craigslist shenanigans?

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edmonds59
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“If you can do 50 miles, you can do a century.”

Yes, you may walk a little funny the next day, but you can do it.


Anonymous #

Well, on May 19th PMTCC participated in 11th “Bike Around the Bay” Ride __ http://www.neocycling.org/bike-around-the-bay/. Total around 9 people. Al signed for 50 mile ride (55+ in reality). If you are going to attend today’s OTB ride you can ask people first hand. :) Or you can ask Stefb.

But like RedDan told — you have to find your pace, you stop, you rest, you continue.


Anonymous #

That sounds pretty cool. Hopefully I can do that if it happens next year!

I figure if riding 25-30 just running around town now is no big deal and riding beyond that is mostly just limited by the comfort of the bike, doubling it wouldn’t be that hard. (Not that I’d be setting any speed records if I tried to ride 60 miles right now, haha.) Then doubling that hopefully wouldn’t be too hard… and then the tumble down the slippery slope continues.


reddan
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Then doubling that hopefully wouldn’t be too hard… and then the tumble down the slippery slope continues.

Yep, that’s generally the way it works. You get yourself comfortable, and learn the basics like how to eat and drink steadily on the bike, how to pace yourself, and what to wear/bring in order to handle changing conditions. After that, and the ability to ride, say, 60-80 miles without feeling utterly shattered, the sky’s the limit.

In my experience, so long as you don’t let yourself get in the hole on calories and hydration, you’ll find that you plateau somewhere between 50 and 100 miles in, and you won’t feel any worse (and, sometimes, you’ll feel surprisingly better!) for many, many additional hours on the bike.


dmtroyer
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an excellent deal on “SmartCranks”.


Anonymous #

Reviving this thread again…

None of my previous attempts at purchasing an old steel road bike in a short people size on Craigslist have ended up working out, but it looks like I have another shot:

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/3066018929.html

Thoughts, anyone? I’m going to go play with it tomorrow and see what condition it’s in. The seller told me she was just highballing with the $300 asking price, so I know I’m not going to have to pay that much, but I’m trying to decide how much to actually offer her for it. Google tells me the Prestige is a pretty nice bike as far as old Nishikis go, but what do I know?

(If I buy this, the number of bikes I own will triple between now and the end of July. Oops?)


edmonds59
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I’m not sure how you can still get photos that crappy in 2012, but CL is kind of miraculous like that.

It does look like a quality frame, forged dropouts and nice lugwork, sweet color and lining. Also looks like it has eyelets so you can get rack and fenders on there. You could bump it from a 6 speed freewheel to a 7 spd with just a back wheel change, or even 8 with a little tweakage. That stem needs to go, it is just fugly.

Since it was used as a commuter spin the wheels and see how straight they are.

How aggressive do you want to be, keeping in mind this is a “want” thing as opposed to a need? If it is a little crusty from being used as a commuter, 200. If it’s really purty and you just lurv it I wouldn’t feel bad about going to 250, I’d guess that’s what she’s looking for.


Anonymous #

Yeah, seeing as I have a NEW new bike coming my way next month, this is definitely all want and zero need. Unless it really is lurv at first sight when I see it in person, I’ll think I’ll offer her $200ish, and if she won’t take that, I’ll probably just assume it’s not destined to be mine. She did say she was flexible on the price, so we’ll see!

Thanks for those tips! Good point about checking the wheels. I would have been terrified to try to buy a Craigslist bike this time last year because I would have been clueless about that kind of thing, but hopefully I’ve acquired enough bikey knowledge now that I would be able to identify any other major issues… hopefully.


Anonymous #

She said $200 was her real asking price without me even having to suggest it, and I picked it up and realized it was a full ten pounds lighter than anything I’d ever ridden, and it was shiny. And now it is being shiny in my apartment.

It is totally rideable now except maybe needing one new tube, but tweaking it to my preferences is going to be a bit of a project in the long run. (The gearing is not Pittsburgh-friendly, and I might need to tweak the brake lever setup for my small hands, and of course fugly stem is fugly.) But a project is exactly what I wanted, so I’m very pleased :)


edmonds59
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Woohoo! congratulations.


myddrin
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In my experience, so long as you don’t let yourself get in the hole on calories and hydration…

Yeah… I was a total Don’t Bee on Sunday.

It is not an experience I ever want to repeat!


ejwme
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Fixie don’t stop…

Quite possibly the best bike-for-sale ad ever

(original craigslist ad pulled due to hilarity)


Anonymous #

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/3325571393.html

“Two (2) bicycles… price includes one (1) Pontiac Sunfire bicycle transporter [KBB $2203 -$2308]”


J Z
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I would be lying if I said the following didn’t hold some appeal for me.

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/3324762205.html


edmonds59
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It’s been a while since this thread has been up but this one is WELL worth it; “Some work needs to be done because the front wheel is too close to the frame, but that should be inexpensive.”
The front wheel is close to the frame because the bike has been in a front end accident. Do not go near this bike, this frame belongs in the dumpster:

Also “pjb40 at pitt.edu” did not accept an email message, so if anyone knows who this might be, please convey this message.


Drewbacca
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9/10 of the time I see “fixie” in a CL post, it’s probably worthy of sharing here… *laughs* (then cries).


buffalo buffalo
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edmonds59 wrote:Also “pjb40 at pitt.edu” did not accept an email message, so if anyone knows who this might be, please convey this message.

It looks like they set up the redirect address thru craigslist–did you try that one?

You can look up pitt people at find.pitt.edu ; i won’t post it here, but the relevant record does show a phone number.


edmonds59
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Thanks. I did respond thru the CL link, that’s good enough.


Marko82
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edmonds59
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Oh that’s hilarious! I wonder how much they would want if teh fork was correct.


Vannevar
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JaySherman5000
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Here’s a real gem:

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/4062488824.html

“i founds this here bike when i wuz dahntahn tryin ta buy sum stiller tickets.
the jagov darn near smacked inta my new iroc so i chased him dahn and knocked him off his byke
now im sellin it ta compenserlate myself for tha pain an sufferin of almost gettin hit
it kinda looks gaybo ta me wut with tha skinny seat and all
but hey if yinz are inta that…
yinz kin haver cheep
10% off if yinz gots a mullet and camaro
GO STILLERS! “


buffalo buffalo
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kinda pushing the bounds of ‘by owner’, there…


Marko82
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Drewbacca
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a joke?


WillB
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Don’t know about why the forks are backwards, but some people call the upturned drop bars “DUI bars”, since it’s often someone who lost their license and pulled an ancient bike out of the garage (or thrift store) and doesn’t want or know how to ride drops.


edmonds59
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The the forks and handlebars are in the right direction, they’re just turned the wrong way, and this Mensa candidate doesn’t have the presence of mind to just turn. them. the. right. way. Smh.


Drewbacca
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edmonds59 wrote:The the forks and handlebars are in the right direction, they’re just turned the wrong way, and this Mensa candidate doesn’t have the presence of mind to just turn. them. the. right. way. Smh.

On the first one, yeah… just turned around; easy fix.

The second, has that added extra step of silliness.

Then, there are those seat angles. Good for a laugh.


ericf
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WillB wrote:DUI bars

That’s a good one!


Ahlir
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I dunno.
Looks like a couple of bikes from http://www.bikesdirect.com/

Maybe even after the customer viewed the “anybody can do this!!” videos.


edmonds59
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Okay, who’s playing around on CL? ‘Cause I just want to say, nice work!


J Z
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Super sad.
http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/4940069693.html

This, on the other hand, looks like it might be fun to ride.
http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/4938511079.html


chrishent
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On that Redline: “I just started driving so no need for it!”

Like JZ said, super sad.

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