Thursday, July 26, 2007

BSNYC Absentee Reader-Share of the Day #6



(Sold for over $800--to Ronald McDonald.)

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Anonymous said...

oh yes-- let's buy fancy carbon aerospoke wheels and put "7 or 8" coats of paint on them!

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Niki said...

This is probably the most normal bike so far. The only real offense is the painted aero-spokes.

I mean the bike even looks set up for actual track racing (LOOK pedals)!

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It might look like it could race track, but I would never use an old steel road bike on a velodrome with turns steeper than 33deg. Road bikes have lower bottom brackets than track frames, so you are more likely to clip the inside pedal at low speeds.

He thought he had a market opportunity, but after dropping $1144.50 plus labor into a bike and only selling it for $860, I would say this market venture is over.

Just goes to show that you can polish a turd all day long, but in the end you are still left with a turd.

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Niki said...

Ah, didn't realize it was a conversion.

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I didn't believe it was possible, but I've lost even more respect for Ronald Mc Donald. The cat's made of money; there's no reason he couldn't have paid the asking price.

GhostRider said...

This bike got the merciless "beatdown" on the FGG Members Forum a few days back, too. Hideous!

What I Think said...

Doesn't painting carbon fiber wheels kind of .... dimish the whole point of the lightweight part? Why would anyone do this? I'm so confused.

And why oh why isn't there a red chain?!?

Anonymous said...

Aerospokes are not fancy, they're plastic pieces of crap. worse still - check the Aerospoke website: they're so popular with fixed gear trend-mongers that EVERY 700c wheel they make is out of stock.

big jonny said...

I watched this on on ebay. I just had to see it through to the end.

And someone fucking bought it.

big jonny said...

I might start running my bars like that. Why not? I hate living...

j said...

From the ad: "The tires are Michelin Pro 2 Race, and I got them in red, I did not paint them or any such nonsense."

-Well, thank God for that!

Prolly said...

FYI snobby duders, Aerospokes are graphite, not carbon.

PWND

mander said...

FTA:

"They are stiff, when exerting power but at the same time absorb most of the small road vibrations that you would feel with a steel bike."

Niiiiice!

Steve said...

Technically, graphite is carbon. Maybe not carbon fiber, but whatever.

len said...

graphite, sweet. they must leave some nice streaks when you have to lay the bike down.

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that bike really needs this to be complete...

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blasdelf said...

And he could have bought the aerospoke wheels in that color to begin with!

Art said...

I think this is the first fixed gear I've seen with two Aerospokes. Notice how he took the time to strip the frame down to bare metal, sanded it to "really smooth", put on eight coats of paint, but somewhere along the line couldn't spare twenty minutes to grind off the cable stops and shifter bosses?

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holy shit i got my complete brand new bareknucke for less then that gross conversion.

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Anonymous said...

how about this for the next listing. it is a craiglist posting for a lock, I think they finally realized nobody would steal the horror they were riding

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damn...dutret really scored when he bought that one.

Anonymous said...

Needs white bar tape.

And a half-pound of high explosives.

Anonymous said...

Two aerospokes! Where are you supposed to put the spoke cards!?!?

Jim said...

>>>Then I layed down somewhere between eight and ten very thin coats of paint

I think the term he was looking for, was "nine." I presume the problem occurred because he lost his left ring finger while lubing the chain, and as a result can count to eight or ten, but not to nine. Not without taking his pants off, anyhow.

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Scott said...

bike habitat has the following to say about fixed gears:

"because fixed-gear bicycles, and those who ride them, tend to be quirky and unique, this trendy type of cycling has taken on a fun countercultural aspect. But remember, anyone can have fun on a fixie. You don't have to be a tattooed bike messenger to enjoy and appreciate the ride (though, if you are, so much the better)!"

And this.... "One of the best things about fixies is that you can add custom touches to make yours unique. We're talking about more than the requisite personalized sticker, bell or cards in the spokes; that's just the beginning. How about flat bars, motorcycle grips, disc wheels and deep-dish color-matched rims and hubs? Or, maybe you'd like to install vintage bicycle parts that you've always wanted, such as cottered cranks, leather saddles and ornate quill stems. Let your imagination take your fixie project where no bike has gone before! And, don't forget the home-brew paint job to make your fixie unmistakably yours."

(scream!!!! I hate to admit, i ride a vintage converted fixed gear, have tattoos, and love to ride my bike - but NO stickers, cards, doodads, and hoozits thank you...)

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amen scott.. these haters are to fricking much. makes you wonder.. hey, are these guys talking about bikes?

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