrium saddle on a boxmart bike?!

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...951606359.html
Not to mention this gem in the ad: "Seat pillar is bent, but that is the norm rather than exception with this diameter tubing."

Well, if you say so!
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman
I am NOT a cycling genius... but... quality tires and a Cambrium saddle on a boxmart bike?!

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...951606359.html
That's a 1st generation mountain bike right there. Check out the documentary Klunkerz
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Fork may be bent🤷*♂️
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Deez Nutleys

Vintage Schwinn fixed gear / ss bike - $150 (Seagate)






"All the way from Nutley NJ, this bike has been a skidder, a speeder, a beater, and even a UNCW police bike(uncw police sticker included). Road ready and full of character, this bike will never crap out on you. Take it from me, you'll be done with it before it's done with you. Only selling old glory so that I can pay my ex landlord since he wouldnt take a 30 day notice rent. The old scheyster wants a full months rent.

bicycle frame material: steel
bicycle type: road
frame size: Large (5 foot 7 and up)
wheel size: 700C "

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Originally Posted by machinist42

Vintage Schwinn fixed gear / ss bike - $150 (Seagate)


"All the way from Nutley NJ, this bike has been a skidder, a speeder, a beater, and even a UNCW police bike(uncw police sticker included).
This bike's been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet ... a pawn and a king
It's been up and down and over and out ... and I know one thing
Each time it finds itself flat its on face
It picks itself up and gets back in the race ...
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From Wisconsin, the revoked-for-DUI capital of the world....

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26" Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle - $350 (Baraboo)

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Originally Posted by ksryder
Not to mention this gem in the ad: "Seat pillar is bent, but that is the norm rather than exception with this diameter tubing."

Well, if you say so!
Well, yes that's the norm when you use a long and cheap thin wall seat post with a foot sticking out of the seat tube and you weigh more than the average 10 year old. At over 6 Ft, tall and 230 Lbs. I bent 2 fairly expensive BMX posts on my Columbia Clipper before I finally found a long BMX post that wouldn't bend. Unfortunately his statement ,"Replacement pillars are <$10." while possibly true for the cheap ones he used doesn't include the ones that won't bend under those conditions. They're made of solid 4130 CrMo bar stock, they're heavy and they're more like $45 but they definitely will not bend.

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