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Old 02-11-20, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Sandstrom
That saddle makes me want the whole bike
I thought I was the only one who thought that when I first saw it!

Reminds me of a barber pole, though it's much more likely it was Bicentennial-related.

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Old 02-11-20, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I thought I was the only one who thought that when I first saw it!

Reminds me of a barber pole, though it's much more likely it was Bicentennial-related.

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I know, I absolutely love that thing, It makes me think of how everything looked during '76 as well, just need a Peter Fonda Helmet to go with it...

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Old 02-12-20, 08:45 AM
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Here's one where eBay itself is being wacky. What's wrong with this picture:


Yes, it's the tax. I'm trying to pay for a $5.00 chainring from the Old Spokes' Home in Burlington. Our friends at eBay are now in the tax collection business. Somehow eBay is calculating 205.5% sales tax rather than the 5.5% that applies to my state/county. And it's eBay itself doing this, not the seller. The rep at Old Spokes has been an absolute angel, even tried to create an invoice via eBay. On her end, it shows 55 cents tax, but as soon as I open it, eBay recalculates it with that extra ten-spot.

So watch your cart totals, eBay-oids.......
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Originally Posted by madpogue
Here's one where eBay itself is being wacky. What's wrong with this picture:


Yes, it's the tax. I'm trying to pay for a $5.00 chainring from the Old Spokes' Home in Burlington. Our friends at eBay are now in the tax collection business. Somehow eBay is calculating 205.5% sales tax rather than the 5.5% that applies to my state/county. And it's eBay itself doing this, not the seller. The rep at Old Spokes has been an absolute angel, even tried to create an invoice via eBay. On her end, it shows 55 cents tax, but as soon as I open it, eBay recalculates it with that extra ten-spot.

So watch your cart totals, eBay-oids.......
Not Ebay, but weird. JensonUSA.com's sales items included 100% discounts yesterday to a bunch of Fox clothing. You couldn't buy it at that price, but something was clearly broken.
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Old 02-12-20, 01:54 PM
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Not a bike, but definitely falls into the "The Wurst of Otto-Correct" category:

https://madison.craigslist.org/zip/d...074092367.html

Brutal car seat


(Evidently it's a "Britax" brand....)
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Originally Posted by madpogue
Not a bike, but definitely falls into the "The Wurst of Otto-Correct" category:

https://madison.craigslist.org/zip/d...074092367.html

Brutal car seat


(Evidently it's a "Britax" brand....)
autocorrect, or best of random item generation? I understand the 'brutal' modifier indicates +2 stats across the board.
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Sad

Sadly, this garbage is becoming the norm in this country. No clue how to structure a sentence. Misspellings. Lack of coherent thought.

If asked about it, seller will likely respond with a barrage of insults but take no action to try to post a decent ad.

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Originally Posted by cqlink
Sadly, this garbage is becoming the norm in this country. No clue how to structure a sentence. Misspellings. Lack of coherent thought.

If asked about it, seller will likely respond with a barrage of insults but take no action to try to post a decent ad.
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Old 02-13-20, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by cqlink
Sadly, this garbage is becoming the norm in this country. No clue how to structure a sentence. Misspellings. Lack of coherent thought.

If asked about it, seller will likely respond with a barrage of insults but take no action to try to post a decent ad.
I'm in touch with a seller now and getting info is like pulling teeth. Ask three questions, get half of one answer. Provide my number and suggest speaking on the phone in order to speed things up and clarify, get another email response. I'm afraid to ask for more than the current so-so single photo or for detail on frame measurements or components.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
I'm in touch with a seller now and getting info is like pulling teeth. Ask three questions, get half of one answer. Provide my number and suggest speaking on the phone in order to speed things up and clarify, get another email response. I'm afraid to ask for more than the current so-so single photo or for detail on frame measurements or components.
Don't be afraid. Either you'll buy their stuff or you won't. We're all aware that you don't have to be a genius to operate a business, but lacking knowledge and intelligence will certainly make staying in business harder. This might be an example of that. It's just a matter of how bad you want it, and how much time you're willing to invest to potentially see a return. When that bike hoard up north of me popped up, I went to go look at it, but it took me 2 months to decide to invest time. I walked away with some vintage cycling clothing and not much else, though I wanted a bike. Another member went and cleaned out the rest of the hoard, though he's primarily focused on reselling, not necessarily building a bike up for his personal use. Ask yourself why you're interested and if that reason is compelling enough to deal with the seller. Then you'll have the answer!
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Old 02-13-20, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam
Don't be afraid. Either you'll buy their stuff or you won't. We're all aware that you don't have to be a genius to operate a business, but lacking knowledge and intelligence will certainly make staying in business harder. This might be an example of that. It's just a matter of how bad you want it, and how much time you're willing to invest to potentially see a return.... Ask yourself why you're interested and if that reason is compelling enough to deal with the seller. Then you'll have the answer!
I'm not really worried. Just gives me more time to talk myself out of the bike that I do not need and which would not be my first choice for an '80s tourer, but which appears to be in really nice original condition and is reasonably priced. You know how it is. Mostly venting about the communication aspect.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
I'm not really worried. Just gives me more time to talk myself out of the bike that I do not need and which would not be my first choice for an '80s tourer, but which appears to be in really nice original condition and is reasonably priced. You know how it is. Mostly venting about the communication aspect.
Control the things you can, accept what you don't. Keeps the heartburn down.
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam
Control the things you can, accept what you don't. Keeps the heartburn down.
Never underestimate the positive aspects associated with proverbially "blowing off steam", either

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Suuuuure, it is.

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I'm speechless.
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Not even a good image manipulation. LOL

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Is the Dumbing Down of America Abating?

Or just confined to some road bike sellers...

No apparent need to include pics but at least this guy knew a bit about the need to capitalize a word, somewhere in a sentence.

"Road" context doesn't matter as the bar seems to be low. This could be an attempt to raise it.

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Or just confined to some road bike sellers...

No apparent need to include pics but at least this guy knew a bit about the need to capitalize a word, somewhere in a sentence.

"Road" context doesn't matter as the bar seems to be low. This could be an attempt to raise it.
Could have been Off Road all the rest of the times.
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https://norfolk.craigslist.org/bik/d/cape-charles-bicycle-drafting-shield/7065331851.

Bicycle Drafting Shield - $450 (Cape Charles VA)


Bicycle Road Racing drafting shield designed to be secured in a pick-up truck, SUV or pulled with a trailer.
I had this built to help me to increase my speed on my road bike. It works really well for protecting agains the wind, air etc.
The draft behind this shield is much better than a draft from a vehicle, or other cyclists. etc.

Very light and weight and easily secured to vehicle with straps.
* photos show draft shield during the build process and after completely assembled.
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wow, it protects against not only the wind, but ALSO the air! Wait, it says 'wind, air etc.' it protects against EVEN MORE THINGS?

Would be pretty fun though. I wonder how fast I could ride if there were no aero penalty? (I guess I could answer that question on a stationary bike, if it's well calibrated for rolling resistance)
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^^^^^ The woodgran is so... Idunno.... National Lampoon's Vacation? Should be towed behind Clark's woody. Either that, or it should be painted with Evel Knievel -esque lightning bolts, or flames or something.
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Tape it to the wall and sell it to a collector! quick 10000000% return on investment!
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Is it old enough to be C&V?
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I'm going to say, no...
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik...077409892.html

" Kids Bikes Welded Together - SUPER COOL - 1 of a kind! - $150 (sunset / parkside)

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