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i list of ebay bikes id be happy to own(11 posts)

i list of ebay bikes id be happy to ownSpirito
May 1, 2002 6:47 AM
all should come in under $500 and most well under that. i encourage everyone to contact the seller prior to sale ending and provide them with your zip # and ask how much shipping will be ( or check with them to ask whether you may arrange shipping to your liking and cost). always ship on a monday. never bid early just to chase the price - wait till the auction is close to finish and have your set price ready - never go over. always check the seller's feedback and terms.

dont forget the auction just because it ends without meeting the reserve price - nothing worse for a seller to be lumped with a bike that didn't sell because its reserve wasn't met. i have bought a colnago frame post auction that failed to meet reserve at 30% less than its highest bid price. be iron clad with your emails and keep all details and pics. even call them to discuss the transaction and make sure everything is clear. there is plenty of good bikes out there - some are fantastic - and this is ebay where prices are generally high :-)

you make the best soup in an old pot.

this one is listed at a "buy it now" price of $650 and is very good buying indeed. very pretty.
Great examples of why I'm alwaysscottfree
May 1, 2002 7:59 AM
just BAFFLED when people on a budget are told over on the general board that they MUST spend at least $1500 to get a halfway decent bike.

If you have a few hundred bucks to spend, you can get a bike that was state-of-the-art (and as good as any bike ever made) just a decade or so ago -- and, in fact, still is as good as anyone short of hammerhead racers could ever need.

Great bikes are cheap!
I go through this exercise almost everyday...Djudd
May 1, 2002 9:00 AM
where I go on ebay and find classic frames and bikes in my size and use the "watch it" function to watch the bidding and price through to the end. What is amazing is the price these bikes are going for. To tell a new rider he needs to spend $1500 dollars for a good bike is just not true. I am not racing in the TdF or any World Cup race and the latest, latest techno, high-zoot, super-duper light, $500 handlebar is lost on me. A riding buddy of mine said it best...what we ride on now in classic form won the TdF a decade ago. I don't put anyone down who wants the latest and greatest, but in the end the important thing is to ride as much as possible, whenever possible and it's easier for me not to wait for the next innovation but just ride.
you are totally right ...tarwheel
May 3, 2002 5:34 AM
I do the same thing, and picked up a nice Merckx steel frame like that a couple weeks ago. Really, if you aren't a weight weenie, you can get some incredible deals on ebay. I still regret passing up on the late 80s red Colnago with Chorus triple that I could have picked up for $600 a year or so ago.
The Schwinn trackie sounds interesting ...Humma Hah
May 1, 2002 3:27 PM
... probably a Madison, they have a ton of 'em down at the San Diego velodrome, I used a loaner Madison for my track class. I'm not surprised to find one for sale there. 57 cm, would probably fit me, too, but its a little pricy.

I met a fellow there who'd picked up a '72 Paramount track bike, chromed lugs, for $250, and have been wishing for a deal like that ever since.
trexlertown swap-meet in philly- every fall - hot bargains NmSpirito
May 1, 2002 4:18 PM
Might have to do that ...Humma Hah
May 1, 2002 4:26 PM
... gives me all summer to hope to get lucky finding that 56 cm Paramount with the chromed Nervux lugs ;-)

I managed to miss the swap meets in San Diego, always learned about them too late or was out of town that weekend. Now that I'm back east, I could drive to Philly in a few hours.
track bike heaven - some good road stuff as well.Spirito
May 1, 2002 4:51 PM
friend picked up a mint colnago track frame for $300 and is now the flashest bike courier in NYC with a full pista group.

we always leave the day before from NYC (short drive) and swap bike stories while getting drunk in the car. at first light we pounce - sometimes before the sellers are within the grounds - no holds barred for discount buying i say. we always come back wishing we brought more $$$'s - alas next time.
Here is 1 moreflying
May 1, 2002 4:20 PM

Not a bad deal
i did see it but have to fess up ........Spirito
May 1, 2002 4:55 PM
as i thought if that reaches its reserve and is a good price i may be tempted.

three hail mary's for trying to shield what i covet.

its a beauty indeed and very striking - i live the monoplanar brakes as well. should be a great bike

i did see it but have to fess up ........flying
May 1, 2002 5:07 PM
Heheh your forgiven.
I wouldn't post it if it were in my size either ;-)