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Ebay Ad of the Day(26 posts)

Ebay Ad of the Dayfiltersweep
Aug 28, 2002 4:25 AM
someone posted this on another forum, and it was so funny I had to post it here... and I don't mean ha-ha funny:
proves people think they are what they own. nmnova
Aug 28, 2002 5:14 AM
Geez, like I want to read the guy's life story (nm)OffTheBack
Aug 28, 2002 6:02 AM
If it's the last bike you'll ever own...mr_spin
Aug 28, 2002 6:08 AM
Why is he selling it?

Also, is the back tire flat?
probably has the "grease guard" BB too (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2002 6:18 AM
Yessir... And a Kinesis Aluminum Fork, Too! nmGeex
Aug 28, 2002 2:31 PM
Why selling? maybe stolen?brider
Aug 28, 2002 6:20 AM
He says it himself -- "this package is as hot as it gets."

Also, he says that it's a 6-speed, but can be upgraded to more. Ever try to spread a Ti rear triangle? Ti isn't that easy to spread precisely. Who is this guy trying to fool?

And yes, the back tire is indeed flat. Maybe it's a tubie, and the thief doesn't know how to swap it out.
Selling b/c bad knees can't ride. Yes I read the whole @#$. nmfbg111
Aug 28, 2002 6:50 AM
This was my favorite. Notice the weight...Dave Hickey
Aug 28, 2002 6:14 AM
He listed it with the weight without wheelsspookyload
Aug 28, 2002 6:22 AM
Huh.. He's selling complete bike. Says it's 15lbs nmDave Hickey
Aug 28, 2002 6:34 AM
I was joking...only way that bike is 15# is with no wheelsspookyload
Aug 28, 2002 9:11 AM
big fat lie; no way nmDougSloan
Aug 28, 2002 6:22 AM
STOP SAYING BAD THINGS... reserve: 300$, weight: 24lbPeterRider
Aug 28, 2002 11:05 AM
out of curiosity, I emailed the seller. She seems very nice, answers crazy fast and checked the weight in a more "scientific" manner than just balancing the bike on the scale. By weighing stand with and without bike, she says 24 lb.

Sellers can make mistakes... and when the seller answers to messages as fast as that, and also check about the bike within an hour of time, I don't see why criticizing. Also, she has excellent feedback.

check out this ad on EbayColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2002 6:17 AM

the guy wants 2k reserve for it!
Not worth half that.brider
Aug 28, 2002 6:23 AM
Old components, no-name frame that's CroMo. The guy reads the imprints on the parts for specs! Gee, it must be tough to be a thief that doesn't know bikes.
Half? More like 1/10!DMoore
Aug 28, 2002 10:23 AM
You can get a really nice used bike for $1K, with modern componentry. That thing's a $200 bike at best. The 15 lb. claim doesn't even deserve a response, except a hearty guffaw.
Its pink! (nm)Kristin
Aug 28, 2002 9:34 AM
NOPE... she wants 300$ (see answer to post above)PeterRider
Aug 28, 2002 11:09 AM
This said, I wouldn't buy it :-)PeterRider
Aug 28, 2002 11:09 AM
Atleast I know the history of titanium now...thanksspookyload
Aug 28, 2002 6:20 AM
what about the dropout spacing?jaybird
Aug 28, 2002 6:21 AM
If he has a 6 speed on there now, I would assume that the spacing is 126mm. Could that be stretched to fit a 9 speed?

Talk about diahrea of the keayboard...
I just realized something -- outrageous adsDougSloan
Aug 28, 2002 6:26 AM
Maybe these ebay'ers are marketing geniuses, sort of like the newspaper editors who allow idiotic articles that attract all sorts of attention to their rags. In other words, make the ad as outrageous as possible, and people will come flocking to read it as word gets out. The more exposure, the more likely a sale. I'd do the same thing, now.

Thankfully I scrolled down before starting to read...biknben
Aug 28, 2002 6:56 AM
After seeing how long it was going to be, I put on my waders so I could sift through all the BS. After about a quarter of the way down, I went into scan mode and just read one of every three sentences. When he started explaining the discovery of Ti, I just stopped. I held my nose and was overcome by the BS.

For me, this is how it read:
-Merlin for sale. Best bike ever made. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
-Spoke with young boy lost while riding a century.
-Some priest's discovery in 1791.
-I accept Paypal. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda

Does he not know how to count. My old eight speed der. looks the same as his. I think both tires were flat.
Titanium: A new selling point.Sintesi
Aug 28, 2002 7:23 AM
"Named for the Titans, the mythical first sons of the Earth."

I had no idea. Man, I really want that bike now.
Don't laugh, someone actually sold a crappy old merlin 4 $2100elviento
Aug 28, 2002 12:38 PM
and he was bragging about it maybe last year( don't remember if on this forum or r.b.marketplace). It was a late 80's merlin MOUNTAIN BIKE, with city bike geometries and really outdated MTB parts (Suntour or something). He claimed that "the replacement value of this bike today... would be over $5000". When bragging, he said with a straight face that since the parts are so outdated, it would actually be costly to hunt down those parts and put together a same bike, and hence it was technically true statement.

I feel sorry for the sucker who paid $2100 for that POS. Without the sentimental value for the merlin brand and the frame material, it's a $150 bike, and maybe $500 with them.