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Old 07-02-19, 06:34 PM
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The Lost Worlds...

...of the Backwards Forks.

A very quick scroll thru the CL links in this thread turned up the three bike pictures here.

Sad to think some child got a rough start with geometry like this.






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Old 07-02-19, 06:54 PM
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a guy i worked with a while back picked up one of those $200 amazon road bikes. he assembled it himself and rode it into work one day, fork on backwards. i let him know and he got kinda defensive about it so i just put my hands up and walked away. whatcha gonna do?

more recently someone i still work with also got one of those $200 amazon bikes (they're popular around here) and showed up to work also with the fork on backwards.. i let him know about it too, but he was super receptive and glad i pointed it out.

i think they show up in their shipping boxes with the fork spun around and the instructions, probably in chinese, doesn't make it clear that you need to flip them the other way around, so they just get assembled that way.
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Old 07-02-19, 07:18 PM
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Robot factories in Taiwan can churn out something like 1000 bicycles an hour. Modern bikes are a commodity like toilet paper. Just another form of disposable trash. But, there are still some great hand made beauties out there. Too bad there are so few of us that still appreciate them. So very few.
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Old 07-02-19, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
But that misses out on the people who have no clue what they're selling. We got a FREE GT Outpost that someone posted as a "free kid's bike", when clearly it's for a small adult. Seller was about 6', so anything too small for him looked like a "kid's" bike.
You want gold, you have to bend over the pan and sluice out a lot of sand and gravel. It's called work.

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Old 07-02-19, 08:06 PM
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America is good at junk.
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Old 07-02-19, 09:48 PM
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That all chromed-out Super Le Tour 12.2 is a beauty. If it were 56cm I would be looking for a facilitator!
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Old 07-02-19, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
soon to hit will be all the abandoned fixies
That's not all bad news. My Austro Daimler was a fixie before I bought it. Fortunately the guy I bought it from hadn't drewed it and even still had the derailleurs. My Stella wasn't so lucky, but @gugie was able to give it new life with a hanger transplant. We just need to hope the right people find the good ex-fixies.
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Old 07-03-19, 01:29 AM
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That's right, a bit sad that people buy junk that will lose value until it becomes unsellable. Those objects will only have 1 (short) life
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Old 07-03-19, 01:30 AM
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But you still find great bikes in the middle of that junk!
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Old 07-03-19, 03:24 AM
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Everyone seems to be searching for cheap. The original buyers want cheap so they go to Walmart. What people here want is for original buyers to buy quality and then sell it on Craigslist cheap.
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Old 07-03-19, 05:29 AM
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FYI, someone should point out that this thread did not begin with a complaint over the lack of dirt-cheap C-Record on Craigslist - it began as a complaint over the lack of any C&V content on Craigslist.

Yes, a lot of us are cheap buggers, but those are two different complaints...

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Old 07-03-19, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by chainwhip View Post
...of the Backwards Forks.

A very quick scroll thru the CL links in this thread turned up the three bike pictures here.
I suspect those are a result of poorly-trained department store bike assemblers. When bikes are shipped, the forks are usually turned backwards to allow use of a smaller box. The assembler probably just pulls the bike out of the box, sticks the wheel and handlebars on, and doesn't bother putting the fork right.

You see this more often on children's bikes because they don't have brake and shifter cables coming off the handlebars. But I have seen it on full-size bikes, with the cables going through horrific contortions when the bike is assembled with the fork backwards.
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Old 07-03-19, 08:29 AM
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The takeaway from this ^^^^ is that we've managed to raise a generation of people who have to be "trained" to know which way a bicycle fork goes in the first place.

"The fork thing" could just about be its own thread, as a companion to the Wacky World thread.
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Old 07-03-19, 09:53 AM
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Craigslist still works for me. Found this '78 Super Course for $20 back in February. Fun project, great ride. Found a '78 Peugeot PR10 for $400, non negotiable, but I really wanted it, so I bit the bullet and paid up. Lots of cool bikes available on LA CL. Local CL has been "golden" for me this past year. I'm not a flipper, I buy them to build and ride.

'78 Raleigh, as found on CL for $20.

The Raleigh on yesterday's ride.

'78 PR10, funky brake levers, no FD, crank issues, probably over paid at $400.

I'm loving the PR10, quirks and all.

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Old 07-03-19, 10:33 AM
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^^^^^^ Golly, the tap water in LA is ....
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Craigslist still works for me... Found a '78 Peugeot PR10 for $400, non negotiable, but I really wanted it, so I bit the bullet and paid up.
Doesn't really matter if you paid a little more than necessary if you're going to keep it. It's a beautiful bike. Love the gold paint. The only thing I would do is move the rear brake cable to the nds, both at the front and rear. It usually goes outside the front brake cable so it doesn't wear on the head tube and rub paint over time.
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