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Old 05-21-12, 08:30 PM
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What's everyones opinion on buying bikes on eBay? generally safe? I'm looking at a Gios and a De Rosa, both very hot. Concerned about any cracks/damages though.
My experience: some good, some bad (talking about frames here). You really won't know what you are getting until you have it in your hands. I don't hesitate to buy parts, though.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:15 PM
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If you get ripped off somehow and file a claim, eBay ALWAYS sides with the buyer.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:20 PM
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yeah ebay basically tells sellers to go f themselves. i've had some buyers try to burn me in the past

30ish miles today. didn't drink enough water before I went and had my pants riding up my crotch the whole effing time. ugh
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Old 05-21-12, 09:50 PM
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yeah ebay basically tells sellers to go f themselves.
While at the same time charging outrageous fees themselves and through their affiliate paypal for a double whammy by essentially the same company.
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Old 05-21-12, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Sherblock View Post
What's everyones opinion on buying bikes on eBay? generally safe? I'm looking at a Gios and a De Rosa, both very hot. Concerned about any cracks/damages though.
I've purchased two used bikes from ebay and was lucky enough to have a very communicative and responsive seller both times.

I also had questions for the seller before I bought the bike (both times), so it did help my decision that the seller seemed like a honest and nice person and not just someone who wanted a quick buck.

I would definitely inquire about whether the seller knows how to properly pack bikes for shipping (or will be having a shop do it), because it doesn't matter what condition the bike is in if it gets effed up during shipping.
For example, the seller of my first ebay bike did not put a fork block in the fork, and one dropout was slightly crushed during shipping. Fortunately, it was a steel fork, and I was able to bend it back into shape with a wrench, which saved both the seller and me the trouble of having to return the bike.

If the seller is actually knowledgeable about bicycles (i.e. has more knowledge about the bicycle than what they copied from bikepedia), I would consider that a big plus and feel more confident in my purchasing decision.
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Old 05-21-12, 10:18 PM
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ebay is the best for buying.
i only sell on there if im desperate
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Old 05-21-12, 10:46 PM
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Im starting to wish I didnt buy this Rush... Its not selling goddamit.
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Old 05-21-12, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jdgesus View Post
ebay is the best for buying.
i only sell on there if im desperate
agree
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Old 05-22-12, 06:06 AM
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Today I didn't bring water or a clif bar to my weekly monday night ride and did 45mi before I started to bonk hard and had to stop. There was no way I was going to be able to bike home, so I called up a friend to give me a ride. #feelsbadman
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Old 05-22-12, 07:05 AM
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bonk 4 dayz
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Old 05-22-12, 07:22 AM
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OPH Bonking is not fun.
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Old 05-22-12, 10:16 AM
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first day of summer break.
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Old 05-22-12, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
first day of summer break.
Your foot better yet?
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Old 05-22-12, 10:19 AM
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Your foot better yet?
I get my cast off Wednesday. I'll probably need a new one for another two weeks though.
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Old 05-22-12, 02:10 PM
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today I didn't really want to get on the bike so I took a short climb.
https://app.strava.com/rides/9111740
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Old 05-22-12, 02:26 PM
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i love the starting elevation of your rides

when you ride at sea level, ARE YOU A WIZARD?
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crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

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Old 05-22-12, 02:38 PM
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i love the starting elevation of your rides

when you ride at sea level, ARE YOU A WIZARD?
Dude, srs. He can probably smash us all.
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Old 05-22-12, 02:52 PM
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haha I haven't ridden anywhere less than 3,000 ft elevation since last August. As crazy as it seems to ride at 5,000+ elevation all the time, when I go into the mountains and ride at 7 or 8,000 plus I hurt bad. I'll be in Seattle beginning of June if you want to cruise!
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Old 05-22-12, 02:55 PM
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bought some used XT 9spd shifters and cassette for the GT. still no wheels and frame needs some parts(derailleur stop, canti posts)
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Old 05-22-12, 03:58 PM
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Today I test rode a Cannondale CAAD10 5 105 and really enjoyed. I'd like to try one with the Rival group though.
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Old 05-22-12, 05:26 PM
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Today I:



and then I:



with some Hot Doug's sausage in the middle and some beer at the end. It was a slow 25 miles, because the dude I was riding with is an older guy on a fully loaded touring rig and he doesn't go fast. I ramped up to about 30 when he said to open up, and I completely lost him. On the other hand, it was very relaxing to ride aimlessly at a cruising pace. The second picture is from a bird sanctuary a few miles north of downtown. Pretty fun. Now to go drink Zombie Dust and play nerdy board games.
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Old 05-22-12, 05:30 PM
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Today work asked, hypothetically, if I would take a lead position if offered it.

I told them, hypothetically speaking, yes.
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Old 05-22-12, 05:33 PM
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Guys, I've been keeping track of Facebook stock.

it's a massive lol
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Old 05-22-12, 05:37 PM
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Guys, I've been keeping track of Facebook stock.

it's a massive lol
Me too. LOL It's funny because all the older bike commuter guys on the train were talking about it too.

One got nagged by his wife so much that he bought 2 grand worth of stock to shut her up. OPH I want to ask him how that conversation is going right about now.
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Old 05-22-12, 05:40 PM
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Yeah, I know a guy who got 150 shares. I don't really know why people want it... I mean, where can Facebook (as a company) go from here? I can't see them getting any more popular, all they can do is fall.
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