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Old 09-29-19, 07:18 AM
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Raleigh Militis Ultegra 57cm Road bike - $999


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Raleigh "Militis"? Does this bike cause Diabetes? I gotta ask, "Who are the ad wizards who came up with this name?" I guess it beats "Raleigh Dementia" or "Raleigh Pancreatic Cancer", but not by much.
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Old 09-29-19, 11:04 AM
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Quite the bargain here

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sears-Free-...8AAOSw~RhZfSsc
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Old 09-29-19, 11:26 AM
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Quite the bargain here
US $837.77

At the new, lower price, it is sold "AS IS".

I wonder what the original price was?!?
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Old 09-29-19, 09:10 PM
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Don't come any wackier than this...

Floating Bike, Need Gone!! - $50 (Valparaiso)

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/b...983892760.html



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Old 09-29-19, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
Don't come any wackier than this...

Floating Bike, Need Gone!! - $50 (Valparaiso)

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/b...983892760.html



Those bearings have to be so minty!
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Old 09-29-19, 09:49 PM
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Don't come any wackier than this...

Floating Bike, Need Gone!! - $50 (Valparaiso)

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/b...983892760.html





"I built the bike and had fun with it. It was built around Early June 2019. I want to do a redesign and put pontoons instead of styrofoam on it so this has to go. Itís not heavy but another reason to selling is I donít have a truck to take it to the boat ramp and IT WILL NOT FIT IN A SUV! Trust me!! And it would be a waste to built a trailer for it. I have extra parts for it, I could throw them in like a 1970s Chevy cassette car radio, styrophome, metal racks, ext.

Bike features:

1: You get all the looks becuase itís unique
2: Steering wheel to steer the bike on road/water
3: Side crates out of a refrigerator to store life vests and rope
4: vanity stuff on the back
5: It floats

The bikes gears work but there a little hard to work. The Donar bike is a old late 1990s-early 2000s spray painted shwin bike I got years ago at a garage sale. Call or text 219 508 7590 for more info about this..... Creation.

bicycle frame material: other/unknown
bicycle type: mountain
frame size: No clue
wheel size: other/unknown"

(Had to post the text! Stay tuned for "Boat Bike 2.0"?)

(Wait, what? He'll throw in a Chevy cassette car radio? Is it waterproof? What about speakers?)
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Originally Posted by Jp42
Cannondale has a "Lefty" fork, so called because it is only on the left side of the bike. The fork on this bike is installed incorrectly.
He must just be from england
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He must just be from england
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Old 10-01-19, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau
So I had to ask. He said he was pretty sure it came from the factory this way, and that: ďIf it was a Lefty installed backwards they would have given me a Lefty front wheel. But I have a Righty front wheel.Ē

So... yeah- either blissfully unaware, or an epic troll/attempt to make sure heís only dealing with bike-savvy prospective buyers??
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Old 10-01-19, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Charliekeet
So I had to ask. He said he was pretty sure it came from the factory this way, and that: “If it was a Lefty installed backwards they would have given me a Lefty front wheel. But I have a Righty front wheel.”

So... yeah- either blissfully unaware, or an epic troll/attempt to make sure he’s only dealing with bike-savvy prospective buyers??
Since this chap is defending it, I'm going with the theory that it left the bike shop that way. When I first started working on bikes, it was in an old Raleigh shop. They also sold Gitane and Peugeot. My learning curve began with assembling bikes, and truthfully, I was pretty green. I don't think that it'd be much of a stretch for us to imagine an incompetent assembly - or a distracted, hurried assembly, followed by an incompetent/distracted salesperson pushing this thing out the door. Its a Cannondale, and in my experience, only shops with some cash get a Cannondale dealership. Shops that sell Cannondales tend to have more than one location. More locations = more employees = fewer management to go around (especially on nights and weekends) = more chance for employees to get distracted and lazy.
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Old 10-01-19, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by NoControl
Since this chap is defending it, I'm going with the theory that it left the bike shop that way. When I first started working on bikes, it was in an old Raleigh shop. They also sold Gitane and Peugeot. My learning curve began with assembling bikes, and truthfully, I was pretty green. I don't think that it'd be much of a stretch for us to imagine an incompetent assembly - or a distracted, hurried assembly, followed by an incompetent/distracted salesperson pushing this thing out the door. Its a Cannondale, and in my experience, only shops with some cash get a Cannondale dealership. Shops that sell Cannondales tend to have more than one location. More locations = more employees = fewer management to go around (especially on nights and weekends) = more chance for employees to get distracted and lazy.
Could have been a hazing for the new guy, like sending the apprentice to get bearings for the bearing wall...
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I followed up & was gently like, hey the steering isnít as designed that way and would be real twitchy. He was like good catch, thanks, Iíll fix it.

I assume thereís nothing super-weird about the setup (other than the weirdness of Lefty itself) and he can just loosen the stem and spin the fork around and itís good, if the cables allow.
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Old 10-01-19, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by machinist42
(Wait, what? He'll throw in a Chevy cassette car radio? Is it waterproof? What about speakers?)
Hopefully it comes with its own pontoon or a dry bag. You can just tow it around with you. He probably forgot to mention that the cassette stuck in it is "Drift Away"...
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Old 10-01-19, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
Hopefully it comes with its own pontoon or a dry bag. You can just tow it around with you. He probably forgot to mention that the cassette stuck in it is "Drift Away"...
Followed by I'm Sailing Away. And then Come Sail Away (or is that the same song?)
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Followed by I'm Sailing Away. And then Come Sail Away (or is that the same song?)
Same song--by Styx.

Sail On by Lionel Ritchie. Anything from the Beach Boys or Christopher Cross....

But not Under The Sea...although it might be a little like foreshadowing.
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Brakes on a pig?
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Old 10-01-19, 10:59 AM
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Brakes on a pig?
Pigs in a blanket?
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Old 10-01-19, 07:31 PM
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So much wrong information in this one. Not to mention what's been done to the bike.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Greg-Lemond...AAAOSwTpldkphU
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Guys--what is this? I see "Ironman" on the tube.

https://nh.craigslist.org/zip/d/sale...991294251.html
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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
Guys--what is this? I see "Ironman" on the tube.

https://nh.craigslist.org/zip/d/sale...991294251.html
Looks like a cheap branded bike, ŗ la GMC Denali. One piece crank is a sure giveaway.
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam
Looks like a cheap branded bike, ŗ la GMC Denali. One piece crank is a sure giveaway.
Danke. The price would have made it worth the drive.
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^^^^^ Huffy. Somehow they got (evidently bought?) the rights to use the Ironman name and logo on one model of their bikes BITD. Dude here has had one on CL, on and off, for a couple years, trying to pass it off as a "triathlon" bike.
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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
Guys--what is this? I see "Ironman" on the tube.

https://nh.craigslist.org/zip/d/sale...991294251.html
Nothing there but ratbike parts. P-O-S
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Here's the "Ironman" that's been listed locally on and off for over a year. No idea if the seller honestly thinks the frame is "Titanium Boron"

https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/d...968477608.html

Huffy Ironman Triathlon Bike - $100 (Watertown)


Huffy Ironman Triathlon Bike

Titanium Boron Steel Frame
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At least that one has a three-piece crank, and the seller took enough care to take the picture from the drive side.

There's a decal I wasn't able to completely read on the NDS of Tribike's listing. It looked like "TITANIUM ***** STEEL", so maybe that Titanium Boron Steel the seller is listing is what that decal says. What will those marketing folks think of next!
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