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Old 09-22-20, 04:00 PM
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Kabuki road bike frame and components - $200 (St Paul, MN)


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Vintage kabuki road bike frame and parts.
No wheels cut up frame,
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post

Kabuki road bike frame and components - $200 (St Paul, MN)


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/r...199107103.html



Vintage kabuki road bike frame and parts.
No wheels cut up frame,
All components still mounted/ cool head badge.
What the hell is going on here?
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Old 09-22-20, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
What the hell is going on here?
I'll tell you what's going on- a massive $20 savings over this baby. Wow- value!

Vintage Bridgestone Kabuki SMD Stainless Steel 21 Inch 10 Speed Bike - $220 (Coon Rapids)



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Originally Posted by Clang View Post

Kabuki road bike frame and components - $200 (St Paul, MN)


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/r...199107103.html



Vintage kabuki road bike frame and parts.
No wheels cut up frame,
All components still mounted/ cool head badge.
Weight savings.
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Old 09-22-20, 06:58 PM
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I'd give him five bucks for that fly Kabuki head badge.
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Hey, this is nice. Citibike must be letting the public have their old bikes, probably giving them out to employees or something--after painting them black so there's no confusion later, of course. (Although I do wonder why they didn't take the docking mechanism off of this one.) Anyway, "Tommy" probably works for Citibike, was given one of the old bikes, decided he doesn't want it, and so he's selling it on Craigslist. It's still a great deal! $150 is a good price for those heavy duty wheels and tires alone!




Unless . . . you don't think . . .
My city abandoned their city bike project in favor of scooters. I think they were auctioned off, they’re starting to trickle into the local used market via flippers after reconditioning.
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hmmm. Wonder if the seller is wearing a collarbone brace...

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/...197505575.html

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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
What the hell is going on here?
Scottie gave them the formula for transparent aluminum.
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Old 09-23-20, 01:06 PM
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^^^^^^ That's the ticket, laddie!
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Old 09-24-20, 05:13 PM
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ALARM. ALARM. RARE Bianchi! https://gainesville.craigslist.org/b...202008654.html.

Only $900!

"Rare" Made in Japan,1983 Double Butted Magnesium Frame,Disigned by Ishiwata,look on eBay,Selling for $1800.00,Brand New Saddle, Brand New Bar Tape, Excellent Tires and Brakes,Shifts Smoothly, Tuned up and Ready to Ride!,call or text anytime at show contact info
, local buyers only, receipt and delivery available, if this ad is up the bike is still for sale, thank you


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Old 09-24-20, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
ALARM. ALARM. RARE Bianchi! https://gainesville.craigslist.org/b...202008654.html.

Only $900!

"Rare" Made in Japan,1983 Double Butted Magnesium Frame,Disigned by Ishiwata,look on eBay,Selling for $1800.00,Brand New Saddle, Brand New Bar Tape, Excellent Tires and Brakes,Shifts Smoothly, Tuned up and Ready to Ride!,call or text anytime at show contact info
, local buyers only, receipt and delivery available, if this ad is up the bike is still for sale, thank you


Magnesium? That would be very rare!
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Old 09-24-20, 07:04 PM
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Manganese, magnesium... pretty much the same thing, right?
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hah, 'designed by ishiwata'..... ishiwata made nice frame tubing, was cheaper than Reynolds and Columbus... I just sold a similar vintage Trek TX300 with Ishiwata tubing and a nice mix of 105 shifters and Ultegra 52:38 cranks, for like $300 as a commuter special. newish set of conti gatorbacks, bike rode great... even had bar end shifters as an upgrade, and I put new bar tape on it for sale.
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Old 09-25-20, 06:07 AM
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It's a $50 bike, no doubt, but Condor Fuji?!? Fuji saddle, even a Fuji ladies' saddle (I swapped out dozens of these back in the day) that was a popular upgrade for female customers does not alter the Condor-ness of that bike. "Needs paint job, tires pumped, and no kick stand" So...needs paint job, needs tires pumped and needs no kick stand?

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Men’s Condor Fuji Bike - $50 (Midlothian)







bicycle frame material: other/unknown
bicycle type: road
frame size: 37”
make / manufacturer: Condor
wheel size: other/unknown
Selling a men’s Condor Fuji bike. Needs work; great project for a bicycle repair person. Needs paint job, tires pumped, and no kick stand. 37” Adult bike. Make an offer.
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^^^^^ Any visible branding is either a brand or model name for the bike, right? Like the ads for a "Peugeot Caroblite 103" that always show up. It's like selling a de-badged truck as a "Ford Bridgestone".

Actually, when I was on a Saturn forum, a guy posted that when he got a traffic ticket, the cop wrote it up with a make of "Saturn" and model name of "Twincam".
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To be fair, Saturns in the 90's were all basically one car with three body options and two engine choices: the single cam, or twin cam. One model name, for example, was "SC2", meaning Saturn Coupe, Twincam. Hardly anyone knew what those model names were, because they weren't labeled. Since the twin cam was the up-level option, those cars would get a prominent "Twin Cam" badge, as the only identifying mark on the car besides the Saturn badges.
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To be fair, Saturns in the 90's were all basically one car with three body options and two engine choices: the single cam, or twin cam. One model name, for example, was "SC2", meaning Saturn Coupe, Twincam. Hardly anyone knew what those model names were, because they weren't labeled. Since the twin cam was the up-level option, those cars would get a prominent "Twin Cam" badge, as the only identifying mark on the car besides the Saturn badges.
Exactly. And you know you’re a car guy/gal when you can tell Saturns apart! SL1, SL2, coupe, wagon... all pretty much the same thing.
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To be fair, Saturns in the 90's were all basically one car with three body options and two engine choices: the single cam, or twin cam. One model name, for example, was "SC2", meaning Saturn Coupe, Twincam. Hardly anyone knew what those model names were, because they weren't labeled. Since the twin cam was the up-level option, those cars would get a prominent "Twin Cam" badge, as the only identifying mark on the car besides the Saturn badges.
Yes, that was a quirk of the S-Series, not known to most who didn't own them (and some who did). Similar to the pre-1984 Treks, which is why one often sees ads for a "Trek 022", etc. Still, it seems a bit obvious that "Twin Cam" refes to a _feature_, similar to "Kompressor" on a Benz so equipped, or "Hybrid" on a Prius. Seems like the tendency to reference "advanced" features on car badges has waned in recent years.
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Mixed messages here.

Just in time for some fall riding - $123 (Faribault, MN)

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I really like my Voyageur but at this price, I might consider letting it go.

Yahrite? That dude is so irritating that I have started adding "-charity" to all my ebay searches, cuz his ads irritate the crap outta me. So much do they irritate me that I do this even on non-bike-related eBay searches, on the assumption that anybody who puts "charity" in their ad titles is just as much of a tool as this tool.

Has anyone researched this cat? What "charity" is he trying to fund by selling ordinary 1980s bikes for 8 times what they're worth? Has this jackwagon ever sold a bike to anyone? And if he did, did the buyer show up at his house and kick his ass when they found out how badly they'd been boned?

There's gotta be more to this... anybody know what is the Real Deal?

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Yahrite? That dude is so irritating that I have started adding "-charity" to all my ebay searches, cuz his ads irritate the crap outta me. So much do they irritate me that I do this even on non-bike-related eBay searches, on the assumption that anybody who puts "charity" in their ad titles is just as much of a tool as this tool.

Has anyone researched this cat? What "charity" is he trying to fund by selling ordinary 1980s bikes for 8 times what they're worth? Has this jackwagon ever sold a bike to anyone? And if he did, did the buyer show up at his house and kick his ass when they found out how badly they'd been boned?

There's gotta be more to this... anybody know what is the Real Deal?

--Shannon
Do you think anyone ever falls for this scam? In my mind I am thinking that there must be some complete idiots out there if so. Its still debatable whether or not P.T. Barnum ever coined the phrase, but there seriously is a sucker born every minute. I just couldn't live with myself if I ever screwed anyone over like that. I had a brief stint of selling cars when I was between careers, and sold a poor family a brand-new Cadillac with a super-high interest rate because of their low credit score. When the paperwork was signed and they got the keys, they immediately lit up some butts and drove off, happy as clams at high tide. I was so sick that I didn't sleep for a couple days.
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Yahrite? That dude is so irritating that I have started adding "-charity" to all my ebay searches, cuz his ads irritate the crap outta me. So much do they irritate me that I do this even on non-bike-related eBay searches, on the assumption that anybody who puts "charity" in their ad titles is just as much of a tool as this tool.

Has anyone researched this cat? What "charity" is he trying to fund by selling ordinary 1980s bikes for 8 times what they're worth? Has this jackwagon ever sold a bike to anyone? And if he did, did the buyer show up at his house and kick his ass when they found out how badly they'd been boned?

There's gotta be more to this... anybody know what is the Real Deal?

--Shannon
Shannon,
This guy is actually the Madison bike co-op in Wisconsin. The prices are almost always near retail, no explanation from them when inquiring. I wound up buying a chrome 700 c fork that was on a damaged track bike they listed for for over $100 I asked them to pull the fork for me, and trash the rest of it. I think I paid $20 for the fork. I always remind them that I participate in the Bloomington co-op. I am thinking there are only a few retail shops in the downtown area so they can command high prices from the students there. Just my speculation about it. Smiles, MH
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Shannon,
This guy is actually the Madison bike co-op in Wisconsin. The prices are almost always near retail, no explanation from them when inquiring. I wound up buying a chrome 700 c fork that was on a damaged track bike they listed for for over $100 I asked them to pull the fork for me, and trash the rest of it. I think I paid $20 for the fork. I always remind them that I participate in the Bloomington co-op. I am thinking there are only a few retail shops in the downtown area so they can command high prices from the students there. Just my speculation about it. Smiles, MH
2 grand for an 85 Schwinn isn't "near retail." It's straight-up dishonesty and exploitation and just plain screwing people. And being a co-op doesn't make it acceptable, or even less bad. I work at one, and we'd never, ever do this. It's scummy and it's sleazy and he shouldn't do it and he should be mocked and shamed until he stops doing it.

Harsh, but that's how I see it.

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^^^^^^^ There's no "he". It's an organization with a board of directors and both volunteer and paid staff. They recently expanded their operation, having been chosen to operate the new bike station downtown. Yes, their prices are high, and I'd never pay anything close to what they're asking. But they're not delivering anything less than what they're advertising. There's nothing dishonest about it. Every potential buyer's browser has a "back" button.

I used to visit there frequently to buy used parts, and bought a couple of project bikes from them. Most of those prices were very reasonable. I have no idea if they actually get the BIN prices on anything they put on eBay and I don't really care. People willing to pay those prices, or anything close to them, are keeping a local community resource in business. And they do fix up a lot of bikes to give away outside the US.

For those who really don't want to see their bikes on eBay, I believe there's a search option to exclude by seller; that would be more useful than a "-charity" exclusion, which may exclude things you actually want to see.

If you really want to see amusingly high prices on used (albeit, in many cases, museum condition) bicycles, visit Budget Bicycle's (also in Madison) web site some time. I don't think they sell on eBay, however.
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