Cleaning up

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I have mentioned previously that my bike room is starting to get out of hand. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to own a few different bicycles, but there is no point in keeping stuff that I don’t use. I don’t plan to get rid of too many of my bikes; complete bikes aren’t really the problem. In addition to eight bikes, I have four framesets, several wheelsets, and countless boxes of parts lying around that are just taking up space. It is nice to have an ample supply of spare parts for project bikes, but I know that I will never use a lot of this stuff again. Recently, I boxed up some of my really old components to give away (I wish we had a bike co-op here in Greenville… maybe I could start one with some of this stuff). Last night, I sorted though my parts bins and started picking out the rest of the old, outdated stuff… um, wait, scratch that… I meant to say classic or vintage stuff. Whatever you call it, I am ready to get rid of some of the frames, wheels, and parts that I will never use again so I just listed a few items on eBay. I have a lot more stuff to list later, but I am just doing a few at a time. I guess it is just a matter of finding time to take pictures and write a description. Both are easy for me to put off.

The old Trek 400 pictured here is a bike that I used to ride to work. Road bikes like this one from the mid eighties may not be as sought after as track frames, but they do make nice, comfortable fixed gear conversions due to the lax geometry, long wheelbases, and horizontal dropouts. This one is particularly good because it doesn’t have shifter bosses, so the downtube looks nice and clean. It should make a nice, inexpensive fixed gear commuter for someone out there. Of course the big risk I run selling this bike on eBay is that I may see it featured on BSNYC one day with an aerospoke front wheel, riser bars, spoke cards, and a shiny new top tube pad. For anyone who is thinking about buying it and making those upgrades, I want to point out that nothing on this bike is NJS certified, so you would be fighting a losing battle from the start.

Since this post has already proven to be nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to point you toward my current eBay listings, I will go ahead and point out one more. I think you will all agree that the copy in my listing for an old Silca track pump is quite possibly the worst sales pitch ever. It will be interesting to see how much this pump actually sells for considering the description. Actually, this pump works pretty well by Silca standards, but I just don’t want to misrepresent it to someone who has never experienced the joy of using a temperamental old Silca track pump. In any case, I think it is probably best for me to stick with my design job, because I doubt that I have a very bright future in sales.

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4 Comments

  1. Nato March 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    We have an old silca at the shop that someone spraypainted pink at some point. It’s older than I am, and I hate the thing. It’s good for decoration, that’s about it.

  2. Ron March 6, 2008 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    James,
    Selling stuff is a wise choice. Its hard to do it sometimes. Sure looks like you took a silica pump ad to a whole new level.

  3. Fritz March 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    I’m tempted to take your Trek just to see what I can do to make it worthy of the Bike Snob’s attention :-)

    I’ve thought about getting some POS trash bike from a garage sale and posting something insanely over the top about it on Craigslist.

  4. Anonymous March 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Founder of Trek just died….

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